Rise of The Great Copenhagen

Looking past the fact that the name of the city would totally be a cool dictator name, Copenhagen is pretty awesome. Why do we say that?

Bikes, of course. AS USUAL.

Stunning, amirite?

According to city officials,Copenhagen sees more bike traffic than any other city in the world. Salud, Copenhagen.

Here are a few more statistics on bicyclists in Copenhagen:

  • Queen Louise’s Bridge sees over 40,000 bikes per day.

  • More than a third of Copenhagen’s population — or 36% — bike to school or work every single day.

  • 75% (HOLY CRAP) of Copenhagen residents ride the bike year-round, no matter the weather (btw, that’s a climate similar to Alaska’s).

  • They love it.

Yep, that’s right. They enjoy biking, and they are incredibly proud of the biking culture that they’re known for. And that’s more than we can say about the bike culture here in the United States. New York, please be an example to all the other states!

What are your thoughts on the bike culture of Copenhagen? Do you think the U.S. will look like this one day? Share your thoughts with us in a comment below.

Source: http://grist.org/cities/spin-cycle-copenhagens-rise-fall-and-rise-again-to-cycling-supremacy/

And we finally have a flying bike.

That’s right, y’all. This is the new flying bike that flies over traffic jams in London.

This is of course, after some failures. Such as…

The Wright Brothers.

Napoleon Dynamite.

This one is a fail because he was an alien. That technology was CLEARLY not taken advantage of, otherwise we would have had it for about 30 years now. -.-

Two London engineers sat down together in a pub and decided to design the best way for a bike to be able to fly over the crazy traffic jams in London, which are dangerous especially for bikers.

Pretty epic, yes we know.

How is this beneficial to the environment? Well, other than the fact that it is a FLYING BIKE, it can last in the air for up to three hours — this is helpful in reducing the amount of people on the roads. It also is helpful that it doesn’t use anything harmful for the air — it’s all manpower.

What are your thoughts and opinions on this thing? Would you get one? Would it be cool to see flying bikes around in the United States? Tell us what you think in a comment below!

Rubbee

E-bikes are pretty spectacular, but unfortunately there are a few downsides. For one, they’re expensive. It can cost as much as a cheaper car or your monthly rent in Buckhead ($$$).

They’re also heavy, so it’s difficult to say it’s efficient when it weighs so much. Because they’re so heavy, you can’t even take them around as many places…especially here in Atlanta, where although there may be some bike-friendly areas, for the most part…potholes. So. Freaking. Many.

And of course, that doesn’t bode well for e-bikes. But what if you could turn your normal bicycle into an e-bike?

See that thing he’s putting near his seat? That would be your holy grail. In this context, I mean.

How it works is you latch it onto the back of your bike and it spins around like crazy, propelling you into long distances. We like long distances. On bikes, of course. When you get tired, Rubbee supports you for a good 15 miles. Impressive, huh?

Would you find use for a Rubbee? What’s your idea for making bikes better? Share your thoughts with us in a comment below!

Source: http://grist.org/list/this-doohickey-turns-your-normal-bike-into-an-electric-bike/

Your A.C. and Going Green

For those of you who are running off to college, we hope you’re having a good time preparing your dorm/apartment! Plus, we hope you have made biking arrangements to get around campus (the ONLY way to get around campus!).

Something you might not have considered, though, is how you may be wasting energy. What’s the biggest culprit? Our beloved air conditioner.

©camyhydro.com

This girl is all of us.

So here are some tips to not waste energy (or $$$), even when it’s hot..

1. Keep it at a set temperature — The more you fiddle with the thermostat, the more energy you waste as your air conditioner works harder to keep up. Plus, you KNOW that five degrees won’t make a difference (especially here in Hotlanta).

2. Clean your air filter — When you have a dirty air filter, your air conditioner uses much more energy to work. So clean and maintain your stuff (this goes for other things besides air conditioners, like dryers).

3. Turn your air conditioner off at night — You won’t even realize it! Once the sun’s gone down, you’re not in danger of the extra heat seeping in. Plus, if you like to sleep cool, just get a fan. You will be okay, promise.

4. Turn your air conditioner off when no one is home — It’s okay if the thermostat temperature goes up to 85. Why? Because nobody is home. What are you trying to keep cool? Your Hunger Games collection?

5. Use a fan! — It bears repeating: you can use your fan at night. And during the day. And it feels nice.

Got any other tips? Share them with us in a comment below!

Sources: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/10-ways-to-save-energy-when-ai-120022

http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/save-money-air-conditioning-0708

Bikes mean DOLLAH BILLZ!

Ah, electric bikes. Environmentally friendly, and who doesn’t want to zip around on an electric bike?

Of course, your average bike is a lot more environmentally friendly than an e-bike, but STILL. It’s a pretty fantastic idea, yeah?

Awesome.

Oh, and did we also mention that by 2020 the e-bike industry will be worth $11 BILLION!?


OMG WHAT IS REAL LIFE RIGHT NOW

According to a recent study, China is the main contributor to this vast amount of money. Either way, we’re all like…

So let’s focus in a little bit. $11 billion is A LOT of money, right? So obviously, the bike business is gaining a lot of headway. And we must say, that we are impressed and pleased by this new trend. Why?

Well because it is so so so important to bike. We emphasize the importance of this because of a few extremely important reasons: 1) You are saving money on gas. 2) You’re reducing the amount of traffic on the roads…which then results in… 3) Cleaning the air! Plus, everyone else is doing it. Why don’t you?

 

Thoughts/opinions? Talk to us in a comment below.

Source: http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/electric-bicycles-be-11-billion-industry-2020.html

Paradoxical beauty.

Daniel Beltra, a well known photographer, decided to take aerial shots of the Gulf Coast oil spill. The results? Well, I don’t know what to think anymore.

 

 

 

So ironically beautiful. These were just a few of my favorites. For more, click here.

We are all aware of the BP oil spill and how it affected 68,000 square miles of beautiful ocean. When the beauty of these photographs was brought up to Daniel Beltra, he didn’t know how to respond. He claimed that it was not his intention, and that this was just him presenting a view that not many people are used to. Apparently the surreal colors is a reaction between the crude oil and a dispersant chemical that is supposed to get rid of the oil. So technically, it isn’t too paradoxical at all.

Beltra is well known for his aerial photographs — he is an avid environmentalist and takes photographs of environmental disasters to make people aware of the issue. He will be coming out with a book called Spill, which is a series of photographs of the initial stages of the oil spill disaster.

What do you think about these startling photographs? Share your thoughts with us in a comment below.

Source: http://cnnphotos.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/14/deepwater-horizon-spill-oil-on-an-ocean-canvas/?sr=fb071513oilspillphotos8p

Local bike news!

Oh Atlanta, we love you more than ever now.

©foreveriloveatlanta.com Who wouldn’t love a city that looks like this? *dreamy sigh*

The City of Atlanta announced on July 16th that construction will be going underway for a BRAND SPANKING NEW TWO-WAY BIKE ROUTE AROUND 10TH STREET. You know, around the Piedmont Park area.

It will look similar to this.

To get into where it will be specifically, Phase 1 of the bike route will be at 10th Street around Piedmont Park between Charles Allen Drive and Monroe Drive, and will then be extended into Myrtle Street and Peachtree Street for Phase 2. Which is later this year. *squeal*

Here at OnAir, we are super excited about this. Midtown Atlanta is a beautiful area, especially for biking around on. And now, it has gotten easier. You’ll be able to spot us biking around there, so if you’re an ATLien, keep your eyes peeled for the OnAir logo (I’ll probably be biking to a local coffee place to catch up on blogging).

If you live around here, will you be using this? Tell us your reactions in a comment below!

Source: http://www.atlantaintownpaper.com/2013/07/10th-street-cycle-track-to-connect-midtown-to-beltline/

4,000 MPH.

Commuting is stressful. It can take hours to get to a certain destination because of traffic, and a plane flight is obviously much faster (if you’re going around the United States, state to state) but it still takes around five hours to get from East Coast to West Coast. And burns a ton of harmful jet fuel along the way.

But what if that took only a few minutes?

Say hello to the Hyperloop System.

This is a project that is currently being worked on by Tesla Motors and SpaceX, and it is essentially a tube transport system which would allow passengers to travel at extremely high speeds. The way it would be built is through a magnetic levitation system, similar to high-speed bullet trains. It would consist of “capsules” for six passengers and travel up to 4,000 MPH.

The best part? It would cost a fraction of what it would cost to make a high speed rail or a freeway. Tickets would be around $100.

How is this important for the environment? Well, less time being spent in commute (score!) means fewer resources lost. Plus, because it will be built off of a magnetic levitation system, it uses less fuel than what a plane would use. Double whammy.

What is your opinion of the Hyperloop System? Do you feel it is necessary? Will it make a positive impact on the environment and populations all over the world? Tell us what you think in a comment below.

Source: http://www.industrytap.com/la-to-nyc-in-under-an-hour-hyperloop-system-will-let-you-travel-at-4000-mph/10194

Surprise! Utah is doing well with public transit.

Utah is getting well known, with Miss Utah wanting to revolutionize discrimination regarding payroll between women and men.

Jokes aside, did you know that Utah has the fastest growing public transit system in the country? Who would have thought!?

From the looks of it, it’s incredibly clean and nice. Although it isn’t finished yet, we are able to tell from the video that it’s going to be a rather efficient and awesome public transit system. And it’s going to be soon, you know, considering it’s the fastest growing in the U.S., and what not. Nbd.

Do you have an awesome public transit system in your city? Do you wish you did? Share it with us in a comment below!

I scream for ice cream and bikes.

So I don’t know about y’all, but I really really really REALLY love ice cream. Oh, but wait, who doesn’t, right? And if you haven’t noticed, I also really love bikes. You know, considering that half of what we post is about bikes. But you know what’s really really great?

Ice cream on bikes!

We have just found out about Ice Cream Jubilee in Washington, D.C., which delivers ice cream right to your door, via bike. So no, it’s not an ice cream truck, as your sugar-induced crazy overwhelms your eye sockets and eardrums clamoring for some crappy ice cream and carbon dioxide filling the air.

Ice Cream Jubilee offers a monthly subscription type plan where you can receive 4 half-pints a month for $25. Yeah, it’s a little pricey. But our hope is that it pays for the poor bicyclists going out of their way to deliver ice cream to your door! Plus, I’d pay for ice cream on bikes.

Omg. ©Ice Cream Jubilee

Know of any other bike services in your city? Tell us about it in a comment below.

Source: http://grist.org/list/ice-cream-delivery-via-bike-means-your-summer-just-got-better/