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Something I have been thinking about lately, frankly something I think about all the time, is the future of the earths climate.
I am not currently “old”, whatever that means. Luck willing I could look forward to 40- 50 more years of life on this planet.
Which means my silver years could be spent in the 2060’s. Right when I start to really slow down, climate change is expected to really speed up. By 2050 sea levels in the Boston area will be 2 feet higher (which means a good storm floods most of the city).
If we continue to emit at the level we do, the earths average temp could be 7 degrees higher by 2050…which would make going outside for most of the year unbearable, and staying inside unbearable without AC.
There will be more storms, more droughts, more food disruption, more climate migrants, forest fires, ocean acidification, asthma alerts, wars for water, more floods, tropical illness moving north…the list of horrible outcomes grows daily as we discover just how disruptive our actions have been on the world.
I keep thinking about myself when I reach my grandparents age. I see how they move, how they breath, how they get around, the challenges they face, and I imagine myself trying to navigate those challenges in a world ravaged by global warming.
I also think about kids I see running around who might live 70 or 80 more years. How their silver years will be even more grim than mine, how they might deal with an ecosystem that may not be fit for human life.
There is not a nice way to say this, but if you are driving a car around, especially when you don’t absolutely need to, you are part of this problem. When I turn on my heat at home and the oil in the tank in the basement lights up I am part of the problem. When we buy airplane tickets to fly half way around the world, when we vote for candidates who deny the reality of climate change, when we buy things we don’t need, when we use single use spoons, when we leave the lights on…the list is very long. It would seem our entire lifestyle is a part of the problem.
It can be overwhelming to look at the list of things Americans are doing to ruin our future. It can be hard to know what to do, where to start, and how to do anything about it.
There is a simple thing you can do that will make the future better, and have positive effects for you right now. Ride your bicycle. Ride it for fun, ride it to work, ride it to the store. Leave your car at home and take your bike to the show, to the movies, to the park.
Not only will you be avoiding carbon emissions, which is critical to slowing and eventually reversing global climate change, but you will be changing the culture. We live in a toxic culture, that is polluting our future and stealing our silver years from us. Riding a bike helps to repair that toxic culture. It also shows others that its possible to break free of the toxic cycles that keep us damaging our future.
Years ago when I started riding a bike in this town there were hardly any cyclists. But slowly over time more and more folks started riding, defying the poor infrastructure, and aggressive road culture. Soon hundreds, and now thousands of people ride their bikes every day in this city. The government is building more infrastructure for cyclists, people are healthier, and things are changing.
Once you make the change to cycling, your friends and family see that its possible, and they start. Their friends see them doing it and so they give it a try. The positive change spreads through example, and through solidarity. The toxic culture retreats and a new one is born.
Think about your future, think about your silver years. Then go out and go for a bike ride. Its a revolutionary act, and its one you can do right now.
Tags: cycling, cycling revolution, global warming
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This thing is only a concept, which if I am understanding design correctly means it really has very little to do with the final product (or reality), but still it won an award…presumably the people giving out that award rarely ride bikes.
There is a lot wrong here.
Lets start with the small things and work are way up.
The helmet has no ventilation, going to be hot on most rides…especially with the visor down. Some people don’t mind that style though so lets move on.
How heavy are all the cameras and computers and display and sensors? I am going to guess heavier than foam and a thin plastic shell. Do you really want an extra pound or two on your neck for long rides? Will it fly off my head due to the extra weight during a violent fall?
How will it perform in the rain? In the snow? My cell phone doesn’t like getting cold or wet and its “water proof” Will that screen actually display anything in the sun? What if its night time and someone shines headlights in my eyes?
What happens to all that fancy stuff when you actually smash your head into something? Do the electronics and display become tiny projectiles? Is the absorbent quality of the helmet affected by having all that crap attached to it? Will I be bathed in optics and display parts all over my eyes?
Judging from the video it presents data in such a way to be far more distracting than traffic itself. Giant blue dots to let me know I am moving in the right direction? Sounds? Text in the middle of my view? How exactly do you select those different options, are we going to toss eye tracking into this thing as well? Or do I have to reach up and tap my helmet to select options while riding? Voice activation?
Why a rear facing camera? It’s actually a good thing to turn your head around and look behind you once in a while, its lets you see what you are dealing with and is a visual cue to other road users that you might be about to turn. PS. a tiny mirror does the same thing and is a lot cheaper.
What are those impact detectors on the side supposed to do? Anyone who has ever been passed by a car too close knows when something is near them, I don’t need expensive sensors to tell me that. Also the way Boston streets are designed I imagine they would be screaming constantly as most of the time you are riding in very cramped conditions. Thirdly, what exactly am I to do when the cars get too close? I can’t always move away from them. Its not like I am backing my minivan into the garage and need to know when I am too close to the wall, the cars are much bigger and heavier than me, when they get too close I am mostly at their mercy if they choose to move away from me or not.
How big are the batteries in this thing? How heavy are they going to be? With all this fancy stuff strapped to my head I imagine I couldn’t ride for more than an hour or two without having to swap them out or recharge them.
What is the carbon footprint on something like this? Am I going to have to worry about e-waste from my helmet now? Will it be full of brominated fire retardants, lithium ion batteries (which can catch fire if punctured), rare earth minerals? Will it be made with sweat shop labor in china? I am riding my bike to try to decrease the amount of emission and suffering in the world, not increase it.
How much is this going to cost? Helmets don’t last forever, even if you don’t crash you should still replace them every few years just because the foam degrades. Are the electronics removable? Is the helmet in pieces so you can only replace what you need? A cell phone or VR helmet with this much tech goes for $500-$600, am I supposed to drop half a grand every time I drop my helmet on the ground, or get hit by a car, or every three years?
This design is a failure.
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The main reason we have too much traffic, is because we have too many people driving cars…but it also has a lot to to do with the fact that people are horrible at driving.
Want a simple way to make your life a lot better? Stop driving your car to work!
Also, don’t blame cyclists we are speeding you up, not slowing you down.
Besides all the mental anguish people suffer from driving cars, there is the very real and very serious threat of climate change. It’s long past time when you could just close your eyes and do nothing, make your life better, make everyone’s life better, ride a bike!
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Lets copy this all over the place…
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