How green is my shelter?
Sorry couldn’t resist the play on ‘How green is my valley’. It’s the Welshness in me, see. (boom, boom).
Without getting too bogged down in the commercial stuff that we do (when not cycling, thinking about cycling or cycling whilst thinking about cycling), a quick update on Odoni activities.
Firstly and most importantly, I’m pleased to welcome aboard Teresa Cisuelo. We’ve been very busy lately with an influx of work, some experimentation with new designs and development in our IT systems that we ran up against the physical buffers. Teresa is joining us to help with general management activities (CRM in particular) that will give us the platform to move forward (welcome aboard Teresa!).
As you may have gathered, we like neat answers to complex problems – particularly if a bike is involved. This part of the world (UK) is not getting any drier (at certain times of the year at least) and flash flooding is a real problem. Last week I cycled home through Llandaff North and water was running down the main road in a torrent, pushing up manhole covers and threatening to extend the water above the hubs on my Birdy. No-way Jose; I used my local knowledge to ride through the back streets (I used to live on the wonderfully named Pommergelli Road, just around the corner). Anyway…..the point being that violent, sudden deluges overburden water management systems (drain pipes and sewers to you and me) resulting in problems. One contribution towards solving these is green roofs. So to give a further twist to the sustainability of bike shelters and racking systems, we’ve developed a bike shelter with a green roof. Containing soil, a membrane and appropriate flora, It’ll soak up rain, flower in season and soften the urban landscape. Towns and cities look so much prettier when dotted with little green oases; especially when there are bikes parked beneath them. All being well, we’ll be showcasing the turf and photographs of the protoype at…….
……..the London bike show. After the success of the bike show in the NEC (great people, fantastic arena, bike lovers paradise, AND I MISSED IT ), we’re heading to the big smoke to do more of the same. Angela has kindly given me a nice set of Uvex cycling glasses to prevent future eye injury, so hopefully I’ll see you there (in both senses). As an aside, If the London cycle show organisers are browsing this site, well done on the logo. Its straight out the Mod manual circa 1967. Austin Powers would give it the thumbs up and I do too. We’ll have some complementary tickets (worth £20) and I’ll keep you updated as to when we plan to give them away.
Right! It’s all out of my system . Time to look at those nice bikes from BEG cycles, some splendid coverage of the recent Koppenburg cross on Alan Dorrington’s excellent cross junkie site. Alan is a team mate of mine at Here come the Belgians. I might then cap off with a quick trawl of the Amsterdamize and Cardiff cycle chic websites. I do love a good bike related photo. It’s all in the name of research of course. Yes. Honestly.