Monday, December 15, 2008

Velib - A Bicycle Transit Program

Vive Velib!!!

What a beautiful idea! I could see this in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, ..and on and on..

"On July 15, 2007, the city of Paris will debut a new self-service "bicycle transit system" called Velib’. Parisians and visitors alike will be able to pick up and drop off bicycles throughout the city at 750 locations—offering a total of 10,648 bikes. By the end of the year, there will be a Velib’ station approximately every 900 feet for a total of 1,451 locations and 20,600 bikes.

To access the bikes, riders can select a one-day card for 1 euro, a weekly card for 5 euros or an annual card for 29 euros. After the purchase of an access card, riding for the first half-hour is free and a supplement of 1 euro will be charged for an additional half-hour, 2 euros for another 30-minutes and 4 euros for every addition half-hour after that. Example: a 25 minute trip = 0 euros, a 50 minute trip = 1 euro, an hour and 15-minute ride = 3 euros.

Each Velib’ parking station will be equipped with muni-meters to purchase one and 7-day passes and to pay any additional charges once the bike is dropped off. The Velib’ meters will also provide information on other station locations."

Application forms for the annual card will be available starting June 13 at Paris District City Halls, 300 m├ętro stations and 400 pastry shops throughout the city.

The city of Paris has over 371 km (230 miles) of cycling lanes."

Friday, August 15, 2008

Where the Hell is Matt?

World Traveling Ex-Video Gamer would be the next Bad Dancer who travels fastest on the Internet...

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008)

This travelbug, Matt from where the hell is Matt? dances terribly silly all over the world but he does so in a strangely uplifting and positive way. Check it out!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pickens Plan

T. Boone Pickens is a screwd businessman. He made money off oil, and now wants to make money off wind power. His plan is a feasible one that makes sense and will reduce our dependency on foreign oil by 38%. Sierra Club even endorses him, so he's got to be on the right track. Finally a plan for NOW!

The Pickens Energy Plan

Friday, April 18, 2008

Earth Day 2008!

Wear Blue for Earth Day. Everyday is Earth Day, but it is good to recognize our beautiful home and be the best stewards that we can be!

Here's a few life altering activities:
Take the metro
Walk or bicycle
Use a canvas bag at farmer's markets
Bring your own cup to locally owned coffee houses

Reduce, reuse, recycle is the mantra of the day.

Join a local Earth Day event...
Green Apple Festivals in major cities.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Lautner - His Architectural Spirit Lives On

John Lautner is best known as the Architect for the Chemosphere and Elrod Houses, as seen in movies Body Double and Diamonds Are Forever in that order. His work is amazing and simply elegant. He will finally be recognized in an exhibit at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. See the LA Times article. His work speaks volumes. See for yourself...

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Acres of Books - An LA Institution is Closing

Acres of Books, the largest Bookstore in Los Angeles is closing in one year. It has been open since 1960, when founder and established bookseller Bertrand Smith moved from Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Streamline Moderne building is being sold to Long Beach Redevelopment Agency who plans develop the property into a mixed-use development, according to the LA Times article.

Go visit Acres and Aisles of Books at their current location: 240 Long Beach Blvd. while you can!