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Rekor Systems Announces Selection of Waycare Technologies by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for Pilot Program to Reduce State Traffic Congestion and Crashes
California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation
Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025
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Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval
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Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior
Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center
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Rekor Systems Announces Selection of Waycare Technologies by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for Pilot Program to Reduce State Traffic Congestion and Crashes California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025 The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road! Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center
Aug
2021
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VW T2 Camper Van Is the Newest Official Lego Car

When it comes to automotive Lego kits that aren’t the super-detailed ones costing upwards of $350, the level at which they actually resemble the car they’re based on can be hit or miss. Land Rover Defender and Dominic Toretto’s Dodge Charger? Hits. Ferrari 488 GTE? Meh. Lego’s latest car kit, however, thankfully replicates a vehicle that’s both blocky enough to lend well to a brick-based recreation and happens to be a proper automotive–nay, cultural–icon: the Volkswagen T2 Camper Van.



a truck cake sitting on top of a blue car: When it comes to automotive Lego kits that aren't the super-detailed ones costing upwards of $350, the level at which they actually resemble the car they're based on can be hit or miss. Land Rover Defender and Dominic Toretto's Dodge Charger? Hits. Ferrari 488 GTE? Meh. Lego's latest car kit, however, thankfully replicates a vehicle […]


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When it comes to automotive Lego kits that aren’t the super-detailed ones costing upwards of $350, the level at which they actually resemble the car they’re based on can be hit or miss. Land Rover Defender and Dominic Toretto’s Dodge Charger? Hits. Ferrari 488 GTE? Meh. Lego’s latest car kit, however, thankfully replicates a vehicle […]

Going on sale starting August 1 for $179.99 is a 2,207-piece Lego kit of the VW Bus. To give you a sense of scale, the finished van measures six inches high, 5.5 inches wide, and 13.5 inches long. 



a truck cake sitting on top of a wooden table


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As we’ve come to expect from Lego, there are quite a few nifty details on display here including functional steering and a sliding door that actually opens, as well as curtains and a pop-up tent made of soft textile pieces. Lego says the specific tire shape used here is a new design for the toy brand.

The kit will also come with the necessary pieces to build yourself an accompanying surfboard and two folding chairs as well as “flower-power” love-and-peace stickers to complete the van’s quintessentially ’60s look. There’s even a little kitchen on the inside with a tiny sink, a tiny fridge, a tiny stove, and a tiny kettle.

A Lego potted cannabis plant, however, is not included and is unlikely to exist at all, at least, officially. But, for what it’s worth, whoever’s responsible for selecting the human models and backdrops for Lego’s photoshoots is doing an A-plus job.

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Aug
2021
1

Ex-Toyota Europe CEO van Zyl dies at age 63

Johan van Zyl, the former president and CEO of Toyota Europe, died Friday in his native South Africa. He was 63.

The cause was related to COVID-19 complications, according to people familiar with the matter.

The automaker said Saturday he would be remembered for his humor, calmness and personal empathy.

Van Zyl led Toyota’s European operations, which include Russia, Turkey, Israel and central Asian countries, from 2015 until April, when he was succeeded by sales and marketing chief Matthew Harrison.

Under van Zyl’s strategic and operational leadership, Toyota Europe delivered sustained business results, with sales passing the one-million mark in 2019 for the first time in 10 years and market share exceeding 6 percent in 2020.

Toyota was a leader in CO2 emissions with a lineup of hybrid powertrains that was expanded under van Zyl. During his tenure, the automaker expanded its production sites and added products in Russia, Poland, Turkey and France. Toyota took sole ownership of a joint venture plant with PSA Group in Kolin, Czech Republic, in January.  

Van Zyl announced in 2018 that Toyota would discontinue diesel powertrains from the automaker’s passenger car lineup, with the exception of the Land Cruiser large SUV and the Hilux pickup.

In leaving Toyota Europe, van Zyl said: “What I am most satisfied about is the very strong team we have here in Europe. With such great people across the Toyota European organization, with such talent and passion, there won’t be any disruption in the transformation we have embarked upon, and I have no doubt Toyota will do very well under Matt’s [Harrison] leadership.”

Harrison said recently that he saw no reason to sharply change course as CEO of Toyota Europe.

“I’ve worked incredibly closely with van Zyl for the last few years,” Harrison told Automotive News Europe in an interview. “So, I would like to think I have already had a lot of opportunity to offer input into our strategy, and I didn’t feel the need to scrap everything anything and rebuild. That element of my strategy was more about a seamless transition and continuity.”

Jun
2021
13

12-year-old stepping off school transport van struck by vehicle in Worcester

A 12-year-old Massachusetts child getting off a school transport vehicle was rushed to a Worcester hospital Friday afternoon after being struck by another vehicle. Police said the boy was struck around 3:45 p.m. after getting off the transport van on Pleasant Street near Tarrytown Lane.Neighbors said the driver of the vehicle, a landscaping van, immediately stopped, and appeared to be distraught following the crash. Witnesses said the child appeared to have a head injury but was conscious and moving. A pair of sneakers remained in the street following the crash. Police said the 12-year-old got off a school bus and then attempted to cross Pleasant St. when he was struck by the vehicle. Police were asking neighbors in the area for any surveillance video they might have of the incident. Neighbors described the road as a race track and said it has blind spots drivers may not be aware of.

A 12-year-old Massachusetts child getting off a school transport vehicle was rushed to a Worcester hospital Friday afternoon after being struck by another vehicle.

Police said the boy was struck around 3:45 p.m. after getting off the transport van on Pleasant Street near Tarrytown Lane.

Neighbors said the driver of the vehicle, a landscaping van, immediately stopped, and appeared to be distraught following the crash.

Witnesses said the child appeared to have a head injury but was conscious and moving.

A pair of sneakers remained in the street following the crash.

Police said the 12-year-old got off a school bus and then attempted to cross Pleasant St. when he was struck by the vehicle.

Police were asking neighbors in the area for any surveillance video they might have of the incident.

Neighbors described the road as a race track and said it has blind spots drivers may not be aware of.

Apr
2020
24

Co van Kessel Bicycle- and Boat tours Bangkok

What is included on a Co van Kessel tour?

All Co van Kessel tours include the following (when appropriate):

  • Experienced English speaking local guides
  • Safe, well-maintained bicycle (city or mountain bike)
  • Bicycle helmet (upon request)
  • Drinking water enroute
  • Boat & ferry rides where appropriate 
  • 24-hour emergency insurance

Does the tour visit popular Bangkok tourist sites?

We pride ourselves in being an alternative to the standard tourist experience by taking our customers “off the beaten path”  to show them the REAL Bangkok.  As such, our tours do not go to typical mass tourism attractions like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Jim Thompson House, etc.  We go behind the scenes into the local communities to places that are typically inaccessible to the average traveler.  Please do not be concerned about duplicating location visits on your own during the rest of your time in Bangkok.

 

Is it too hot to ride a bicycle in Thailand?

Joining one of our bicycle tours in Bangkok is a surprisingly refreshing adventure year round.  The activity of cycling (as opposed to walking), will always create a breeze to help cool you down. We are also aided by the fact that Bangkok terrain is inherently very flat and we cycle at a leisurely pace.  In addition, plenty of cold drinks and rest stops along the way will keep you refreshed for the journey.

What if it rains?

We will never cancel a tour due to rain!  The weather in Bangkok is unpredictable and rain can occur at any time, especially during the rainy season of July-September.  Rain is also a very localized phenomenon, happening in small pockets in places while being completely dry only a few kilometers away.  In our vast experience doing the tours, we know that heavy rains rarely last more than 30 minutes and our guides know very well where to take our customers for cover during the deluge.  In light rain, we provide ponchos to our customers and cycle on.  Often times, the rain will offer a refreshing break from the tropical heat.

What should I wear on the tour?

On our tours we are guests at local and more conservative communities, including temples.  Please allow us to ask you to dress more conservatively out of respect for the local community.  A top that covers the shoulders and a sarong for covering the legs in a temple is always appreciated in Thai culture.

FOR YOUR OWN CONVENIENCE
We recommend you wear light, comfortable clothing with a hat to keep the sun off your head.  For footwear, we recommend closed shoes or sports sandals for maximum protection and control during your tour.  For your own safety, we discourage the use of ‘flip flops’ as they often compromise the ability of the rider to control his/her bicycle on the tour.  The liberal use of sunscreen is also highly encouraged. 

What language is spoken on the tours?

The vast majority of our guides are English speaking local Thais.  During certain peak times of the year (ie. July,