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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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Some great photos from CicLAvia / Glendale / Atwater

From http://www.ciclavia.org/social

Find out how biking in your community stacks up against other places

From PeopleForBikes.org

 

The Bike Network Analysis (BNA) score is an evolving project to measure how well bike networks connect people with the places they want to go. Because most people are interested in biking only when it’s a low-stress option, our maps recognize only low-stress biking connections.

We compute the score over four steps: data collection, traffic stress, destination access, and score aggregation. Each of these is described in separate sections below.

Data Collection

The BNA relies on data from two sources: The U.S. Census and OpenStreetMap (OSM). Census blocks, obtained directly from the U.S. Census, serve as the basic unit of analysis for all of the connectivity measures. Information about Jobs is provided by the U.S. Census as part of its Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics data. OSM provides a fully-routable network of on- and off-street transportation facilities, including details about the types of bicycle facilities on any given street segment. OSM also includes data for all destination types.

Traffic Stress

The BNA relies on the concept of a low-stress bike network. The concept of Traffic Stress has emerged as a useful way to think of bicycle facilities in terms of the types of users who would be comfortable riding on them in a given situation. Since our measures are concerned with low-stress bicycling, our methodology focuses on roadway characteristics that generally translate to an LTS 1 or LTS 2 rating. In practical terms, this is intended to correspond with the comfort level of a typical adult with an interest in riding a bicycle but who is concerned about interactions with vehicular traffic.

The OSM data we use to build the bike network uses a system of tags to represent different elements of a roadway. A list of tags that we use both for bicycle facilities and destinations is available here. For a description of how OSM tags relate to on-the-ground bicycle facilities you can refer to these tagging guidelines. Please note that our methodology also accounts for some edge cases involving obsolete or non-standard tagging. For a full review of the logic, we invite you to review the source code.

 

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South African rides through Orange County to save rhinos

The most common comment Matt Meyer has heard during his 2,000-mile cycling odyssey from the Canadian border to Sacramento?

“Well, there’s something you don’t see every day.”

What? You’ve never seen a guy on a bicycle towing a life-sized replica of a female rhinoceros?

From OCRegister.com

 

Well, if you were in Huntington Beach Sunday, or along Pacific Coast Highway in recent days, you may well have seen Meyer, a South African safari guide hauling along his companion, Lunar, the rhino.

Meyer is nearing completion of a two-month trek down the coast designed to raise funds and awareness for the animals, several species of which are critically endangered species in Africa and Asia.

Although rhinos have few enemies in the wild, they are a popular target of poachers and have been hunted to near-extinction. They are valued in several cultures for their emblematic horns, believed to have medicinal and aphrodisiac benefits.

South Africa is home to about 70 percent of the world’s 29,500 rhinos, according to National Geographic. But that population in the wild is in crisis. According to South African National Parks, the number of rhinos poached more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2015, from 333 to 1338.  And much of this happens in areas where rhinos are supposed to be protected. Rhinos are also imperiled in habitats in Borneo and Sumatra and a subspecies in Vietnam was declared extinct in 2011.

From a young age, Meyer, a professional Safari guide from South Africa, formed an affinity for the cumbersome rhino and wants to make sure other children can appreciate the animal in the wild.

“I don’t have children of my own,” he said. “But I have nieces and nephews and I couldn’t let them inherit a planet without rhinos.”

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