Just over a year ago we published a post on some art featuring bike parts and glass. The creators let us know of another piece and asked if we would share. Via the Creative Stained Glass Studio website comes the following -
“Kaleidoscycle” is a kinetic stained glass sculpture installed in the lobby of Inman Park Dentistry in Atlanta, GA.
Alex Rodriguez, DMD, contacted Creative Stained Glass Studio several months ago after seeing our “Tour de Verre” series also based in Atlanta. He is an avid cyclist, a fellow public artist, and wanted to reflect that love in the aesthetics of his office. He approached us with the idea for the Kaleidoscycle and we were immediately open to it.
Alex gave us five wheels of varying sizes and gave us free reign to fill them with glass and metal designs. Before installing the piece, Rodriguez had a custom made quiet motor made specially for the piece. Now, the Kaleidoscycle is mounted on a wall in the dentist’s lobby, visible to any street-goers peeking in. Because no sunlight hits the piece directly, the installation is carefully lit to make sure that the beauty of the glass is seen in full effect.
The artwork creates a unique, memorable, experience for Rodriguez’ patients. As an added bonus, he tells us it truly comes to life at night as seen from the street. The project really shows the role art can play in connecting a practice or business with patients,clients and a community.
Working on this project was a true pleasure for us, and we congratulate Dr. Rodriguez on his vision and execution.
Reader Michael notified us of a Bike Hack Night in DC, and I guess such nights are popular because this is number 4. The night is not directly affiliated with BikeHacks.com and I don't know if the Bike Hack name was inspired by this site or not, but I am going to tell myself it was.
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Bike Hack Night is a show & tell of bicycle-related apps, data visualizations, and gadgets. Doors open at 6:00 for pizza and soft drinks, with speakers starting at 6:30. We are happy to have Joel Yatsko from Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation, who will be making smoothies via his blender-bike. Note we are at 1776's Crystal City location, in Arlington, VA.
Got a cool bike project? Contact Michael. Our speakers thus far are:
• Matt Fowle will show how he built a sound system for his bike using Chromecast audio, Raspberry Pi, and Mopidy.
• Rob McPherson will show how Baas Bikes is leveraging mobile technology and creating a "share to own" bike purchasing concept to bring bikes en masse to colleges.
• Brooks Robertson of Esri will demo a tool that combines bike lanes with bike crash data, and can be exported as a map.
Visit Bike Hack Night I and Bike Hack Night II and Bike Hack Night III to see what was presented at previous events. Read summaries at Transportation Techies Show What Can Be Done With Bike Data and D.C. Using Data to Envision Bike Lanes of the Future.
This is the fourth post featuring some pictures I took on a trip to France this past August. The first post focused on graffiti, the second on some translation of that graffiti, and the third on a bike tour I took. Yes this post is labeled "3", but that is because there was a post 1a. This post features some random pictures I took.
Cool looking front racks, but seems to me to be more style than substance.
This is one well conditioned steed.
Sucks for him - automobile driver getting ticketed by bike cops.
I have seen a lot of bike racks in my time, but I had never seen one designed to also be a planter - until I spotted this one in Cambridge, MA. If you have spotted cool bike racks, feel free to contact us for posting.
It's been a long time since I have engaged in recreational travel by bike. I commute daily, but my last purely recreational trip was far too long ago. Reader Caio has been involved in a bit of travel and sent along this inspirational story.
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During my trip to Paris I did something I have never done before - I took a paid bike tour. It was just a few hours and was focused just on sites within the city. This was a double first in that I also had never ridden an electric bike before. Here was the standard issue bike.
The company had a fleet of them in an underground parking garage.
The controls were straightforward and operating the bike was easy. There was a key that needed to be inserted into the battery unit and after turning it on a battery indicator on the handlebars let you know how much juice you had. The bike had three modes - manual, low speed, and high speed. The mode is selected with a simple thumb lever.
I have always looked upon e-bikes with a bit of disdain, and after my experience my opinion has not changed much. My feeling has always been that people act differently when not actively engaged in powering the bike. There is this one e-bike idiot I encounter quite frequently on a bike path I ride on who is never pedaling and chooses the fastest speed possible and swerves dangerously between pedestrians and other cyclists. I could say the same of several other riders on race bikes or even fixies who ride as if slowing down would cause their world to collapse, but there is something about seeing someone whiz by without pedaling that bothers me.
While on my tour I did a bit of whizzing along myself and it definitely made the ride feel different. I don't want to get all existential and say that pedaling makes me one with my bike, however when my legs are powering me I feel more aware. I can understand why an e-bike would appeal to some, but at present they hold no appeal for me.
The one other thing I will comment on is that the tour did not require, encourage, or even have helmets. I wear a helmet every time I ride because I think it is better to be safe than sorry, however spending time in Europe and seeing relatively few cyclists wearing helmets and not wearing one myself on the tour made me feel . . . jealous.
Natives of Boston are known for having a bit of an accent. One of the famous sayings outsiders will quote when trying to imitate a Bostonian is a version of "Can I park my car in Harvard Yard?" Or in the local dialect, "Can I Pahk my cah in Hahvahd Yahd?" (29 second mark).
We have all likely heard of the Scarlet Letter, and guessing by the lack of the letter "R" in the local accent the local populace decided that the alphabet could use one less letter and excommunicated the "R". Maybe the "R" looked a little too sensual.
Anyway . . . what's the point of all this? The point is that I was having dinner near Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, (spelling socks as "sox" causes one to wonder what the Alphabet ever did to the locals to suffer such abuse) and I stumbled across this sign for parking.
Critics of cycling in urban areas will often say that roads were not built for bikes, but the reality is that Boston was not built for cars. It is a dangerous and confusing place to drive, and there is not nearly enough space to park all of the cars people wish to drive in or to the city. Lack of parking spaces leads to high prices for parking and just when I thought $45 was high, a short time later I saw this sign -
And to cap the night off I passed this one.
One would hope exorbitant fees like these to pahk the cah would be enough to cause an automobile owner to drive to their local bike shop to purchase a bike to ride to the game. It's too bad the locals seemed to have chosen a beef with the Alphabet over a beef with insufficient transportation infrastructure.
Reader Raphael saw the first France Pictures post that recently ran and kindly offered to translate an article in French that was referenced in the post. I found it to be an interesting reading and hope readers will as well. Thanks Raphael!