My last blog post was about the basketball shoe evolution, but I could not leave out the basketball uniform evolution. The above picture pretty much displays the changes throughout the years. Not only have the jerseys and shorts grown longer, but also the material that they are made from. Before, jerseys were made of polyester nylon. Now days, the basketball jerseys are being made as a T-Shirt design, with stretch woven fabric that is 26 percent lighter than before, and it is pricked with thousands of holes which make them airy as ever.
Personally, I don’t really like the new T-shirt like design, but I do like the concept of the different fabric they are using. The stretchy woven fabric helps us cool down faster because the jersey allows more air to go through it. And the fact that it is lighter is great. I never liked the feeling of a heavy jersey. The new jerseys look really nice on the athletes because of their nice physique, but to own one myself, I wouldn’t be able to pull it off.
The Basketball shoe has gone through so many changes throughout the years. One of the most noticeable changes has been not only in the design/look of it, but in the weight. Back in the late 90s, one of my first basketball shoes were the Scotty Pippens (left picture) and those shoes were heavy! Especially for a 10 year old girl. I thought all shoes were heavy, so I didn’t complain or even notice.
Later, I started using Jordans (right picture), which were also a bit heavy. I have to admit, Jordans weren’t really comfortable for me, but I wore them because of the look and brand. As I kept buying shoes throughout the years I noticed that they were getting lighter and lighter. Why didn’t they make shoes lighter back then? Is it not common sense to make shoes lighter so that we are able to run faster?
Now, I own some Nike Hyperfuse, which are super light compared to all my old basketball shoes. To me, they seem to be made of different materials. My first shoes were very rubbery, heavy and stiff. These on the other hand are very sturdy, comfortable, and light. Shoe makers and designers should always consider making shoes as light as possible and of course making them as good looking as possible.
The pictured pedestrian crosswalks are very common in my neighborhood. A few years ago they were not there before, which is surprising because these are right next to schools. One would think that crosswalks should be made there already, but they weren’t.
One main thing that is common with most of these, is that they are all the same; consistent. They all have yellow/orange stripes painted on the floor to let the pedestrian know where they should walk through. The all have the yellow blinking lights with pedestrian signs, and a push button to initiate the blinking yellow lights that are installed on the floor to warn cars to slow down, there is a pedestrian about to walk through.
One of the things I would improve in these types of crosswalks is add an additional electrical sign that says “SLOW DOWN” and maybe change the blinking lights from the floor to a red, for people who are driving their cars to notice them more so that they can completely stop.
The following pictures are from a trail in my neighborhood. This particular trail is called the Greenway Trail. Before this was built, it used to be a rail road. It was great that they removed it because the train was super loud when it passed by. It was very dangerous to have a train pass by neighborhoods with schools nearby. Now that they built this new trail, many people are able to safely walk and use their bikes on this road.
By the looks of these pictures, it seems unfair that people have to walk on the dirt road. Why didn’t they put cement on the side and create a lane for people to walk? It seems to be like a bad design. When it rains, this dirt road becomes really muddy and people would get mud all over their shoes. Many people walk, jog, and run through this trail, but not so many use their bike, only a few. Regardless of the painted words that say “Bike Lane”, people continue to walk on the bike lane.
I totally understand why the bike lanes need their own lanes, but I think these are too wide. Perhaps they should have divided the road into 3 equally divided parts, or perhaps made the pedestrian road a little more wider. Maybe the designers wanted to encourage people to use bikes more. Overall, I think this trail is great, but the pedestrian road needs to be cement.