Citi Bikes. Dan Frommer’s post on NYC’s new Bike Sharing system shows from a personal perspective how a single new ingredient in a complex system can make big changes. In its first month, he says, “Citi Bike seems to have blown past everyone’s expectations, with more than a million miles traveled so far, over 500,000 trips, and some 50,000 annual members.” And the service, says Frommer, “without hyperbole, Citi Bike has already changed my life. I’ve now lived here for almost 8 years, and after riding zero blocks on bikes the entire time I’d been here, I’ve now traveled 53 miles on Citi Bikes over the past month…. Who knew?”
More retro in NYC, a Repair Shop, this time a crowd-funded pop-up. Reported by Dowser.
Hearing Aid Revolution? In a reminder that computers can turn almost any field or industry upside down, NPR reports on a new hearing aid (300 million of the world’s people need one, but most can’t afford one) that costs a fraction of the traditional cost.
“The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursuing his own education. This will not be a widely shared pursuit until we get over our odd conviction that education is what goes on is school buildings and nowhere else. not only does education continue when schooling ends, but it is not confine to what may be studied in adult education courses. The world is an incomparable classroom, and life is a memorable teacher for those who aren’t afraid of her.” — John Gardner, Self-Renewal
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Bike photo: Omar Rawlings (cc) via Flickr. Repair Shop photo: Oscar Abello in Dowser.