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SGV Skyline Ride – SGV Challenge #8 – Aug 27th

Join us for August Bike Train! The hike is optional with beautiful skyline views of the East San Gabriel Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains. We’ll be exploring some hidden trails and explore some new bikeways in the East SGV.

 

DETAILS:
-What: SGV Skyline Ride | SGV Bike Challenge Ride #8
-When: Sunday August 27 (8:30am meet, 9am roll; 12:30pm return)
-Start/End: Rowland Heights Park, 1500 Banida Ave, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
-Experience Level: Intermediate (Most of the route is on street with some hills)

 

TIMELINE:
–8:30am – Meet
–9:00am – Ride departs
–12:00pm – Ride returns

 

ROUTE:
10.5miles (loop) – Difficulty: Moderate. Most of the route is on street with some hills. A bike with gears is highly recommended.
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WHAT TO BRING | Please Note:
–A functional bicycle or wheeled device.
–A helmet is required if under 18.
–Children 15 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
–Bikes with training wheels are not permitted, but children are welcome to attend if pulled in a trailer or on-bike child seat.
–Full water bottles. We will have multiple water refill points.

 

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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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Cars v bikes: 10 good reasons to switch to pedal power

From the IrishTimes.com

 

Cars and bikes – or at least those who propel them – seem to be forever at war. Motorists are always giving about cyclists, who they believe have a death wish and a poor understanding of the rules of the road, while cyclists are eternally convinced that wilfully ignorant motorists drive with barely a thought for the safety of their fellow road-users.

The tension can cause significant personality shifts in both camps: otherwise decent people can turn into frothing monsters in a heartbeat. Pricewatch can say this with a degree of certainty because we have been that frothing monster on more than one occasion – sometimes with mortifying results.

Not long ago, we were cycling down Dublin’s O’Connell Street on a bright and sunny morning. All was well with the world. Then a taxi driver – they can be the worst of motorists – honked their horn as they came up behind us.

Rather than looking to see what was the cause of the taxi driver’s concern, Pricewatch immediately went into uber-defensive mode and started gesticulating wildly, and in a not entirely pleasant fashion, at the cabbie who had had the temerity to beep at us.

Then he pulled up alongside us and explained that he had been alerting us to the fact that our wallet was dangerously close to falling out of our back pocket, finishing with the words “you f**king muppet”.

He was right. It was muppet-like behaviour on our part but despite that incident – and many others when we have let ourselves down – we remain firmly in the cycling camp, and, in honour of National Bike Week, we thought we’d look at all the ways the bike is miles better than the car.

 

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Bike Night at Union Station – May 26

Close out Bike Month with Bike Night at Union Station, hosted by Metro. This family-friendly event celebrates the bicycle as a mode of transportation with music, fun, and food. This year, bring the kids to practice their skills at a bike rodeo hosted by Walk ‘n Rollers, and at crafting stations hosted by Side Street Projects. Not just for kids, bring your helmet to decorate with CicLAvia and your cornhole skills to play for prizes at the Metro booth.

DJ Garth Trinidad of KCRW will provide tunes to groove to throughout the evening. Some of your favorite food trucks will be there too!

Interested in biking more but not sure about how? Learn about the resources coming to your community soon at Bike Night. Staff will be available throughout the event to talk to you about bicycle lanes, gear tips, safety, and upcoming classes and rides.

Bike Night is free and will feature special guests, entertainment, food and drink vending, prizes, and the faces of Los Angeles County’s bicycle community groups. Complementary bike valet will be provided.

 

 

Final stage opens to make Shikoku a ‘holy land for cyclists’

From Asashi.com

MATSUYAMA—Ehime Prefecture has opened a 1,000-kilometer loop cycling course that runs through Shikoku island, the final step in a campaign to make the prefecture a “holy land for cyclists.”

The prefecture estimates it will take cyclists 11 days to complete the route, which starts from and ends at the prefectural capital of Matsuyama.

“I will make every effort to establish the habit of moving around Shikoku on bicycles,” Ehime Governor Tokihiro Nakamura, wearing cycling gear, said in March about the opening of the course.

Shikoku is already home to attractive bicycle routes.

The 70-km Setouchi Shimanami Kaido course, which connects Imabari in Ehime Prefecture with Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture, was selected as one of the world’s seven most incredible bike routes by U.S. broadcaster CNN.

Cyclists hop from island to island in the Seto Inland Sea over seven bridges that provide spectacular views.

Although the four prefectures on Shikoku opened a cycling course in 2014, the latest loop route was developed by Ehime Prefecture alone by adding some scenic spots to the existing course.

 

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Here are some excellent charity bike rides coming up.

From LATimes.com

Get fit and do good at the same time by joining a charity bike ride

 

Bike the Bay

Aug. 27, San Diego

During Bike the Bay the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge is open to cyclists who pedal down the Silver Strand and back up the city side of the bay.

Who sweats: No one. This 25-mile route makes the Florida Keys look Himalayan. OK, the bridge is 200 feet tall, but from then on striping paint along the route constitutes a rise.

Why ride: Every event doesn’t have to be a 100 miler with four clicks of elevation. It’s a family event, and a lot cheaper than hauling everyone to Disneyland.

Who benefits: San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, which promotes bike safety and outreach.

Fee: $60 per person for ages 10 and older

 

 

 

 

Mammoth Grand Fondo

Sept. 9, Mammoth Lakes

The Mammoth Gran Fondo in the Eastern Sierra is guaranteed to be snow-free; give the plow a head start in the morning, just in case.

Who sweats: Everyone. Three routes cover 42, 70 and 102 miles, with a starting point near 8,000 feet and 2,300 to 6,500 feet of elevation gain.

Why ride: The scenery. The challenge. Käse Spätzle, the Germanic pinnacle of mac and cheese, at Petra’s Bistro & Wine Bar at the Alpenhof Lodge in Mammoth Lakes.

Who benefits: Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, which supports youth athletics and academics.

Fee: $70 to $149 per person, depending on distance and registration date.

 

 

Foxy’s Fall Century

Oct. 21, Davis, Calif.

If you’re a fan of organized charity rides, make your way to Northern California and Foxy’s Fall Century, one of the showpieces.

Who sweats: Anyone who is stuck on the 405 Freeway and not here pedaling. Thirty-, 63- and 100-mile routes, from flat to rolling to a good bit of climbing to Lake Berryessa.

Why ride: All rides roll through this last bastion of ag and oaks before the mania of the Bay Area. And it’s all kind of historic, as these things go in American cycling, with roots in the ’60s.

Who benefits: Davis Bike Club, which supports bicycling advocacy, safety and outreach programs.

Fee: To be determined.

 

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Inspirational Story: This Rider Lost 165 Pounds and Fell in Love with Leadville

From Bicycling.com

Unexpected tragedy left him alone and depressed. A bike helped him find the therapy and community he needed to go on.

 

TJ Klausutis had developed a slim white ring around his cornea—a condition his optometrist would diagnose as arcus senilis, fat and cholesterol deposits in his eyes. “He suggested I get my blood pressure checked, because if your body is depositing fat and cholesterol in your eyes, you’d better believe it’s depositing it everywhere. Of course it was sky high. I was a heart attack or a stroke waiting to happen. At that moment I had to admit that I was passive-aggressively trying to kill myself.”

At 6’3,” Klausutis has never been a small man. But when his wife died unexpectedly in 2001, he became a very, very big man. “During grad school I mountain biked occasionally, which I’ve always loved, but really didn’t have much time, so I’d put on quite a bit of weight,” he recalls. “After my wife’s accident, I let it all go. For five years, I didn’t socialize. I traveled. I worked. And I ate.” By 2006, the Air Force research engineer was pushing 400 pounds. Then he had a wake up call. I thought, ‘You’re either going to kill yourself—just go ahead and do it—or you’re not going to do it.’ So that Monday, I went out and bought myself a mountain bike.

“I was fortunate in that I had a lot of encouragement. My neighbor where I live in the panhandle of Florida was an avid rider and encouraged me to join her group, which I did. It’s a running joke today that there were people literally ready to call 911 when I stroked out and died, but I made it.”

Klausutis kept riding and cleaned up his diet, cooking and eating more at home and dramatically curtailing his fast food consumption. “True story, within months of me changing my diet, the Hardee’s, where I got breakfast every morning, and the local pizza shop, where I got dinner, closed.”

 

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Automated Speed Enforcement: One More Tool For Safe Streets

From SFBike.org

 
What if we had the solution to a problem, but couldn’t use it? And what if that problem was affecting hundreds of lives every year, leading to serious injuries or worse?

 

We join our partners throughout the city in offering our unwavering support for Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE), with leadership from Assemblymember David Chiu and support from Assemblymember Phil Ting and Senator Scott Wiener. Together, they penned a bill which would authorize this known solution to the leading cause of serious collisions: speeding. This is made possible with support from San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and SF Mayor Ed Lee, whose Executive Directive on street safety specifically highlighted ASE as a City priority.

 

As a pilot program in San Francisco and San Jose, this bill would authorize the use of camera and radar technology to automatically enforce speeds on streets with a history of high speeds and serious crashes. This program includes strong measures to ensure that key concerns around privacy, equity and due process are addressed.

 

Over the last two years, San Francisco has unified in support of ASE. From the Board of Supervisors, to the Health Commission, to our city’s Vision Zero Coalition has urged legislation to permit this transformative tool for safe streets in our city. ASE has proven successful in cities like Washington, D.C., where traffic fatalities dropped 70 percent during its use. D.C. is one of over 140 communities around the United States where ASE is reducing collisions, but state legislation is required for San Francisco to use this tool as well.

 

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LA River Valley Bikeway and Greenway Design Completion Project

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering invites you to attend the first in a series of community meetings to discuss the LA River Valley Bikeway and Greenway Design Completion Project. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the project and provide input on preliminary design concepts.

The LA River Valley Bikeway and Greenway Design Completion project, currently in the pre-design phase, involves designing and constructing approximately 12.5 miles of new bike path and greenway facilities along the Los Angeles River that will complement and connect to projects that have already been built or are underway. The project area encompasses San Fernando Valley from Vanalden Avenue to Forest Lawn Drive/Zoo Drive.

This first round of community meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

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Meeting content and format will be identical, so feel free to attend the meeting which best accommodates your schedule. Please join the Bureau of Engineering, the Consultant team, and Council Districts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 as we meet to discuss the preliminary design concepts of this exciting project.
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Report shows drop in LA cycling as bike lane expansion slows

From KPCC

 

Bicycling has become more popular in Los Angeles over the last decade with the installation of miles of bike lanes, the spread of bike sharing and the growth of events like Ciclavia. But the trend hit a bump last year, according to a new report from the L.A. County Bike Coalition.

The biennial report found ridership dropped 9 percent in 2015 compared with 2013. The biggest decrease was on streets without bike lanes. Things stayed about the same on streets with lanes, although the number of cyclists increased more than 60 percent on streets that had lanes added recently, according to the report.

This is the fourth biennial report the Bike Coalition has produced, in collaboration with Los Angeles Walks and the UCLA Lewis Center. In 2015, about 600 volunteers stationed at 180 locations throughout L.A. recorded the number of bikes and pedestrians they saw on one weekday and one Saturday.

Since the counts began in 2009, the number of people biking increased over each two-year cycle, until the decrease recorded last year.

“It says to us that we have more work to do, that the bike network is so fragmented, the bike network has a ton of gaps,” said Tamika Butler, executive director of the L.A. County Bike Coalition.

The increase on streets that recently added bike lanes “shows that when streets feel safe and when folks see that there’s the space for them, they are riding more,” she said.

The decline on other streets, she said, highlights the need for the city to speed up the pace of adding new bike lanes. L.A. went from a high of 101 new miles installed in 2013 to just 11 miles in 2015.

The city of L.A. and the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority have encouraged biking as an alternative to driving for short trips. According to the L.A. Department of Transportation, more than half of all trips taken in L.A. are three miles or less, but nearly three-quarters of such trips are taken by car.

Measure M, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters last week, will dedicate about 4.5 percent of revenue, about $39 million a year, to walking and biking infrastructure.

The city of L.A. has a long-range plan to greatly expand the bike network, but the Mobility Plan 2035 has drawn controversy over its proposal to add bike lanes to busy streets. Critics have opposed the idea out of concern that the lanes would slow car traffic; they’ve succeeded in persuading officials to strike bike lanes on Westwood Boulevard and Central Avenue from the plan.

Read the full report from L.A. County Bike Coalition:

 

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