I’ve been reading a wonderful book about urban planning called Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream.
In this politely harsh critique on the idiosyncrasies of modern attitudes towards city building and the backwards promises of suburbia, Andres Duany and his team write one sentence in particular that could easily sum up the main problem with suburban living:
I don’t want my dreams to be throttled by a broken immigration system, by my parents’ forced response to a decaying Argentine economy at the turn of the century, by the inability of a Congress to provide for its most promising citizens. In the grand scheme of the world and its history, these details will either be forgotten or underappreciated; the frustrating paralysis caused by them belittled or ignored in the face of what could’ve been but never was.
Driving around a dilapidated warehouse section of Miami a few days ago, I stumbled upon Alejandro Garduño riding his custom built motorized bicycle. As some of you might know, I tried my hand at daily-driving a motorized bicycle, but that was an electric build – a decently sleek one at that, if I do say so myself.
Garduño, however, has gone the way of gasoline in choosing his steed. I had to pull him over and talk to him about his whip, and maybe begin a conversation about and an investigation into the world of motorized bicycles in Miami.
Are they motorcycles? Are they bicycles? Are they safe? Are they legal? And perhaps most importantly – are they fun!
I hope to answer all these questions and more in my upcoming project, heretofore titled Inglorious Motorists.
Hello everyone! I’m starting a new series called Cycle 305 where I’m going to take you with me on a bunch of bicycle rides that I do regularly – everything from going to work to hanging out with friends – as well as talk to you about the subtleties of the bicycle lifestyle and how they’ve impacted my life.
In this first episode, I talk about my ’87 Trek 330 and its custom features.
Let me know what you think! I hope to keep up the with series with at least one vlog a week.
The U.S. government, Amazon, and even kids around your neighborhood are all using or thinking about using drones for military, commercial or recreational purposes.
In August of this year, the FAA issued a 624-page publication detailing Part 107, the agency’s answer to the sprawling and until then unregulated popularity of drones across the United States. The legislation allows individuals to obtain drone aviation certifications that would allow them to fly for commercial purposes, opening up the door to substantial financial opportunities that were previously inaccessible.
Now, a South Florida-based company called Soaring Sky, which has been flying drones since 2014, wants to jump on the education bandwagon and help middle and high school students get the skills they need to take advantage of this rapidly growing industry.