Posts tagged: change

An Electric Boost for Bicyclists

NY Times article An Electric Boost for Bicyclists

Here is an example of a new technology (electric bicycles) that are addressing problems and posing new ones. Laws, public attitude, and safety concerns are some of the issues that come to mind.

Do we adapt or cling to our old ways of thinking? When automobiles came our over 100 years ago, similar concerns came up. Somehow, we managed to deal with the changes and now, automobiles have become a necessity rather than a oddity. We built infrastructure, passed laws, and dealt with the needs of the automobile.

How do you feel about electric bicycles? What are the upsides, and what risks do we need to consider?

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John Schneyer, Boca Consultants

Feds crack down on distracted drivers

You can read the article in the South Florida Business Journal here or below.

I expect this to cause a great deal of grief for business owners as I think even if more laws aren’t passed, more lawsuits will happen.

Now is the time to get in front of this issue.

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John Schneyer, Boca Consultants

article:

The Obama administration is cracking down on texting while driving, at least among government employees.

On Wednesday night, the president signed an executive order directing federal employees not to text-message while driving government-owned vehicles, when using electronic equipment while driving, or while driving their own vehicles while conducting government business.

The order follows a two-day summit on distracted driving conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“I fully expect that all 58,000 DOT employees and contractors will take this order seriously,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a news release.” Let’s show our friends and families that we can resist the temptation to answer the phone, send a message or allow some other distraction to interfere with our driving.”

LaHood also announced several other actions that his department is taking to combat distracted driving.

Among them:

* Making permanent restrictions on the use of cell phones and other electronic devices in rail operations.
* Banning text messaging altogether, and restricting the use of cell phones by truck and interstate bus operators.
* Disqualifying school bus drivers convicted of texting while driving from maintaining their commercial driver’s licenses.

He also called on state and local governments to pass laws to combat distracted driving in all vehicles, especially school buses.

At 60 M.P.H., Office Work Is High Risk

Read this article describing the pressures and effects of working while driving.

So many of us think we have nothing to worry about. So many business owners and bosses are pushing for more work getting done even while employees are driving.

On Wednesday, the Transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, called the broader phenomenon of distracted driving a “deadly epidemic” at a meeting on the issue in Washington. Real estate brokers, pharmaceutical sales people, entrepreneurs, marketers and others say they have little choice but to transform their cars into cubicles. In this merciless economy, they say, they have to make every minute count, and respond instantly to opportunities and challenges.

And they argue that the convenience of constant contact — and the chance to tick off items from an endless to-do list while driving — far outweigh what they think are slim chances that it could lead to a wreck.

Do you want your companies future decided by an employee who decides to work while driving? Do you know what your risks are? Are you prepared to be sued?

For all the perceived benefits of multitasking behind the wheel — like staying a step ahead of competitors — the dangers have begun to take their toll on companies, leading some to ban the practice by employees.

Some families of victims killed in collisions with a multitasking worker have successfully sued the driver’s employer for tens of millions of dollars.

We can show you ways of dealing with this and other risks.
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John Schneyer, Boca Consultants

Is This the Light Bulb of the Future?

NY Times article on an LED light bulb made by Philips submitted to win the L Prize, a U.S. Department of   Energy contest to create a viable LED-based alternative to a 60-watt light bulb.

Change is coming, it’s inevitable. Are you ready for it?

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John Schneyer, Boca Consultants