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Posted by Gillies on June 14, 2013
About a month ago, I complained about the reliability of the data shown in the SpotCycle app. Well, never mind. This morning SpotCycle was very accurate, at least for tracking the CaBi station at 15th and K Street.
What was a bit harrowing was watching the spaces available drop from 10 to 6 as I headed toward my destination. (I was checking when I pulled up at a stop lights). When I arrived at the station, sure enough, there were six spots left. About 20 seconds after I docked, I refreshed the app, and the number dropped to five.
Anyway, here are my stats after 163 rides on the big red bikes.
|Total Distance:||217.26 miles|
|Total Calories Burned:||9342.18 calories|
|Total CO2 Saved:||147.13 lbs.|
|Total Duration (last 200 trips):||1 days, 19 hours, 19 minutes, 36 seconds|
Posted by Gillies on June 12, 2013
I traveled to and from work for the first time today on my old beater mountain bike. I don’t think I’ll be doing that again unless I have to or I get a new bicycle. CaBi bikes may not be the coolest looking things out there, but they are a superior ride when it comes to commuting in office clothes. A harrowing ride over a puddle (no mudguard) and a bike chain grease stain on my nice new khakis (no chain guard) convinced me of that.
Posted by Gillies on June 11, 2013
[Hyundai] plans to make 1,000 of the fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs) between now and 2015, then ramp up from there. A few weeks before the news from Hyundai hit, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), Ford, and Nissan announced that they would collaborate on developing fuel-cell technology; the group’s goal is to produce 100,000 FCVs as soon as 2017.
I expect to be in the new car market in 2020 or so, judging by how long I held on to my last one. Maybe by then an FCV won’t be fantasy.
Posted by Gillies on June 10, 2013
Just off the C&O Canal bike path.
Posted by Gillies on June 9, 2013
Posted by Gillies on May 30, 2013
Germany’s national railway company, Deutsche Bahn, plans to test small drones to try to reduce the amount of graffiti being sprayed on its property. The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute vandals who deface property at night.
Posted by Gillies on May 29, 2013
Posted by Gillies on May 28, 2013
Posted by Gillies on May 22, 2013
Transit has more capacity at peak times when there are more vehicles. It costs money to run a vehicle, so you run it when there’s demand. Therefore, bus lines in particular are far more useful at times when there are a lot of buses. At some times of day, they don’t run at all. Bike sharing is the opposite. It has a fixed capacity that fills up quickly, but is always available. Bike sharing is most useful off-peak, when the stations aren’t filling up or emptying out so fast. It’s always available at night. For this reason, we can think of it actually as a complement to short-distance buses. Someone who lives on a bus line might find that the bus is a better choice during rush, but bikeshare is better middays.
The first half of that last sentence has been my recent experience, although only in the morning. Still, I’m thinking about taking my own bicycle to work. Just found out about the big bike racks in garage of my office building.
Posted by Gillies on May 21, 2013