Welcome to the Wednesday Group Ride, a collection of small news bits from the overload of info coming into our offices. Stuff that we simply don’t have time to do a full story on but wanted to share anyway.State Bicycle Co. has added a Black Label Series, a 6061 aluminum track bike with a double butted, TIG welded frame and Essor full carbon fiber fork. It’s built up with a SRAM S100 crankset, flip-flop hub and house brand Pista drop bars. Retail for the complete bike is $759 with a choice of five frame colors.Lots more random bike stuff below… The Mudhugger comes out of the UK, where riding in foul weather is virtually guaranteed if you want sufficient trail time. Front and rear models attach to suspension frames with ease, with the front handling any wheel size and the rear units generally accommodating 26″ and 27.5″ tires or 29ers depending on model.Flexr Sports has developed an insulated water bottle with a disposable, biodegradable and BPA-free liner. Don’t like residual flavors or cleaning? Just pull out the liner and replace it. It also eliminates sloshing – the liner collapses on itself as you drink. The easy squeeze body and quick spout make it easy to gulp a lot, too.While we’re on disposables, Coghlan’s new Adhesive Signal Light is an LED blinky that’s hermetically sealed against moisture and dust, making it an ideal (but not reusable) emergency flasher. It’ll run 80 hours and can be seen up to a half mile away. Set it to fast or slow strobe, solid or off. It’s just 2″ tall and about as thick as a credit card and weighs next to nothing. Retail is just $5.99.The new Praxtour CTR takes indoor cycling to a new level of realism. Fans blow air across you, lending an air of movement while their onscreen workouts move at the pace you’re pedaling. Numerous videos of European classic road bike races are available. The entire bike rocks and tilts to simulate climbing and descending, also tied to the actual terrain in the videos. It’s all touch screen and self contained, too, just plug and play. You can even sync up and race your friends. Assuming, of course, you can each shell out the $6,000 asking price. Too much? They have less expensive systems that use your own bike and PC.Along those premium lines, the Buxum Tourmalet Bike Box could be the toughest bike case out there. With reinforced corners, all-aluminum construction and an internal anti-crush system protect your bike from the worst that baggage handlers can do. Solid yet adjustable fork and axle mounts hold your frame tightly in place with space all round it. Four steel twist latches close it tightly and can be locked. Weight is about 26.5lbs, keeping it in line with ABS plastic versions from other brands. There’s also the Ventoux (for larger bikes) and Galibier (for bikes with S&S Couplers). For now, shipping costs from Hong Kong bring the total for U.S. customers to about $1,050, but they’re looking for North American distribution soon.CloseoutBikes.com, which we reported on here, has changed names to Bike2020. As in 20/20 vision on the new-old-stock bike you want. Don’t remember what they do? Simple: They help bike shops sell through prior model year bikes, closeouts and other such remnant complete bikes by providing a quick, easy to search database that points you to a local bike shop.Got a few minutes to kill? Head over to Tracker Ride Epic and ride along (by playing a video game) for each stage of this year’s Absa Cape Epic. You can win prizes, or just track your favorite riders in the real race, in real time.For a video game like experience that won’t make you feel so sedentary, check out this tAlleyCat online competitive cycling app on Kickstarter. It’s in its final days and needs some funding help to get better. Video’s not so enchanting, but the tech seems really cool and pits you and your friends against each other virtually in real time.Tantalus Cycling is a startup triathlon brand launching with affordable deep carbon racing wheels. Named after Tantalus Road on Oahu, it’s the brainchild of Matt and Laura Radniecki. Sure, the wheels are using an existing design, but you can get a set of the Velox 8 (88mm deep) wheels built with Novatec hubs and cnSpoke aero spokes for just $850 as part of their Indiegogo campaign. There’s also a Velox 6 (60mm deep) on offer, with a limited number at $800. Or get a combo 6/8 front and rear. All are built with 20 spokes front and 24 rear, with matte or gloss carbon finish. Shimano/SRAM or Campy freehubs. They come with a 2-year warranty. Wheel rentals may be coming this summer, too.Think cargo bikes can’t be sexy? Butchers and Bicycles out of Copenhagen gives it a pretty good go with this incredibly well done commercial for a spectacular cargo trike. The trick (besides good cinematography and music) is the pivoting frame that makes speedy corning and hammering feel natural rather than scary as hell.
by Andrew Stein February 20, 2013 vtdigger.org Governor Peter Shumlin says he doesn’ t want oil from Canadian tar sands pumped through Vermont, but he is hesitant to support a bill that would give the state certain regulatory power over such a proposal.‘ I don’ t want to see tar sands pumped through Vermont,’ he said on Wednesday at his weekly press conference.The governor’ s comments come a week after Larry Wilson, CEO of the Portland Pipe Line Corp., told the House Fish and Wildlife Committee that he is ‘ aggressively’ seeking opportunities to pipe oil from Alberta’ s tar sands through Vermont.Wilson’ s company owns the Portland-Montreal pipeline, which cuts through the northeast corner of the state. If an oil company wanted to pipe a petroleum product from the tar sands region to Portland for export, it would need to use that line.To ensure that the state has regulatory authority over a proposal of this nature, Democratic Rep. David Deen, who chairs the House Fish and Wildlife Committee, and Sen. Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden, introduced bills that would require such an application to undergo review by an Act 250 commission. Act 250 is the state’ s governing land-use law that controls most commercial development in Vermont.While Wilson opposes any additional regulations on his company’ s pipeline, environmental groups say the state already has that authority, and they have asked the Northeast Kingdom’ s Act 250 commission to verify whether it has jurisdiction over potential changes to the pipeline.‘ Right now the district commission is considering a jurisdictional question ‘¦ about the pipeline,’ Shumlin said. ‘ I’ m always hesitant to weigh in with legislation when you have a process under current law that is being debated and considered.‘ I think the Legislature is doing good work and asking the right question,’ he said. ‘ Let’ s see where that goes.’
“Using the best available data to annually monitor our progress toward the goals set in the ECOS Plan allows municipalities, regional and state agencies, businesses, and non-profits to focus resources on the areas that could benefit most,” said Chris Roy, Chair of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors. “It’s an important step in building on previous successes and planning for a healthy, inclusive, and prosperous Chittenden County.” In 2015, all three measured transportation modes moved in the right direction: Walking and biking increased by 0.1%, transit use increased by 0.4%, and driving alone decreased by 0.1%. All data informing the Annual Report is found in the ECOS Scorecard(link is external), an interactive online platform that promotes easy access to the indicators that measure how Chittenden County is doing. To access the online platform and track how Chittenden County is doing year to year on a wide variety of topic areas, visit ecosproject.com(link is external).Following the adoption of the ECOS Plan in 2013, the ECOS Partnership formed to keep the focus on implementation. The Partnership includes the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, the City of Burlington, Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Northwest Vermont, University of Vermont, University of Vermont Medical Center, and the Vermont Department of Health. The Partners remain committed to working together to build upon collaborative successes and address areas of concern.Source: Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission 2.13.2017 www.ecosproject.com/2016-ecos-annual-report/(link is external) For the fifth year in a row, Chittenden County has met or exceeded its goal for 80% of new commercial and residential development occurring in areas planned for growth, with an average of 83% between 2010 and 2015. Relating to the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission’s land use and transportation areas of focus, notable trends from the 2016 ECOS Annual Report include: Vermont Business Magazine Chittenden County has met many of its development goals, but is still suffering from a declining prime workforce and a lagging amount of housing, despite an increase in units. The Chittenden County ECOS Partnership has released its 2016 ECOS Annual Report and online data Scorecard. For the second year in a row, the Annual Report is an infographic that visually displays some of the most interesting trends and notable accomplishments from 2016 relating to people, place, and prosperity in Chittenden County.The ECOS Annual Report summarizes progress toward the goals set in the 2013 Chittenden County ECOS Plan(link is external), the combined Regional Plan, Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Chittenden County. The ECOS Plan includes 17 broad goals in four categories: Natural Systems, Social Community, Economy, and Built Environment. ECOS stands for Environment, Community, Opportunity, Sustainabilty.To track progress made toward ECOS goals, the ECOS Partnership monitors 90+ indicators over the course of the year. The indicators are drawn from the most reliable statistics, objectively based on substantial research, and intended to be understood by broad audiences.
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A recent study * conducted by Brigham Young University finds that when it comes to learning, print materials are superior to their digital counterparts. 74% of students surveyed indicated they learn better from print and 99% report that when trying to study on an electronic device, they are distracted by e-mails, social media and web surfing.If print is superior to electronic formats when it comes to education, the same principle would apply to marketing communication, which is essentially a form of education.Whether it is to convey a brand promise or convince a reader why a product or service is superior to the competition, marketing is about education. Yes it’s education crafted out of an expressed interest, but the goal is still to deliver knowledge.I learn best without any distractions, but it’s a crowded, flashy world wide web out there. While viewing any given web page, I’m just a nanosecond away from shifting my attention to a banner ad or to an alert indicating I’ve received a new message. continue reading »
The Chronicle of Higher Education:Washington—The call to action was all over the Association for Psychological Science’s annual meeting here this past weekend. “Attention APS Members. Take Charge of Your Science,” fliers shout. Promotional ads in the conference programs urge the society’s 25,000 members to join the APS Wikipedia Initiative and “make sure Wikipedia—the world’s No. 1 online encyclopedia—represents psychology fully and accurately.” And the Wikimedia Foundation, which backs the encyclopedia, was holding editing demonstrations in the middle of the conference exhibit hall.Read more: The Chronicle of Higher Education More of our Members in the Media >
Angel Fire Resort News: The Bike Park at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR The Bike Park at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR Ah yes, autumn. A favorite time of year for a crisp, morning ride through golden glades, kicking up leaves! But seriously, it is gorgeous this time of year at Angel Fire Resort and the Bike Park is extending the season through Nov. 3 weather permitting. New Trail Opening More Information can be found at www.angelfireresort.com. Events: Gravity Games Oct. 12: Angel Fire Bike Park’s Annual Gravity Games celebrates mountain biking with fun competitions, great prizes and tons of gravity. Bring the whole family to enjoy a bike-filled day of fun. The Bike Park at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR The Bike Park at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR Smoke Signals is the newest trail from Angel Fire Bike Park. Fire 5 Final Race of the Season Oct. 13-14: Angel Fire Bike Park’s Fire 5 is the premier downhill race series in the Rocky Mountains presented by Schwalbe. This series consists of three unique downhill races held at Angel Fire Bike Park throughout the bike season. Amateurs and pros alike are invited to join in one or all three races. The Bike Park at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR
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One of the key issues is land shortages, particularly in town and city centres, where retailers and logistics companies need space to service last-mile delivery. In the latest of our Sheds of the Future series, in collaboration with Savills, we task six architects with designing an ultra-urban logistics hub and residential hybrid. Their concepts are weird and wonderful and provide plenty of food for thought.As well as the potential for ‘sheds and beds’, another evolution, driven by the growing use of automation, could be warehouses being measured in three dimensions, not two – a debate that was reignited by Amazon in November. This would lead to fundamental changes in the way buildings are valued – changes not necessarily welcomed by landlords even if it would equate to higher rents.Another possibly worrying change, in London at least, is a policy being considered by the GLA that would force developers to let a percentage of their schemes at low rents to accommodate small businesses that are being priced out of the market. Finding a balance where the GLA, small businesses and developers are all happy will be tricky to say the least.Gain insights into all these issues and more in this first Industrial & Logistics supplement of 2019. It’s going to be an interesting year.Mia Hunt is Property Week’s market reports editor
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BELGIAN national operator SNCB is to lease 40 Bombardier Traxx multi-system electric locomotives from Angel Trains, the Royal Bank of Scotland’s leasing firm announced on November 23. Five of the 40 four-voltage locos were already on order from the manufacturer, while a further 35 have been ordered specifically for the 10-year Belgian contract. They are to be delivered in 2008-09, and deployed on freight services in Belgium (3 kV DC), the Netherlands (1·5 kV DC/25 kV AC), Germany (15 kV AC) and Austria (15 kV AC). The total value of the contract is around €175m. This includes 10 years of maintenance by the manufacturer, whoich will be undertaken using an SNCB workshop and staff. SNCB Chief Executive Marc Descheemaecker said the lease ‘will allow B-Cargo to turn towards the international markets and to take an active part in the growing trade which will be generated by harbour activities in the coming years.’ Angel Trains Group has a regional office in Antwerpen. Announcing the order, Managing Director of Angel Trains Haydn Abbott, said ‘it is fitting that our largest ever contract should have come from the Belgian railway, SNCB, with whom we are delighted to have transformed a small and recent contract into a large and long-term relationship.’ The latest order brings the locomotive fleet of Angel Trains Cargo either in service or on order to almost 400 locos, including 195 from Bombardier’s Traxx family Number Manufacturer Type 22 Vossloh G 1000 single-cab diesel hydraulic locomotives 72 Vossloh G 1206 single-cab diesel hydraulic locomotives 5 Vossloh G 1700 single-cab diesel hydraulic locomotives 56 Vossloh G 2000 dual-cab diesel hydraulic locomotives 12 Siemens ER 20 diesel-electric locomotives 70 Bombardier Traxx AC electric locomotives 105 Bombardier Traxx multi-system electric locomotives 20 Bombardier Traxx DC electric locomotives 30 Vossloh EURO 4000 diesel-electric locomotives 7 EMD Class 66 diesel-electric locomotives 399 Total The January 2008 issue of Railway Gazette International will be looking in depth at the Traxx family– subscribe today.