Friday, March 26, 2010

Bicycle Storage in Japan

This bike owner had to wait 35 seconds for the robot to retrieve her bicycle from among hundreds of other bikes. Very impressive.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

16-mile ride: South Orange, Maplewood, Millburn, West Orange

I took a long ride this morning, down Ridgewood to Millburn, then up through the Reservation to Northfield, across to Gregory and back home. I've done this ride before, but today I added a detour in the middle: up South Orange Ave. to the top of the mountain, down the bike path and back. I mapped the ride in Google Maps -- 16 miles, with a few difficult uphills and exhiliarating downhills.

Friday, March 12, 2010

This is a pretty comprehensive website - if you look under the link called 'site seeing', you'll see every possible sub-link imaginable, from teaching kids how to ride, to their cue sheets, recipes, etc. etc. ... the only thing I couldn't find is a link to get in touch with them, so we can list our website among the many many that are out there.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Google Adds Bicycle Maps

Google has added a bicycle route feature to Google Maps.

I experimented with a few routes- it seems to want to keep me off Springfield Ave. and South Orange Ave. and get me onto the side streets. It also has a fondness for encouraging me to drag my bike up the stairs to get to Crest Drive in the Reservation. Is it trying to save my life but make me extremely tired?

Give it a try here or on our maps page and send in your comments.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Norco's video promoting bike commuting

Norco imports bikes. I think it's a Canadian company. Even though this is commercial, it's a good video, building excitement and offering useful information.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sunday's (2/28) Group Ride Report by 3-1/2 year old Nawal

The following is a record of the "Group" ride as told to me by my 3-1/2 year old daughter Nawal (sort of) ; )

Sunday was a cool morning, about 38 degrees but the sun was shining. I hadn't been out on the bike (child seat) with my dad in over a month since we had missed the January group ride. We left the house promptly at 11:50 AM (dad likes to be prompt) and arrived at the Baird parking lot on time at 12:00 PM. Along the way he asked me if I was having fun yet, I said sure... Once at the Baird, we waited, and waited, and waited, and waited -- I wasn't having fun anymore.

Off in the distance I looked at the slope from Ridgewood Road down to Cameron Park and watched with envy the kids (and parents) sledding down the snow covered hill. Anxious to escape my boredom (after all, waiting 5-10 minutes can seem like a lifetime to a 3-1/2 year old) I asked my dad if we could go sledding -- he said we had not brought the sled and that it would be too difficult to carry on the bike anyway. All I could do was watch and wait but then I got another idea... what if I let out a little cry and whine, that might get him into action (because I know how low his tolerance is for such sounds)... so I let one go... whaaahhh, IIII'mmm coooold. He reassured me we would get going soon. As I did not get the desired results, I waited another minute and let one go again... whaaahhh, IIII'mmm coooold. This time he gave me that look that parents give that says "don't push me" so then I waited two minutes and let another one go, whaaahhh, IIII'mmm coooold. Now he checked the time and saw it was 12:15 PM and he must have come to the conclusion that we waited long enough (I'm sure the whining helped in this regard). He asked if I was ready -- I said YES!

Off we went toward Vose Avenue and up the hill on Raymond Avenue, he was huffing and puffing. We got to Grove Park and stopped for a photo. Generally, the road conditions were fine but we were riding further into the street than we would like given the snow on the side of the road. I wasn't worried though since the driving wasn't my problem, all I had to do is admire the scenery. After the park, Raymond Avenue turned into Grove Road and it was an easy ride for dad. Once we got onto Montrose Avenue (BIG houses there) it was downhill until Meadowbrook Lane. Once again I got to look with envy at the sledders... I also started feeling cold at this point so I mentioned it to dad. I know what he was thinking: "can I push the girl for a little longer or do I have to call it quits," so I thought one more whine would seal the deal for me... whaaahhh, IIII'mmm coooold. That's all it took for him to make a bee line to Eden Gourmet. The Eden Gourmet folks were nice enough to let me bring the bike inside while dad shopped. He treated himself to coffee and I got a corn muffin. Thanks dad!

Monday, March 1, 2010