114 stolen bicycles…

From SFGate: Officers from Ingleside station following a tip went to the home of Irving Sanchez on the 200 block of Charter Oak Avenue in Silver Terrace, where they found eight allegedly stolen bikes in his kitchen, police said. A subsequent search of two Oakland storage lockers he had rented turned up 81 bicycles in one and 25 in another, along with 80 bike tires and a frame. Has your bike gotten stolen in the Bay Area? With bikes found in SF and Oakland, who knows how far the bikes came from. People who think their stolen bikes might be among them can call police at (415) 404-4044. A police report of the theft or other proof of ownership will be required to claim a bike. Read the whole article at...

Ban* human drivers somewhere by 2020

Originally posted at http://gondwanaland.com/mlog/2012/04/28/ban-human-drivers/, by Mike Linksvayer, and graciously dedicated to the public domain. Comments are closed here, please discuss on the original post. ^_^ Image is from Wikipedia Commons. Read Brad Templeton’s latest post on self-driving cars, which has a number of updates. They’re coming fast, but how fast we drastically reduce transportation deaths, give people back a huge amount of time, reduce stress, and greatly reduce space and other resources dedicated to transportation, and how secure new systems are, is undetermined. Of course there are many reasons to be skeptical — the transition will probably be much slower and more problematic than needed, but in a few decades will still seem a major triumph. But I don’t want the hidden trillions of dollars, hours, lives, carbon emissions, malfunctions, etc. that could be saved sooner to be wasted. Regarding security, malfunctions, etc., we need to demand use of proven secure protocols and source open to inspection, i.e, not play security through obscurity. Regarding space, planning for urbanity remade (largely, recovered) through autonomous vehicles needs to be the top urban planning priority. The benefits will be so great that we should also think about how to speed adoption — the only disheartening news in Templeton’s post concerns a survey in which only 20% of car buyers would pay an additional $3,000 for a fully (if I understand correctly) self-driving car. How little respondents value their own time and lives, let alone others’! It’s time to start agitating for road owners to ban human drivers. Most road owners are governments, but not all — consider as an issue of public...

Feeds and content

Prior to the upgrade, we had a page that listed a whole bunch of different feeds to which one could subscribe. It was kinda overkill, and we are deprecating most of the types of content we posted back then. This simplifies it for the folks who write on the site, as well as for visitors trying to get the info they need. We do have a feed at http://bikesiliconvalley.org/feed. It contains the latest news and blog posts. Is there anything you would like to see syndicated here? Are you a big info junkie, and want to digest the entire site in hourly doses, because you beat traffic on your bike and have nothing to do at work? Tell us, and we will see what we can do. And remember, all the content on this site, unless otherwise noted, is released under a CC-BY-SA license. Spread the word! Aggregate our posts in your blog's sidebar! Mash it up, remix it, put it in a stew! Surprise us!...

Adding a little color to the site

One of the design goals for the new site is to incorporate more media in the presentation, and to make it easy for everyone to share. We hope to include a lot more photos in posts, so everyone can see how vibrant and diverse the cycling community is in Silicon Valley (and it doesn't hurt that nearly everyone has a camera on them at all times!)....