May 2016

Solos Smart Cycling Glasses with Heads Up Micro-Display

Heads up, hands free and fully immersed. Solos is the first and only Augmented Reality Sports Glasses developed with USA Cycling!

Solos takes the world’s smallest heads-up display and pairs it with best in class performance tracking, precision training tools, and tons of every day useful features. Whether you’re a casual commuter, a weekend warrior, or professional athlete, Solos is perfect for you.

Lear more at Solos-Wearables.com

Audi’s new Sport Racing Bike

Having previously entered the bicycle lane with its “duo” line of wooden frame bikes produced in a partnership with Renovo, Audi has now switched partners and materials to create the limited edition Audi Sport Racing Bike.

To develop the bike, Audi joined forces with Lightweight, a German company that makes some of the most elite carbon racing wheels in the world. This pairing allowed them to use their combined knowledge in the realm of manufacturing carbon racing components, both for bicycles and sports cars.

The result is a racing bike weighing in at just 5.8 kg (12.8 lb) thanks to an ultra light, yet high rigidity, carbon frame weighing just 790 g (1.7 lb), coupled with carbon racing handlebars, forks, seatpost and bottle cage. The use of lightweight materials extends to the wheels and even the handlebar tape.

Also on board are a Dura Ace Di2 digital shifting system, Dura Ace brakes and Dura Ace PD-9000 pedals from Shimano, and a Selle Italia SLR Kit Carbonio saddle outfitted in an Audi Sport covering made from Audi R8 fine nappa leather that’s likely to make Audi auto drivers feel at home.

The Audi Sport Racing Bike comes in frame heights of 48, 51, 54, 56 and 58 cm and is available through the carmaker’s Audi “Collection” shop that offers high-end clothing, accessories, collectibles, and now, a €17,500 (US$19,450) road bike.

Don’t expect to see too many of these high-priced racers on the roads, though, as Audi only plans to offer a total of 50 units worldwide.

The 8 Best Bike Rides In Los Angeles

From LAist.com

Los Angeles and the bicycle have somewhat of a love/hate relationship. On one hand, L.A. is perfect for riding; the weather is gorgeous, the city mostly flat, and the places to ride bountiful. On the other, riding a bicycle in L.A. means, almost invariably, riding in stressful traffic. Bike lanes help, protected bike lanes help more, but ultimately it’s always nicer to ride without checking over your shoulder every other second.

With that as the preface, all the rides listed below are either entirely car-free, or take place on roads where there is very light traffic. Unless otherwise noted, all of the rides friendly for folks of all fitness levels. They are listed, roughly, in an ascending order of difficulty, from pleasant summer evening spin to a mountainous excursion.

(We’ve included hyperlinks to all the routes in Google Maps. If you’re on your phone they’ll open up directly into Google Maps. If you’re on your computer, Google makes it easy to send the maps link to your phone by simply clicking ‘Send to Phone’ icon on the page. Happy riding!)

Cogswell Dam
Let’s start out with the one you probably don’t know about already. This one’s a secret!
Tucked up in the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa is the absolutely gorgeous, roughly 7.5-mile long, Devils Canyon Dam Truck Trail. Gently climbing from Highway 39 to the Cogswell Dam, the Devils Canyon Dam Truck Trail is hands down one of the single most beautiful rides in all of Southern California.

The road itself parallels a small, but always audible, creek fed by the upriver dam. Often shaded by trees and mountains, the road offers riders a cool, relaxed, very gently sloped ride through the mountains. No cell service here. It’s just you, your bike, a bubbling brook and the San Gabriel Mountains. Picnic tables are plentiful along the road too, encouraging you to stop and eat for a little bit and take it all in. Just remember that you are in the Angeles National Forest, and that you’ll have to pack any of the trash you create back out with you. Please don’t leave it in the forest.

As for the difficulty, the road gently slopes uphill between Highway 39 and the dam itself. You probably won’t even notice the grade until you turn around and notice you’re going a bit faster. If you want to go up to the dam itself, be warned there is a very short but very steep grade at the end of the road. You definitely don’t have to do it if you don’t want to, the first 7 miles of the road are the main attraction. This is an easy, low intensity ride. Bring your kids.

Aside from being hauntingly beautiful, the road is closed to all public vehicular traffic. You might pass by the car or truck of a public works employee who works at the dam, but they are courteous and are looking out for cyclists and hikers. As you be should too. Pedestrian traffic, especially on weekends, can be high throughout the first mile or so. Once you get past the main recreation and fishing areas, though, it’ll seem as if you’re entirely alone in the forest.

Directions: You’re going into the mountains for this one, so a car is a requirement. Exit the 210 freeway (in Azusa) at Azusa Avenue/Highway 39. Orient your car north (towards the mountains) and just start driving. The road you’re looking for will be 20 to 25 minutes from the freeway, just past the junction of Highway 39 and East Fork Road (you’ll see a bridge). Here’s a Google Maps link with the precise location of the dam road. You can park on the side of the road, or in a parking lot a quarter of a mile back off Highway 39.

Ballona Creek Bike Path
This is a mainstay of my own personal riding. Running between Culver City and Playa Del Rey, the Ballona Creek path lets Angelenos ride 7.4 car-free miles straight to the beach. Though the path first picks up close to the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and National Boulevard, the first mile or so is very bumpy and in poor condition. Your best bet is to get on the path at Duquesne Avenue in Culver City, and ride straight out to the beach.

Just be aware that if you’re going in the afternoon, you’ll likely have to deal with a light headwind while headed out to the coast. On the bright side, this will turn into a great tailwind on your way back! Drinking fountains may be found along the pathway in adjacent parks and parklets.

For extra credit, you can check out the Baldwin Hills Stairs and Scenic Overlook. Situated at the intersection of Hetzler Road and Jefferson Boulevard, the Baldwin Hills is a great outdoor hiking park without the pretension of some other hiking areas in L.A. There are plenty of bike racks at the bottom of the stairs, but if you’re feeling particularly daring, try riding up to the top on Hetzler.

Directions: Parking is plentiful along Duquesne Avenue and in the neighborhood surrounding the beginning of the path. If you fancy yourself more a car-free type, the Expo Line also runs nearby. From the La Cienega Station, you can ride southwest along Jefferson Boulevard (which has a good bike lane, just watch out for doors) until it intersects with Duquesne, at which point you’ll turn right. Alternatively, the La Cienega Station is very close to the actual start of the Ballona Path, meaning you don’t have to ride on Jefferson at all if you don’t want to. There are also entry points at most major streets (and some residential) the path crosses under on its way to the beach. Play with the maps to see what works best for you.

Marvin Braude/Pacific Coast Bike Path
Paradise is riding your bicycle along the Pacific coast. I challenge anyone who disagrees. The Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail is 22-miles of pure beach beauty. Stretching between Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades and Torrance Beach, the Marvin Braude Bike Trail offers a uniquely Southern California experience. It also just happens to connect directly to the Ballona Creek Path, meaning that if you want to ride from Culver City all the way to Palos Verdes, you can!

We’re sure you know about this path, but we’re plugging it here anyway because it really is that great. Riding conditions along the path are usually pretty mellow, but the path can often get crowded and sandy, especially on weekends and especially on the portions that run through Santa Monica and Venice. Weekday evenings, especially now that sun sets much later, will be perfect. There are lots of facilities along this path at regular intervals. L.A. County provides a helpful map that highlights amenities along the path.

It’s important to note that the path is interrupted on the coast twice. In Marina del Rey, the path circumnavigates the Marina. The only thing to note here is that you’ll ride along Washington Boulevard for a short bit. There is a good bike lane here, and traffic is usually very courteous in this area since there are so many people riding bikes. A similar thing happens in Hermosa Beach where you’ll have the choice of riding along either The Strand (often crowded on weekends), or Hermosa Avenue (very chill).

Directions: This is an extraordinarily accessible path. Because you’ll have a bicycle, you won’t have to pay exorbitant waterfront parking fees. Just find a residential area close to the coast, park your car, and ride to the path. Rumor has it there’s now a train that goes to the coast now too.

The Rose Bowl
While it’s not particularly scenic, you’ll be in good company while riding at the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl Loop consists, basically, of a 3-mile loop around the stadium, its parking lots, and a golf-course. Cyclists and joggers alike use the loop for basic training, and the loop is generally good for just getting some good exercise in.

While not quite as adventurous as some of the other rides listed here, the Rose Bowl is a great place to get in shape. The loop is gently sloped, giving you a chance to practice going both uphill and down. Traffic is light and respectful, given there are lots and lots of other bikers and runners in the vicinity. Etiquette dictates that, since you’re on a bike, you remain to the left of the marked barriers that distinguish space for walkers and runners, and the street itself. There are also drinking fountains and bathrooms up closer to the stadium.
Aside from when there’s an event, there’s never a bad time to ride at the Rose Bowl. Even at night, there are lots of people around and the roadways are mostly well-lit. Just remember if you are riding at night to have both front and rear lights.

Directions: Drive to the Rose Bowl as you normally would, and park anywhere! Parking is free, so long as there isn’t an event going on. A dirt lot at about 176 West Drive, Pasadena is an ideal spot to park if you’re riding around the stadium.

Various River Paths
If you want to ride far without much hassle (or good scenery for that matter), you can count on a number of different river paths that run throughout the region. The L.A. River Path, the San Gabriel River Path and the Rio Hondo Bike Path all offer basically the same thing; very long stretches of very flat “Class 1” bike path. These are very long routes that pass by great swaths of Los Angeles, not unlike a freeway for bikes.

A bit closer to L.A. is another iteration of the L.A. River Bike Path running between Griffith Park and Elysian Park. This 7.2-mile stretch is great for riding, however it’s been closed for most of 2016 since the city decided to use it as an El Nino barricade. El Nino has come and gone (mostly gone), but the pathway is still closed. Hopefully it will reopen soon.

The Arroyo Seco Path, passing through northeast Los Angeles, is another good, albeit short, option. The Arroyo Seco Pathway is just under 3 miles long.

Directions: We’re a bit more open ended here since you have lots of options. Study the maps, figure out where you’re able to get on to the paths, and just go!

Griffith Park
Arguably the best urban park anywhere, Griffith Park can offer you all sorts of different styles of riding. If you want a relaxed easy spin around the park, you can ride along Crystal Springs Drive and Zoo Drive. If you want a little climb (highly recommended) thrown into the mix, you can complete a loop by adding in Griffith Park Drive. These two routes are easy, have good pavement and have sizable lanes/shoulder areas to ride on. Traffic is rarely a problem, but can the park can get very busy on weekends.

But say you want something more—a workout you might say. Griffith Park has lots of hills, most notably Mount Hollywood. Mount Hollywood is crisscrossed with a multitude of ridable roads that let you elevate both your body and your heart-rate above where they usually sit in the city. One of my personal favorite rides is to circle through the park, climbing up Commonwealth Avenue to the Griffith Park helipad, over Mount Hollywood, and back down to Vermont Canyon. This route has two climbs, punctuated by some flats and descents.
If you are climbing in Griffith Park, be sure to visit the observatory too.

Directions: You should already know where Griffith Park is. Parking is free throughout the park, often permissible on the side of the road. Park close to where you want to ride, and then just start riding. You could also always ride to the park!

Elysian Park
This park flies under the radar. Despite being just 10 minutes away from downtown Los Angeles (by car or bike!), it’s often only sparsely filled. Even on the weekend, it’s easy to find your own private quiet space in the park. The park’s roads were recently totally repaved too, meaning that you’ll be riding on very smooth, very grippy asphalt. Elysian Park is beautiful. It’s L.A.’s oldest park, and offers a cornucopia of transplanted tree species mixed with excellent vistas of downtown L.A.

To be entirely honest, Elysian is probably not the best place to go if you haven’t been on a bicycle in years. It is a hilly environment. None of the hills are particularly large or steep, but you’re definitely climbing throughout. Though cycling and hiking aren’t exactly the same thing, consider Elysian Park roughly akin to the amount of effort you’d need for the Wisdom Tree Hike, to the top of Mount Hollywood, or even to the Hollywood Sign (to which you can also ride your bike!).

If you’re new to climbing on a bicycle, the most efficient way to do it is to use an easy gear and spin quickly. Your legs will probably feel like they’re burning, but that means you’re doing it right. None of the hills in Elysian Park will take you too long to climb, and you’ll be treated to fun downhills and some excellent views. Drinking fountains and bathrooms may be found throughout the park.

Directions: You’re allowed to park anywhere inside of the park’s boundaries. This map shows basically everywhere you can ride in the park. If you are planning on visiting Elysian, Park double-check and make sure there isn’t a Dodger game scheduled at the same time. Traffic is impossible when there is.

Mount Wilson
Okay, I just had to include this one. If you’ve been riding a lot in the city and are bored of Elysian Park, Griffith Park and the beach, you should really dabble with riding in the San Gabriel Mountains. Riding to the top of Mount Wilson is a great introduction to the vast play-place just north of our city known as the Angeles National Forest. It’s about 19 miles and 4,500 feet of climbing from the foot of Angeles Crest Highway to the top of Mount Wilson.

By any metric this is a challenging climb. You’re looking at roughly two to three hours of riding from the base of Angeles Crest Highway (at Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge) to the top of Mount Wilson. You can find water at the ranger station at Clear Creek Junction (the first junction after heading into the hills) and again at the turnoff for Mount Wilson Road (the second junction). The payoff is a fantastic view of the greater Los Angeles area, and the satisfaction of having just climbed a mountain on your bike. Indulge at the Cosmic Cafe.
Traffic is usually light, though can get heavier on weekends. Weekend mornings and evenings are great, as well as mid-day on weekdays. Absolutely avoid commuting hours, however, as Angeles Crest is used by very fast-driving Palmdale commuters who don’t want to sit on the 14 freeway.

Directions: Again, directions are open ended. There’s plenty of unrestricted residential parking close to the beginning of the route up. The Gold Line also passes relatively close to Angeles Crest Highway. It takes roughly 30 minutes to ride from the Memorial Park station to the foot of Angeles Crest.

Read more at LAist.com

Fontus – The Self Filling Water Bottles

Running out of water in the middle of an adventurous trip is not happening anymore if you have Fontus with you. Just like the name suggests, this is one of the first of its kind self-filling water bottles. It creates water out of light and air and works as an ideal must have for adventurers who are often in need of refilling their water bottles on the go. With Fontus by your side, you will never have to worry about heavy water loads or where to find the next river or gas station to get your water supply. Fontus will set your mind at ease and might even save your life!

Fontus

It will keep you hydrated during your travels and ready for improvisation! You can also clip the Fontus Airo to a backpack and fill your bottle while you are hiking. Allow it to function while you are in motion, or just let it fill while sitting at a campsite. Fontus Airo is a standalone unit whereas the Fontus Ryde is designed for bicycles. A must have for frequent travelers and adventurers out there.

Learn more here.

GoPro Hero 5 release date, price, specs and features

From 8K resolution to bags of battery life, we round up all the rumors.

Touted as the “most connected and convenient” action camera ever made, GoPro’s Hero5 promises to capture and share better footage than ever before – something many cyclists are excited about. But what’s the release date, price, and what specs will it have? Read on for our round-up of all the rumors so far…

Some of the best info comes from GoPro’s CEO Nick Woodman, who’s said that a “more refined” user experience will make its way into the Hero line, and that plans are afoot to “do a better job of connecting to smartphones and the cloud”.

So while he didn’t actually confirm that it will be controlled via a separate smartphone app, like the cube-shaped GoPro Hero 4 Session, that does sound likely.

GoPro 5
GoPro Hero 5: models

At this stage there’s precious little information on what models will be included in the Hero 5 line-up. Going on the current Hero 4 range, there could be multiple models, including a touchscreen-enabled Hero 5 Silver, and a top-of-the-range Hero 5 Black, but we just don’t know yet.

Ditto the GoPro Hero Session – will this be updated to the Hero Session 2? We’d guess that this remains in the GoPro range as their more affordable, simpler model. Though with so many numbers involved, it would start to look a bit complicated.

First things first, when does the Hero 5 go on sale? Well, it was originally slated to launch in October 2015, but that date’s come and gone. Then it was expected to arrive in the first half of 2016, but that doesn’t look likely now either. The latest estimates are that it will arrive in October 2015, almost certainly after GoPro’s Karma drone has launched.

GoPro Hero 5: price

The Hero 5 price is widely predicted to be in the ballpark of $450-550. That places it well above the Hero 4 Session, which had its price slashed to $199 after sales were slower than expected, and around the same price as the Hero 4 Black at $499. It would also be above the Hero 4 Silver at $399.

GoPro Hero 5: battery life

Run time is a key factor in how well the Hero 5 sells – inevitably, customers want to be able to film for multiple hours at maximum resolution, with a tiny device. The Hero 5 is rumoured to feature a 2,800mHa battery, which might be able to power it for 2hrs on a single charge even if reports are correct that it can film at 8K resolution.

This compares to a claimed 1:05hrs runtime for the Hero 4 Black (1160mAH battery) at full 4K resolution with WiFi turned off, or 1:55hrs runtime for the Hero 4 Session (1000mAH battery) at full 1440p 30fps resolution with the WiFi turned off. Let’s hope it has a user-replaceable battery like the Hero 4, rather than a built-in unit like the Hero 4 Session.

GoPro Hero 5: specs and features

A huge factor in how long the battery lasts is what resolution the Hero 5 can film in, and how many extra features it has. In terms of image quality, it will certainly at least match the Hero 4’s 4K resolution (3840×2160) at 30 frames per second, and many people believe it could shoot in 8K (7680×4320) at 60 fps.

However, given the GoPro CEO recently stated that their focus is on making a refined user experience that’s simple and efficient (see above), it seems unlikely that the Hero 5 will have lots of extra tricks up its sleeve like GPS or altimeters, which would certainly affect battery life.

Read more at bikeradar.com

Wahoo Elemnt GPS Bike Computer

The simplest to use and most connected bike computer on the market.

Wahoo Fitness is breaking the GPS bike computer stereotype! Equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ dual-band technology, ELEMNT pairs seamlessly with all of your cycling sensors. No more confusing menus! ELEMNT comes with a free companion app that allows you to set up your data fields, customize profiles, track performance, and share ride data effortlessly. Plus, programmable LED QuickLook Indicators provide a quick way to see if you’re on pace with important performance metrics like speed, cadence and power. Simple to set up, simple to experience, simple to stay connected, simple to navigate, and simple to suffer – the ELEMNT GPS Bike Computer gives you the POWER you demand with the SIMPLICITY you expect!

Highs: Configuration, on-bike use and uploads are easy; zoom functionality on data and map pages adds options without complexity; company is quick to iterate new features and fix bugs

Lows: Route guidance is rudimentary; chunky form factor; black/white screen; high relative price; top buttons are hard to operate with gloves

Buy if: You love your smartphone and want to try something different

Learn more here.

Los Angeles Is Finally Getting Its First Bike-Share Program

The Metro will roll out 1,000 shiny new bikes this summer. The trick is persuading people to ride

After years of false starts, Los Angeles will finally receive its first bike-share system this summer, with Metro’s rollout of 1,000 shiny new bikes docked at 80 solar-powered stations. It’s about time. Nearly every first-class American city already has bike share; even Santa Monica has one. The last attempt, headed in 2012 by a private company, targeted several parts of the city, including Hollywood and downtown, but fell apart over advertising contracts. This effort concentrates just on downtown, a compact area roughly bounded by Washington Boulevard, the L.A. River, Chinatown, and the Pasadena Freeway. Which makes sense. Research shows that people will ride only when they can easily find a bike and then an empty slot to return it to.

They also need to know it’ll be affordable and safe. With a $40 annual fee (waived for qualifying low-income riders), a half hour will cost $1.75—the same as a bus ride—though one-timers will pay $3.50. The dense structure of downtown L.A. is a bonus because it keeps auto speeds lower than, say, on Sepulveda or Olympic. Better yet, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation is creating protected north-south lanes, which include a physical buffer separating cyclists and cars, on Main and Spring streets; similar projects are coming to Los Angeles Street and a stretch of Figueroa near USC. All of them should be completed by 2017. “At that point we’ll be a lot closer to having an actual network of safe bike lanes downtown,” says Eric Bruins, policy director for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

This may be cold comfort to those who want those sequestered lanes right now (for the time being they’ll have to make do with the unprotected one on Spring), but officials argue that, as with other cities, they can use bike share’s success as a catalyst to get better safety features budgeted and built. “It’s a virtuous cycle—when you have a lot of bikes visible and lower the barrier to people being able to jump on a bike and give it a try, people have a more positive impression about investment in high-quality infrastructure,” says Seleta Reynolds, the LADOT’s general manager. In the meantime novices should ponder this: A study released in March by the Mineta Transportation Institute concluded that not a single person has died on a bike-share ride since the systems were broadly introduced in the United States in 2010.

Metro has plans to extend the system to Pasadena in 2017, with kiosks in Venice and elsewhere slated after that. Considering that nearly half of all trips in the L.A. area are three miles or less, the potential is there for droves of people to pedal along quality bike lanes past gridlocked Uber drivers.

– See more at: lamag.com

Julian Alaphilippe wins the Tour of California

Julian Alaphilippe sealed his first overall stage victory as the Frenchman held off Rohan Dennis on the eighth and final stage, won by Mark Cavendish. Alaphilippe finished safely in the front group to ensure it wasn’t a repeat of last year’s race which he lost by just three seconds to Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).

Cavendish hit out in the finale of Sacramento course to record his tenth career victory at the Tour of California with Sagan notching yet another second place and stage 7 winner Alexander Kristoff third.

The 2016 race begins with an opening stage that starts and finishes in downtown San Diego on the city’s famous waterfront. The course includes one challenging climb, but the fast finish makes it a strong possibility for a sprint.

The second stage from South Pasadena to Santa Clarita will pass through the high mountains of the Angeles National Forest. Previous stage finishes in Santa Clarita have favoured the sprinters, but the course’s difficult middle section could make this a year for a breakaway or reduced peloton.

The third stage from Thousand Oaks to Gibraltar Road is 2016’s queen stage and should truly set the pecking order for the general classification fight. The fourth stage travels from Morro Bay to Monterey, where it finishes on the legendary Laguna Seca race track.

The race then begins its stage 5 ascent from Lodi to Lake Tahoe, the race’s second trip there since the area’s plans for the grand depart were cancelled by snow in 2011.

Folsom hosts the stage 6 time trial on the same course where Wiggins won in 2014 ahead of Rohan Dennis and Taylor Phinney. A stage 7 circuit that starts and finishes in Santa Rosa has a few climbs that could favour opportunists, but the final day in Sacramento will be all about the high-end speed as the race finishes for the first time in the state capitol.

Read more at cyclingnews.com

Bicyclists honor fallen fellow riders in Pasadena, North Hollywood, worldwide

From PasadenaStarNews.com

Bicyclists from Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley to the Inland Empire and the world took to the streets Wednesday in a silent tribute to those killed or injured on two wheels.

The Ride of Silence brought cyclists together for a slow-paced, silent ride through local streets.

Individual riders and members of local bicycle clubs gathered at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, as well as the Metro Red Line Station in North Hollywood and hundreds of other sites throughout the world to make their voices heard without uttering a sound.

“Each one of these people… is riding in honor of a dead or injured cyclist,” organizer John Pings, 54, said. Pings now lives in Bend, Oregon, but was born and raised in Pasadena.

Riders wore red or black arm bands. Red bands honored a cyclist who’s been injured in a collision, and black bands represented a rider who lost his or her life.

Pings rode in honor of friend John Stellar of South Pasadena, who was injured in a bicycle collision in Oregon.

Others rode in honor of other fallen cyclists, including entertainment lawyer and former Napster executive Milton Olin Jr., 65, who was fatally struck by a sheriff’s patrol car while riding in Calabasas in 2013.

In the Pasadena ride, after a reading of the “Ride of Silence” poem, cyclists headed off in two columns for a two-mile trip to the Rose Bowl and back. While at City Hall, a bagpiper honored the fallen with a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Pasadena police motorcycle officers provided an escort.

The silent rides make a powerful statement and show solidary and community among cyclists, North Hollywood ride organizer Zachary Rynew said.

“There are no national sponsors and no registration fees,” according to the national Ride of Silence website. “The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.”

More than 900 bicyclists died in 2013, and another 494,000 ended up in emergency rooms, according to Centers for Disease Control data.

And the national trend shows bicycle fatalities increasing nationwide, up 16 percent between 2010 and 2012, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

With it’s massive population and ideal bike weather, California accounts for a disproportionate number of those deaths, according to state and federal reports.

But in contrast to the national trend, California bicycle fatalities are on the decline, according to the most recent available statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety, which noted 128 bicyclists died in California in 2014, down nearly 13 percent from 147 reported bicyclist deaths in 2013.

Pasadena Athletic Association Cycling Club members Jackson Huang, 18, of Los Angeles, Brandon Lee, 18, of Arcadia and Matthew Thomas, 16, of South Pasadena played a major role in organizing Wednesday’s ride, Pings said.

All three rode in honor of injured cyclists.

Other bike clubs taking part in the event included the San Fernando Valley-based SoCal Riders.

Cyclist Alfred Nash, 51, of Pasadena, rode in memory of friend Doug Caldwell, who died after being rear-ended on his way to work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena in 2010.

Asked if he’d has close calls of his own while riding the streets of Pasadena, “Only on days that end in “y,” Nash said.

The Ride of Silence is held on the third Wednesday of May each year, and is now in its 14th year.

For more information, visit www.rideofsilence.org.

From PasadenaStarNews.com

Will Bike Buses Catch on with Commuters?

From Bicycling.com

Innovative companies like 1Rebel and Boston’s Bike Bus are pioneering a new way to bike commute. But is it going to stick in the long term?

Want to ride a bike to work without having to worry about unsafe streets, blocked bike lanes, bad weather—or even having to brake and steer? A new London-based spin class called Ride2Rebel could be the strange solution to your particular dilemma.

Echoing the concept of Boston’s Bike Bus launched last year, Ride2Rebel bills itself as “a ride studio on wheels” for commutes into and out of the city. Right now it’s just a project in the works from fitness company 1Rebel, but if it drums up enough interest, the company would like to see the bus “taking to the roads, burning hard through the streets of London” as soon as this summer. The project already has 1,820 signups—and you too can sign up to be a test subject at ride2rebel.london.

Created by married couple and certified spin instructors Eric and Seema Brodie in 2015, the idea grew out of the frustrations of Eric’s brother-in-law, who detested his Bay area commute and wished for some sort of bus-based gym to help him get in shape while passing the time, according to BostonMagazine.com. From there, the idea of a mobile workout room took form.

“We thought, what about doing something that we could do while the [vehicle] was moving? Maybe a bus would work, since it already has the emergency exits, it has the right weight, and it’s designed to fit a lot of people,” Eric told BostonMagazine.com. “We figured out that the most efficient use of the space would be to put in indoor cycling bikes.”

If you’re an avid cyclist, you may be thinking, “If people want the exercise and transportation of riding a bike, can’t they just get on a bike and, you know, ride?”

But the bike busses speak to a common concern: Many would-be cyclists appear to want to commute by bike, but aren’t comfortable enough with the safety of local roads to do so. That this is the case in Boston is no surprise. While the number of local bike commuters is on the rise, and both Boston and London are working to make things safer for them, Boston has long been known for its busy, narrow, pothole-ridden roads. And more recently, the city’s cyclists have taken heat from a Globe columnist who says bicycles don’t belong on urban roads that weren’t built to safely accommodate them.

The truth is that bike commuting in Boston remains relatively safe—safer even than riding in a car per trip, if not per mile traveled.

Bike Bus also argues that it has a niche among fitness-minded cyclists who want a climate-controlled group ride to work—that might extend beyond a typical commuter’s radius.

“Biking to and from work is right for a lot of people,” the Bike Bus FAQ reads. “But in the Boston area, it’s not always right for everyone, even more so when the weather is adverse and the days are shorter. Even though the bikes in Boston start to disappear as the last of the leaves fall from the trees, that doesn’t mean your body stops needing exercise!”

They’re not wrong—it’s just an unusual concept. As of last fall the bus only traveled from Newton, Mass., to South Station, Boston. Each 45-minute rush hour ride cost $27—which isn’t too bad considering the staggering cost of many spin classes. Currently it appears the Bike Bus can only be rented for private gatherings or custom commutes.

As for Ride2Rebel, the company plans to offer service to and from four parts of London, including Clapham Common, Angel, Kensington High St., and Stratford.

Check out both initiatives by visiting bikebus.com and ride2rebel.london.

Read more at Bicycling.com