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New York Jets assistant coach dies following bicycle accident
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Scooters A Viable Mode of Transportation In Omaha

Disclaimer: Ride scooters at your own risk. We are not lawyers.

In Omaha for the U.S. Olympic Trials this week?

One thing you may want to take advantage of while you’re here is the city’s newest mode of transportation, scooters, which were first introduced in May of 2019 for a six-month pilot program and subsequently returned last summer for a second pilot.

Now, with the two pilots deemed an overall success, riding a scooter is an easy option if you’re looking to get around Omaha.

What Companies Can I Use?

Park Omaha provides a full breakdown of everything scooter-related on its website, here. The City of Omaha works with two companies, Lime and Spin, that you can rent from for your scooter adventures.

Both companies have apps that you can download to find and access them.

What Does It Cost?

It’s $1 to access a scooter, and an additional charge by the minute, depending on which company you’re riding with.

What Are The Rules?

Scooters are permitted on streets and bike lanes, but not sidewalks. There are also some restricted zones, including some around the pool.

Riders must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license or state-issued ID, and are required to follow the same rules of the road as bicyclists and motorists. Only one person can ride a scooter at a time.

Scooters can reach up to 15 mph, so while they aren’t legally required, it is greatly encouraged that you wear a helmet.

Scooters are also not permitted on streets with posted speed limits greater than 35mph, and for parking, be sure to avoid blocking any of the usual areas you would if you were parking your car (bike racks, driveways, etc.)

Safety Data

According to Statista, electronic scooter use resulted in 14,641 injuries in 2018, or 19 per every 100,000 riders (a 222% increase from 2014). The study says that only 5% of those injuries occurred while the rider was wearing a helmet.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, e-scooters resulted in an estimated 50,000 emergency department visits and at least 27 fatalities between 2017 and 2019, with injuries and deaths on the rise year over year.

So while it can be both a fun and convenient option to get around, scooters can be potentially dangerous, so be safe!

Jun
2021
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Shopping for a Car Online? Beware of This Potential Price Scam

I just bought a used car, which required a lot of research on car-shopping sites like AutoTrader, Cars.com, CarGurus, Edmunds, and TrueCar. Before I settled on a vehicle and a dealer, though, I got excited about several promising listings. Until I read the fine print.

I discovered a deceptive advertising practice you should be aware of before you go to a dealer: the promotional “Internet Price” (after down payment), which can inflate the asking price of the car by up to $2,000.


The Price After Down Payment

Here’s how it works. A car is listed on the dealer’s site or a car shopping site with a promotional “Internet price.” Buried in the listing, or perhaps on the dealer’s website, is a caveat: “Internet Price is reflective after 1995 down payment.” In other words, the actual asking price at the dealer is whatever it was listed for online, plus another $2,000. Unless you look carefully for it, you won’t even know until you sit down to discuss pricing.


Empire Honda listing

This isn’t a typical tactic, and most online dealer prices I saw matched their asking prices. In some cases, they were declared to be “Internet prices” and the dealer asked that you print out the listing to get the price, but that was it. However, I found two dealers that tack on the $2K: Empire Honda of Manhasset, NY and Motorhub, Inc. of Inwood, NY.

Empire Honda obfuscates the extra $1,995 by mentioning it in the fine print of the listing but not putting a dollar sign or comma, so it doesn’t stand out like its declaration of a $695 dealer and documentation fee. To its dubious credit, Empire Honda at least puts this warning in its listings on sites like AutoTrader. That credit is lost when all of the listings on its own site simply say “Finance for,” with no sticker price outside of MSRP at the time of the vehicle’s production (for used vehicles; the dealer’s new vehicle listings don’t do this).

On Motorhub, Inc., I found no notification of the price being reflective after a down payment anywhere on its shopping site listings, which use the posted, post-deposit price for any on-site financing calculator estimates (which factor in down payments as part of the price). The warning isn’t even in the text of the car listings on its own site. Instead, it’s hidden near the bottom of the page as part of the site disclaimer.


Advertised Price vs. Actual Price

I contacted these dealers as a prospective shopper and confirmed that the asking prices of the vehicles I was considering were actually $1,995 more than the posted price. During these exchanges, I prodded the sales representatives I was talking to about whether the price could be talked down, and mentioned that they could be considered deceptive business practices. No go; the price was the price.

This was over the phone and via email; to be fair, it wasn’t at the over-the-desk phase

Jun
2021
19

Manufacturers can’t keep up with the exploding bicycle demand

If you’re looking to buy a bicycle this summer, you may be out of luck. 

A cycling boom sparked last year during the coronavirus pandemic has continued into 2021, creating short supply across the nation. Manufacturers are struggling to supply bikes to an exploding customer base of people newly eager to enjoy the outdoors.

The shortage is leaving business owners with little or nothing in stock — and customers with few options.

Jason Dohrmann, who owns Summit Ski & Cycle in Los Angeles, said he has never seen a bike shortage like this before. Dohrmann told CBS News correspondent Nichelle Medina that his store ran out of bikes last year. 

“We’re definitely not making that much money, but we’re just making enough to survive right now,” Dohrmann said.

Dohrmann said he thinks he won’t have bikes to sell until next year. Until then, he is switching gears and focusing on bike repairs when he can get parts. 

“Bikes would have to sit here for an extra couple of weeks just waiting on a part when usually we get it done in one day,” he said.

Dohrmann’s problem is similar across the U.S. During the pandemic, bicycle makers said they slowed down production because people were forced to stay indoors. But once COVID-19 restrictions started to lift, demand for bikes skyrocketed and manufacturers have yet to catch up, one analyst said. 

Bicycle sales grew 55% between December 2020 and February 2021 when compared to that same period in 2019, said Matt Powell, senior industry advisor and vice president at market research firm NPD Group. Bike sales are part of a larger trend of Americans buying more outdoor equipment this summer, Powell told CBS News. 

“We’re seeing camp furniture, grills, coolers, hammocks, recreational tents, all very strong,” he said. “And then, of course, the cycling business has been outstanding.”

Jun
2021
19

14 Vintage-Style Automotive Hats to Celebrate the Start of Summer










14 Vintage-Style Automotive Hats to Celebrate the Start of Summer
















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Ah, yes, summertime. The sun’s out, temperatures hover on sizzling, and no, your “base tan” won’t protect you from turning into a lobster. Because of this, hats and summer are synonymous. They protect your head and eyes and hide that wild convertible hair.



logo: Cover your head while you rep your favorite old-school brand with these classic caps.


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Cover your head while you rep your favorite old-school brand with these classic caps.

And you’re a car fan, right? You don’t want some basic cap—you want to represent your favorite automotive marque. And what better way to do that than sporting a vintage hat, usually of that brand’s glory days. They’re stylish, comfortable, and you’ll earn brownie points with fellow fans.

We dug up some of our favorite vintage-styled automotive hats that you’re bound to like. It might be hard to pick just one.

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