Friday Round-Up: Rethinking, Repurposing and Rejoicing Over Bikes
Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. Since we were so excited for the launch of our bike blog last month, we decided to continue with that theme for all of October. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!
Think Europe’s ahead of the game on bike policy? Well San Francisco’s trying to catch up. David Chiu, the president of the Board of Supervisors, announced this week that the city wants the official target to be 20% of trips by 2020, which would be double the current target of 10% for this year.
But what does it take to change the transportation habits of a city? Start small. In fact 40% of U.S. urban travel is 2 miles or less, and 90% of those trips are by car. That means it’s smart to focus on policies and infrastructure that make it easier for people to do their everyday quick errands — going to the post office, grocery shopping, dropping off a book at the library — by bike. San Francisco’s commitment takes inspiration from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s plan, “Connecting the City,” to create 27 miles of safe crosstown bike paths that would facilitate those shorter trips, certainly a step in the right direction.
What is your city doing to inspire more trips by two wheels instead of four?
So when you’ve finally traded out your car for two wheels on all those short trips, you’re sure to put a lot more wear and tear on your bike. Thankfully, there are plenty of options for reusing and repurposing old bike components instead of letting them simply go to waste. We came across this bike tube shelving system and thought it was pretty cool. Anybody up for building us one?
Finally, what is it that makes people love bikes so much? They’re simple, they’re functional and they’re easy to master, unlike many other things in life. Along those lines, to wrap things up, here’s our favorite bike vid from the last week, which is sure to make you rejoice over the power of bikes:
Image: Mulling it Over