September 2016

Metro approves $4.14 million for more open streets events like CicLAvia

Every couple of weeks, cars that usually clog the streets of Southern California are replaced with residents on bikes — and now, folks will have more chances to participate. Metro announced Monday that it’s setting aside over $4 million to fund 17 open streets events, like CicLAvia, across Los Angeles County.

The purpose is to get people out of their cars and onto another form of transportation, Metro spokesman Dave Sotero told KPCC.

“They may be riding these streets for the very first time. Because unless there’s a bike lane on a particular street, these streets are taken up by automobiles on a daily basis,” he said.

Metro already funds the biggest open streets program in the country, he added.  This would be the second round of events that they’ve backed. The first round funded 10 events that covered a total 68 miles.

While giving Angelenos an opportunity to see the city through a new lens, Sotero said, the decision to provide these funds also tries to address some of the congestion and pollution that the city faces.

Whether the increase in these events tangibly alleviates pollution numbers is unknown — but it does boost ridership on local light rail trains and buses.

During previous open streets events, ridership has increased an average of 10 percent, according to Sotero. They’ve also seen a slight surge in the sales of single and 30-day passes when the streets are car-free.

“We do see a tangible benefit from introducing open streets that connect well with the transit system within the county,” he said.

The new events are set to happen by December 2018 in West Hollywood, Glendale, Whittier, San Pedro and other communities. Here’s a map of all the planned events:

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Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition

We all know advocating for safer streets is easier when we have the data we need that says where people are moving, how they’re moving and where we need improvements.

In the effort to provide our community with better resources, BikeSGV is conducting a two year data collection project. Part of this is this short survey. Please help us gather more opinions, knowledge, feedback and facts by, one, completing the survey and, two, forwarding it to your friends, family and fellow riders and walkers who live and/or work in the San Gabriel Valley.

https://www.facebook.com/pasadenacsc/posts/1202064663186632

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Next Time You’re In Colorado, Check Out The I-70 Bike Path

You can now bike from DIA to Glenwood Springs

You can’t take your luggage with you, and you’ll probably need to take several breaks in between, but cyclists are now able to bike from DIA to Glenwood Springs without ever touching the highway.

The last portion of the I-70 Bike Path opened Wednesday, linking the Genesee Park interchange to Evergreen Parkway.

Up until now, cyclists wanting to travel the 150-mile stretch had to share the right shoulder of the interstate with cars whizzing by on their way to the mountains.

“Safety was the primary impetus for building this trail,” CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt said. “Taking a bicyclist off the interstate system will enhance safety, not just for the cyclist, but for motorists as well.”

The concrete trail repurposes old highways and frontage roads to form one long scenic route.

CDOT resident engineer Kevin Brown helped design the trail and has already been frequenting the route himself.

“My wife and I live right in the neighborhood, and we’ve already been test riding it. It gives us a nice safe, pleasant ride,” he said.

The $2.4 million section of trail took about a year to complete, and includes a 120-foot bridge over the buffalo crossing.

Jefferson County, the City of Denver and the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation collaborated with CDOT to make the path possible.

 

Read more at 9news.com

Spinning bike wheels compress flat-filling Bimp air

Although you certainly can inflate a bike’s tires using a compact hand pump, doing so typically involves some time and effort. That’s why many cyclists use CO2 cartridges instead – particularly road riders with high-pressure tires, or mountain bikers who may need to reseat tubeless tires. Those cartridges cost a couple of bucks or so each, however, and they’re not reusable. France’s Production Functional Factory is attempting to address that situation with Bimp Air, a refillable compressed air system that’s charged by the spinning of the bike’s front wheel.

Bimp Air actually consists of three main components: a generator that’s mounted alongside the front hub, a miniature compressor that’s attached to (and powered by) that generator, plus a bottle-cage-mounted compressed air canister. The compressor and the canister are linked by a hose.

spins up the generator enough to fill the 50-bar (725-psi) canister with 11 liters of compressed air.

When it’s time to fix a flat, users disconnect the canister, pull it out of the cage, hook it up to the tire’s valve stem via a shorter inflation hose, then press its release button. Within less than 10 seconds, it can reportedly fill up a mountain, hybrid or road bike tire. It can also be used to top up mountain bikes’ air shocks.

Once the inflation job is complete, everything is hooked back up, and the canister gets refilled as the bike resumes moving.

Of course, not all cyclists are going to be keen on riding around with a generator mounted on their front wheel. With that in mind, the company also offers a non-bike-mounted electric pump that can be used to fill the canister before each ride. Potential buyers who choose to go that route, however, might also want to consider the RideAir or Airshot canisters, both of which can be pre-charged using a floor pump.

Bimp Air is already available in France, priced at €299 (about US$336) for the bike-powered version. Its makers are now looking for a North American distributor.

Source: Bimp Air

First Ride: Shimano R9100 Dura-Ace Mechanical

From Bicycling.com

Shimano R9100 Dura-Ace

Shimano released an update to its top-end mechanical road group in June. (For a detailed rundown on what’s new, you can read our post from the launch.) This week, we got a first ride on the rim-brake groupset from Las Vegas to the Outdoor Demo at Interbike in Boulder City, Nevada. (To keep up with the latest gear & tech news coming out in the bicycling world, be sure to subscribe!)

I’ve been riding the Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical group on my personal road bike for the past several months. R9100 is largely a refinement rather than an overhaul, so unsurprisingly, the new group feels very similar to the 9000 group I’ve come to know well. But there are some differences.

For starters, both front and rear derailleurs are new. The front derailleur has been redesigned into a smaller form, in part to provide more tireclearance and to tuck the cable away. It also has an integrated adjuster for cable tension, taking the place of the traditional dial adjuster. The rear derailleur borrows Shimano’s Shadow technology from the mountain bike world, bringing it further inward under the cassette for protection in the event of a hit or crash, and to improve shifting performance. It also has a longer cage to accommodate anything from an 11-23 to 11-30 cassette, allowing the rider to change cassettes for different rides or races without swapping derailleurs.

With two new derailleurs, it’s remarkable that R9100 still shifts very similarly to 9000. But as before, it’s smooth, precise, and quiet. Shimanosaid shifting in the front should require slightly less effort, and it does, which I particularly noticed when shifting from the small to the big ring. Our other test rider noted and liked that all of the paddles required slightly less throw.

The new group also received textured hood covers, and slightly different shaping. The difference is subtle, but generally made the bar feel a little more supportive on my palms when I had my hands behinds the hoods, and provided good additional grip for riding gloveless. (It was a cool day, so I didn’t get to see how they felt when my hands got a little sweaty.)

There was no steep climbing on our test ride, but where there was some gradual ascending, the 30-tooth cog on the new 11-30 cassette made it a little easier to spin uphill than the 11-28 I usually ride. The ratio increase compared to the 11-28 is noticeable—but it’s small enough that I would be happy riding the 11-30 as my everyday cassette.

The brakes received longer arms so that they now officially fit up to 28mm tires (if your frame will clear them), and Shimano says the calipersare stiffer, too. I was impressed by the power of the R9100 rim brakes. Particularly when I was coming to a quick stop, they had enough additional bite compared to my 9000 rim brakes that I felt myself adjusting how hard I pulled on the levers. While I’d like to ride them more and on carbon rims (we were riding aluminum), the initial impression from our 18-mile ride is that this is one of the quickest-stopping rim brakes I’ve ridden.

Of course, we’re also eager to try the new Dura-Ace R9100 hydraulic disc brakes and the Di2 group, and to get a version in for long-term testing. Look for a full review in the coming months on Bicycling.com.

From Bicycling.com

Gran Fondo Santa Clarita

The inaugural Gran Fondo Santa Clarita is coming up and if you’re a serious rider or just a beginner, this is one you definitely won’t want to miss! Brought to you by Santa Clarita Velo and Road Bike Action; this one-day, chip-timed event will bring together cyclists from throughout California who seek to challenge themselves on the beautiful roads, rolling hills, and mountains of Santa Clarita Valley and beyond.

 

FEATURES

  • 100, 60, and 20 mile routes (Black, Red, Green) for riders of all skill levels, from beginner to pro
  • If you have mechanical issues, don’t sweat it! There will be professional mechanics on hand at the start of the event, MAVIC on-course supportthroughout the ride, and multiple feed zones and pits!
  • Preregistration (before October 1st) bonus stickers and stem / top tube decal of the route & pits
  • Event will be photographed by the prestigious Brian Hodes (VeloImages).
  • Prizes & Raffle Drawing (Enter for a chance to win some sweet gear & products!)
  • Ample indoor space available ensuring event & expo can go on, rain or shine!
  • Post-Ride Beer Garden with cold brews from Wolf Creek Brewery
  • Post-Ride lunch
  • Live music on the stage after the event
  • All day Kids Course on the grass at the expo
  • Each rider will receive a Gran Fondo Santa Clarita musette bag with nifty swag insideMedio and Gran route finishers will receive a special Gran Fondo Santa Clarita T-Shirt as well as their choice of Pint Glass or Mug embellished with the Gran Fondo Santa Clarita logo.
  • Custom Gran Fondo Santa Clarita jerseys by Primal available for purchase

 

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Chicago tops NYC as most bike-friendly city in U.S., magazine finds

From the ChicagoTribune.com

When it comes to cycling, the second city is now the first, according to a leading bike publication.

Bicycling magazine is set to announce Monday that Chicago is now the best bike city in the United States, unseating New York City. This is good news for Rahm Emanuel, who had pledged when he became mayor to make Chicago the most bike-friendly place in the country.

Chicago came in at No. 2 in 2014 in the biennial ranking, after New York. Chicago has been climbing steadily, from 10th place in 2010 to fifth place in 2012.

Magazine editor-in-chief Bill Strickland said Chicago grabbed the top spot because it has emphasized building infrastructure that separates cyclists from motorists.

“Awareness of infrastructure, through separated bike lanes, is the next thing that needs to happen to really change cycling and what it means to live in an urban area,” Strickland told the Tribune.

He also praised Chicago for expanding its Divvy bike share program into less affluent areas of the city. The city also started the Divvy for Everyone program, which subsidizes bike-share memberships for low-income residents. Divvy has more than 34,000 members, and rides are up 16 percent this year, said Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Claffey.

San Francisco was ranked second-best bike city, followed by Portland, Ore.; New York City; and Seattle. Minneapolis; Austin, Texas; Cambridge, Mass.; Washington, D.C.; and Boulder, Colo., rounded out the top 10.

Since 2011, about 148 miles of bike lanes have been added in Chicago, including 108 miles of barrier or buffer-protected lanes, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

A barrier is a physical separation between bikes and cars, like a curb. A westbound protected bike lane is coming to Randolph Street downtown this year.

Bike lanes that are buffered have one or two rows of space, marked by painted stripes, that separate riders from the driving lane or parking lane or both.

The city’s on-street bike network covers 245 miles, plus there are 47 miles of off-street bike trails, such as The 606.

Strickland said U.S. cities are becoming more bike-friendly every year. The ranking looks at ease of biking in 100 U.S. cities, including number of bicycle facilities, people per bike share and safety. New Midwestern cities in the top 50 this year include Columbus, Ohio; Lincoln, Neb.; and Detroit.

In Chicago, the number of bike commuters has increased by 157 percent over the past 10 years, Bicycling magazine reported, citing U.S. Census Bureau findings.

Cyclists here have faced challenges, though. Construction projects this summer have torn up pavement and blocked bike lanes on popular routes, increasing hazards for riders. Four people have died in bike crashes so far this year, which is about average, CDOT said.

Strickland acknowledged that there will be conflicts as the changing landscape compels cyclists, motorists and pedestrians to adjust to each other, but a shift to more bikes will eventually make things safer.

One reason New York dropped out of the top spot is that the city has had a “really rough year” enforcing good behavior from both cyclists and motorists, Strickland said. New York also needs to do more to build protected lanes, he said.

A cyclist from the North Side offered advice on how to make riding better in Chicago: more riders following the rules of the road.

“They don’t follow the traffic directions, they don’t stop at stop signs, they don’t yield, they don’t stop at red lights,” East Lakeview resident Paul Lucas, 65, said in an email. “We are NOT pedestrians, we are in fact self-propelled vehicles.”

Chicago has a long history of bike advocacy. One of its mayors, Carter Harrison Jr., campaigned in 1897 in his first mayoral bid as “the cyclists’ champion” and had early versions of bike lanes created.

Richard M. Daley, a cyclist himself, expanded marked on-street bike lanes in his two decades as mayor.

Metro’s first bike-only on-ramp to San Gabriel River bike path

The paved bikeway plunges into the buckwheat-and-sage-scrub-covered spreading grounds of the San Gabriel River, projecting an unobstructed view of the San Gabriel Mountains beyond the curved, concrete spillway of the Santa Fe Dam.

But the spectacular views are not the new bike path’s only firsts.

The 1.1-mile, $1 million path is the first bike-only on-ramp to the existing 28-mile San Gabriel River bike path stretching north-to-south between the mountains and Long Beach.

It’s also the first car-less bicycle-train connection in Los Angeles County, joining bike rider with train rider at the Metro Gold Line Duarte/City of Hope Station on Duarte Road and Highland Avenue.

“Connecting the Metro Gold Line to 28 miles of the San Gabriel River Bike Trail: that in and of itself is an accomplishment,” said county Supervisor Hilda Solis on Thursday at the trail’s grand opening.

In truth, the bike trail is only half completed. The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation say the first section of the trail from the Gold Line station to the river area is scheduled for completion in 2021, at the earliest.

Also, there are no signs pointing to the new bike path. Train passengers have to walk their bikes across a busy section of Duarte Road, then find the unmarked, decomposed granite trail that leads northward to the new paved bike trail that cuts across the river grounds.

This first phase of the new bike path took 11 years to complete.

The process began in 2005 with the city of Duarte City Council asking and receiving in 2007 a $460,000 grant from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency (Metro), said Karen Herrera, Duarte deputy city manager.

But the city is trying to complete the trail from Duarte Road, along the City of Hope auxiliary parking lot that will connect to the paved bike trail, Herrera said.

Some say the county’s stated goal of building more protected bike lanes is moving at a snail’s pace, slower than other cities.

“We need to get faster,” said Wes Reutimann, executive director of Bike San Gabriel Valley, who pointed out New York City has committed to building 15 miles of protected bicycle lanes in 2016.

Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who did not appear at the ribbon-cutting, sent his chief of staff Kathryn Barger, who is running for his spot in November. Barger agreed that 11 years is too long to build a 1 mile bike path without a true connection to the Gold Line station and with no signs pointing the way.

“We want to work with City of Hope to getting better connectivity right here. You want it to be accessible. You want people to know where it is,” she said.

Delays have come from many sources, Herrera said.

First, the project was stopped in June when a California gnatcatcher was discovered on the spreading grounds. The endangered bird species requires that habitat is not destroyed and any work must wait until after breeding season.

Second, the Army Corps of Engineers was concerned about putting a bikeway through a flood zone and moved very slowly. “The Corps was very concerned about safety and maintaining their flood infrastructure. That’s been the holdup,” said Zach Likins with the county Department of Parks and Recreation.

This is only the second crossing of the San Gabriel River connecting walkers and bikers to the San Gabriel River Bike Trail. The other is north of Huntington Drive on the Puente Largo Bridge, Herrera said.

Duarte is trying to add sidewalks to the south side of Duarte Road to make it easier to ride a bike to the decomposed granite trail. That project will cost $21,000, she said.

Officials want to take 100,000 cars off Los Angeles County’s streets in 5 years

Transportation officials announced an aggressive plan Wednesday to take 100,000 cars off the streets of Los Angeles County in five years. Metro and the city’s Department of Transportation, along with representatives from Uber and Lyft, have joined the Shared-Used Mobility Center to back the goal.

The Shared Mobility Action Plan urges the county to leverage bike-sharing, rideshare apps and better public transit to lure drivers away from congested roads. The goal, executive director of the center Sharon Feigon told KPCC, is to expand sustainable, cost-effective modes of transportation for the city.

“L.A. is known as the heart of car culture and this elaborate freeway system, and there’s just a general sense that it’s impossible to get anywhere without a car — and it is, in fact, very difficult to get to a lot of places,” she said.

But, she added, it’s possible to change this reality. By bulking up on stuff that’s already in place, like bike-share programs — that are not too expensive to execute —there’s no reason why L.A. can’t have extensive public transportation systems like New York or Chicago, Feigon said.

She added that Metro has some sitting funds that can be dedicated to connecting systems already in place and prioritizing projects that will make it easier for Angelenos to navigate the city.

She noted that newly introduced transit lines like the Expo Line, have experienced higher ridership than anticipated — an example of what the county is doing right. The county is lacking in other areas, Feigon said, including in improving bus routes, which are subject to the same road congestion as cars.

Apart from cutting down on the cost of commuting for less wealthy Angelenos, a reduction in cars would also help cut down on harmful emissions, she said.

Removing 100,000 cars from L.A.’s streets could cut annual CO2 emissions by nearly 375,000 metric tons, according to the center. One metric ton of CO2 is released into the atmosphere for every 100 gallons of gas a car uses.

The center estimates the region could reach its goal by adding approximately 34,000 new transit riders, 16,800 carpool users, 8,400 car-share cars and 10,000 bike-share bikes.

 

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We All Scream for Ice Cream Ride & Walk

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, join C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange) and Los Angeles Walks for our 2nd Annual “We All Scream for Ice Cream,” a family-friendly bicycle ride and walk around East Hollywood sponsored by Metro’s Safe Routes to School Pilot Program. Scoops Ice Cream will be our final destination. Like last year, we’ll enjoy a famous Scoops discount for their delicious ice cream with fun flavors like Banana Oreo, Root Bear, and Peanut Butter!

This safe and fun community bicycle ride and walk is appropriate for bicycle riders, walkers, skaters, scooter and skateboard riders of all ages and experience levels and is led by trained Ride/Walk Leaders. Please bring a bike and helmet for the ride. If joining the ride, participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian.

Where: Scoops Ice Cream, 712 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles
Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., we will leave promptly at 11:00 a.m.
Distances: Bike 1, 3, or 5 miles; Walk 1 or 2 miles

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