One of my favorite things about this time of the year, the transition from summer into fall, are the storms and clouds that roll through. I’ve always enjoyed looking to the sky and daydreaming.
This obviously isn’t a unique indulgence, but one artist is taking it to a whole new level. Martin Feijoó is “proving” that shapes are residing in the clouds with his creative endeavor, “Shaping Clouds Project“. I hope you’re inspired to take a break on your next walk or even while you’re riding the bus to look at the sky and let your mind wander a bit. Who knows what it’ll come up with when you give it the room.
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Cloud watching isn’t the only way to channel your inner child’s imagination. If you’re willing to take this childlike attitude and renewed commitment to play more seriously, you can always hop across the pond to London. Here, you can find a creative, playful bus stop put together by UK’s Certified LEGO Professional using 100,000 bricks. It just might make you feel as if you’re waiting for the bus inside something you would have dreamed of as a child.
Share in the comments what you’re doing to keep yourself young. We can’t wait to hear from you.
The automobile industry has a rich history of developing and implementing great technology and design. It’s why the cars in the Bond movies are so iconic and why many of us dream of owning specific makes and models that we love. (My personal dream is a right-hand drive Mini Cooper from the 60’s. No matter how unsafe a car that is, I would look so cool driving it.) But what if that ingenuity was utilized in a better way?
In California and London, premier schools known for turning out great car designers are now implementing programs geared towards something larger: transferring the focus from individual automobile design to one centered on the systems level.
The hope is, if we can get people past their infatuation with driving cars, to create and utilize systems that serve the needs of communities while also being really beautiful and technologically groundbreaking. Instead of working around the existing transit structure and creating cars that are more efficient, designers are starting to think about what whole new systems could enable people and communities to do if they are given room to change. What kind of system could be created if it didn’t have to cater to cars?
Read The Guardian’s article “Redesigning transportation: can drivers end their love affair with cars?” and tell us what you think. Is it time for the automobile industry to end and come back to life as something new?
Wait, a new voice? But what happened to the friendly, familiar, and reliable voice of Grace Hayes?
Well, in case you missed it, Grace recently bid us adieu to make a move to Minnesota. As much as she will be missed, the show must go on. This is where I step in. My name is Eleanor Hawthorne and I’m the new voice behind Go Triangle and Triangle Transit’s social pages. The team here is pretty amazing and I’m thrilled to be joining them in the pursuit of bettering the area’s transit services through social.
But what kind of person chooses a career in social media? Well, I’ll tell you.
I’m an extrovert to a fault, obsessed with meeting and getting to know new people, and maintain the opinion “picture or it didn’t happen” in response to most things. This is where an addiction to Instagram, Twitter, and other various platforms understandably developed. Because of social networks, I can sip a latte at a local coffee shop, binge on the latest season of Orange is the New Black in my pajamas, or enjoy a local music festival with my friends all while simultaneously staying connected and up to speed on what’s going on. So it’s safe to say that no matter where I am (which is usually downtown Durham or Raleigh) you can probably find me crafting tweets or adding to the stupid amount of photos I have on Instagram.
A love for this kind of convenience and connectivity is what pushed me to pursue social media in professional settings, from start-ups to agencies, and I’ve never regretted a minute of it. Working as the Interactive Marketing Associate for Triangle Transit is particularly exciting because it combines my love for both my work and this amazing place we’re all lucky to call home. After 7 years living in Raleigh-Durham I definitely maintain the opinion that it’s one of the best places in the country to work, play, grow, and just be in general.
My goal in joining this team is to continue their legacy of growing Go Triangle and Triangle Transit’s social into a useful tool in bridging communities in the Triangle, both online and off. The transit system is rising to meet the needs of a booming community and I hope, with your help, to take a meaningful part in developing this space alongside it. That being said, don’t forget to share with us. Your experiences, questions, and insights into transit in the Triangle are an integral piece in making it better.
Talk to you soon,
If you’re reading this post, you more than likely are well acquainted with transit in our area.
Oh you’re not? Well you’re in luck because it’s Try Transit Month! Running from September 3 through October 3, all transit agencies in the GoTriangle family is encouraging you to leave your car keys at the house and jump on board. Check out gotriangle.org/trytransit for complete schedule of events including, rider appreciation day and transit employee appreciation day.
Here are 5 reasons why to try transit this month:
1. Park-and-Ride. You don’t have to have a bus stop right outside your door to take transit. Find a park-and-ride lot close to home and leave the rest of your commute to the professionals.
2. 2 by 4 (wheels). If you prefer the wind in your hair and cycle to work or around town but the dog days of summer are making you consider driving, hold the phone. GoTriangle buses have AC, so you can still get in your exercise but leave the bulk of your ride to us.
3. Productivity for the win! With Triangle Transit routes now sporting new 4G wi-fi, you can answer emails or connect to online documents, before you even get to your desk.
4. Catch some extra zzzz. When you leave the driving to the professionals, you can get a little shut eye before you start your workday. Worried you’re going to miss your stop? Use TransLoc’s new Rider app and set alarms for when your bus arrives at your stop.
5. Extra Dough. I’m not talking about pie crust, I’m talking hard cash. If you have to pay to park on a regular basis, paying up to $6 round trip beats have to feed the meter every 2 hours or the steep daily parking deal. Treat yourself to dinner with your savings for the month.
Try Transit Month isn’t just about getting you to try something different, we also want to give back to our communities. Every Wednesday in the month of September, the GoTriangle family of transit services will hold Stuff The Bus food drives. Our friends at DATA are kicking off the month with their drive at Southpoint Crossing Kroger, 8AM to 5PM. Drop off 3 or more cans of food for a chance at some sweet swag.
Here are the dates for all of the food drives. All food drives benefit The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
- September 10 – CTRAN, Stuff the Bus
- September 17 – CAT, Stuff the Bus
- September 24 – Triangle Transit Stuff the Bus
For more details on locations, please take a look at the Try Transit Month calendar.
Happy Try Transit Month!
As of this morning, Google is now the engine of GoTriangle.org’s trip planning tool.
One of the biggest complaints about the old planner was that trip plans were almost impossible to create on mobile devices. Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore. Check out the slideshow for screenshots!
While I love Google Transit for its easy-to-use interface, there are a few things I’ll miss about our old planner. For one there was “Find A Stop,” a little-used search that showed stops near an address. GoLive has a similar feature:
Are there any features you’ll miss? Got questions about planning a trip with Google Transit? Let us know in the comments!