Keep Calm & Ride On

© Jennifer Renninger

© Jennifer Renninger

“I’ve always loved those Keep Calm and Carry On posters (who hasn’t?) so I made a new version for my husband (a biking junkie). Turns out others liked the sentiment as well!

This is a 6 x 9 inch print (appox.) on an 8.5 x 11 inch archival matte paper, signed and dated.

Loving shipped enclosed in a cello sleeve, packaged in a stay flat mailer or tube, depending on the size you purchase. If at all possible, delivered by pedal power, but more likely than not, your local postman.

By the way, if you’d like to read the story behind the original ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ posters please visit this site:

http://www.barterbooks.co.uk/keepcalm.php

It’ll be well worth the trip!”

Posters are available in Green or in Grey. Please visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5057771&section_id=6380420

© Jennifer Renninger

© Jennifer Renninger

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IMBP

This video called “I moustache Budapest” was made by the participants of European Mobility Week 2009 in Budapest and presented as one of the final results of the Mobility Week Workshop coordinated by the Hungarian Cyclists’ Club and funded with support from the European Commission as a part of the Youth in Action programme.

The animation highlights the most common problems related to urban planning, cycling and car-dependence in contemporary Budapest but presents them in a funny childish way, thereby it can be interesting for everyone from children to adults.

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CO2 Emissions Have Risen by 40 Percent Since 1990

While looking at this cute video made last year by the Environmental Defense Fund, we thought it is worth to remind you about the failure of Kyoto Protocol. According to the German Renewable Energy Industry Institute (IWR), carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose by 1.94 percent in 2008 to 31.5 billion tons.

CO2 emissions rose for the tenth year in succession and have risen by 40 percent since 1990 — the year towards which emissions reductions were to be measured for the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

There is no need to remind you that the huge part of emissions is due to cars and the need to draft a new protocol that would really help to support sustainable transportation in all its dimensions (urban planing, active and strong support for public transportation, biking, walking…). Before that, we can all follow the wise advise of this ideo and ride rather to drive….

You can find more information about IWR report here.

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Cars, Cell Phones & The (Sponsored) Culture of Narcissism

Raymond Williams called it “mobile privatization.”

I think of it as “life behind screens,” or “bubble life.”

It — experiencing life predominantly through video screens, work sconces, and automobile glass — is not just part-and-parcel of corporate capitalism, but perhaps its first intention and requirement vis-a-vis the organization of the lives of the masses.

The latest bubble life news confirms, in spades, that the private automobile may be, as Plan C author Pat Murphy posits, “the greatest creator of alienation between humans that has ever existed.”

To wit, some excellent reportage from a July 18 New York Times story:

Extensive research shows the dangers of distracted driving. Studies say that drivers using phones are four times as likely to cause a crash as other drivers, and the likelihood that they will crash is equal to that of someone with a .08 percent blood alcohol level, the point at which drivers are generally considered intoxicated. Research also shows that hands-free devices do not eliminate the risks, and may worsen them by suggesting that the behavior is safe.

A 2003 Harvard study estimated that cellphone distractions caused 2,600 traffic deaths every year, and 330,000 accidents that result in moderate or severe injuries.

Yet Americans have largely ignored that research. Instead, they increasingly use phones, navigation devices and even laptops to turn their cars into mobile offices, chat rooms and entertainment centers, making roads more dangerous.

A disconnect between perception and reality worsens the problem. New studies show that drivers overestimate their own ability to safely multitask, even as they worry about the dangers of others doing it.

I’ll let the excellent CARtoonist Andy Singer have the last “word” on this totally unsurprising phenomenon:

by Andy Singer

Michael Dawson (The Consumer Trap)

New Auto*Mat video teaser

Auto*Mat is an organisation and a movie. The movie is about the organisation, which is based in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. It also discusses the love for the automobile and the thinking of people in early 21st century Europe. The organisation is the movie. The two are inseparable. We make the movie, we watch the movie and we live the movie.

Find more about Auto*Mat actions here

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Carfree Holidays

"During holidays, abandon your car! And forget about it for ever..."

"During holidays, abandon your car! And forget about it for ever..."

Great advice for the holidays.

By Titom, a regular illustrator for Carbusters magazine. More of his work here.

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Carfree Drawing

© Lucile Gomez

"A long time ago, human beings were devoting such a strong cult to these things, that they offered the lungs of their children as a sacrifice."© Lucile Gomez

Here is a beautiful carfree drawing from Lucile Gomez. You can follow her work in French on her website: http://www.lucilegomez.fr/

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