I have an idea for Citi Bike docking stations. The problem is that bikes need to be rebalanced quickly throughout the system, and right now that involves manually undocking, transporting, and re-docking each bike at a station. My idea is to have a modular dock that is like the PODS moving container.
Each station would have one or more modules of maybe 20 docks. A flatbed truck with a crane would pick up the entire dock module with the bikes still attached, and place it on the flatbed. The truck would be driven to another station which needs bikes, and swap an empty module with the full module. It would be much faster than the current, labor-intensive system.
They could even move bikes which need maintenance to a shop this way. When a station is empty of available bikes, usually the only bikes left are the broken ones. That dock module could just be shipped to a maintenance shop and replaced with a new dock module full of functional bikes.
I think Citi Bike is great, but there’s a scaling issue with growing usage. I’m seeing more broken bikes, and I’m seeing more empty docking stations at popular starting points and more full docking stations and popular ending points. I hope they can address those issues, because I find Citi Bike a great way to get around the city.
On the evening of Grand Central Terminal’s 100th birthday, 135 Improv Everywhere participants staged a surprise performance in the grand windows on the terminal’s west side. Equipped with a variety of LED flashlights and camera flashes, performers appeared suddenly and unannounced along three floors of windows, creating a shower of light for the commuters and tourists below.
Full story: Grand Central Lights | Improv Everywhere
We were so excited to work with Improv Everywhere on this event! Big thanks to everyone involved!
From up on Poppy Hill GKIDS Trailer (US Release)
I thought I would save you some time and upload it to Tumblr ^___^
Or you can watch a higher resolution version at Apple Trailers:
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