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CurbedWire: Bees Phones Explained, Look Ma, No Car!

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LOS ANGELES: Those mysterious bee phones? Not killer bees, not bears, but the work of creative young people. Image via Flicker user bumblee, who is apparently the artist, too: "Telephone companies have been abandoning their public telephone booths by taking out the phones and leaving the structures beehind. (Probably due to the rise in cell phone users.) I want to reuse these structures as a way of communication with the public once more by replacing that empty space with paper-mache beehives. To me, this symbolizes the irony beehind the question, 'where have so many of the bees gone' and the theory that cell phone signals have been misguiding their normal patterns of migration."

VENICE: First Councilmember Garcetti hopped on a bike and now Councilmember Bill Rosendahl is the latest politicians to get on the bike bandwagon. Pshaw! We want to see a public servant get the work the old-fashioned way: Hitchhiking. But via the Inbox: "... the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and cyclists from around the region to demonstrate support for cycling as a cost effective and sustainable commuting option. The “Car-Free Fridays” bicycle ride is part of a campaign by the LACBC to get more people to ride a bicycle to work at least one Friday per month and highlight the personal and environmental benefits of riding a bike....Studies prove that cycling at least three hours a week cuts risk of heart disease in half, improve self-esteem and can reduce levels of stress and depression. An average five mile commute to work can burn up to 360 calories as well as greatly reduce traffic congestion." [Curbed Inbox]

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