A flourishing relationship on bikes.

Aw, look at this cute couple biking together. Wait, why do they have all those bags? Like they’re ready to take on the freaking world?

That’s because they don’t just bike for hobby. It’s their lifestyle.

Behold, the Oguchi couple. This couple has been biking around the world for the past five years, logging over 60,000 miles in the process. And they did it in 84 countries overall. EIGHTY-FOUR.

Laura Scott from the blog Locals interviewed Ryohei Oguchi (the boyfriend), and what was his reasoning?

It was his dream.

What does his boo think? Well, I can think that’s clear by the picture.

Their next stops include Morocco, south of France, Spain, Ireland, and eventually Latin America.

D’awww, good luck you little scoundrels. :’)

Just goes to show you that a lifestyle involving bikes is extremely possible. We’re not saying drop everything to ride around on your bike (although that would be pretty great), but if these guys can go place to place on bike, then so can you.

Thoughts/opinions? Inspired yet? Share with us below!

Source: http://grist.org/list/this-couple-has-been-biking-around-the-world-for-five-years/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=update&utm_campaign=socialflow

More workout, less energy. And we’re all for it.

So I’m sure you’ve been hearing all the rage about this new type of workout called CrossFit. There is a very hardcore regimen involved, and it’s supposed to give you incredible results.

It also has a no-frills approach, where you will often hear “Shut up and train” shouted out, willy nilly, at normal people with feelings and everything.

So why do we kind of like it? Because it’s a green workout, that’s why.

Lots of gyms are packed with electric-powered equipment that uses batteries/electricity. Blasting stereos, arctic-level air conditioning, and large flatscreens in every corner are the norm.

(Seriously, have you ever thought how much ENERGY your workout is using–and not even paying off in burned calories?)

CrossFit gyms tend to have no warmed towel service, no televisions, no air conditioning, and no vending machines. They also typically utilize large, abandoned, industrial buildings instead of multi-level suites. Here at OnAir, we are all for that.

What about you? Have you thought about ways to take energy OUT of your workout? Let us know your ideas in a comment below!

Source: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/crossfit-new-eco-friendly-gym.html

Parking Space = Tiny Park

I think it might be safe to say that parking lots can be wasted space. If you take a step back and really think about it, they’re these huge swatches of land that only get used for one thing. And that one thing is storing the things that keep spouting pollutants into the air. FAIL.

So when we heard about Parking Day 2013, we were all about it. Parking Day is an event that originally took place in San Francisco and spread all over the United States. The idea behind Parking Day 2013 is to turn parking spaces into “public parks” or whatever else would be a better use of space.

Check it out.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

San Francisco – A goat parklet

Phoenix

San Francisco – Free braiding

Phoenix – A bike parklet

 

No Atlanta representation yet, but that’s all the more reason to have an epic showing for Park Day 2014.

What would your Parking Day park look like? Share your ideas in a comment below!

OnAir: Also, as long as we’re cutting down on parking spaces…you know what super-fun transportation mode doesn’t need a parking lot? BIKING. Join the Teen Bike Challenge today!

blogonair.org/bikechallenge

Source: http://grist.org/slideshow/park-get-set-go-heres-what-it-looks-like-when-the-weird-and-the-car-free-steal-your-spot/

28 Feet.

Okay seriously, it’s like there is some type of competition going on of who can live in the smallest space. So far, this one definitely takes the cake. I mean, if they can fit it on there…

They call her Lizzy Belle, and she (the boat, that is) was launched off of the coast of Nova Scotia in 1967. The owner, Dave Welsford, always loved building treehouses, forts, etc. So when he restored Lizzy Belle (she couldn’t even float on water then) he thought of it as the perfect opportunity for a new living spaces. Check her out below.

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Glorious.

Find anything you think can go lower than 28 feet? Post your suggestions in a comment below!

Source: http://grist.org/list/this-tiny-boat-is-the-ultimate-tiny-living-space/

Bike thief PWNage, Pt. II

Looks like your average bicyclist, right?

Wrong. This is the lady who got her stolen bike returned using only the power of a well-worded note.

(What’s with all these stories of people getting their bikes back from bike thieves? Is the world actually turning into a good place? WHAT IS LIFE.)

Now, if it was my bike that had been stolen, I would have been a lot meaner. But Eileen Remedios from England was basically adorable when asking for it back. When her blue bike turned up missing, she stuck a note to a lamppost saying:

“Please return my bike. It is old but loved and will be frightened without its owner.”

Looks like she was asking to be taught a cold, hard lesson about merciless thieves–except, wait, nope.

What actually happened is that her note was answered with the returned bike. Which would have been enough on its own, but it also came with its own note, addressed to “The owner of the old blue bike” and saying:

“A great big fat … SORRY! From the reformed bike thief! (I didn’t mistreat it).”

And Remedios being as sweet as she is, replied saying:

“To the sweet bike borrower. Thanks for returning my bike. She had a nice time but is delighted to be back with me.”

Bike thief reform. It really does happen, apparently.

Shocked by this turn of events? Got your own tale of correspondence with bike-stealing miscreants to share? Tell us about it in a comment below!

Source: http://grist.org/list/this-woman-left-a-note-asking-for-her-stolen-bike-back-and-it-worked/

Subway rules to live by

Not-so-shocking revelation: We’re huge fans of public transit. Because traveling communally is better for the air, obvs.

Here’s the thing, though: When you’re sharing your ride with a bunch of other people, there’s a certain etiquette in place. Because you don’t want to be that guy making the ride worse for everyone else, right?

Seriously, don’t be that guy.

That’s why we love these subway-rules gifs by Nathan Pyle. And even though he drew them with NYC in mind, we’re pretty sure you can apply them at your nearest transit stop.

For instance:

Broken door, suspicious package, weird smell–the point is, people are avoiding that car for a reason. Tread carefully.

Guess what? Not everyone can stomach the smell of your lunch. Be a nice passenger and respect the smell barrier..

And there is seriously nothing more annoying than seeing a person in a subway tunnel trying to be heard on a cell phone. It won’t happen.

You can find more city rules on the artist’s website. They’re even being published in book form in 2014.

What are your public transit pet peeves? Tell us in a comment below!

Source: http://grist.org/list/here-are-the-animated-rules-you-should-follow-to-live-in-nyc-or-any-other-city/

100 pounds of bike cargo!

We recently talked about cargo bikes helping cyclist cart passengers around. If you forgot, here you go.

But at the end of the day, let’s be real. If you have a bunch of things to carry, a woven basket can carry only so much, right? Like your coffee or a small animal. Preferably a puppy.

It’s okay, puppy. You now can have several friends and chew toys and whatever else you desire because of this new electric bike…that can carry up to 100 pounds of cargo.

Omg. You can carry a litter of puppies now! Or kittens, whatever, we won’t judge.

(Or maybe you could just haul books and groceries and things that normal grown-ups need.)

The new 2×4 electric bike by NTS Works can not only carry up to 100 pounds of stuff; it can also travel up to 20 miles per hour because of the electric-assist engine. Pretty cool, right?

Well, apparently this concept isn’t exactly new. Enterprising riders have used bikes like these for over 100 years. However, the inventor, Neal Saiki, hopes it catches some more widespread following.

Of course, there is a bit of a compromise. It does require a little bit of a workout to ride the bike (as with all e-bikes), but not to the point where you are exhausted. However, considering that you’re able to lug 100 pounds of cargo, a minimal workout seems like an OK trade. Plus, when charged with only $30 worth of electricity, it can travel up to 10,000 miles. Good job, Saiki.

Would you invest in a bike like this? Share your thoughts with us below!

Source: http://whatsnext.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/04/new-electric-bike-can-haul-100-pounds-of-cargo/?sr=fb090413electricbikecargo10p

Bike thief: PWNed.

When Quentin Matheson’s bike was stolen–a bike he’d owned for around 13 years–he was understandably bummed. But three days after the bike was stolen, he and a friend spotted the stolen bike on the street. Using an extra bike lock they just happened to have on hand, they locked up the bike until Matheson could steal it back. When he did re-steal the bike, he left a surprise in its place:

This clever bike drawing, accompanied by this note:

“Dear Bike Thief, you rascal! You took my bike earlier this week but forgot to tell me where you’d leave it! It took a stroke of great luck that my friend, who’s also my bike mechanic, happened to spot it right here! Isn’t that crazy?

Anyway, I kinda need my bike so I’m taking it back. Please accept this substitute until you can afford your own.”

That should teach ‘em.

What do you think of this bout of vigilante justice? Do you have a story of bike thievery to share? Tell us in the comments below!

Source: http://grist.org/list/cheeky-canadian-reclaims-his-stolen-bike-and-replaces-it-with-a-drawing/

Subway yearbooks and public transit pranks

Ever wished you could have a do-over for your yearbook photo? We thought so.

Enter Improv Everywhere.

Based in NYC, Improv Everywhere is a prank collective that pulls friendly stunts in public. And recently, they appointed themselves the in-house yearbook staff of a New York subway. Take a look:.

See, fun things DO happen on subways.

We happen to think that public transit is groovy all on its own. But we also love it when people take steps to make the daily commute more fun. (As long as it’s not, like, illegal. Or harmful.)

Think of it as aa good way to create a sense of community on public transit. Which some cities, particularly Atlanta, need.

What’s your best idea for a public transit prank? Share it below!

Source: http://improveverywhere.com/2009/09/22/subway-yearbook-photos/

 

The Real-life Lorax

Ever heard of the Lorax? No? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

Well to give you a brief synopsis, the Lorax is this guy:

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Taken from a classic Dr. Seuss story, the Lorax speaks up on behalf of trees being cut down by careless development. Unfortunately, no one listens to him, the trees shrivel, and the environment DIES.

(We said classic. Not happy.)

So what if we told you there is a real, living Lorax?

Okay, well she doesn’t have a giant, fluffy moustache and she doesn’t do this:

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But Alana Lea, our real-life Lorax, has planted over 4,000 trees in rainforests to where they belong. She shared this with the Care2 community, which gave her a lot of well-deserved attention.

Unfortunately, many of the trees that were still in their baggies on their way to be planted died in the process. To prevent this from happening again, she pushed for 13 organic nurseries. With the help of donations from Care2 members and a benefit concert put together by the Kids for Environmental and Social Action in L.A., they were able to purchase 2,000 more trees to be planted.

For more details on Alana Lea’s work, read more here.

What can we learn from this? You should be a Lorax too–and speak for the trees!

Questions/comments/thoughts? Share them with us below!