Congestion Charging

All over the news here in Shanghai, on CNN International, is NYC’s congestion charging initiative. Following London and the UK, NYC is about to implement fees to drive into the city. Woohoo we say and Dahon has already got a page up supporting the measure and expect other manufactures to follow.

We’d hope most people would just realize, “hey you can ride in,” but if we’ve got to do some hand waving to help, then ok.

Your thoughts on city’s charging to drive?



Bike Expressways in Shanghai

The French Concession has bike and scooter only roads that wind around and we rode them with Jonathan from the Crash Test Dummy Blog while he shot video. Yes that’s rather recursive, but so it goes in the bike blogosphere …(and I never see this angle, as I’m usually the one shooting video)

Notes:

  • We’re riding Dahons
  • That’s the Hugga Bag I’m wearing
  • Dude was roasting a shoe and some really good popcorn
  • Another dude nearly crashes looking at our bikes and admiring our awesome helmets. Jason and I are the only people in all of China wearing awesome helmets. I bet next year’s fashion will have a helmet influence; especially the 5-yr old helmets we travel with. This girl was really impressed by them.


Video Scenes from Shanghai

In Huggacast Episode Thirty Six, we visit the Bund by way of a trippy tourist tunnel and find the Pudong bike expressway where a scooter-assisted cargo bike is plodding along. Watch for the mockery from another scooter as they ride by.

Notes:

  • Audio Sample is Dirty Harry (Schtung Chinese New Year Remix) – Gorillaz - D-Sides.
  • Shanghai is most rideable, despite what you read or hear
  • More videos are coming from our ride into the French concession on roads reserved just for bikes and scooters.


Seattle Train Yard Tour ride report

Train_Yard_Tour-26My daughter and got on our big yellow xtracycle and took the last Seattle Train Yard Tour scheduled so far (previously on Bikehugger. We had a great time and and I learned quite a bit about… trains. For instance, the dumpster trash in Seattle is loaded on to stinkies and sent to the far reaches of the state? My daughter’s reached the age of omniscience so even though she didn’t actually learn anything she was reminded of a few facts and had a good time. More details inside and photos at the Bikehugger urban sightings pool.

The tour was just about 3 hours, as promised, maybe only an hour of actual riding at a social pace. The great thing about a train yard tour is that trains don’t like to go up hill so the route was almost entirely flat. We stopped at 3 of the major train yards, sometimes on bridges or overpasses Train_Yard_Tour-13 so we could see what was going on in the yard.

Our guide was very knowledgeable about lines coming in to Seattle, the contents of the trains and where they headed out from here. He never described himself as a railfan, but I think he’d fall into that camp. We had a couple other hard core train spotters along on the tour, but mostly it was just average Seattle citizens coming to find out more about one of the many commerce channels we have coming into the city. Train_Yard_Tour-31

Unfortunately, our guide only runs the tour intermittently, so you’ll have to wait until the next time it comes around. Check back on his site for future events and other tours.



Fellow Bike Racer in Shanghai

We were at a party last night in Shanghai and met a fellow bike racer … a perfect topic for Huggacast Episode Thirty Five.



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