RideCivil: Aquatic April on 4/11 at Westlake Center, 5:30 PM

The next Ridecivil ride is queued up for this coming Friday. The 10 day forecast looks a bit damp so I’ve themed this the Aquatic April ride. Bring your snorkel for your helmet, flippers for your cleats, swimsuit instead of your favorite woolly knickers, whatever you like. Just bring yourself on down for a fun Friday ride. As always our focus will be on promoting civility between pedestrians, motorists and ourselves.

Meet at 5:30 at Westlake Center park, we’ll depart around 6:15 for an hour plus, consensus driven ride through our fair city. Destination TBD, but generally involves food and drinks. Looking forward to seeing you there.

p.s. Don’t forget a snorkel lock. It sucks to have your snorkel stolen.

Another Alternative Transport

Another alternative transportation that totally f’ing rules – at least from a tourist point of view – is Maglev! We hit 301K km/h, got to the airport from downtown in 7 minutes (an hour in a cab) and you wouldn’t know you were going that fast unless you looked outside

maglev.jpg

More on the Maglev

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.
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