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Local Motors Latest Crowd Sourced Project: the Cruiser Moped

We’ve covered a number of Kickstarter hopefuls looking to launch their company through crowdsourcing the funding they need to produce their vision for the next craze in women’s cycling underwear or to introduce a dirt bike aesthetic to urban moped commuters. We talked about Local Motors’ first commercial product, the Rally Fighter off-road sportscar, back […]

January 4th

Vintage Vespa + Segway = Sexy Sidewalk Conveyance

With their high-tech balancing software and sensor arrays, easy-to-master learning curve, decent urban range, and almost-kinda-really too-high top speed, Segway scooters should be cool. They are, however, not cool- and I’m talking “probably not even the best thing about being a mall security guard” levels of not cool. What’s to be done? According to Spain’s […]

December 20th

Dear Government, When do Cyclists Start to Matter?

I was riding in the bike lane on Toronto’s Harbord Street last week during the afternoon rush hour and thought boy, there sure are a lot of bikes, so many that I stopped to take a photo of them. It turns out that this wasn’t an aberration, but a significant trend. Cycle Toronto recently did a traffic count and found that in the course of a day, fully 45% of the vehicles on Harbord Street were bicycles.

June 19th

Smart Scooter Gets by With a Little Help From its Friends

With its easy-to-park cars and high-end, pedal-assist bikes, Mercedes’ Smart brand has spent years positioning itself as the best choice for fashionable, eco-conscious urbanites. Since 2010, the brand has been threatening to add another vehicle to its portfolio of swank city-rides: a plug-in electric scooter. Now, it seems that Smart will be getting some help […]

December 1st

Rural Folk Bike and Walk as Much as City Slickers

A report released by the Rails to Trails Conservancy  asserts that people in rural areas walk and bike at rates much like their metropolitan counterparts. The “Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers” reveals important details about America’s travel patterns in rural communities that the Rails to Trails Conservancy hopes will garner support for more federal investment […]

February 6th

Recycled Hawtness Video: '60's Vespa Redux

We’ve said it before: the greenest car you can buy is a car that’s already been built. “But,” I hear you asking, “what’s even ‘greener’ than that?” Try this: a fully re-used and re-cycled, 90 mpg, California-legal “restomod” 1966 Vespa 150 Super. The ’66 shown here was restored by Scooterworks USA, a Chicago-based parts company […]

November 28th

A Small Economy Car? What Would the Neighbors Think!?

Last week’s LA Auto show saw the debut of Doking’s electric “luxury” citycar, which looked to combine urban maneuverability and premium materials on a level two steps above what’s been offered by premium compacts from Mercedes, Mini, and Lancia in the past. No matter how “green” or “premium” a car might be, however, there are […]

November 27th

RelayRides Gets OnStar Integration, Mobile App (video)

San Francisco-based, neighbor-to-neighbor car sharing company RelayRides (founded in June 2010) has set itself apart from other carsharing networks like Zipcar and CityCarShare by giving car owners a chance to earn a bit of extra cash by participating in the company’s car-sharing business. The service installs a communications device used to lock and unlock cars […]

October 8th