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How Falling Off a Bike Made Me Want to Build a Crowd Powered City

I remember the shock of being on the tarmac with traffic and trucks narrowly missing me on the busy familiar road I had been cycling on for 12...


I remember the shock of being on the tarmac with traffic and trucks narrowly missing me on the busy familiar road I had been cycling on for 12 years in London. I inadvertently drove my bike into a pothole. Like the proverbial Alice in Wonderland, I went through the rabbit hole and started thinking about the city and the neighborhood I live in, particularly why citizens seem helpless to do anything to fix their streets.

Since I am a designer of mobile operating systems I am used to creating feedback loops for users to file bugs so that we can improve software systems. The challenge of applying this sort of thinking to cities is to create an evolutionary operating system that is not merely a one way bug-reporting tool that files complaints to already overworked city councils, but a two-way bug solving tool that citizens can use to come together to crowdsource solutions to common problems, help optimize and share scarce resources, and possibly crowd-fund those solutions with local businesses, neighbors, and town councils.

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Winners: The View from Your Bike Photo Contest

See a slideshow with the five winning entries from our Facebook photo contest.


The Bike Nation series is brought to you in partnership with CLIF Bar.

One of the best things about going for a bike ride is that you get to see things you'd totally miss if you were zooming by in a car. So to celebrate National Bike Month, we asked the GOOD Facebook community to send us photos taken from behind their handle bars. We received amazing submissions and had everyone vote by Liking their favorites. (Check out the full album with everyone's submissions here).

Hundreds of votes later, we're happy to announce the GOOD community's top five photos. Each winner will receive a GOOD T-shirt and a CLIF Bar 2 Mile Challenge commuter kit, which includes a box of CLIF bars, hat, tire lever, bike light and a bike bag.

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In Copenhagen, Gas Stations Morph Into Bike Repair Shops

Norwegian energy company Satoil has installed bike care stations in Copenhagen.

It's a rocky road out there for bicyclists riding car-dominated streets and freeways. With potholes, angry drivers, and the constant threat of a swift pancaking all posing hurdles, biking means always moving against the flow of traffic. But in Copenhagen, one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, an oil company is making things just a bit easier for the two-wheeled commuters.

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Cool Hunting recently featured a new bike option for you minimalists out there who prefer your ride simple and to-the-point. Here's a basic rundown:
This year Stockholm's Sson introduces a Scandinavian option to the mix with its first fixed-gear bike, the 028. With whiffs of legendary Scandinavian qualities, the design features lean welds, neat lugs and minimal decals. At present it's also only available in white, making a good blank canvas for easy customization.
The designers paid special attention to the finer details, like tweaking the angles of the frame, which should supposedly give a better balance to the ride. The "less-for-more" philosophy is definitely refreshing in an age when innovation often seems to correspond to greater and greater complexity. Of course, that isn't always the case, and you really don't need to fix what ain't broke.

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