LIVESTRONG Foundation: The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised nearly $500 million to support cancer survivors and served 2.5 million people affected by the disease. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.
Spokefly strives to make biking the most efficient way to get around town. Created and maintained by community members, the self-sustaining bike-sharing program harnesses the power of smartphone technology to put idle bikes to work in cities across the U.S. Through the Spokefly app, bike owners can list their unused bikes and earn money based on how often their bike is ridden. Riders, meanwhile, can rent bikes on demand.
After choosing their two-wheeled steed?which will be locked up at a nearby rack?riders simply unlock it, pedal it wherever they'd like, and then re-lock it on another rack. To ensure the process goes smoothly, Spokefly's app also has check-in and check-out features, enabling owners and riders to keep track of which bikes are available and which decided to go AWOL and get a job with the postal service.
Austin Water Bikes fulfills amphibious fantasies with a fleet of hybrid bicycle-kayaks, called water bikes, that glide along liquid surfaces at speeds of up to 7 miles per hour. These beginner-friendly vessels are safe and almost impossible to capsize due to their kayak-catamaran design and unflinching optimism, making them ideal for aquanauts of all ages.
Set against the Austin skyline, Lady Bird Lake is the result of a beautification project led by former first lady Lady Bird Johnson. Its waters form a scenic setting for participants of water-bike rentals to watch bats take flight from the Congress Avenue Bridge or sunsets paint their colors across the sky. Additionally, Austin Water Bikes' staff uses the lake to lead senior spin classes, team-building workshops, and motivational seminars for freshwater mermen.
The Florida Running Company, a store completely staffed by runners, finds people the fittingest shoes using a process similar to the one speed daters use to find future mates—taking measurements, assessing stance, and playing back video of them running on a treadmill. The shop carries top running-shoe brands such as Asics Gel Kayano ($140) and Nike Air Pegasus ($85). Runners can complement their kicks with Nike Tempo track shorts ($28) or swaddle their feet in a pair of Balega socks ($10), as soft and comforting as group hug from every grandmother on the block.