Submitted by Dan
A few lines about holidays, because we're all about to enter something together and on the other side is something new and exciting.... 2010!
So lets party like it's 1999.
I'm sure I'm not alone in loving certain parts of Christmas and quite frankly hating (if that's not too strong a word) other parts. This email is going to be the newsletter equivalent of bouncing up and down on your bed on Christmas morning at the sight of a bicycle shaped present leaning under your stocking.
Trees, greens and hallow MPVs
So papers may tweet about bike theft, and may they prosper in that debate. Here at OCW we want to give you some positive energy for solutions that creative beans across the globe have come up with.
1. The Bicycle Tree
A Japanese mechanical monster, that literally eats your stead.
2. The Hollow MPV
Cute street furniture, that reclaims car parking space for cyclists.
3. The Plant Lock
They smell of lavender, and taste like strawberries. Cycle parking should all contain salad, and vegatables, and this one's in Oxford already!
Pedal Powered Christmas
For a holiday Christmas can be very energetic, and I'm not just talking about those of us who are able to squeeze a cycle ride into Boxing day. This pedal powered Christmas tree got me thinking. Maybe it got the BBC thinking too.
In a show called Bang Goes The Theory they experimented with a bank of cyclists to power an average household for 24 hours..... 100 cyclists were thrown at it and they failed. The Guardian was prompted to ask if Is Slavery The New Green Energy.
It is interesting to think that not one of us has the legs to power our life styles.