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Biking and Beauty: National Bike Month 2017

The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, the sky is blue, and every morning the day just feels new. That can only mean one thing, that May is here, and that the days are finally long, warm, and clear!

Every year, almost everybody out there—except for those with some serious allergies—look forward to this magical time of year where things just feel…right. And, who can blame them? Waking up every day to the sounds of chirping birds and children laughing outside your windows would make even the grumpiest of people’s days a little brighter.

But May holds a little secret that often gets overlooked: it’s National Bike Month. And, today kicks off National Bike to Work Week!

Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast, National Bike Month was established in 1956. Since then, the month of May has served as the perfect month to showcase the many benefits of bicycling—and encourages folks of all skill levels to give biking a try.

When you really stop to think about it, there’s no better month of the year for bicycling. The weather is not yet too hot, and the cooler months have finally gone away. All the beautiful, life-improving things we mentioned earlier come out in full force, and there’s absolutely no better way to experience them than on a bike.

The League of American Bicyclists put it best, “Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many wonderful reasons to ride.” 

So, we invite you all to join us the rest of the week riding to work, cruising the city streets for good grub, and soaking in the sun while on a coffee run, because you’ll never have a better opportunity than now. And, if you don’t have a bike of your own, don’t worry! Cincinnati now has Red Bike stations throughout the city. For a full list of Red Bike stations, check out the map below.

The fun doesn’t stop there, in addition to National Ride Your Bike to Work Week, there are tons of other awesome bicycle events throughout the city for the remainder of May. Some of our favorites include Hike it Baby – Bike it Baby in Winton Woods on May 16th, a screening of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure at Esquire Theatre on May 17th, and Bike Polo Beginner’s Day on May 20th. For a full list of local Bike Month events, visit CityBeat.

See you outside, Cincinnati!

The Struktur Event 2017--Focusing on the Future

Spring is certainly in the air! The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and creatives from all different parts of the active, outdoor, and urban design industries are gearing up to head out to Portland for the 4th annual Struktur Event!

Co-Founders of the Struktur Event: Michelle Rose and Sam Ward

Struktur is a creative conference held each spring in Portland, OR (this year’s event will be held on April 25th-27th). Founded four years ago by the creative duo of Michelle Rose and Sam Ward, Struktur has always sought out to create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere where designers and industry professionals can gather to share ideas, build relationships, and tackle the important topics of today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Year over year, Michelle and Sam have done an amazing job landing some of the most interesting speakers in the industry, and this year’s event is no different. Keynote speakers like Amy Ross (Lead engineer at NASA on the Mars spacesuit), Michael DiTullo (Chief Design Officer at Sound United), and Jan Chipchase (Futurist at Studio D Radiodurans) not only pack serious credentials or promise attention-grabbing presentations, but also define the theme of this year’s event: Inflection Points.

Amy Ross: Lead Engineer at NASA on the Mars Spacesuit

Futurists describe inflection points as moments when the range of possible futures suddenly shifts. These shifts in the range of possible futures are especially important to designers who have to prepare themselves for success in our rapidly changing world. As technologies continue to advance active, outdoor, and urban design, industry professionals must work at the intersection of innovation and technology to create novel products for the future.

Struktur points out on their website that “against the backdrop of disruptions in climate, trade, and manufacturing, new practices of generative design, bio-materials, and automation are moving into focus. Sustainability and ‘Made in America’ stories are shifting from novelty to necessity. As technical and performance gear continue to merge into the mainstream, the active and outdoor industries are well positioned to be a major influencer in what we wear.”

This year’s event focuses on identifying these inflection points, sharing ideas about how to get ahead of the curve, and creating new relationships that will help lead to new design solutions.

So, if you’re looking for an event that’ll help you set yourself up for future success, make sure to check out Struktur Event 2017.

And, if you’re already planning on attending, make sure to find the Hemmer Design team and say hello! We’ll be curating a fun, interactive, experience project, and we’d love to see your smiling faces!

For more information about Struktur, check out their website here, or this more detailed preview from Trend Insight.