June 2017

10 Reasons Why You Should Take Up Cycling Right Now

From FemaleFirst.co.uk

 

It will keep you slim

It may not be rocket science, but it is proven; cycling is one of the best forms of exercise for staying trim. Researchers at the University of East Anglia and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research found that for people who switched from driving to cycling to work and rode for more than 30 minutes each way, there was an average reduction of around one stone over 12 months.

It could prevent heart disease

It may be an ambitious claim, but a five-year study of 250,000 UK commuters was published in April which showed that regular cycling to work reduced the risk of death by heart disease by 46%. The research, from the University of Glasgow, also revealed that taking to two wheels cut the incidence of cancer by 45%, with the team claiming that cycling took no willpower once it became part of the work routine.

You’ll see another side of your local area

Parks, water, historic buildings . . . they’re all right here on your doorstep, but how often do you really notice them? Stuck behind a wheel, we rarely get the chance to look at our surroundings, but move onto two wheels and you’ll see your environment from a whole new perspective.

 

It will help you to de-stress

Numerous studies have shown the mental health benefits, with one in particular finding that after pedalling a stationary bike for 15 minutes, the levels of stress hormone cortisol in people with depression who were being treated with antidepressants, declined.

Another piece of research, by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) found that active commuters felt better able to concentrate and under less strain than when travelling by car.

It will help the environment

Requiring no fuel to run, less energy to make than a car, and no batteries or motor oil, bikes are an extremely green form of transport. And that’s before you take into account the polluted air and car particles and debris that end up in the atmosphere. So, by jumping on a bike, not only are you improving your own wellbeing – you’re also doing your bit when it comes to saving the planet.

 

 

Read more: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/health/reasons-to-take-up-cycling-1069747.html#ixzz4lPVj90wp

How will city spend $1 million to improve safety along the L.A. River path?

From TheEastSiderLA.com

 

The beleaguered Los Angeles River Shared Path for pedestrians and bikes is getting some long-due good news in the form of $1 million from the city.

But it’s not yet clear how that money will halt years of tension as well as collisions between bikes and pedestrians.

The recent budget that passed through the City Council included $1 million for improving pedestrian and bicycle safety along the path, with the goal of reducing conflict between pedestrians and recreational cyclists. But city representatives are still working out how they’ll do that.

“We are currently forming a working group of neighbors and City staff to inform the process,” a statement from the Council Office for District 13 said.

 

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B40 BBQ Ride / Velo Pasadena

Learn More at bikes4orphans.com

 

These are the following Strava KOM segments that will be part of the competition:

 

STRAVA #1: OAK GROVE – WINDSOR TO BERKSHIRE

https://www.strava.com/segments/6975411

Distance: .7mi 0% gradient

Average duration: 1:16 – 2:40 min

 

STRAVA #2: DELTA FLATS

https://www.strava.com/segments/6328118

Distance: 2.1 mile 3% gradient

Average duration 6:14 – 10:00 min

 

STRAVA #3: AFH: BIG TUJUNGA TO CLEAR CREEK

https://www.strava.com/segments/11658772

Distance: 3.8 mile 2% gradient

Average duration: 12:00 – 20min

 

STRAVA #4: FAIR OAKS CLIMB NORTH- VENTURE TO ALTADENA DR

https://www.strava.com/segments/8635913

Distance: .4 mile 6% gradient

Average duration: 1:20 – 3:00min

 

STRAVA #5: ALTADENA DR. DESCENT

https://www.strava.com/segments/6697453

Distance:  1.3 mile -5% gradient

Average duration: 2:00 – 3:00min

 

REST STOP:

Located at the intersection of Big  Tujunga Canyon road and Nageles Forrest Highway. Located ~30 miles into the ride. Water and energy gels will be provided there.

 

HOW IT WORKS:

At the end of the BBQ ride, riders will upload the ride on strava. There will be computer access. A registered rider for the B4O BBQ Ride with the fastest time for a particular segment will win $75 cash. The competition is only among registered riders for the event.

 

RULES:

All traffic laws must be obeyed

The participant must do the complete ride, all 55 miles

One rider can only win one segment. For example, one rider can’t win the prize money for all the segments.

Riders who tie, will split the prize money

An additional $25 for getting the overall KOM on strava

Bike To A Ball Game – July 15

Part of the Bike Days of Summer from People for Bikes

Sometimes it’s about the journey, other times it’s about the destination—make today about both. From major league stadiums to smaller minor league parks all the way down to neighborhood parks and fields, riding to and from a ball game is the perfect way to replace a car trip with a bike ride.

Major or minor

For those of you who are lucky enough to live in cities with big league teams, you know how frustrating it can be to sit in game day traffic. Endless lines of fans fighting for those few secret spots, while the rest just give up and pay $20 to park in a pay lot. Riding bikes means all that goes away. Minor league games can be just as fun, and give you proximity to the game’s future stars. Riding to the game also means you burn calories on your commute, so you can really hit the concession stand hard. Peanuts and crackerjacks, anyone?

Small ball

Some of the best games to watch don’t feature millionaires, will never be televised and don’t have assigned seating. They’re the community leagues where your nextdoor neighbor is the star kickballer, or your doctor is known for stellar pitching. Grab some snacks, ride to the field and spend an evening in the bleachers rooting for the best lawyer-turned-outfielder your town has ever seen. Sports may not be their day jobs, but these night owls and weekend warriors can still put on a good show. The best part is, there are leagues everywhere, so you don’t need to make it a long ride to get there.

Pack up and pick up

Parks are also perfect places to invite friends for pick-up games of basketball or frisbee. You only need one buddy for a game of catch, but the more the merrier should be your policy. Use a pannier or trailer to haul your gear and see what unfolds. You can invent new games, make friends and get some exercise in the sun.

When you bike to a ball game, whether it’s a match-up of two top pro teams, a local league or just you and a few friends, you win no matter what the score is. You save time and money, never have to worry about parking and it’s good for you. Go ahead, have a ball!

 

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Even After Two Centuries, The Bicycle Still Remains The Most Efficient Form of Transportation

From Straight.com

 

David Suzuki: Bicycling never gets old

Two hundred years ago this month, an environmental and fuel crisis inspired one of our greatest inventions: a device so simple, efficient, and useful that it’s turning out to be part of the solution to today’s environmental and fuel crises.

As a Treehugger article explains, the eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora in April 1815 spewed so much ash and sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere that it blackened skies and 1816 became known as “the year without summer” in much of Europe and North America.

This largest volcanic eruption in recorded history led to widespread crop failure and famine. Livestock died because there was little to feed them, and they became food themselves. The costs of fuel for horses, mostly oats, soared.

German forester Baron Karl von Drais needed a way to inspect tree stands without relying on horses. In June 1817, he built a simple wooden two-wheeler, without pedals, that he called the Laufsmaschine, or “running machine”, although it came to be known as a draisine. His invention led to the first conflicts between cyclists and users of other transportation modes, including pedestrians. Carriage ruts in unpaved roads made manoeuvring on two wheels difficult, and cyclists started riding the brakeless bikes on sidewalks, which led to widespread complaints and bans in some countries, including Germany. Many people were simply opposed to the newfangled devices and their riders.

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Beverly Hills Approves Bike Lanes for Santa Monica Blvd

From StreetsGlogLA.org

 

Last night the Beverly Hills City Council unanimously approved adding bike lanes to Santa Monica Boulevard. The new lanes are expected to be completed in mid-2018.

Better Bike‘s Mark Elliot describes the approval as ushering in a new era of connectivity: “We in Beverly Hills have conclusively put to rest the fictions that have long-driven our transportation planning: That we could remain an isolated suburb in the center of a sprawling urban region with serious mobility and quality-of-life challenges; and that we could cling tight to a 20th-century car culture even as we enter the second decade of the 21st century.”

The push for these bike lanes has taken many years, including several dashed hopes. The vote itself indicates new leadership on the council, led by pro-bicycling voices Mayor Lili Bosse and councilmember Robert Wunderlich, along with councilmember John Mirisch, who has a longer record of support for completing Beverly Hills streets. The approval is testament to the perseverance of a handful of bicycling advocates, including Mark Eliot, Kory Klem, Eric Bruins, Rich Hirschinger, Danielle Salomon, Sharon and Lou Ignarro, Barbara Linder, and Tish and Greg Laemmle.

Hirschinger described public testimony at last night’s council meeting as “39 were in favor, 3 opposed” with the opposition including two former mayors of Beverly Hills, one of whom stated that all the cyclists in favor of bike lanes were “professional cyclists.”

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Sunday Sunday: Tour Of The Westside

Ride Description:
As temperatures start to ride, what better place to go than near the ocean? Sunday Funday we will be touring the westside while also taking a look at the safety improvements in Playa del Rey and Mar Vista. The ride will also feature a stop in Venice along vibrant Abbot Kinney commercial district.
Ride Mileage: Approx 13 miles

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Getting there by bike: The Ballona Creek Bike Path borders the Culver / Slauson Park. If you’re taking Expo Rail, the Park is four miles away from the La Cienega Station along the Ballona Creek Bike Path.
Parking: There is parking inside Culver / Slauson Park from the Slauson entrance. There is also street parking on Slauson, Coolidge & Berryman.

Meet at 9:30 a.m. Roll at 10:00 a.m.

 

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To be a World Class City LA Must be a Bikeable City

From CityWatchLA.com

 

Increased safety is the first reason to support bike lanes. Today many people bicycle, and many endanger themselves on streets that are not accommodating. More people would like to bicycle if it were only safe.

Second, we have to adopt a much greater sense of urgency regarding climate change. Some of the key impacts to California of the earth heating up include:

  • Melting the polar icecaps and other glaciers causing the sea level to rise and eventually risking many low-lying cities of going underwater
  • Droughts
  • Floods
  • Crop failures
  • Insect infestations
  • Forest fires
  • Water shortages caused by warm rain not building snow pack

If we don’t quickly make serious changes in the way we transport ourselves, create electricity and more, we will find ourselves living on a planet that is very difficult and expensive. We are rapidly making our earth a place where life will be a struggle for all. A little inconvenience for those who drive will pale in comparison to life with advanced climate change. Let’s also care more about what we leave future generations.

 

Third, due to physical inactivity we are rapidly approaching the day when 1/3 of Americans will have Type 2 diabetes.  Add to that, heart problems, aggravated asthma and other health maladies mount as we don’t incorporate exercise into our daily lives. Creating a bikeable city encourages people to leave their cars at home for a healthier, more enjoyable way to travel.

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LADOT and Film Industry Agree to Compromise on Green Bike Lanes

From StreetsBlog.org

by City Councilmember Bob Blumenfeld. The motion states:

The City has a strong interest in continuing to promote film and television production, and ensuring that it does not create unnecessary impediments to location shooting on our streets. […]

However, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation has used a bright, highly reflective color green for these bike lane markings. This color creates problems for location filming on Los Angeles streets, including challenges in post-production, conflicts with “green screens,” and reflected light from the lanes.

I THEREFORE MOVE that the Council direct the Department of Transportation to implement non-reflective forest green color as the standard pavement color for bike facilities, unless the General Manager authorizes an exception.

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Pro cycling coming back to the state with Colorado Classic

From 9news.com

DENVER – Colorado is the hub for a new cycling race.

The race, called Colorado Classic, will cover 313 miles and cyclists will have to overcome what is the press release describes as “20,000 feet of intense, high-altitude climbing in four stages.”

The race is scheduled for August 10-13 and will take place in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, and Denver.

Previous pro-cycle events in Colorado have seen point-to-point races, but the Colorado Classic will be circuits that start and finish in the same location and feature multiple laps.

“Each course will give fans numerous opportunities in a single day to see the sport’s top racers, and the start-finish areas are being built to be magnets of activity before, during and after each race. Our goal is to have you come out for one experience, and to stick around for many, many more,” said David Koff, CEO of RPM Events Group, the organization formed to put on the race. “We’re out to re-energize  pro cycling in the US, and each of these routes is designed to help achieve that goal.”

 

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