Suffering for the cause
May 24, 2011
Last week, the Amgen Tour of California bike race came through town. Last year, we went to watch the local stage, and despite the rain/drizzle/general wetness, had a fun time hanging out with friends and new acquaintances on the side of the road. We had such a fine time, in fact, that we figured we just had to do it again this year.
Ethics and Intelligent Systems
April 25, 2011
This isn’t by any means a new topic; Asimov codified it in his famous Three Laws back in 1942; and Wired ran an article in 2005 that considered some of the broader ethical implications of introducing ever-more-humanoid machines into society.
How far we've fallen...
April 26, 2010
The cycling spirit was certainly in fine fettle in Great Britain, circa 1955, as seen in these wonderful video clips. Beer en route! Bike cars on the train! Check out the nifty bikes, not to mention the fun clothes…
BUUD Alert #4
April 4, 2010
This is Bicycle-Unfriendly Urban Design (BUUD) alert #4!
Location: Portola Road (Westbound) at Farm Rd., Portola Valley CA
Issue: Bike lane squeezes from usable width (4 ft?) to zero width, entering left-hand corner at bottom of hill, on a route popular with groups of cyclists and known for the local population being intolerant of cyclists using the lane… this recent re-striping (not visible in Google Maps as of this writing) seems designed to provoke bicycle-car conflict. Given the amount of bike traffic this route (“The Loop”) gets, and the consistently wide shoulder everywhere else, this re-striping is ill conceived.
It appears that the re-striping was performed to accommodate the addition of a left-turn lane.
Solution: Put it back the way it was, let the cars wait a moment to get around those who must turn left.
I’ll post some photos next time I’m out that way.
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March 18, 2010
I recently purchased some rather expensive, supposedly invincible tires for my commute / touring bike. The Schwalbe Marathon Supremes are acclaimed as about the most indestructible tire out there, short of a couple truly massive things that really aren’t much fun to ride on.
Now, if you ever found yourself asking, as I have, “Self, just what would it take to puncture one of these tough tires?” I can now provide an answer.