6 Insanely Awesome Bikes

Clean commuting. It’s the cat’s pajamas.

We know you’ve all been hustling to run errands, filling your cars to max seating capacity, and pedaling your hearts out all for the sake of clean air. We appreciate that, we really do (and so do your lungs).

As a thank you to you pedal-pushers and other clean commuters, we’ve put together a list of dreamy bikes that we know you’d love to get your hands on. Some of them are just concepts, but others are fully functional. You could even buy one…if you had Bruce Wayne’s credit card.

Speaking of Bruce Wayne, he – er… Batman – would probably love this ride: The Stealth Bomber. This electric bike would look great speeding down the streets ofGotham after the Joker. But in all seriousness, this bike is more than a fictitious prop. The electric cycle tops out at 50mph off of the battery, and can go even faster when you start pedaling.

You’re drooling. Stop it. We know the bike is beautiful, but it’s not polite to stare. The Aston Martin One-77 (why yes, they do make luxury sports cars) is a bicycle fit for James Bond. It’s considered one of the most high-tech bikes on the market featuring a high-tech computer system, complex array of sensors, and a carbon fiber frame to keep the weight down. So start saving—just $39,000 and it’s yours. (You’d better get an excellent U-lock.)

No chain? No problem. The CERV (continually ergonomic race vehicle) concept bike has no chain, and changes shape as you ride for the most aerodynamic position. Not to mention, it doesn’t have a front fork. Look out the CERV at the Tour de France in the next few years.

The Fliz Bike is hardly a bike at all. It’s more like something out of the Flintstones (in terms of foot-power, not rudimentary design.) The only components that this baby has in common with your everyday bike are wheels and handlebars. No chain, no seat, no pedals. Just get a running start and glide your way to wherever you’re headed. Good luck getting uphill, though.

The Audi Wörthersee e-bike is another sleek and stylish electric bike. Looks pretty sweet, but where do you sit?

The sleek, artistically crafted Axalko wooden bicycle is carved from Spanish ash wood. It’s light weight, super speedy, and looks great too. Just don’t go riding through any fires.

Let’s just get one thing straight. Biking is cool. It doesn’t matter if your cruising in a tricked-out, swagtastic, speed machine, or if you’ve dusted off your dad’s old 10-speed from the 80’s. Either way, you’re keeping our air clean, and lookin’ great doing it.

Movie Scenes – Bicycle Edition

Here at On Air, we love a good movie almost as much as we love clean air and clean commuting. And we thought it was only right to follow up our last post about public transit in the movies with a list of our favorite bicycle movie scenes.

So, there are a lot of bike movies that are way before your time (before my time, even). But that doesn’t mean they’re not worth a watch. We’ve come up with a list of scenes from movies that you will actually recognize—but first, the classics:

#1: Better Off Dead (1985) – in this scene, a determined paper boy rides down John Cusack, in pursuit of his rightfully earned $2. (Hey, that was kind of a lot of money in 1985.) (Also, don’t try this stuff at home.)

#2 The Great Muppet Caper (1981) – Who doesn’t love the Muppets? We’ve got to give clean air props to Kermit and Piggy, who ride their bikes through the park in this classic scene:

#3 E. T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982) – Even if it’s over than 10 years older than you are, you have to have seen E.T. This classic film has one of the most iconic bike scenes of all time!

#4 Napoleon Dynamite (2004) – Gosh! We sure do love Napoleon, especially when he takes Pedro’s bike for a spin. Lucky!

#5 127 Hours (2010) – This movie has a killer mountain biking scene. Unfortunately, it’s not on Youtube, but we thought it deserved a mention anyway. Here’s a taste from the trailer.

#6 Premium Rush (2012) – This is an entire movie about biking! Again, YouTube hasn’t  got a hold of specific scenes yet, but the trailer you will show you just how much action-cycling there really is.

#7 Transporter 3 (2008) – This is probably my favorite scene of the bunch. Action star Jason Statham chases down his stolen car from a bicycle, and puts a bike-fu hurt on the bad guy.

So there you have it, a few of our favorite biking scenes from the big screen. Who did we miss? What is your favorite bicycling scene?

All rights too these film clips belong to their respective studios.

October Bike to School Challenge

So the old folks over at The Clean Air Campaign have issued an October Bike to Work Challenge. I figure if they can bike to work for an ENTIRE month, we have to be able to bike to school…right? I mean, after all, we are far younger, fitter, sprightlier, and can certainly bike circles around every one of them. Not to mention, we are far better looking.

Why should you bike to school? Well for starters, it’s awesome. But if you need any further persuasion, here you go:

1. Biking is fun. There is nothing more exhilarating than working hard to get up a hill, and then flying down the other side. For you thrill-seekers with a need for speed, you will greatly enjoy it. If you prefer to be a bit more cautious going downhill, then no worries, that’s what brakes are for.

2. Biking gets you in great shape. Now I’m not saying that biking a mile or two a day is going to get you looking like King Leonidas or the women’s Olympic track team (that takes a ridiculous diet and exercise routine, who knew), but biking to and from school is an incredible way to get in some daily exercise. It helps to tone your core muscles, as well as boosting your cardiovascular fitness level.

3. Biking is good for the air. Naturally, this is our favorite reason. The only pollution that comes from riding your bike is the CO2 that comes from your heavy breathing – which gets sucked up by trees and converted into oxygen. Riding your bike means one less car on the road, and one less pound of pollution per mile. Imagine how much air pollution you WOULDN’T create if your entire school rode a bike for just one day.

4. Biking is social. Riding in groups can be great fun. It’s an excellent way to show up your friends in a nice “last-one-there’s-a-rotten-egg” kind of way. And that victory tastes so much sweeter when you’re sucking down clean air instead pounds of pollution.

5. Biking gives you your own ride. If you’re not old enough to drive, haven’t gotten your license, or just plain don’t have a car, biking is a great solution. No more waiting around for your parents who bother you with their intrusive questions, no more waiting for your friends to pick you up. Just hop on your bike and you’re on your way.

In addition to bombing hills, getting ripped, and beating your friend in an all-out race, you can earn Air Creds for every day that you bike to school. Rack up enough Air Creds, and we will send you some sweet On Air swag to help support your clean air message.

So there you have it. Zero reason not to bike to school this month and show all those adults how youthful you are, and they once were. Remember to always wear a helmet. I know, you don’t look as awesome in a helmet (no one does), but it will sure save your good-lookin’ head in the event of a fall.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your pedaling. Because really, we ought to be able to beat this guy:

 

Creative Transportation – Bike Sharing

We like bikes around here. That’s because bike riding is one of the cleanest modes of transportation available—not to mention healthy and pretty fun, too. But what if you don’t own a bike? Meet bike sharing.

Cities all over the world have bike sharing programs in place to make bikes available to people who don’t own them.

Here’s the general idea: bike stations are placed around a community. Bike sharing members can pick them up, use them and return them to any station. Just like renting a movie.

Bike sharing programs have become popular—and successful—all over the world. Barcelona’s Bicing bike share program reportedly cut the country’s CO2 emissions down 9,000 metric tons last year! Wuhan, China currently has the largest bike sharing program in the world, with about 60,000 available bikes, with bikes cropping up about every 100 meters!

In the U.S., Boston’s bike share program has gone environmentally above and beyond with solar powered bike stations. Here in Georgia, Georgia Tech has started the ViaCycle bike sharing program, which has already gathered over 100 users. It’s currently only available to Georgia Tech students and faculty, but plans are being shopped around for a city-wide program.

Another national bike sharing service here in the States is Bcycle. Bcycle sets up available bikes at several “B-stations” around the towns where they operate, making it easy to join up and grab a bike when you need one.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any Bcycle sites here in Georgia…yet. But Bcycle is always accepting nominations for new towns in the “Who Wants it More?” section of their site. Click here to nominate your town today!

Check out this bike sharing world map to see just how many bike sharing systems there are all over the world! This map shows operational systems as well as systems in planning or construction.

Think bike sharing won’t work for your community? It may be easier than you think. Get to know your biking peers, and start talking about how to make your town more bike-friendly. Also, check out this link for helpful ideas and articles about community bike programs: iBike encouragement

So, what do you think of bike sharing? Tell us in the comments section below! And, don’t forget to log your bike riding in the AirCreds tool for points and prizes!

Got wheels? Bike to School Day is May 9!

It’s May, which means summer’s around the corner. In other words, the weather is no longer an excuse to leave those bikes in the garage. Wheel them out, dust them off, and participate in National Bike Month!

Organized by the League of American Bicyclists and partnered with the National Center for Safe Routes to School, National Bike Month includes National Bike to School Day, which is this Wednesday, May 9. That means that students all over the country will be biking to school, and you should totally be one of them.

If you live within pedaling distance of your school, biking can be easier than you think—just hop on and go! (But make sure you’ve got air in the tires. And a helmet. Seriously.)

And don’t be afraid to scout the neighborhood for bike buddies. Not sure where to start? Try these tips:

  • Meet up. Consider holding a meeting at school or in your community to find other teens in your area that could walk or bike with you to school.
  • Get details. Consider questions like these: Are there sidewalks? Any dangerous road crossings? How many are already walking or biking to school? Learning this type of information will help in getting you the tools you need to create safe routes.
  • Find A Route. Once you’ve got some good information, start mapping potential routes. Try getting some people together to walk or bike the route during free time. You can use map tools like Map-a-Route, Ride the City or even Google Maps to help plan your bike route.   
  • Finalize the Plan. Figure out who will be participating and when. Decide how often the routes will be used, who you’ll travel with, etc.

Register for National Bike to School Day here to stay connected to everyone else who will be biking on May 9. And remember, it’s National Bike Month for the entire month of May, so once you’re rolling, don’t stop! Try to bike to school throughout the rest of the month—see how many miles you can log!

And don’t forget to log your biking or walking in AirCreds for points and prizes!

 

My Generation

At my school, walking and biking to school is very common. There’s a massive group of students who live relatively nearby, and ride their bikes or come to school on foot almost every day. We even have one organized day a month where you get small prizes for using alternative, eco-friendly transportation when travelling to and from school.

(If you want to get your school involved, go to Georgia Safe Routes to School.)

I interviewed some of my friends, teachers and peers who are working every day to prevent air pollution by avoiding the harmful substances emitted into the environment by motor vehicles. Although many schools aren’t as environmentally conscious as mine, it’s clear that young people can have a lot of impact in the green movement. Let’s make our generation be the one to protect our future.

OnAir says: It’s Air Quality Awareness Week! Got any air-friendly ideas you’re ready to put into action? Tell us about them in the comments! And don’t forget to keep logging those clean, green acts for more AirCreds!

A Cleaner Commute = Cleaner Air

Clean Commute options allow you to explore new ways to reduce idling cars in school zones, grocery stores, or even at the banks. Anywhere were you would leave your car running for a long period of time we recommend you use a clean commute option.

Here are four clean modes of transportation bus riding, biking, walking, and carpooling.

  • Bus Riding – Riding the bus is one of the safest modes of transportation and helps take cars off the road.
  • Biking – Whether you rely on your bike for transportation or exercise, riding your bike to school or the park can be fun and is healthy for your body.

  • Walking – Rethinking how you get to school, work, or friend’s house, etc. can help make a big difference in the air we breathe. Walking is one of the best forms of physical activity and it requires no preparation, no special equipment, and it’s free!
  • Carpooling – Sharing a ride with a friend or classmate 2-3 times a week can save you about $1,000 over the course of a year – but the equivalent of three months’  worth of groceries for a family of four. (Source- Food Food Marketing Institute, average weekly grocery bill for family of four is $115.00 – November 2010)

Every day, Georgians help to eliminate 1.4 million vehicle miles of travel (the equivalent of circling the globe 56 times!) by carpooling, teleworking, riding a bike, walking, riding the bus or riding public transportation to work and school. These actions add up to keeping 700 tons of pollution out of the air we breathe!

(Source: Center for Transportation and the Environment study conducted on behalf of the Georgia Department of transportation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration – global circumference at equator = 24,901 miles.)

Clean commuting not only means