Gas Prices, Hurricanes, Bike Porn: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

A hurricane is poised to ruin the Atlantic Seaboard's barbecues this weekend. Gas prices might ruin the rest of the country's road trips. And over in Madrid, some, ahem, questionable images are ruining the city's brand-new bike share kiosks. It's What's Ruining Our Cities. Happy Independence Day.

Hurricane Arthur is ruining North Carolina

The first named storm of this year's hurricane season is making a grand entrance, barreling towards the North Carolina coast with 90-mph winds. Although it will likely stay far offshore, evacuations are currently being issued for areas like the Outer Banks, where they expect the storm might grow to a Category 2. If Arthur actually makes landfall, it will be the hurricane to make the earliest landfall in the state in history. If you're in the area, please stay safe. [New York Times]

Gas prices are ruining the 4th of July

It's a long weekend, which can only mean one thing: Road trip! Unfortunately 4th of July gas prices in the U.S. are expected to reach a six-year high—yes, the price you'll pay at the pump this weekend is the highest you'll have paid since 2008. For most of the country it's due to the recent unrest in Iraq (although in some places the threat of a hurricane—see above—might drive prices even higher). It's likely only temporary, though, since economists expect prices to go back down by Labor Day. [NBC News]

Hackers are ruining Madrid's bike share

Just a few weeks after launching its highly anticipated electric bike share, Madrid has found itself with a few interesting challenges on its hands. The good news is that demand for the bikes has been overwhelming, with 3,000 locals purchasing memberships in the first week. The bad news is that the system was hacked—but not in the way you might think: "Hackers have inserted photos of a nude man with an erect penis on the touchscreens users have to access to rent out a bike," reports The Local. Well, that's one way to increase memberships. [The Local]

Image via NOAA