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Author Archives: Richard Masoner

Give Me Three at the Sea Otter Classic

I love to visit the Sea Otter Festival, a huge, four day bike show at Laguna Seca raceway in Monterey, California. I also love to rant about the mountain bikers driving their bikes up the road who fail to give roadies like me any room as they whiz pass. The environment this year, however, was read more » Continue reading »

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Don’t Door Me shirt

This is cute: a “Don’t Door Me” t-shirt. Buy from Threadless. I have no affiliation. Continue reading »

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Federal bike-counting pilot in 10 regions

When talking about things like the risks of cycling, you often see silly statements like “California is the second most dangerous state for cycling.” We honestly don’t know how dangerous or safe cycling is, however, because we don’t know how many bikes are on the road. The lack of pedestrian and bicycle volume data is read more » Continue reading »

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Are you going to the Sea Otter Festival?

The Sea Otter Festival — a huge four-day celebration of cycling begins tomorrow, Thursday, April 16. I’ll be there, will you? There’s racing, fondos, expos, events, demos, and more exhibitors promoting their wares than you can shake a kickstand airpump at. Ryan Leech returns for his annual trials riding demo at Sea Otter, and he’ll read more » Continue reading »

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New barbed wire on a bike path

What do you think of this newly installed barbed wire fence immediately adjacent to the Ralston Bike Trail in San Mateo County CA? Edward Hasbrouck reports he was riding this path last Saturday when he and his riding companion watched the installation of this barbed wire fence. This fencing was apparently installed at the behest read more » Continue reading »

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Who dropped California Bicycle Coalition sponsorship?

On Monday, I received this note from the California Bicycle Coalition regarding the helmet discussion with the California legislature: The problem is that, as you may know, a mandatory helmet law for adults is controversial in California, especially within our own membership. We have lost quite a few donating members over this, including a few read more » Continue reading »

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Legislation: Bicycle-specific turnout law for California?

Some of you who studied for your driving license test might know about CVC 21656 in California. This is the law that requires the operators of slow-moving vehicles — including bicyclists — to pull over when five or more other vehicles pile up behind you. Because one law that already addresses the issue isn’t enough, read more » Continue reading »

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30 Days of Bike Train

Hi all, tomorrow’s regularly scheduled San Jose Bike Train has been cancelled. Feel free to show up, but the ride leaders won’t be there so bring a friend. Perhaps a little ironically, I have to cancel this ride because so much wonderful bikey stuff is going on. Details of these bike opportunities below the photo. read more » Continue reading »

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Do commute-only counts undercount bike use?

Does the frequent use of U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS) data under-represent true bike use in your community? What is the ACS? United States Census American Community Survey (ACS) data on “Means Of Transportation to Work” is frequently used to compare bike-usage across different American cities. Although a few cities do their own bike read more » Continue reading »

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Kat wears a Hello Kitty helmet

I heard several grown women expression admiration for this Hello Kitty helmet worn by Kat Sweet at the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival last weekend. I could be wrong, but I think this multi-sport helmet from Bell is available only in child sizes. Kat has industry connections, so she may have asked Bell to whip read more » Continue reading »

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