Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Citibike: Is that a helmet in your Traffic Cone Bag?


Is that a helmet in your Traffic Cone Bag? 
With the Citibike bikeshare program taking New York by storm, I've discovered a new use for the Traffic Cone Bag: carrying your helmet AND stayin' alive!

Despite being a DFNC (double folder no car) gal I have joined the Citibike program, as I described in detail on my Galfromdownunder Upover blog. What's not to love about a ride-it-and-ditch-it personal cab for just $95155/year?'

But what to do about helmets? Some places are renting them out - does a lice protector come with that? The problem is, helmet rental stations are not situated at the bike stations, but somewhere else, compromising that "convenience" factor.

Carrying a helmet isn't convenient either, which is why many Citibikers have been riding without them. I confess I've ridden bareheaded a number of times while scurrying across town. Downunder, the mandatory helmet law is killing the Melbourne Bikeshare scheme.

So if you decide to wear a helmet, the Traffic Cone Bag will not only make you screamingly visible to traffic as is its mission, it will be a handy tote for your helmet off the bike as well:

Both small and large Traffic Cone Bags hold a helmet nicely, ranging from a regular road style to the rotund, skate style Nutcase Watermelon. 
The small Traffic Cone Bag in stealth mode, holding a rather large helmet without any undue squeezing ... 

At the risk of upselling you, here's why owning 2 TCB's - one inside the other gives you lots of clever, on-demand capacity!

Latest Traffic Cone Bag customers ...

Spotted in the saddle: Gerrit Guers, architect

The Traffic Cone Bag was originally designed for travelin' gals, but at least 50% of aficionados are guys - architects in particular like it for it's stealthy, minimalist, any-color-you-like-as-long-as-it's-black design. Like Gerrit:
Is that a TCB I spot in the sublime Grandaisy Bakery on 72nd and Amsterdam? (You MUST try their butternut squash pizza slice, heated of course)
Indeed, it's architect Gerrit Guers out for a spin on NYC's Summer Streets
Gerrit has one of my experimental black Scotchlite stripe bags. Here's what it looks like sailing down a car-free Park Ave
Good to see those kids are visible, TCB-style!
Stopping at the lights of course ... rule #1 for staying alive: act like a vehicle, obey the road rules 
Climbing the Grand Central Station ramp where no bikes dare to tread on any other day except Summer Streets Saturday ...
"It's my everyday bag," says Gerrit. "Except when I'm on the bike, it's usually in black mode." Spoken like a true architect!

Spotted out of the saddle: Linda Hutchison-BurnFounder of Children's Education Foundation, Vietnam

The TCB in stealth mode outside Souen Macrobiotic restaurant. Not a bicycle in sight - but Citibike is around the corner ...
I recently caught up with Linda Burn, director of the charity Children's Education Foundation Vietnam who lives and works year round in Hoi An, Vietnam.  "I use my TCB every day!" she says, zipping around on a motor scooter. Read about Linda's tireless efforts for her amazing charity here.

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