Thursday, July 28, 2005

James Howard Kunstler - "The Long Emergency"

Bikescape talks about the efffects of peak oil with James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century .

"The circumstances of the Long Emergency will require us to downscale and re-scale virtually everything we do and how we do it, from the kind of communities we physically inhabit to the way we grow our food to the way we work and trade the products of our work. Our lives will become profoundly and intensely local. Daily life will be far less about mobility and much more about staying where you are. Anything organized on the large scale, whether it is government or a corporate business enterprise such as Wal-Mart, will wither as the cheap energy props that support bigness fall away."

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Other books by Kunstler include The Geography of Nowhere and The City in Mind, Notes on the Urban Condition.

Sustainability is big in corporate America today.

The fight goes on to stop the suburbanization of urban spaces in San Francisco. This time its Home Depot.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Market St., San Francisco's "Main Stem"

Bikescape takes a long (51 mins!) look at San Francisco's main drag, Market Street. San Francisco Bicycle Coalition program director Andy Thornley and in a cameo appearance, Robin Levitt of Octavia Blvd podcast (scroll down) fame take us for a tour of the street cyclists love to hate.

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If you observe vehicles parked illegally, you can call the DPT Enforcement Division directly at 553-1631

Bike polo!

San Francisco's Bike Kitchen needs a new home

Ride the double (yes double!) century around the San Francisco Bay. Register here.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Bike Summer, LA Part 2

Another Bikesummer day in Los Angeles and more bike fun ensues. This week bikescape presents impressions of LA's nascient bike culture as manifested in in one of the big group rides, Critical Mass.

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Midnight Ridazz doesn't seem to have a web site but you can read about it here. It was covered in the LA Times and blogged at

Critical Mass ended at Hollywood and Vine were we attended the Bicycle Film Festival where Still we Ride, a film about New York Critical Mass was featured.

Joe Linton,
the guy that was hawking his bike tour of LA's historic bridges wrote a book on the subject.

For those of you reading this in the "info" page on Itunes, here's the link to the shownotes with the links intact.