This is just a quick note to inform that we’ve adjusted the cap giveaway slightly. Instead of 2 caps per week spread over 4 weeks, we’re going to do 8 caps in one drawing on February 1st. The volume of comments is wreaking a little havoc on our comment notification system, so we’re going to do it in one shot to keep our web host happy. Same number of caps, same odds…. good luck!
[We occasionally pull articles from our archives to re-post. This list from America Bikes is too good to not re-publish now and then. —Alan]
From America Bikes:
- Bicycling and walking make up 10% of all trips made in the U.S., but receive less than 2% of federal transportation funding.
- Bicyclists and pedestrians account for 13% of traffic fatalities, but receive less than 1% of federal safety funding.
- 40% of all trips in America are two miles or less, 74% of which are traveled by car.
- Americans spend, on average, 18% of their annual income for transportation. The average annual operating cost of a bicycle is 3.75% ($308) of an average car ($8,220).
- A small reduction in driving causes a large drop in traffic. In 2008, the number of vehicle miles traveled dropped 3%, translating to a nearly 30% reduction in peak hour congestion.
- Transportation sources account for 70% of our nation’s oil consumption and for 30% of total U.S. GHC emissions.
- Simply increasing bicycling and walking from 10% of trips to 13% could lead to fuel savings of around 3.8 billion gallons a year. This is equivalent to having 19 million more hybrid cars on the road.
- 89% of Americans believe that transportation investments should support the goals of reducing energy use.
- 71% of Americans report that they would like to bicycle more. 53% favor increasing federal spending on bicycle lanes and paths.
- For the price of one mile of four-lane urban highway, around $50 million, hundreds of miles of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure can be built, an investment that could complete an entire network of active transportation facilities for a mid-sized city.
We’re giving away 8 of our Houndstooth Wool Caps. To enter the drawing, simply leave a comment under this post (enter your first name and e-mail address in the appropriate form fields, and the words “cap giveaway” in the comment area). On Tuesday, February 1st, we’ll draw 8 names and ship the caps (continental U.S. addresses only, please). Good luck!
Please note: Your e-mail address will not be harvested or otherwise used in any way. When you enter your e-mail in the comment form it is not published and remains safe from spammers. It will only be used to contact you if your name is drawn as a winner.
I frequently haul around camera equipment on my bike. It can be a little nerve-wracking, but I’ve been lucky enough to not have any major mishaps (knock on wood).
My main DSLR kit includes 2 camera bodies, 4 lenses, and various accessories. Depending upon what I’m doing, I’ll either grab my main body and a lens or two to bring along in a smaller Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home shoulder bag, or I’ll take the entire kit in a Tamrac 5374 backpack. The Crumpler is convenient for quick lens changes on the go, but the Tamrac has more capacity and is much better for carrying around off of the bike. If I’m traveling ultra-light and shooting on the go, I’ll actually carry the camera and lens on my back with the strap slung messenger style. I’m not recommending you do this, but it works pretty well for me when I’m shooting on the move.
My preferred bike for carrying my full kit is the Civia Loring shown above. The front rack is the perfect size for swallowing up a good sized camera bag. With its double-legged centerstand, self-centering front fork, and flatbed rack, the Loring makes a great working platform for changing lenses, fussing with lighting accessories, and even reviewing shots on a laptop. It’s my portable photography studio and workstation.
I don’t carry any of this stuff on my daily commute. For that, I carry a compact camera (Canon G10) in a little Crumpler 1 Million Dollar Home slung over my shoulder messenger style. That camera is with me anytime I’m on the bike but not specifically out to shoot photos for an article. Most of the early morning and late evening shots you see on the blog were captured with the little camera. Because I often use the G10 in low light with long exposures, I use my camera bag, gloves, a shoe, a nearby stump, or whatever, as a tripod to hold the camera steady. Sometimes low-tech gets the job done!
Guangzhou, China, was recently awarded the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy’s 2011 Sustainable Transport Award. According to the ITDP website, “the Award is given each year to a city that has made significant inroads in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a more sustainable, livable urban environment by embracing innovative transportation strategies.”
Components of the city’s sustainable transportation system include a city rail network, a bus rapid-transit system, a bike-sharing program, and a network of bicycle paths lined with trees. The bus system is one of the largest in the world, carrying upwards of 800,000 passengers a day. The huge bus system interfaces seamlessly with the city’s rail system, bike paths, and bike-sharing stations.