Philly’s #9!

According to U.S. Census data, 2.16% of Philadelphians commute via bicycle. Although that sounds paltry to me, the top five ranked cities are all on the west coast (with the exception of Minneapolis); the only east coast cities that made the top ten are Washington D.C. (#8) and Boston (#10).

As the bike coalition put it:

Considering that our fair city is often at the bottom of these types of “best of” lists (or top of “worst of” lists) its refreshing to be in the forefront especially, when the data comes from the U.S. Census…

{phila bike coalition blog}

Living long enough to see July, 2076


© Don Hudson

I have a goal: to live to see the year 2076.

Why? Because I figure it’d be cool to see Philly in the midst of a tri-centennial celebration. I’d be no less than 91 years old, an age my great-grandfather Heber proved is in reach to us Hummels.

So I’m particularly interested in stories like NPR’s recent Secrets to Longevity. The story features the work of health scientists Howard Friedman and Leslie Martin, who tracked 1,500 bright individuals over the course of their lives to see the habits of those who lived the longest. Rather than focus on a hypothesis and predictions, their study is unique because it focuses on the individual’s actual behaviors over the long-term.

Some excerpts:

So, [Martin] concludes, “some degree of worrying actually is good.” And, in fact, adds Friedman, “the prudent, persistent, planful people — both in childhood … and then in young adulthood we measured that — that was the strongest individual difference, or personality predictor, of long life.”

and

Friedman and Martin also found that the conventional wisdom on fitness isn’t quite right. If we try too hard to push ourselves into exercise regimens, it can backfire. Physical activity is important, they found, but it’s more about doing what you love than adhering to a certain fitness program.

The site even has a self-evaluation questionnaire! What was your score?

{npr}

Bikes! Coffee! Coffee Bike!

Each Bike Caffe is equipped with:

  • State of the Art Italian Espresso Lever Machine
  • Hand Wash Sink w/ hot & cold running water
  • Two 48 quart coolers – to carry ice, milk, fresh fruit and smoothie mixes
  • Fresh Water Tank
  • Waste Water Tank
  • 4 110v outlets
  • Water Pump
  • Food Display
  • Syrups and Syrup Speedrail Rack
  • Interchangeable Menu Boards
  • Rain & Sun Awnings
  • In- Counter Programmable Blender
  • High Pressure Blender Jug Cleaning System
  • In-Counter Cup Dispensers
  • Geared Hub System
  • Tubless Kevlar Tires

Coming to Philly soon…

{Bicycling Magazine}