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Bike Commuting Takes Off

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Two-wheeled urban transport expands in popularity.

In terms of energy input vs. output, bikes are the most efficient form of transportation ever invented. In Europe, cycling accounts for more than 20% of all trips taken in urban cities. These numbers blow American cities out of the water, where only 1% of trips are taken via bicycle. Part of this difference is the result of a far superior cycling infrastructure in Europe compared to the United......read more

SHFT Sampler 7-28-10

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Your weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

A wind power mega-project -- the largest in the country -- breaks ground in the Mojave Desert. The VeGZAtarian: Eater interviews Wu Tang's lyrical genius and resident raw food guru. In Fast Company, a great slideshow of EV chargers of the future may have been published just a little too soon. The small print: At a mere 220 square feet, the L41 is a subcompact home with a tiny footprint. ......read more

SoBi Bike-Sharing System

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Stripped-down "social bicycle system" takes a minimal approach to urban bike share.

The good people at GOOD tip us to SoBi, an emerging model of bike-sharing set for test launch in New York City this fall. The "social bicycle system" takes a minimal approach to the idea of public bike share. Instead of custom bikes and an elaborate network of docking stations, SoBi uses a single, mulitfunctional gadget that fastens to the back of any bike and operates as a lock, GPS......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-16-10

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Weekly links: Kwangho Lee, ridiculous green advertising, and raver bikes.

Kwangho Lee's "Lifelike Design" exhibit at Design September in Brussels, which we discussed here, is up now at Hunting and Collecting. Check SlamXHype for story and pics. Nissan's ludicrous ad spot for the all-electric Leaf sedan is catching flak in the blogosphere. Advertising blog Copyranter calls it an "absolutely outrageously manipulative insensitive hubristic piece......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-5-10

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Weekly links: A Mark Ronson bike contest, Ryan McGinley's new book, and longhairs in the wild.

Ryan McGinley's latest exhibition Life Adjustment Center features the photographer's trademark nudes posing with live, wild animals. Flavorwire has a slideshow of the strangeness. The book is available from Dashwood. We know you love the "The Bike Song" by Mark Ronson because how can you not? Now, the nice people at The Fader are giving you the chance to win a custom Republic......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-12-10

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Weekly links: Pimped-out bikes, phone book sculptures, and a renewed push for offshore drilling in the Arctic.

Freewheelers is a series of video portraits of tricked-out bikes and the people who ride them – from self-build fixies and coveted vintage steeds to bikes as art or manifestations of style. Two bipartisan senators have proposed a sensible idea that most people are going to hate. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) wrote to President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal......read more

SHFT Sampler 1-21-11

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Recycled sex doll hoodies, starlets on bikes, 100% renewable power, and more.

Who'd have thunk it: The entire world could be running on 100% renewable energy by 2030, says a new study published in the journal Energy Policy. All that's needed is 4 million 5-megawatt wind turbines, 1.7 billion 3-kilowatt rooftop solar power systems, and about 90,000 300-megawatt solar power plants — and a shitload of political will. No problem? (via MNN) Va-va-voom: Do you like......read more

Green Development Hampered by Nimbyism

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Eco projects face opposition in progressive hotspots from Brooklyn to Berkeley.

If we were asked to name the top two strongholds of eco-consciousness in America, we'd probably say Brooklyn on the east coast and Berkeley on the west. Hell, we even gave Brooklyn it's own web series. But not everyone in these liberal bastions is down for the greater environmental good. When it comes to green development, self interest runs rampant. In Park Slope, Brooklyn, a new bike lane......read more

Bamboo Bikes by Diego Cardenas

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Green cycles blend nature and tech.

At the tender age of 25, Mexican industrial design student Diego Cardenas is doing big things in the realm of bamboo bicycle design. Inspired by photos of other bamboo bike creations — including the first commercial design, unveiled at a London trade fair in 1894 — Cardenas felt he could do better. Judging from these pics, he may be right. After attending a bamboo workshop in Europe,......read more

Nirve Bikes

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Two-wheeled transporters with a European flavor $499.99

Nirve is best known for its line of beach cruisers, which you can find being ridden all over the world. No small feat for an independent bike company from Huntington Beach, California. The world's most famous beach cruiser company also makes an excellent range of "Euro Style" commuter bicycles. We're really feeling the Brookhurst, pictured above, a super affordable, 7-speed  commuter in navy......read more

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