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Author Archives: Richard Masoner

The Devil made me do it

The Scorcher Menace strikes again! Ted points to this story of a school bus driver forced to swerve off of the road because, according to the initial headline, some kid was riding home from school on his bicycle in Columbia, Missouri. According to the news story, a vehicle moved left into the oncoming lane of read more » Continue reading »

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Superman planking on a brakeless fixie

Update: Video here on Instagram, which also shows cyclist Michael Guerra slowing his brakeless track bike by rubbing both shoes against the rear wheel before clipping back in. This GIF of a guy pulling a superman while rolling downhill on a track bike is making the rounds on various social media. Not sure who I’m read more » Continue reading »

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Wikipedia says I coined “Idaho Stop”

When I attended the Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit the other week, I met local cycling legend Ray Hosler. He and I both were interested in what California Bicycle Coalition Director David Snyder said when somebody asked why CalBike doesn’t support an “Idaho Stop” law for California. You can read what Snyder had to say in read more » Continue reading »

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Job: Spanish language bike promotion for Santa Cruz County

Join Ecology Action’s Transportation team and fulfill a key role in delivering school-based bicycle and walking safety education and encouragement efforts at over 50 schools throughout Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Ecology Action hopes to hire this position in late August with a start in early September. For those of you familiar with their programs, read more » Continue reading »

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Bike Santa Cruz County seeks Executive Director

Bike Santa Cruz County’s Executive Director is moving on, so this bike advocacy group seeks a new director to continue the work of making this coastal California community a premier cycling nirvana. You have until the end of the business day on Monday, August 22, 2016 to submit your application. You can review details about read more » Continue reading »

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Why land use matters for cycling advocacy

Stephen and Kate Downing live in Palo Alto, California, where they split the rent with Stephen’s sister and her family. Kate works as an attorney in Santa Clara, while Stephen is a software developer in downtown Palo Alto. They probably have a combined income well north of a quarter of million per year, but they read more » Continue reading »

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Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit TOMORROW

I’ll be at the Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit at the Microsoft campus in Mountain View, California on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Registration for the event is still open and costs only $35. Both Caltrain and VTA get you to within easy biking distance of the venue, which is located directly on the Stevens Creek Trail read more » Continue reading »

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Reading: “Spitting in the Soup”

I’m currently reading Mark Johnson’s 400 page Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports. I’m still in the opening chapters, in which Johnson describes the history of doping from the advent of professional sports until public attitudes begin to change around the 1940s. I think most of us know that read more » Continue reading »

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SF Bay Area: View road funding applications online

As the designated regional transportation planning agency (RTPA) for the state of California and the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Federal Government, the San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) administers State and Federal transportation funding for the nine-county Bay Area. Local agencies requesting State or Federal funds through MTC must submit Complete read more » Continue reading »

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Throwback Thursday: American pro racing in 1989

Make America great for East Coast road racing again! Who remembers the Tour de Trump, which was going to be even greater than the Tour de France? Believe it or not, when race organizer Billy Packer proposed naming this bike race after Donald Trump, Trump initially refused because he was worried about the media reaction. read more » Continue reading »

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