Portland debuts newly designed thief-proof bike racks

June 13, 2017 by  
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Portland , Oregon is home to more bike parking spaces on city streets than any other city in North America. But that also means there are more opportunities for bike thieves . So the city is rolling out a new bike rack design to deter would-be crooks. Bike burglars in Portland have recently attacked not a bike’s lock, but the rack to which it’s connected. Bike owners lose their ride, and the city has to replace the racks. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), which wants city residents to feel their bikes are safe, turned to a new design to thwart thieves. Related: Crazy SkunkLock makes would-be bike thieves vomit From the outside the new racks don’t look like anything special – CityLab described them as tubular arches. But inside there is a “free-floating, steel-wire cable routed through the hollow steel piping of the rack,” according to PBOT communications specialist Hannah Schafer. “This makes it difficult to cut through, because the wire moves when the blade attempts to get purchase.” Then, 10 inches above the ground is a bar spanning the bottom of the rack for extra security. The bar prevents a thief from unscrewing bolts to slip a U-lock around the bottom of the rack, according to Schafer. She told CityLab, “In addition, if a potential thief were to cut through the bike rack and wire rope, the bar makes it difficult to pry the rack apart and slip a U-lock off.” Radius Pipe Bending manufactures the new bike racks for the city. PBOT said they’re not able to replace all 7,000 racks currently in the city with the new design – the new racks cost around $5 more than the old ones – but new installations and maintenance will feature the new robber repellent design. Check out the city’s schematic here . Via CityLab and the Portland Bureau of Transportation Images via BikePortland.org Facebook and Portland Bureau of Transportation

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The world’s first self-driving grocery store just hit the streets of Shanghai

June 13, 2017 by  
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The world’s first self-driving supermarket just landed on the streets of Shanghai – and it could be coming to your neck of the woods in the near future. Developed by the folks behind the Wheelys bike cafe , the Moby is a solar-powered market on wheels that actually helps the environment by filtering smoggy air. It’s also packed with artificial intelligence, it features drone delivery, and it’s open round-the-clock without staffing. Wheely’s Moby Store is the future of shopping. Instead of driving to the store and waiting in line, the store will come to you – and you can check an app to see if a Moby is nearby. The Moby is powered by the sun and is able to run autonomously – although stores will be controlled by remote or human drivers until self-driving vehicles are legalized. Related: New Wheelys 4 bike café cleans smoggy air and turns coffee grounds into fertilizer Shopping at Moby couldn’t be easier: you just step in, take what you need and head out. All purchases are automatically tallied without the need for a checkout counter. Or you can order a drone delivery – each store has 4 drone pads for quick delivery. Moby keeps track of what is purchased and uses artificial intelligence to restock inventory. When the store needs to be restocked, it will drive itself to the warehouse and fill up. The Moby Store can also operate as a mini pharmacy and coffee shop, features first aid devices (like a defibrillator), and provides an ATM in addition to the usual grocery fare. Lest you miss the interaction with a clerk, shoppers will be greeted and helped by the holographic store assistant, Hol. If the store doesn’t have what you need – or if you have a special order – you can just tell Hol and it will be ready for you next time you drop by. The Moby store was developed in cooperation with Himalayafy and Hefei University and it’s currently in beta testing in Shanghai. + Wheelys

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Pow! Seattle’s Dark Knight rescues stolen bikes

March 21, 2016 by  
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He’s the hero cyclists need and the hero they deserve. Bike Batman roams the streets of Seattle , Gotham of the Pacific Northwest , in search of bike thieves to confront and stolen bicycles to return. This vigilante does not wear a mask to hide his identity, though he officially remains anonymous as he performs his sacred duty to “reunite people with their bikes.” The Jokers of King County, beware; Bike Batman and those he protects will have the last laugh. An engineer by day, Bike Batman has tracked down and returned 22 bicycles in Seattle in the year since he began his superhero career. “It feels really good to be able to reunite people with their bikes,” says the Dark Knight on Wheels. “There are people that it means so much to. This hunk of steel and paint is worth much more than the price tag.” The Emerald City is in need of his services. The Seattle Police Department received 1,561 reports of bike thefts in 2015, a rate double that of 2010. “If you try to get cops involved, nine times out of 10, they just aren’t available to help,” says Bryan Hance, co-founder of Bike Index , an online bike registration database which allows cyclists to report if their bike is stolen. Related: Brilliant self-filling water bottle pulls moisture from the air while you hike or bike Bike Batman uses Bike Index to cross reference suspicious bikes for sale on Craigslist, then arranges a meeting with the suspected bike thief. To ensure safety, he usually informs the police of his actions. Like Commissioner Gordon’s team in Gotham, the Seattle Police complement Bike Batman’s work. In more than half of the successful attempts to retrieve a stolen bike, the culprit has been arrested by the police. As exciting as his work is, Bike Batman maintains important differences from his namesake. “I’m not out fighting crime and punching people,” he says. “I’m telling people: this is not yours.” Via the Guardian Images via Greg Beach, Bat-Blog , and Flickr/Tiffany Von Arnim

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China restores great swaths of denuded forests with exemplary conservation program

March 21, 2016 by  
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For years China was notorious for denuding its forests of vegetation to expand their economy. The economy grew, but water sources were tainted, air polluted, and animal habitats demolished. Only a few years ago, just 2 percent of China’s forests were undisturbed, and to make matters worse, the destruction of forests leads to one fifth of climate change -inducing emissions. Horrendous floods in 1998 that stemmed from the lack of trees prompted the government to finally take action. They implemented the National Forest Conservation Program, and a new study reveals it’s working. Read the rest of China restores great swaths of denuded forests with exemplary conservation program

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KP Cykler is building a better bike with built-in theft deterrent

March 24, 2015 by  
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Danish cycling brand KP Cykler is raising funds on Kickstarter for their clever new bike. In addition to beautiful aesthetics, their bicycles have incorporated the latest smartphone technologies to make bicycle identification easier than ever with built-in chips that can help return stolen bikes to their rightful owner. Read the rest of KP Cykler is building a better bike with built-in theft deterrent Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle commute , bicycling , bike commute , bike riding , bike theft , biking , identifying bikes , preventing bike theft , reader submission , riding bicycles

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Engineering Students Create the World’s First Unstealable Bike

August 22, 2014 by  
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Chances are, if you do a lot of bike commuting , you’ve had a bike or two (or three) stolen. Three engineering students in Chile got sick of replacing their own stolen bikes, so they decided to do something about it. The result is the Yerka Project : a bike that the inventors say is impossible to steal. Good news for bike riders, bad news for thieves. Read the rest of Engineering Students Create the World’s First Unstealable Bike Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike commuting , bike frame lock , bike locks , bike theft , bike transportation , Chilean engineering students bike , engineering students bike , impossible to steal bike , preventing stolen bikes , stolen bikes , Unstealable bike , unstealable bikes , Yerka project , Yerka Unstealable Bike

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Cricket Silent Bike Alarm Alerts Your iPhone to Prevent Theft

October 25, 2013 by  
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A new silent alarm could make bicycle theft a thing of the past. The Cricket works in a similar way to standard security alarms, except it is combined with a free iPhone app. If anyone touches or moves your bike, the alarm is activated and a notification pops up on your phone. If the worst happens and your bike is actually stolen, Cricket can hunt down the bike using Bluetooth technology to ensure a swift recovery. Read the rest of Cricket Silent Bike Alarm Alerts Your iPhone to Prevent Theft Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle alarms , bicycle technology , bike theft , community , Cricket anti-bike theft alarm , cricket bike alarm , Cricket iPhone App , green apps , green design , iphone apps , social responsibility , sustainable design        

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Spiraling Green8 Skyscraper is a ‘Vertical Garden City’ for Berlin

October 25, 2013 by  
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Architects Agnieskzka Preibisz and Peter Sandhaus just unveiled plans for a spectacular figure 8-shaped residential tower for the eastern quarter of Berlin. Sited at Alexanderplatz, Green8 is a “vertical garden city” that is designed to provide healthy food and a community environment. In essence, they are proposing to construct not only a building, but a sustainable urban environment for the 21st century city dweller. Read the rest of Spiraling Green8 Skyscraper is a ‘Vertical Garden City’ for Berlin Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agnieskza preibisz , berlin , cooperatively owned residential tower , figure 8 skyscraper berlin , financial insecurity , food sourcing , green8 , living in community , master plan for easter quarter of Berlin , multigenerational housing , peter sandhaus , social interaction in residential tower , urban garden in skyscraper , vertical garden city        

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