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Author Archives: Richard Masoner

CHP dispatch logs and cop jargon

I maintain a few maps that show California Highway Patrol dispatch activity. My Highway 17 tracking map got super popular this week, and a few people have asked how to decode the CHP jargon. Let’s start with an example: Sr17 S / Sr9 E Ofr, San Jose FSP: State Route 17 (i.e. Highway 17) soutbound, read more » Continue reading »

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San Jose’s first cyclist fatality for 2017: Leigh and Coit

On Tuesday afternoon, San Jose Police reported the city’s first fatality of a person riding a bicycle. SJPD currently investigating a fatal collision involving a vehicle vs. bicyclist at Leigh Ave and Coit Dr. Please expect traffic delays. — San Jose Police Dept (@SanJosePD) March 21, 2017 According to the Mercury News, the crash occurred read more » Continue reading »

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SF Bay Area bike events Spring 2017

Many bikey opportunities are coming up for you over the next couple of months in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Biking With Babies seminar TONIGHT, March 15. San Francisco. Visit the SF Bike Coalition calendar for more events. Sanctuary and Resistance Bicycle Tour, March 25. Oakland. Bike East Bay Event Calendar for more read more » Continue reading »

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Thank you to trail volunteers, road reports, & rain next week?

20 people showed up last Saturday to clear the Guadalupe River Trail under Montague Expressway. Thank you so much for your efforts. Thanks to your help, the Mid-March San Jose Bike Train can roll Wednesday morning from Bel Bacio Cafe at 8:15 A.M. I and hundreds of other people can now enjoy the trail for read more » Continue reading »

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San Jose Trails report, and a South Bay creek trail cleanup this weekend

Many of our creekside trails have been underwater for several weeks after this season’s epic winter storms. The rivers are finally subsiding, exposing a mess of mud and debris. Maybe you can’t donate $5 million in flood relief like self-made billionaire Kieu Hoang did last week, but you can spare ten bucks for a shovel, read more » Continue reading »

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Guadalupe River Trail mud clearing day

Update: The Guadalupe River Trial under Highway 101 is (more or less) passable. The real problem spot now is the trail under Montague Expressway. We’ll work there this Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This chart from the United States Geological Survey shows the level of the Guadalupe River underneath Highway read more » Continue reading »

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San Mateo County asks cyclists to avoid OLH

I know a few people biked this portion of Old La Honda, and you know that sometimes I see “road closed” signs as an invitation to bike or walk the road if it’s not too obviously impassable, but San Mateo County Public works says the western Portion of Old La Honda Road between Skyline and read more » Continue reading »

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New Earth

This is kind of sci-fi book review and kind of a stream-of-concisouness current events commentary, but first of all, obligatory bike content: Calmar Bicycles in Santa Clara, California begins their business liquidation sale on Monday. They’re a long time presence in South Bay cycling, long time supporters of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, regular participants read more » Continue reading »

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Caltrans bike & ped plan San Jose workshop: Online only due to flooding

Update: Bike coalition San Jose team meeting also cancelled due to flooding. Details below. Due to flooding near downtown San Jose, California, Thursday’s scheduled workshop to discuss the California Bicycle / Pedestrian Plan is now an online forum only. The planned in-person meeting at the MLK Library has been cancelled. To dial into the meeting read more » Continue reading »

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Road and trail closures: Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and Alameda Counties

With record-breaking rainfall throughout Northern California abating for now, a bunch of us will be tempted to hit the roads on our bikes. Several favorite road cycling roads are closed, including Mount Hamilton Road, Niles Canyon, Soquel-San Jose, and more. Santa Cruz County Road Closures list is updated throughout the day and seems to be read more » Continue reading »

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