Driving is slowly killing us, a freeway expansion uncovers geological treasures, Londoners protest the city's poor cycling conditions, what dive bar bathrooms can tell us about our neighborhood, and a quick look at San Francisco's real underground (not BART). All in this week's urban reads.
Apparently, Volkswagen has realized that kids who ride Porsches grow up to be adults who buy and drive Porsches. It's the same strategy that Adobe uses by selling Photoshop dirt cheap to students. But will learning to ride a two-wheeler on this luxurious Porsche balance bike give toddlers a taste for the finer things in life?
For those who take their cycling seriously, a bike is more than just a form of transport: It's a trusty companion, a faithful steed, and a work of art. The Berlin-based design team at .flxble have created a wall-mounted wooden rack that will allow you to store your ride in style, making it part of your home decor—kinda like a shrine.
BASF, the largest chemical company in the world, has finally put its materials knowledge to good use: By creating a ridiculously over-engineered penny-farthing, the big-wheeled bike of the 19th century.
They don’t need gas, they can weave in and out of traffic, and you don’t even need a licence to ride one. But unless you tack on a set of panniers or a basket, bikes are notoriously lacking in storage space; a problem that Industrial Designer David Hotard might have eliminated with his novel Transport bike, which features trunk space inside the bike’s front wheel.
Rapha has been a one-stop-shop for all kinds of cool bike accessories since launching its first collection in 2004; in addition to the stylish wearables, they’ve got a small batch of prints and publications dedicated to the joy of road climbs and racing. Now, they’re adding leisure travel to the mix with an eight volume collection of City Cycling Guides.
Riding bikes is awesome. The wind in your hair, the sun on your face, the city in the distance—it’s a fun thing to do. But don’t you sometimes think, "This would be a lot more fun if I had a robot’s help." Some spoke-savvy Brooklynites think that too—and now they’ve built a solution.