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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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LACBC Open House 2016

Celebrate the history of LACBC, our campaigns, rides in our city, and the people working to make our communities healthy, safe, and fun places to bike! Join your fellow cyclists for a great evening with food, drinks, music, and conversation about biking in L.A.

WHEN
December 07, 2016 at 6pm – 10pm
WHERE
LACBC HQ
634 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
United States

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area Hosts CXLA

Cyclo-cross races and family cycling events return to Whittier Narrows Recreation Area for Cyclo-cross Los Angeles Weekend, Nov. 19-20. CXLA Weekend will host 60 categorized events for cyclists of all levels held over two days, and five family-friendly cycling events. Challenging competitors across grass, dirt, gravel, pavement, and a series of obstacles, CXLA is the only cyclo-cross event in California that is sanctioned by the Union Cyclste Internationale (UCI), the international governing body of cycling.

The Elite Women’s and Men’s Category 2 events are also sanctioned by USA Cycling and are part of the USA Cycling Professional Cyclocross Calendar (Pro CX). CXLA is one of 22 Pro CX events in the U.S. this year, and the only Pro CX race weekend that offers stand-alone races for both Junior Men (17-18 years of age) and Under-23 Men. CXLA is also a premier event for the 14-race SoCalCross Prestige Series.

“We are excited to have great local vibe and great national talent coming out this month for CXLA. It is the only weekend of UCI races for elite riders in California this year. And with separate races for Junior Men and U-23 Men, this is a great opportunity for juniors to experience UCI racing on the west coast,” said race director Dorothy Wong, also a long-time director of SoCal Cross. “This event really meshes community with cycling, combining racing with recreation and advocacy. It will be a real treat for L.A. County and South El Monte residents to see incredible athletes and spend iime at the beautiful Whittier Narrows. There’s plenty of of activities for the entire family, from the kids to your family dog!”

Amateur racing starts at 8 a.m. each day. Junior events are offered for riders as young as six to nine years of age, a special age category so young riders can experience the pro course. There are Masters events for riders in 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+ age categories. The UCI Elite women’s races are presented by Knobbe Martens IP Law and begin at 2:45 p.m. Sat/Sun. UCI Elite men’s races begin each day at 3:45 p.m. with awards ceremonies following. Among the elite riders expected to compete is Jonathan Page, four-time men’s U.S. Cyclo-cross national champion, who lives and trains in Utah, and 2015 U23 U.S. Cyclo-cross national champion Tobin Ortenblad, who is from Santa Cruz, Calif.

New participants can think of cyclo-cross as steeplechase on a bicycle, held on spectator-friendly courses with food trucks and a beer garden. The event is free for all spectators and is held rain or shine. Family-oriented activities for all ages will be held at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area – Legg Lake Park, located 750 Santa Anita Ave, South El Monte.

 

This year there are also “fun-d raising races”, which introduce cyclo-cross to children and provide awareness and funding for area non profits. A free Kiddie Cross race will be held at 12:30 p.m. each day, with three laps and small barriers on a short circuit. A Doggie Cross event will be held at 12:45 p.m. each day on the same course for all breeds. Following the canine competition, a Community Cross event will be held at 1:45 p.m., geared for beginners on any type of bicycle. Awards will be presented for the best dressed rider, and bicycle. The Community Cross and Doggie Cross events are $5 per person. Proceeds from Doggie Cross benefit Underdog Rescue. Proceeds from Community Cross, as well as the beer garden at CXLA, will benefit SAFE, Streets Are For Everyone.

In addition to SAFE, advocacy partners for the weekend include Bike San Gabriel Valley and Eastside Bike Club of East L.A. They will host an extra-pet-friendly ride Saturday at 10 a.m. from the park called Pet-acular Bike Train. The ride will go to the SGV Bicycle Campus and Education Center, where Bike SGV have transformed an elementary school property into a bike park. Riders will return to Legg Lake Park for special raffles and prizes and cyclo-cross viewing.

“Unfortunately, everyone has known a cyclist who has been killed or hurt from an impact with a motor vehicle. It’s important that all cyclists, rec riders and racers, build awareness for non-profit organizations in our communities who help save lives and promote an active, healthy lifestyle,” added Wong.

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area is a 1,492-acre park located in the City of South El Monte and is one of Los Angeles County’s largest and most popular recreation areas. The park is considered the hub of reclaimed wild space between the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River, known as the “Emerald Necklace”. There is a $6 entry fee to the park for vehicles. Car-free options to access the park include taking metro buses from El Monte, South El Monte and Rosemead which provide bike racks on the front of buses or using Los Angeles County Bikeways (http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dpr/216432_WNRA.pdf).

 

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Safer Cycling Through Improved Infrastructure

By John Pucher and Ralph Buehler

 

It is crucial to improve cycling safety in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention’s injury statistics Web site (WISQARS) reports that in 2014, there were 902 cyclist fatalities and 35 206 serious cyclist injuries (requiring hospi- talization). The United States has much higher fatality and serious injury rates per kilometer cycled than comparable high- income countries. Controlling for exposure levels, cyclist fatal- ities in 2010 per 100 million kilometers cycled were 4.7 in the United States versus 1.0 in the Netherlands, 1.1 in Denmark, and 1.3 in Germany.1 Serious injury rates in 2010 were also much higher in the United States: 207 serious injuries per 100 million kilometers cycled versus 44 in Germany.1

Clearly, the United States has a long way to go to achieve the Vision Zero goal described by Cushing et al.2 As emphasized in that article, traffic fatalities and serious injuries are not in- evitable, and they can be reduced to low levels by implementing the right policies, especially improved infrastructure and technology. Traffic safety experts now use the term “crashes” instead of “accidents” to em- phasize that the design of the transportation system contributes to most traffic fatalities and in- juries. Although Cushing et al. focus on Sweden, all Scan- dinavian countries—as well as the United Kingdom,

the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria—for decades have been implementing the sorts of policies advocated by Vision Zero, which applies to all means of travel. The new perspective of Vision Zero is that traffic fatalities and injuries can and should be reduced far below current levels and

should not be accepted as an inevitable risk of travel.

Cushing et al. apply Vision Zero to the case of cycling and pose the question of whether improved cycling infrastructure can make cycling safer in the United States.2 The article by Pedroso et al. shows that the large growth in bicycle in- frastructure in Boston from 2007 to 2014 was associated with
a reduction in the cyclist injury rate and a large increase in cycling levels.3

Except for some college towns and a few large cities, most roads in the United States have no cycling infrastructure, and what exists is often dangerously designed, poorly maintained, and not connected to form a useful network. Bicycle infra- structure with physical separation from motor vehicles is especially important on high-speed, high- volume arterials with large vehicles such as trucks and buses.4 In addition, intersections are dangerous for cyclists because of turning motor vehicles. Yet only a few American cities have been redesigning intersections to reduce that danger.

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Great Bike Gear for November

From Bicycling.com

 

1. Capo GS SL Wind Vest
I run hot on a bike, so I find myself pocketing most vests or zipping and unzipping to regulate my core temp. This is never a problem with the hi-viz GS SL, which is paneled with different levels of thickness and breathability throughout. A two-way zipper offers easy access to jersey pockets.
Buy It Now: $195.99 from R&A Cycles
Info: capocycling.com

 

 

2. Blomus Lever Man Pro Wine Bottle Opener
A nice glass of red is one of my favorite evening pleasures. The Blomus opener makes it even better. This solid tool pulls corks so easily that, though it comes equipped with a foil cutter, I don’t bother with that extra function, but rather plunge, pull, and pour in one smooth move.
Buy It Now: $42.74 from Amazon
Info: blomus.us

 

 

3. Tile Tracker
There’s nothing like finishing a race and realizing you have no idea where you left your keys…or wallet…or brain. Tile trackers help me find it all. These small Bluetooth panels attach to easily lost items and emit a musical ring you can trigger through a phone app. I have them attached to my keys and stuffed in my wallet so I can always find my stuff—and my sanity.
Price: $70 for a pack of 4
Info: thetileapp.com

 

4. Yeti Women’s Enduro Gloves
I like to have as little as possible between my bike and my hands. I can get away with riding barehanded on the road, but on trails the rough terrain leaves my unprotected palms in tatters. With these barely there cycling gloves, I can get close to direct contact without battering my skin, making them better-than-bare for off-road riding.
Price: $35
Info: yeticycles.com

 

 

5. Beta Red Endurance Formula
Beta alanine is an amino acid that improves recovery and quells muscle burn when you’re pushing into the red. Beetroot juice is brimming with nitrates your body converts to nitric oxide, a gas that widens blood vessels, allowing more oxygen-rich blood to flow during exercise. Beta Red blends these ingredients in one easy-to-mix drink powder that really works.
Price: $50
Info: endurobites.com

 

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Metro’s Measure M Passes with Overwhelming Support

WHAT IS MEASURE M?

 

Measure M, known as the “Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan,”  is a half-cent sales tax ballot measure that L.A. County residents have the opportunity to vote on this November. The measure will provide approximately $120 billion over 40 years for transportation projects. Of that money, over $4 billion is set aside for walking and biking. Measure M will give Los Angeles County its first sustained source of funding for walking and biking projects.

Measure M will take Los Angeles County to the next level of bicycle infrastructure. For example, bicycling from the Valley to Long Beach on the Los Angeles River will finally be made possible, by connecting through the downtown section of the Los Angeles River from the Elysian Valley to Maywood.

With Measure M, communities will become more livable with better amenities for people who walk and bike. With sustainable local funding, cities will be able to make streets safer for all people who want to age, live, work and play in place. More livable communities means better quality of life for you and everyone you love.

Not only will Measure M further connect Los Angeles County by expanding our rail network, but it will link communities to each other. You will have more reliable and efficient options to get to the people and places that matter. Measure M will bring Los Angeles County together.

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