E309 – Aubrey Anderson: Runcible

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 9.13.06 PMToday a remote conversation with Aubrey Anderson, the designer/developer of Runcible, the circular “anti-smartphone.”  What do you do when you’re tired of seeing people stare down blankly at a rectangle?  Reinvent the darned thing.  Runcible is a legacy electronic, designed to last and constructed of quality & socially responsible materials, and it’s specially calibrated to enahnce your interactions with the world around you, not distract you from it.  And you can carry it on a stylish chain!  Visit the IndieGoGo page for more info, or the the Monohm site.

Also: Aaron is pretty sure he’s not concussed (at least that’s what he’s saying).

Calendar
July 30: Pie-a-Thon 2016
August 11: Pam Nichols Art Show at Western Bike Works Tigard 6pm
August 14: Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt

Headlines
From the verge.com via Logan Smith
These ultra-tough socks almost stopped me wearing shoes

Biketown contract forces users to waive their legal rights – unless they act quickly

And also This Musical Double Negative

Mail
From Cristi : Vernors is the best ginger ale!

From Todd T in Helena, MT: Vernors is a cure-all!

From Aqua D in PDX: E204 is full of cute interactions between two star-crossed lovers.

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Logan Smith, JohnnyK, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Andy Brunner, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Christopher Barnett, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathryn Minchin, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory Closz, Michael Flournoy, Jeremy Kitchen

E307b – Brock’s PCT Journal

IMG_5750Brock talked to himself into a phone while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.  Ten times!  If you’re curious what goes through someone’s head while they walk 15 miles a day, here’s a peek:

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E307 PCT Returnees!

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Today we welcome back Brock and Adele from their time hiking (not biking!) the Pacific Crest Trail. Also with us is Guthrie Straw. Welcome back, Guthrie!

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Guthrie’s first Sprocket Podcast appearance circa… I can’t remember.

Calendar
July 30: Pie-a-Thon, a celebration of Pie, Music, and Fun in SE Portland!

August 11: Pam Nichols Art Show at Western Bike Works Tigard 6pm

August 14: Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt

Headlines

We Got Interviewed!

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From registerguard.com via Josh G.: “long depressing read on the lack of leadership at ODOT the future of passenger rail… we should just let CA and WA[sic] pay for all of OR’s right of way”
Oregon rail officials look to push high-speed passenger rail service into distant futureTentative plan would keep passenger trains on Union Pacific Railroad tracks

From kickstarter:
A magnetic, removable reflector designed to work with existing clothing and equipment to increase your visible footprint on the road.

Mail

Michael Hart reviewed us
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From Brittany – her bicycle fundraising campaign!

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music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast
Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, JohnnyK, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Andy Brunner, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Christopher Barnett, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathryn Minchin, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory Closz, Michael Flournoy, Jeremy Kitchen

E306 Dudelunapalooza

IMG_4268Today Aaron and Armando talk about their pedalpalooza rides.

big thanks to Steph Routh for the use of her thumb drive

 

Calendar
July 16: Brompton Urban Challenge! (which Armando will lose)

July 16: Bike Loud PDX Salem Ride 7:00am at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Hosted by Livable Streets Action, an affiliate group of BikeLoudPDX

August 11: Pam Nichols Art Show at Western Bike Works Tigard 6pm

August 14: Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt

 

Headlines

From the Pedalshift Project

Oh, no big deal @SprocketPodcast – you’re just “WHAT’S HOT” according to a fruit company in Cupertino! Congrats!

 

From medium.com

By Evan Heidtmann

Portland’s residential off-street parking requirements actually reduce available parking (or as aaron likes to call it: in defense of storing our cars on the public right-of-way)

Today in Portland, new construction in almost any residential neighborhood is required to include 1 off-street parking space per unit. If you’re concerned about being able to find parking near your house, this might sound good — more parking means more parking, right?

Not quite. Most new parking requires a new curb cut, and, on many streets, this curb cut takes the place of on-street parking. In other words, by requiring new construction to include driveways, we are actually reducing the net amount of parking available to the public. Each new curb cut takes a parking space out of circulation and attaches it permanently to the residence (whether the resident wants it or not). Now you can’t park there, your neighbors can’t park there, and your guests can’t park there. Only the owner can park there, and they can only do that if they have a car and their car is at home.

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From Jonas B in Sweden

On a few shows you have been discussing the Vision Zero concept. Being a swede I have seen the results of vision zero first hand and I thought I should give you some input of how Vision Zero have affected biking and bike touring.

First. Vision Zero have saved lives. In the mid 90-s the average yearly traffic fatality rate was around 450-500. In 2015 260 people were killed in traffic. So fatal accidents are almost half in twenty years (declining about 5% per year).

When analyzing these [fatalities] a few factors stand out:

– Vehicle speed that are too high and thus the driver lose control of the vehicle or can´t avoid a dangerous situation.

– Drunk driving. Alcohol kills.

– Reckless overtaking on two-lane highways.

Because of these finding swedish officials worked to reduce speed on roads where speed can cause accidents, mainly by enforcing speed limits by the police and automatic speed ticketing of speeding drivers. Police spend a lot of time stopping cars and doing breath tests of drivers. Reckless overtaking have been combatted by spending money on infrastructure, and this is where bikers are most affected.

To facilitate opportunity to overtake, the roads are restructured to be three-lane roads with alternating two lane sides. So every other mile the road you’re going down will be a single lane and every other mile it will be two lane. So if you come up on a vehicle you want to overtake you can wait until the road goes two-lanes and then you can overtake without risking a head on collision with a vehicle coming from the other direction. These 2+1-lane roads have saved a lot of lives.

However to accomodate another lane on two-lane roads the space taken are the shoulders, and that´s where we bike tourers used to ride. These roads are not longer ridable for bikes. They weren´t safe, but now they are not longer an option for tourers. This can be frustrating, because all of a sudden the road can turn into a 2+1 road, and then you have to take another route, and there might not be a good alternative, so you have to go back a few miles to find a way round.

To wrap up: Vision Zero in Sweden is mostly about rural infrastructure and somewhat car-centric. Bike advocacy groups in the US should be aware of the risk of infrastructure change that can impede bike touring. Vision Zero work tend to improve traffic for cars and better roads for cars supports the concept of cars. Lives will be saved, however.

Fine Print

music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast
Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, JohnnyK, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Andy Brunner, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Christopher Barnett, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathryn Minchin, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory Closz, Michael Flournoy, Jeremy Kitchen