Last Chance to get a Great Copy of Roads Were Not Built for Cars

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The iPad version of Roads Were Not Built For Cars has just gone live. It contains the full 170,000 words of the print book plus ten short videos, two audio files, a 3D object to play with, and 580+ illustrations, most of which zoom to full screen. Access it via an iPad on iBookstore.

Now, good news for those who wanted a print version of the book – a few have become available. Softbacks only. When they’re gone, they’re gone.

The Kindle versions have been available for a while. All Kickstarter backers should now have their print books, even those in the Antipodes. Of those who pre-ordered I still have 150 to mail out – if you’re one of those folks, I’m sorry for the delay. I underestimated how long it would take to sign, pack and mail 1000 books.

The iPad version of the book costs £14.99 on iBookstore. I set it at £18 but Apple automatically dropped me down a tier. I will work on fixing this for version 1.1. Those who pre-ordered and paid £18 for their iPad versions were sent download info yesterday (pre-orderers who want three quid refunds should get in touch, supplying their PayPal order no so I can trace them).

The website is where the notes live (I need to work on those, too) and there are sporadic stories on the blog, too. For instance, earlier today I posted a story about a dodgy claim on cycle safety from a 1902 car mag which has been debunked by a modern automotive tester.

I’ll also be rolling out the book’s promotional campaign, including talks, book reviews and guest postings. There’s an article on, which went live today, and is headlined Why motorists owe EVERYTHING to cyclists (it’s not my headline, but I like it).



The Kickstarter Kindle special is available only on, as is the ePub version. The standard Kindle version is available on Gumroad and on Amazon (Amazon takes a far bigger cut than Gumroad).



Interested in great design and high tech….in a tent. Check this out from a friend and 20 year tent designer

Check out our latest mad project on Kickstarter now until September 15th:

Mike Cecot-Scherer

Inkling Incorporated

office & mobile: 303.413.9535

796 West Birch Court, Louisville, Colorado, 80027

Two wrongs don’t make a right—but three lefts do.

Kickstarter campaign for Bluetooth lost luggage device that also has a motion sensor. It can record your big jumps on the slope, Terrain Park or bike park. It can also find your lost keys.

This small round and thin device can be placed on any mobile item with a hook, key ring, stick or the PebbleBee’s adhesive back!  The PebbleBee can assist in locating lost items (with attached Bee), monitor tracking, movement, temperature, navigation and numerous other features that assist in everyday management of personal items!

Whether you are traveling to the park or internationally, you don’t want to loose your personal items!  Your worries are over…..Meet the PebbleBee! 

The PebbleBee’s revolutionary “Range Finder” will assist in alerting you when any mobile item (including children or pets) has crossed over the configured range.  By setting up the range alert paired with your location, your mobile device will alert you when the item has crossed over the configured range of up to 150 feet.  The PebbleBee will alert you with a “Buzz” or “ring” or even “spark with a LED internal flash to aid in finding your item-it’s your choice.  The PebbleBee App (free) will indicate how close you are to the item of interest based on a signal bar and Bee rings.  Think, pet collars, children’s backpacks or necklaces, laptops, bikes, cars the items are endless.

Another feature is the PebbleBee Hornet’s motion detection ability that assists in monitoring home security, location of children or pets, health/fitness, numerous sports applications, navigation and commercial/industrial monitoring for safety applications.  It has a 9 Axis Motion Tracker and thermometer sensors that when paired with your phone it can provide data on movement, direction, speed, navigation and tracking the user.  In combination with your phone’s GPS the possibilities are endless.  You can configure defined alerts that let you know if the temperature is dropping outside to bring your plants in, where your cat has traveled at night, if your jogging speed drops below your threshold and more!!!  The data can be viewed live and/or saved to a file for replay.  Track your awesome moments on the ski slopes, or put the PebbleBee on a door to know when it is being opened.  The applications are unlimited!

Should you lose your item at the airport?  No problem, with the PebbleBee network an alert will sent to all PebbleBee users who can assist in locating the item for you.  You can also integrate your swarm of PebbleBees and Bluetooth devices.  Registered in the hive you can securely access your phone or PC anywhere in the world.  The Hive software will be compatible with other Smart Router hubs.

For more information-

Scheduled to be available in May!


·         -5 mm thick and 40 mm diameter.

·         -The PebbleBee battery lasts 3 years depending on usage – and can be replaced.

·         -PebbleBee works on Android 4.3 Bluetooth 4 equipped phones/tablets and Apple Bluetooth 4

·         compatible iPhones and iPads. Coming soon for Windows 8 Computers and Phones.

·         -PebbleBee can be commanded by the app to buzz or light up.

·         -PebbleBee button can be used to command numerous triggers on your phone, such as ring, or call your favorite contact.

·         -PebbleBee devices provide a range finder so you can view how far you are from your belongings.

·         -PebbleBee devices can be put in alert mode, so when your assigned PebbleBee leaves a configurable

·         range the user is alerted. The alert can also be paired to a location.

·         -PebbleBees can be located based on last known position detected by the entire PebbleBee network.

Location can be displayed on Google Maps for user to navigate.

·         -PebbleBees can be designated as lost. Owner will be alerted when it becomes actively detected on the

PebbleBee network by PebbleBee users and designated Friends.

·         -PebbleBees can be shared by owners to multiple other PebbleBee users who get select abilities.

·         -PebbleBee Friends can be designated to easily discover which of your friends is closest to your lost

·         device.

·         -A PebbleBee application user can easily view status and manage dozens of owned and shared PebbleBee

·         devices.

·         -From an application on any platform, a PebbleBee user can logon to cloud sync their account PebbleBee

·         devices for use on multiple handheld devices. Once a PebbleBee is configured, the App doesn’t require

·         the PebbleBee cloud.

·         -PebbleBee devices can be designated by name and picture.

·         -Ability to operate in private mode to preserve battery life, and increase wireless performance

·         -The PebbleBee communicates with Bluetooth 4.0 enabling a range of 50-150ft and low power usage

·         -The PebbleBee devices are water resistant.

·         -Connect a key ring or Stick the adhesive backed PebbleBee to anything and everything! It’s the perfect accessory and utility to find or avoid any keys, bag, remote, car, dog, cat, child anything!

Hornet Version: Includes a 9-axis (3-axis gyro, 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis magnometer or compass) chip and a temperature sensor with developer API to interface/control the PebbleBee’s 9-Axis data stream. Includes functions to enable/disable 9-axis chip and enable callbacks for motion data. Provide real time motion data over Bluetooth. Ability to control when and how (at different sampling rates) you receive data and users can follow easy to use, drag and drop action and trigger commands on the PebbleBee app to create PebbleBee scenarios. I.e. if user pins a PebbleBee on their front door, and door moves, even very slight movement will trigger a compass direction change, which will send a stream of data to your paired phone which will then trigger your defined actions such as sound phone alarm, or email your security company, etc. You get lost hiking in the woods and your cell phone no longer works? No problem because your PebbleBee on your keychain recorded your whole path back, and can actually help you navigate back. The 9-axis gyro can be used to collect endless high resolution motion data on your skateboarding/biking/skiing/motorsports….really any sporting activity and seamlessly stream the data on your phone for live viewing or storage and post analysis/replay. You can even keep an eye on your wine cooler and be notified when the temperature goes below or above an assigned number.

Bumble Version: The PebbleBee can be wirelessly charged by placing it on a wireless charger for battery life longevity. This version includes an induction coil and a lithium ion battery at 150mAH and increase the thickness to 6 mm.

PebbleBee Hive (hub): For home security or for networking PebbleBees across the world, use the PebbleBee Hive. It’s a hub that wirelessly connects all your PebbleBees at home, in the office or out in the field outdoors. The Hive seamlessly coordinates with the cloud over WIFI to notify the PebbleBee application user of notable events. You no longer need your phone to be in range of your PebbleBees for complete control! You can apply all your PebbleBees around your home and be notified of every movement in your home with emails, and notifications on your phone wherever you are. Actions, triggers and motion control can be monitored for multiple PebbleBee contributors across the world. PebbleBees can be shared and controlled anywhere the internet is available. You can play drinking games with your buddies across the globe with the PebbleBee attached to their beer mugs and know exactly when, and how far ahead you are by streaming live data through the PebbleBee hive.

For more information:

The kickstarter campaign is pretty well written and the video explains a lot.

Although the Kickstarter pedge description is confusing as heck. I still haven’t figured out what what you get for how much money.






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Kickstarter goes live for Roads Were Not Built For Cars


Kickstarter campaign goes live

Please support my book’s Kickstarter campaign: it’s just gone live. Click on the video I’ve recorded to see why I’m riding an 1894 bicycle around an office full of bemused architects.

You’ve previously expressed an interest in hearing news about the progress of Roads Were Not Built For Cars. To help get it published I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign. is a community crowd-funding website where folks can pledge cold hard cash to get rewards in return. I’m offering many rewards, with the main ones being limited edition copies of the book, available in August. There will also be an interactive iPad version of the book.

The FREE version of the book will be available in September as a PDF. It won’t contain the lavish illustrations contained in the Kickstarter editions but will be available to all so that the book’s core message – that cyclists should be put back into highway history as pioneers of road improvement – is spread far and wide.

Funding for my Kickstarter campaign starts at just £1.00 ($1.66); with the print book being available for £21 and the iPad version for £18. There are lots of other combination deals and backer-only specials, including invites to the book launch parties, one of which is a ride to a historic cycling location. On an 1890s bicycle, in period costume. Well, that’s just me but others are welcome to don their tweeds, too.

Thanks for your support.


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