The Lumen

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It was a little over a year ago that I first wrote about my reflective bike, introducing a major advance in bike safety.  In that time, my partners at Halo Coatings and I have been working hard to bring our tech to the bicycle market.  That work has paid off.  Today I’m proud to announce that you can order a reflective bicycle of your very own.

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They put me on television

My favorite part is when Emily Rooney says that what I do is horrible (@6:12).

In all seriousness, it was really cool of WGBH to ask me to come on and join in the conversation, and I’d like to thank the producers of Greater Boston for the opportunity. I’m always happy to talk about biking, and how we can make it even better.

-JZ

Just when we thought it was over

The craziness of the past 12 hours is hard to imagine.  I stayed up listening to the police scanner and reading twitter till 5:00 AM.

My apartment is right on Mass Ave, overlooking the intersection at Main Street.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the area, it’s about three blocks from where MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was fatally shot last night.  I pass by the spot twice daily on my commute.

It was hard enough to digest that tragic piece of news, but things quickly got crazier, somehow, as the night progressed.  Grenades?  IEDs?  A prolonged firefight with police in a familiar residential neighborhood?  I feel like I’m living in some alternate reality.  None of this seems real.

And now, waking up to find that the entire city and surrounding towns have been shut down?  How does this keep happening?

I don’t really know what else there is to say.  I feel empty and disconnected.  There’s only one thing that we can do in this moment, and that’s wait.  If the city wasn’t locked down, I’d go for a bike ride to clear my head.  Why did it have to be so goddamn beautiful out today?  

Hope everyone is staying safe out there.

Yours,

Josh

Thoughts on Portland

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I got back from Portland, OR last week, and I’ve been meaning to write about some of the fantastic experiences I had there.  However, as I started to compose the post, I realized that quite a bit of what I was writing fell into either one (or both) of the following categories:

a. things you probably wouldn’t care about

b. things I cannot disclose for confidentiality reasons

So instead of attempting to sidestep those issues in a long post of my experiences, I decided I’d just publish some of the “observations” I jotted down in my phone as I biked/walked/drank my way through the city.  Hope you enjoy them.

Yours,

Josh

PS: Special thanks to Clever Cycles and Kalkhoff USA for loaning me a couple bikes to ride during my stay!

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A trip to Portland

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Next week (3/18-3/25), I’m heading for one of America’s bikey-est cities: Portland, OR!

I’ve never been to the Portland before, and I’m quite excited to make the trip.  Pretty much everything I know about the city comes from Portlandia (which I’ve heard is remarkably accurate).  

I’m going to be out there on business, but I’m sure I’ll have plenty of time for exploring and other fun stuff.  So where should I go?  What should I do?  Most importantly, can someone out there lend me a bike?

Weigh in in the comments, or send me an email if you’d like to get together for a microbrew or whatever.

Yours,

Josh