RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.82
Safety is an important part of riding, and lights at night are a key element. The Monkey Light Pro is about as cool a way to be noticed as possible when cruising the streets after dark. With thousands of patterns to choose from, these are some slick LEDs!
MONKEY LIGHT PRO (photos/video)
A group of students from the Estonian Academy of Arts recently built a series of giant megaphones and placed them in a forest outside of the capital, Tallinn. An art installation and resting place, these beautifully crafted pieces allow passersby to experience the trees in a whole new way. Hardly the sounds of silence!
ESTONIAN FOREST MEGAPHONES (photo essay)
Hayao Miyazaki, one of the world's most famous animators, announced that he will build a park in Okinawa, incorporating themes from some of his most beloved films. This is guaranteed to be a magical place. We would love to walk down these paths.
MIYAZAKI PARK IN OKINAWA (article)
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Last week, a new scientific study out of University of Chicago built upon what a growing body of research has shown for years: living amid a thriving urban forest is good for your health. The sample included 30,000 residents of Toronto and 530,000 trees that have been catalogued by the city, and comparative analytics revealed some amazing findings. For the first time, quantifiable benefits of having mature trees in a neighborhood became available. One notable quote, for instance, was "having 10 more trees in a city block, on average, improves health perception in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $10,000 higher median income or being 7 years younger." Interesting stuff! Read more about "Treelaxation" at the link below.
TREES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH (article)
Some people are content to rest in the shade beneath the trees, but others need a view from the top down. Professional climber Chris Sharma returned to his home state of California after nearly 10 years of living in Catalunya, Spain, in order to climb giant sequoias for scientific research. After an extensive career that established Chris as one of the best climbers in the world, this chance to reconnect with trees, the very reason he got into climbing in the first place, was one he couldn't miss.
FREE CLIMBING REDWOODS (video)
Also from the world of Red Bull, downhill mountain biker Aaron Gwin pops a tire just a few seconds after his start and, while he doesn't win the race, he puts a seriously epic run into the books. Amazing video!
ON FIRE WITH NO BACK TIRE (video)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.63
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY!
"Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood."
- Susan B. Anthony
This week on Sunday Show & Tell, we start with a virtual forest walk. Spend your evening on a stroll though some magical and soothing locales from around the world.
BEAUTIFUL FOREST WALKS (photos)
Next, take a trip underground to Mega Cavern, a spelunking mountain bikers ultimate paradise right outside of Louisville, KY. Formerly a crushed stone mine, this 17-mile long, 320,000 square foot venue is known simply as THE MINE.
MEGA CAVERN - UNDERGROUND BICYCLE PLAYGROUND (film)
Finally, in the all senses of the word, is the burial pod that allows you to become the tree of your choosing. Imagine replacing cemeteries with spiritual forests where each tree physically represents a person. An interesting idea...what do you think?
BURIAL PODS THAT TURN YOU INTO A TREE (photo essay)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.59
If you were to step back in time 100 years, the streets of NYC would be noticeably barren of trees. As the population grew by 65% and more and taller buildings jutted towards the sky, leafy green protrusions also spread across the cityscape. Take a look at some amazing before and after shots that truly show what a difference a tree makes!
NYC BEFORE AND AFTER (photos/article)
As the holidays approach, stories abound of wonderful organizations holding bike giveaways for needy children. Do a quick search! One in particular is especially inspiring. For years, The Bicycle Man gave hundreds of children in the Fayetteville area of North Carolina happiness on two wheels. Now, his widow carries on his legacy.
THE BICYCLE MAN GIVEAWAY (video)
Need to take a break for all the merriment? Enjoy a virtual stroll through some of the most gorgeous paths on the planet. Even better, go for a walk and soak in the subtle beauty of your own neighborhood!