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Author Archives: Richard Masoner

Bikes May Use Full Runway (Not)

As a teen I shared the road with military aircraft. This story of a guy who was knocked from his bike by an American Airlines flight at LAX reminds me of my own personal encounter with jet blast on a military base. I grew up as a “military brat,” with my teen years spent mostly read more » Continue reading »

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Why a “Bike to Shop” Day?

To celebrate Bike Month and encourage more people to #BikeEverywhere, we’re doing a Bike to Shop Day tomorrow in Silicon Valley, California. Here’s why. Consider these facts: The National Household Travel Survey shows only 15% of trips are work trips, while 45% of trips are for shopping and other errands. The average commute distance in read more » Continue reading »

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Bike to Work Around the World

Happy National Bike Week in the United States. You probably know about and participate in the National Bike Challenge, in which you sign up to challenge yourself and your peers to ride more miles during the months of the challenge (May thru September). The more miles you ride, the more points you can earn for read more » Continue reading »

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My two seconds of fame in this Bike to Work Day 2016 Video

Woo hoo! I make a special appearance for about two seconds in the background at 1:05 in a Bike to Work Day 2016 video from the San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). On Bike to Work Day last week, I participated in the “Movers and Shakers” ride organized by the Santa Clara Valley read more » Continue reading »

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This is so crazy I’m surprised to see it on Kickstarter: Yannick Read has rigged up a ceremonial blank cartridge to explode when his bike or motorcycle is moved. This gizmo can be yours for about US$71, plus shipping. Read calls this the “World’s Loudest Alarm” and, at 150 decibels, he’s probably right. The triggering read more » Continue reading »

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San Jose BPAC: Call for Applications

The city of San Jose Bicycle / Pedestrian Advisory Committee is a group of citizens providing input to city staff (mostly the SJ DOT) and city council (usually through SJ DOT staff) on issues important to people who walk and bike in the city of San Jose. Up to eleven members are appointed by the read more » Continue reading »

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Library provides loaner locks

The San Mateo County Library in Portola Valley, CA provides loaner locks for patrons arriving by bicycle. With a median household income of a quarter million dollars and a median home sales price over $2.8 million, I don’t perceive bike theft is a big problem in Portola Valley. Still, it’s a nice gesture, and I read more » Continue reading »

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This box bike is a kid magnet

Say hello to Alex Yasbeck of the Box Bike Collective in Santa Cruz, California. He has no idea who these children are. During the Silicon Valley Bikes Festival last weekend in San Jose, I watched several caregivers hand their children over to Alex, a complete stranger. The children all hopped excitedly into the front of read more » Continue reading »

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It’s ALIVE! Muahahahahaha!

Say hello to Segue Fischlin of Oakland, California. She builds these crazily awesome electric-assist cargo trikes she calls “Frankentrikes.” I asked Segue, “Why Frankentrikes?” Her first trike was stitched together from the remains of dead bikes. After she applied a jolt of electricity (provided by batteries mounted under the carriage), the beast began to move. read more » Continue reading »

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Tour de Brompton: Inside their new factory

Brompton recently completed their move to a brand-new 86,000 sq foot factory in Greenford, London, doubling their previous manufacturing space. Bloomberg visited the new factory and took photos. Hover over images or click through for captions. Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Next Page Brompton manufactures over 40,000 bicycles read more » Continue reading »

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