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Bike parking is part of life most people don’t think about until they need it. For urban cyclists, that usually means rolling up to their destination and scanning the street for a bike rack or, if none are available, a sign post. Even more cycling-friendly innovations, like bike corrals and bike cages, tend to be utilitarian in nature—gray or black metal structures where you lock up and then move on.
Shabazz Stuart and Manuel Mansylla want to change that. Their Brooklyn-based startup, Oonee, aims to make bike parking that is colorful, attractive, and full of life. What they envision is a modular, customizable “bike pod” that can become the main feature of a street or public square, rather than an afterthought.
“One of the big problems of traditional infrastructure is its singular focus on providing bicycle parking,” says Stuart, Oonee’s founder and CEO. “The focus has not been on design, placemaking, or public-space activation.”
Each pod can hold anywhere from 10-43 bikes. Image courtesy of Shabazz Stuart
Oonee’s bike pods, which provide a secure, enclosed spot where anywhere from 10-43 cyclists can lock up, function like conventional bike cages. But they’re also designed to meet the aesthetic and activational needs of a particular urban space, with the goal of attracting further amenities (think food trucks and bike-share stations) that would in turn attract more people. Theoretically, they could even inspire more people to start riding.
“We wanted to make something that would make people who don’t own a bike want to go out and get a bike,” says Mansylla, Oonee’s co-founder and creative director.
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Mansylla previously made a name for himself designing parklets, or mini-parks in former vehicle parking spaces, in New York. He hopes to approach bike pods the same way—that is, using easy-to-assemble kitted parts that build into a sophisticated design, much like Ikea or Lego products. This helps appeal to budget-minded transportation departments, but it also allows the pods scale and adapt to different streets or cities.
“The sidewalk is populated with stuff that is stuck and old, like phone booths or newsstands,” Mansylla says. “We wanted something that was ever-changing.”
Examples of bike pod designs Image courtesy of Shabazz Stuart
Oonee’s first bike pods are slated to appear in early April at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. Stuart says he aims to build five to 10 prototypes this year, and that he’s close to making a deal on a second space in Manhattan. The pair is also in talks with officials in San Francisco and New Orleans.
This will be Oonee’s chance to prove itself to cities, institutions, potential sponsors, and ordinary cyclists. For now, interested riders can sign up for the pilot to gain access to the pod. Monthly memberships will cost “$10 or lower” according to Stuart. In the future, he says, he wants to integrate an app so users can register for a pod or pay on demand, with each pod knowing your bike’s location at all times.
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Eventually, Stuart wants to see the pods turn into service centers where cyclists can have their bikes tuned up or repaired as they go about their day. A cyclist himself—he’s had three bikes stolen in five years—Stuart says he’ll rely on feedback about what riders want out of a new, improved way to lock up their bikes.
“We need to be engaging everyone at once,” he says. “This is very much community-driven infrastructure.”
A bike pod under construction. Photograph courtesy of Shabazz Stuart
Oh, and about that name: “Uni” (pronounced like “oonee”) is the Japanese name for sea urchin, which Mansylla learned about on a chance visit to Tokyo.
“It’s a very architectural animal and the Japanese cherish it as the most prized piece of sushi,” he says. “This outer shell protects what’s inside, and that’s what we want to do with the pod—protect one of people’s most prized possessions, in some cases their most prized possession.”
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Cycling officials this weekend will begin using an X-ray machine to detect hidden motors at top-level races, UCI president David Lappartient said Wednesday.
A mobile X-ray machine mounted on a trailer, Lappartient said, “is a new tool that will allow riders’ bikes to be monitored” to help catch so-called motor dopers.
Tiny motors can be hidden in a bike’s frame to give riders a crucial boost in power at specific moments during a race, such as when riding into a headwind or on a tough climb. Officials had previously relied on thermal cameras and magnetometric tablets to detect these motors.
Lappartient said the governing body has also not ruled out stripping down bikes to catch cheaters, but that X-ray machines should allow officials to find motors without needing to do so.
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“We hope to show that our riders don’t use motors,” Lappartient said at a UCI meeting in Geneva. “The aim is to show that everyone is battling on a level playing field.”
The UCI president did not reveal at which event the X-ray machine would first appear. But former cyclist Jean-Christophe Peraud, who is heading a commission tackling technological fraud, said it will be widely used.
“We will be present with this technology across the five continents and in 18 countries,” said Peraud, a former Tour de France runner-up. “We’ll cover 50 percent of the World Tour calendar, but also other disciplines such as mountain biking and track cycling.”
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The X-ray machine was developed by VJ Technologies, a company that has been in partnership with the UCI since 1987. Right now, the UCI only has one machine.
There had long been suspicions of motor doping, but it wasn’t until 2016, during the Cyclocross World Championships, that a hidden motor was first confiscated from a racer’s bike. In October 2017, an amateur cyclist was caught with a motor during a competition in France.
Another rider was caught in a 2017 race in Italy after organizers received a tip. A thermal camera had been used to identify the motor.
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The latest kit from women’s cycling brand Machines for Freedom is more than catchy colors and a flattering cut. Called “Fruits,” it’s also a meditation on female strength and a challenge to see cyclists differently. We asked Jennifer Kriske, founder of Machines, to tell us more about the kit that’s been blowing up our social media for the last few weeks.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about femininity lately,” Kriske started. The designer-turned-CEO spoke quickly and warmly, with contagious enthusiasm. She'd been thinking about femininity because, in embracing her role at Machines, she’s had to become more assertive to pull the business forward. And despite growing up (in her words) “bull-headed,” she’s felt some internal conflict about taking charge. 
Jennifer Kriske, founder and CEO of Machines for Freedom Photograph courtesy of Tracy Chandler
Hers is a common story in business and sports, where women are often seen as less “womanly” for their ambition. Kriske brought up the term “tomboy” as a prime example. “Why is it that if you’re athletic and competitive,” she asked, “you get labeled some variation of a boy?”
The idea of being strong and assertive while remaining feminine is what led to the fruits on the jersey—though not as we're probably used to seeing them.
“Fruit is a classic feminine motif, but it is always shown as sweet or sexualized,” Kriske said. “So I wanted to take that metaphor and kind of turn it on its head, get away from that sweet or sexual version of femininity and get into something a little strange, a little spikey.” 
Kriske sat down with an illustrator and came up with the distinctive blue and marigold kit—"I've been obsessed with that marigold," Kriske said—covered in fruits with rinds, on branches, and in spiky shells. The resulting lookbook is a departure from fruits, women, and cyclists are we're used to seeing them—and it's totally refreshing.  
Something a little strange, a little spikey Photograph courtesy of Machines for Freedom
Photograph courtesy of Machines for Freedom
Photograph courtesy of Machines for Freedom
About those models: “So far we’ve been really good at including ethnic and body diversity with our models, but we hadn’t tackled age yet,” Kriske said. “I had this dream of shooting a woman with long, flowing grey hair" which seemed to fit really well with the concept behind the jersey. While planning the photo shoot, a mutual friend’s mom came up in conversation. It just so happened that the mom in question, Gillean McLeod, was a professional stylist-turned-model. 
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“She was this absolutely amazing woman,” Kriske said. “I thought, ‘There’s no way I can afford her.’ But we had coffee and she got on board! The gold bike in the shoot is actually her [handmade Italian Mondonico] from the ’80s.”
On the very tippy top of Mt. Figueroa for @machinesforfreedom I was so thrilled to be asked to star in their look book and campaign for Spring. Standing here wearing this beautiful kit, carrying my old, trusty, 28 year old, hand made Mondonico. This day was spent with three accomplished riders, the designers and the photographer. Everyone cycles! Photo: @warrenkommers @jenn.kriske @machinesforfreedom @sleepyatfunerals It was 37 degrees and raining but the weather made for some beautiful atmosphere. Thanks to @maxduck for introducing me to a stellar group of new friends. #machinesforfreedom #cycles #newkit #mondonico #oranges #santaynez #mtfigueroa #notolahere #mist #fierce
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The studio model, RoseMary Sindt, is a cyclist and assistant brand manager at TokyoBike. She’s been featured in a few of Machines’ other campaigns. 
“What does it mean to be feminine? Ladylike, soft, delicate. But what about the femininity that is strong? That's flawed, sometimes coarse? Fruit that is not ripe to pick but thorny to the touch; a bitter taste; a mad, wild challenge to authority.” Definitely, always challenge authority. I was beyond excited and honored to be included in the launch of this kit. It’s happening my women, the tides are turning. @machinesforfreedom
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Why does Kriske feel that diversity is so important in the imagery of Machines for Freedom? Part of it is a business decision—“when you limit your product to older white men, you’re really hamstrung” Kriske said—but it also comes from Kriske’s own experience in the sport. “The club mentality never felt right to me,” she said. “It was too limiting. I always wanted Machines to be this place where you could maintain your individuality… where you could be yourself.”
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Kriske also said that in her experience, “clothes can be a big deterrent… If you don’t feel comfortable and confident, it can be difficult to enjoy yourself" on the bike. But apparel that performs well, fits well, and lets women express themselves should not be underestimated. It can literally help open the door to cycling.
Photograph courtesy of Machines for Freedom
So will Machines ever make a men’s kit? Kriske laughed. “We get asked that question a lot, and it’s not like we’re trying to ignore men, men are great!” she said. “But that’s not in our future any time soon.” We’re guessing there’s more than enough to keep her occupied on the women’s side. 
You can order the Fruits Kit online now at

Police have released video footage of the deadly self-driving Uber crash that killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday night. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was walking her bike across a busy two-lane road when the car—part of a fleet of autonomous Volvos that Uber had been testing in Arizona since February 2017—struck her in the northbound lane. She later died of her injuries in the hospital.
The car’s autopilot was deployed at the time of the crash, although a human test driver was also behind the wheel. The newly released footage shows what happened both inside and outside the car in the moments leading up to the collision. Be warned: Although it doesn’t actually show the impact, pausing just a moment before, it’s still a little tough to watch.
Tempe Police Vehicular Crimes Unit is actively investigating
the details of this incident that occurred on March 18th. We will provide updated information regarding the investigation once it is available.
— Tempe Police (@TempePolice) March 21, 2018

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Though dark and somewhat grainy, the footage answers some questions we had in the wake of the fatal crash. We see that Herzberg indeed crossed the street away from the intersection, confirming earlier police reports that she was “outside the crosswalk” when the collision occurred.
But we also see that the test driver was looking down and not at the road, and only seems to notice Herzberg within the last second before the crash. The car never seems to slow down, either, implying that it hadn’t detected Herzberg’s presence, or that of her bike, at all. (Uber said it suspended its autonomous-vehicle testing in Arizona and elsewhere after the crash.)
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Subsequent police reports said the Uber was traveling at 38 mph in a 35 mph zone. That may not sound like too far over the limit, but bear in mind that slight variations in speed can mean the difference between injury and death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrians struck by vehicles going 30 mph are killed about 40 percent of the time. They’re killed 80 percent of the time when the car is going 40 mph.
It’s not certain why the Uber never detected Herzberg, or why it was exceeding the posted speed limit in the first place. What does seem clear is that a host of factors—speed, technology, street design, human behavior—led to this fatal moment.
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