RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.96
Living Lands, a nonprofit organization, has pulled together a powerful group of partners to plant 3.7 million trees in South Africa to combat desertification, an issue that affects 168 countries across the globe. Learn about how trees act as a form of insurance to protect against land degradation and restore watersheds.
PLANTING TREES IN SOUTH AFRICA (article)
A Detroit-based company called Shinola has a beautiful city bike on the market. Experts at leatherwork, their bicycles employ a number of strong characteristics that were forged over the years in the motor city. Beautiful design!
SHINOLA BICYCLES FROM DETROIT (photo essay)
Interested in the science behind urban tree health? The article below is a great resource regarding the latest and greatest. Geek out.
URBAN TREE HEALTH (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.95
Since riding bicycles is taboo for women in Syria, a group of their German counterparts is teaching recent refugees how to navigate the streets on two wheels. Not only are these women experiencing a newfound freedom of movement, they're also taking an important step towards becoming a local. Inspiring!
TEACHING SYRIAN REFUGEES HOW TO CYCLE (article)
Speaking of Germany, that country has taken an idea pioneered in The Netherlands and Denmark and run with it, commencing construction of its first bicycle autobahn. Spanning over 60 miles, the new cycling superhighway will connect 10 western cities and 4 universities, taking an expected 50,000 cars off of the road daily. Sounds like heaven.
THE BICYCLE AUTOBAHN (article)
Many studies have shown the multitude of benefits that trees bring to the adult mind, but a new study out of the University of Nebraska and Troy University has found that trees enhance children's brains too. Read about how some time in the park can impact a child's executive functioning skills at the link below.
TREES ENHANCE CHILDREN'S BRAINS (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.91
There's a new trend in the cycling community: riding as far as you can in one direction, then taking the train back home. Such multimodal transportation opens up entirely new adventures for those on two wheels. Read the article below for inspiration and check out what is available in your area.
RIDING ONE WAY (article)
Almost 100 years ago, a couple of discoveries led to the theory that there were once ancient trees that towered nearly three times as tall as today's giant redwoods. Imagine seeing a tree like that from 25 miles away!
GIANT ANCIENT TREES (article)
Despite the fact that it is considered socially unacceptable for women to ride bicycles in Egypt, a group called Go Bike is promoting just that. These women find empowerment winding through Cairo's chaotic streets while saving time and money.
EGYPTIAN FEMALE CYCLISTS (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.81
An artist in South Korea has mastered his ability to transform discarded pieces of wood, mostly tree trunks, into magnificent and functional sculptures. This gallery of photos is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. If only we could partner with Jae-Hyo Lee in some of the areas in which we work!
JAE-HYO LEE TREE FURNITURE (photos)
Believe it or not, the image below is of a compact bicycle that, when dissembled, can fit into a large suitcase. The ECO 07 is also a remarkably attractive ride: an urban bicycle that is designed to save space and turn heads.
COMPACT URBAN BICYCLE (photos)
About 1,500 years ago, the Roman Empire completed their campaign to wipeout the Judean date palm tree, formerly a staple crop of the Kingdom of Judea. Previously, the tree was so influential that King David named his daughter after it in the Old Testament. During excavations of Herod the Great's palace, scientists discovered a jar of seeds for extinct tree and several were planted in 2005. In 2011, one even produced its first flower. This ancient tree has been brought back to life and the seed from which it sprung is the oldest know to germinate. What an incredible story!
ANCIENT TREE LIVES ANEW (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.49
In Japan, fallen maple leaves become a delicious snack after a little bit of frying with sweetened tempura batter. Speaking of fallen leaves, read some excellent tips for what to do with yours instead of stuffing them into trash bags. HINT: trees feed themselves!
You may have heard of the Copenhagen Wheel, which sources say will revolutionize urban transportation. But do you know what makes is so special and what the fuss is all about? Watch a short news clip that explains.
FRIED MAPLE LEAVES IN JAPAN (article)
WHAT TO DO WITH FALLEN LEAVES (article)
THE COPENHAGEN WHEEL (video)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.40
It is said that Rua Goncalo de Carvalho in Porto Alegre, Brazil, is the most beautiful street in the world. More than 100 trees, some 7 stories tall, form a tight canopy that creates a river of green that runs through the city. Take a stroll, in pictures!
Every Sunday morning, Mexico City's main avenue, Paseo de la Reforma is closed to regular traffic and open to cyclists and pedestrians. Looks like a lot of fun. Does your city do something similar?
In India, a massive project has been launched to plant 2 billion trees in order to combat unemployment. Talk about green jobs!
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL STREET IN THE WORLD (PHOTOS)
DOMINGO DE BICICLETAS IN MEXICO CITY
2 BILLION TREE PLANTING PROJECT IN INDIA (ARTICLE)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.12
How do you build a treehouse without a tree? You weld one! Check out the steampunk masterpiece at the Dogfish Head brewery. While you've most likely heard of Amsterdam's legendary bicycle-friendliness, spend some time getting to know Groningen, the self-proclaimed cycling city of the world, where 50% of all transportation is by bike. Then, learn about the bicycle trains in Los Angeles, groups in which cyclists bikepool to and from work everyday. Just click the pictures.