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L.A. County Sidewalk Riding Guide

The Cities of LA County

There are myriad rules in LA County governing the where riding a bicycle on the sidewalk is legal and where it is not.  The City of Los Angeles allows riding a bicycle on the sidewalk unless it is done “with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property”(LAMC 56.15).  Other cities in LA County ban riding your bicycle on the sidewalk outright.  Others still ban riding on the sidewalk only in places designated as “business districts”.  These districts can sometimes be defined as an area contained by certain streets or they can be defined by the California Vehicle Code 240, which defines almost any building as being eligible for a “business district” that is not a single family home.

 

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Giro’s Synthe gets Rapha’d

From CyclingNews.com

 

Giro’s popular Synthe’s simple, almost classical looks and low-volume shape — with a design that mixes clean lines with aero considerations — has proved to be a winning formula. It can also be styled to match a variety of outfits, which has not gone unnoticed by Rapha.

  • Highs: Solid colours, subtle style, performance
  • Lows: Limited colour options
  • Buy if: You’re a fan of the Synthe and love Rapha’s styling

Expanding on its long-standing shoe collaboration, Rapha has restyled Giro’s MIPS-equipped [Multi-Directional Impact Protection System] Synthe, by painting all of the shell in white, black or chartreuse.

Less obviously, the ventilating aero mesh on either side of the silicone-edged sunglasses ports has been replaced by a finely ribbed plastic. The Giro logo and aero mesh covering the truncated tail’s central port have gone too, and the only branding on the helmet is a single Rapha logo on the very top.

The featherweight webbing straps have been exchanged for slightly thicker reflective webbing, which is a bonus in our book.

 

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Eroica California – Aril 8th & 9th

L’Eroica started in 1997 because of one man, Giancarlo Brocci, who admired the values of a past cycling so much that he wanted to reconnect others to the heritage that inspired much Italian history, literature, culture, and music. L’Eroica was also begun as a foundation for the protection and preservation of the last gravel roads in Tuscany. These romantic concepts led to the idea of L’Eroica, an event that initially saw 92 “hunters of feelings and emotions”, as the creator Giancarlo Brocci defines them.

 

“We want people to rediscover the beauty of fatigue
and the taste of accomplishment”
Giancarlo Brocci, Creator of L’Eroica

Today we continue to spread the authentic roots of an extraordinary sport with a great soul. We want people to rediscover the beauty of fatigue and the taste of accomplishment: the heroic cycling of Bartali and Coppi and the sacrifice that seeks out our physical boundaries where thirst, hunger, and exhaustion are felt with all their strength. It’s cycling that can spread respect and create bonds between loyal opponents. It is cycling in a healthy way, and its participants are inspiring and beautiful to watch.
We are excited to bring Eroica to the USA and we are thrilled to gather with American cycling enthusiasts and bike collectors in Paso Robles, California this Spring.
Eroica California will offer a memorable cycling experience including four, strade bianche inspired routes to choose from and a weekend of cycling entertainment including the Eroica Concourse d’Elegance for vintage bikes.
Two reasons have led us to embrace the opportunity to start the event in Paso Robles in the San Luis Obispo County of central California. The first is that the area has beautiful unpaved and paved roads going through vineyards, oak studded rolling hills, foothills, and coastal mountain ranges, giving us the possibility to create the first Eroica ride with an ocean view. The second reason is that this area is well known to Wesley Hatakeyama, the person we chose to create the event with us and to lead the Eroica California team. Wesley is a long time cyclist, collector of vintage Italian bicycles and a long time resident in the area, with a mix of passion and knowledge we much needed to create an unique event.
Wesley and Giancarlo Brocci, creator of L’Eroica, met in Gaiole in Chainti, Italy and had a discussion about having the next International L’Eroica in California. After meeting in Paso Robles in December 2014 to explore the area and the ride the possible routes, Giancarlo decided this was the perfect place for a new Eroica.

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Kangaroo horde during bike ride

cool video showing the safety of cyclist Ben who is safe and unharmed. Kangaroos are nice animals who don’t gather like hordes and attack people, they coexist with people and never attack them. This video is proof.

Good Tips from Bicycling.com, Mastering the Art of the Paceline

From Bicycling.com

Increasing your paceline skills will help you ride faster, and with less effort. Here’s how.

 

While on a group ride or in a race, sharing the pace with others allows you to ride faster and with less effort. But it does take some practice, and the keys are working together, building trust, and paying attention.

At the elite level, pacelines become art forms. Riders move like a squadron of fighter pilots in a constantly flowing rhythm. Recreational riders may not be as graceful, but they can certainly enjoy the benefits of riding in a paceline, too. In a century ride, riding in a group will allow you to finish faster and fresher. Busting a headwind isn’t much fun alone, but with a few others to help, the miles pass quickly. If you’re new to pacelines or would like to get better at riding in one, these tips should help take you to the next level. (For a complete guide on how to improve your road riding, check out Jason’s book on road cycling skills.)

First, there’s the form: Rotating pacelines contain two lines of riders side by side, continuously in motion. This motion is achieved by one line going slightly faster than the other. Let’s say that you’re the lead rider in the faster line. You should cross over to the slow line after passing the front wheel of the rider beside you. Then you drift back with the others in the slow line. When the final position is reached at the back of the line, you drop in behind the back wheel of the last rider in the fast line (see tips to follow). When done right, this formation looks like a constantly rotating elliptical chain.

If you’re confused, gather several friends and walk through the fundamentals in your living room. Try a single paceline first. Lead for 10 seconds, then pull off either to the right or left, then slide to the back of the line. Stay close enough to bump elbows, then move in behind the last person. Now try the double paceline. Form two lines, side by side. March up the faster line, pull over to the front of the slower line, then drop back with it. Practice both clockwise and counterclockwise rotations.

 

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If you happen to be near Carpenteria on April 1st, Clear the cars, make way for Open Streets

From CoastalView.com

Over a mile of downtown Carpinteria roads will be completely car-less on Saturday, April 1—populated instead by bodies dancing, making street art, tai chi, bicycling, jazzercising and just standing around enjoying the company of friends and neighbors. Open Streets, a brand new concept for Carpinteria, will close portions of 8th Street, 9th Street and Linden Avenue to promote public health, active transportation and community by transforming streets into a public park for a day.

“Just about anything goes in the street—except cars,” said Kent Epperson of Traffic Solutions, which is organizing the event along with the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition and Global Good Impact.

Many months of planning have gone into the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. event, and over 80 diverse free activities for people of all ages and abilities will take place along the 1-mile route. On Feb. 27, the Carpinteria City Council approved the Open Streets permit, which includes closure of three connected streets—Linden Avenue (from 9th Street to Carpinteria State Beach), 8th Street (eastbound from Linden Avenue to Palm Avenue), and 9th Street (westbound from Linden Avenue to Reynolds Avenue).

Outreach for the event has involved contacting residents along the closed streets to inform them that their cars cannot be parked on the roadside nor driven on the street during the eight-hour event. Parking lots at Aliso School, Carpinteria Middle School and Carpinteria Children’s Project at Main will be open to the public starting at 7 p.m. on Friday for off-site parking.

 

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Wahoo Elemnt Bolt review

From CyclingNews.com

 

Aero GPS computer with excellent battery life and smartphone-friendly features

While Wahoo claims its new Elemnt Bolt GPS computer and sculpted mount are aerodynamically superior to the comparably sized Garmin Edge 520 and 820 with their respective mounts, the real selling points for me are the Bolt’s easy-but-robust functionality, compact size, killer battery life (triplethe Edge computers when using navigation, in my experience) and decent price.

  • Highs: Easy set up and on-the-fly adjustments to what you see on the screen; best-in-class battery life; easy-to-read screen; ANT+, Bluetooth and WiFi; aero design; competitive price
  • Lows: Black-and-white maps and navigation aren’t as robust as Garmin’s; can’t import workouts (yet); requires iPhone or Android smartphone for some set-up steps
  • Buy if: You want a full-featured (and aero!) GPS computer with excellent battery life that doesn’t cost the earth, and you aren’t married to Garmin

The Bolt has all the normal metrics and variations on speed, time, distance, power, heart rate, elevation, etc., plus integration with a host of devices, from your smartphone and WiFi to eTap and the Moxy oxygenation sensor.

The Elemnt Bolt offers turn-by-turn navigation, Strava Live Segments, Live Track and a feature called ‘take me anywhere’ where you use your phone to search out a destination while out on a ride and then the Elemnt Bolt guides you there.

The Elemnt Bolt is easily configured with a smartphone app (iPhone or Android). Instead of punching a slew of buttons on a computer, you just use your familiar phone to tap and drag which data you want where and in what order.

 

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7 Group Bike Rides for Cyclists New to L.A.’s Streets

From LAWeekly.com

The mere mention of riding a bike on the streets of L.A. is often met with the words “crazy” and “death wish.” While the city recently named the most car-congested in the world is making room for more bicycles – thanks to L.A. Department of Transportation’s added bikeways, Metro’s bike-share program and the individual efforts of bike shops and nonprofits dedicated to the cause — safety in numbers may be key, especially for anyone new to cycling streets.

You don’t have to be a MAMIL (Middle-Aged Man in Lycra), a ripped triathlete or a well-dressed fixie purist to explore our city by two wheels. It’s worth checking out the neighborhood bike shop for organized rides and classes. Here are a few upcoming group rides to get you rolling.

 

CicLAvia

Inspired by Bogota’s ciclovía, the largest open-streets event in the United States closes portions of L.A. to cars, temporarily clearing the roads to Angelenos for use as a public park of sorts. Tens of thousands participate in this regularly occurring art crawl/food tour/consciousness-raising extravaganza. Each of CicLAvia’s casual bike rides is held in a particular section of L.A., allowing cyclists (as well as skaters and pedestrians) to safely experience the city. Culver City–Meets-Venice is the next one, on Sunday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. View the route map ahead of time and drop in or out as you wish — it’s not a race. Plan a feeder ride or take Metro. All wheels welcome.

 

 

Long Beach Street Grand Prix and Open Streets

Long Beach has gotten in on CicLAvia mania by organizing its own car-free events, such as the upcoming Beach Street Grand Prix ride on Tuesday, March 28, where Toyota will open its 1.5-mile grand prix track to bikes, strollers, roller skaters and walkers for lunchtime spins. The city’s fourth annual Open Streets event is set for Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Long Beach public affairs officer Kerry Gerot says turnout has been phenomenal since the first event, which drew 25,000 to 30,000 participants. “All are welcome, and there’s something for everyone at every cycling level, as well as a lot of family-friendly activities,” she says. More info here.

 

SGV Bike Train and Women on Wheels

Bike San Gabriel Valley teaches bike repair at its Bicycle Education Center and provides monthly Women on Wheels rides led by volunteers and staff who create a safe, supportive space for women of color interested in biking. Another monthly event, the SGV Bike Train, is family-friendly and includes two electric-powered pedicabs, free for people with mobility issues who want to participate. Bike marshals (League of American Bicyclists certified instructors) ride with the group, ensuring cyclists learn safety on city streets. The route is an easy to moderate one, surrounded by stunning vistas of the San Gabriel Mountains and designed to be “as inclusive as possible.” This month they have a downhill cruise starting at the South Pasadena Gold Line Station at 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 26.

 

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Arts District bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly projects around LA will get millions from the state

From LA.Curbed.com

 

Last week, the California Transportation Commission awarded more than $100 million to 62 active transportation projects around the state, including $14.85 million for a host of bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly improvements in the Arts District.

The grant money, which will be delivered between 2019 and 2021, represents a sizable chunk of the $56 million awarded to Southern California cities and agencies to deliver projects focused on making the state safer for walkers and bicyclists.

In the Arts District, the money will fund pedestrian and biking connections to transit stops and the under-construction Sixth Street Viaduct replacement project, according to city documents. New bike lanes, curb extensions, crosswalks, pedestrian lighting, and added traffic lights are also planned for the area.

Further grant money will also fund pedestrian-friendly improvements at nearby Union Station. Part of Metro’s master plan for the historic station, these updates include a pedestrian crossing on Alameda Street and other new connections between the station and its surrounding communities. The project will receive $3.15 million starting in 2019.

 

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Peter Sagan Avoiding A Crash with A Dog

Quick reflexes avert a potentially disastrous crash.