Monday, March 24, 2014

Bakfiets at VT Walk/Bike Summit March 29

The Vermont Walk/Bike Summit 2014 will be this Saturday (March 29), in Burlington from 8:30 am to 4 pm.  There is a schedule and list of the workshops on their webpage.  Keynote speaker is Caroline Sampanaro, Senior Director of Campaigns and Organizing at Transportation Alternatives, a transportation advocacy organization in New York City.  It's being hosted by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, along with 20 state and business partners and cosponsors.  Fellow cargo bike enthusiast Dave Cohen from down river (Brattleboro) will be giving a workshop, and I'll have the bakfiets solar electric cargo bike there.  I'm not so sure about test rides at this event, as the bike will be set up in the foyer outside the ballroom and the forecast is a 50% chance of 40 degree F showers, we'll see how it works out.  If you are interested in biking in Vermont, this will be a good event to attend.

Measuring for a battery box

The battery box for the longtail is all set to be made except for one last measurement.  The hold up isn't the 29" of snow still waiting to melt in my yard, nor the 0 to 20 degree F temperatures, it is waiting for the battery to arrive so I have accurate size measurements.  It was ordered in January, and immediately had a two week delay because of the Chinese New Years period.  I've made predictions about the size, but the width is a tight fit and I don't wish to have to remake the box.  My best guess is that the battery is almost ready to be unloaded from the ship about now.  I wish that someone in the US would start assembling these A123 style pouch cell batteries here.

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