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Author Archives: Richard Masoner

Downtown Santa Cruz Shared Space?

Although Pacific Avenue through downtown Santa Cruz, California isn’t designed as a shared space, I think it kind of acts like one on busy weekends when pedestrian traffic dominates. Most of those driving — even tourists with out-of-state license plates — take care to watch for people meandering into the street from arbitrary locations. This read more » Continue reading »

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Win Sugoi ZAP Concept retroreflective kit

I love love love every piece of Sugoi cycling apparel I own (includes bike shorts, bib tights, sun sleeves, jacket, etc) because they fit well and work great. My Sugoi bib tights in particular have this magical ability to keep me cool when I push my way up a mountain in the sun, followed by read more » Continue reading »

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Los Gatos Creek Trail audit in the rain

I need to improve the data for Los Gatos Creek Trail (LGCT) on this trail flooding status page for Santa Clara County, California, so I plan to ride LGCT in the middle of the rainstorm expected on Friday. Who wants to join me for this ride? Leigh Avenue is the street immediately west of Blackford read more » Continue reading »

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Attention SF Bay Area: “Atmospheric River” on the way, possible heavy rain

It’s time to refresh the waterproofing on your rain gear and ensure your fenders are in good shape. The National Weather Service tells us to expect rain beginning Thursday night to Friday as an “atmospheric river” of moist air arrives, with another system moving in for additional rain over the weekend. For those riding Santa read more » Continue reading »

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Los Gatos Bicycle / Pedestrian Advisory Committee accepting new members

The town of Los Gatos, California has openings on the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Applications are due November 18, 2016, with interviews tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 13 at 7 P.M. I got really long-winded on this post so feel free to skip to the last paragraph for info on the application process read more » Continue reading »

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City of Santa Clara BPAC seeks members

The city of Santa Clara, California Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) may have up to three openings for new members. The BPAC is composed of volunteers who either live or work in the city of Santa Clara. The BPAC advises city council on bicycle-related projects. Sometimes city council listens, sometimes they don’t. I’ve heard read more » Continue reading »

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Four vacant seats San Mateo C/CAG BPAC

The City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG) of San Mateo County currently has four vacant seats for public members on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). The county and all incorporated cities in San Mateo County are members of the C/CAG, which acts as the designated Congestion Management Agency (CMA) for the county. As such, read more » Continue reading »

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The American Bicycle

Before World War II, tobacco companies included trading cards in their cigarette packaging, similar to baseball cards included in some modern packages of bubble gum. In 1939, Player Cigarettes in Great Britain released a series of 50 cycling cards with the help of Mr “Harry” England, the editor of Cycling (today’s Cycling Weekly). The series read more » Continue reading »

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Santa Cruz to consider bike share

At the Silicon Valley Bike Summit last month I saw city of Santa Cruz Economic Development Director J. Guevara looking closely at the bike share bikes on display. Social Bicycles — which provides the “smart bike” systems now in use in San Mateo, CA and — somewhat more famously — Portland, OR, was on hand read more » Continue reading »

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A dooring defense in New Jersey

My cycling attorney pal Jim Moss of Recreation Law looks at a civil lawsuit from 2012 filed by a cyclist who was doored while riding her bike in a marked bike lane in Avalon, New Jersey. Here’s what happened The plaintiff was Just Riding Along on Dune Drive when she was doored. She told the read more » Continue reading »

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