Saturday, December 5, 2009
Freiker Works to get kids Biking to School
"Another great non-profit in Boulder that encourages sustainability is Freiker. Freiker is short for "frequent biker," and the idea is to get kids motivated about riding their bikes to school by providing feedback about how frequently they ride via the Freikometer. According to their website, "The Freikometer counts riders using a radio-frequency identification (RFID). Freikers have RFID tags affixed to their helmets. When they ride to school, they ride past the Freikometer to 'ring in'." the Freikometers are solar powered, and I can attest (since my daughter goes to school at one of the shools with a Freikometer) that the kids LOVE to have their rides recorded. Freiker offers prizes, like an iPod to riders who ride their bikes 160 rides a year (not easy to do). But riding no matter the weather becomes a habit, and it's great habits like these that our kids need, both for their health and for the planet. You can contact Freiker to make a donation or to see if they can expand to a school near you!
Cited in this presentation (re: the recent book "Nudge"):
Saturday, November 21, 2009
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Friday, October 30, 2009
Car drivers, please drive safely on Halloween! Children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween than any other night of the year, according to Safe Kids USA. More than 540 kids under age 14 are killed in pedestrian accidents each year. In an analysis of deaths from 2002 to 2006, the group found an average of 2.2 children are killed in pedestrian accidents from 4 to 10 p.m. on Halloween, compared with one child every other evening at the same time. Here is the USATODAY ARTICLE.
New York is raising awareness of bike commuting with the New Amsterdam Bike Slam, which occured in September of this year. Seems like the kind of creative/imaginative event is something the Princeton community might someday try to emulate on a smaller scale ... maybe as an adjunct to something bigger (like Princeton Future or the Environmental Film Fest)? To learn more, visit the press release. The NYT City Room blog offers more information, here.
U.S. are realizing the importance of bicycling." The Press Release here.
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of place, the type of place seen in Denmark, Holland. Article here: Stop Means Stop.
The UBikes program, through which abandoned bicycles from around the University campus are repaired and rented to campus members, has purchased a fleet of nearly 100 new, customized bicycles from New York-based manufacturer Worksman Cycles. While over 80 of the new bikes were shipped to Princeton University in mid-September and subsequently distributed to residents of the University's Forbes College residential complex, the remaining 20 were held at the factory in Queens in anticipation of the mid-October ride.
More information here on the program, Ubikes at the University
Texting to Death
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Be Green and Be Seen 2009!
Sunday, May 17th, 2-4 pm
Come show your support for a more walkable, bikable Princeton. Walk or bike to Hinds Plaza at Princeton Public Library for the second annual community rally. Let's show local leaders that we want safe bike routes, pedestrian and bike friendly intersections, and policies that will result in more walking and biking!
The rally will include bike safety and maintenance demonstrations, information about possible bike routes in the community, live music, a free historic cemetery tour by Princeton Tour Company and much more! Be Green and Be Seen is also sponsoring a warm-up family bike ride from 12:30-2:00 beginning and ending at Hinds Plaza, pm on May 17th with a route that will target Princeton schools and school gardens.
Be Green and Be Seen is sponsored by the Princeton Joint Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, partnering with the Princeton University Office of Sustainability, Sustainable Princeton, and the PHS Environmental Action Club. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.