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Author Archives: Richard Masoner

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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Might makes right

After a Tennessee law professor posted his online opinion that people in cars have a right to run people on the road over if their way is impeded, several people actually agreed that it’s okay to behave like a monstrous sociopath, especially if your target is somebody “different” from you, like a person of color, read more » Continue reading »

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New FixIt Station and a Library Ride in Santa Clara

The city of Santa Clara Central Park Library at 2635 Homestead Rd will unveil their Bike Fixit Station at 10 AM on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The Library’s Fixit Station has a bike stand and a set of attached theft-resistant tools, including Allen wrenches, screwdrivers, and tire levers. The Fixit Station also includes a heavy read more » Continue reading »

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Vision Zero, Data driven enforcement, and Discrimination?

The Safe Routes Partnership moderated a Twitter chat this morning on the topic of equity and law enforcement in the context of active transportation. Among the good discussion starters, the Safe Routes Partnership asked: Q6. What types of policies or approaches are effective at ensuring that law enforcement doesn’t profile or discriminate? #MoveEquity — SafeRoutesNow read more » Continue reading »

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Road and trail closures, open streets, and a good cause

Big Basin Highway in Santa Cruz County: Caltrans began a three month, 17-mile resurfacing project on Highway 236 / Big Basin Highway near Boulder Creek last Monday between Pine Street in Boulder Creek and Old Mill Road near Castle Rock State Park. A full closure of upper Highway 236 begins this Monday, September 19, 2016 read more » Continue reading »

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“Legally passing” driver sideswipes, kills woman on bike

A pair of cyclists participating in a charity ride to benefit law enforcement chaplaincy were apparently sideswiped by the driver of a 2004 Chevrolet dualie pickup truck who was passing a grape truck from the opposite direction. The second cyclist, 55-year-old Amy Suyama of Sebastopol, California, perished from her injuries in the crash. According to read more » Continue reading »

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San Jose: Lupebikepool begins Wednesday, September 14

Another bikepool (think “carpool,” but with bikes) begins this Wednesday for commuters traveling from the vicinity of downtown San Jose, CA to the North First area, with morning departure from Diridon Station, and an evening trip leaving from Tasman Road at the Guadalupe River Trail. lupebikepool (named for Lupe the Mammoth, whose statue can be read more » Continue reading »

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Bay Area Bike Share becomes Ford GoBike

Have you biked on a Ford, lately? The San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Transportation (MTC) announced a major re-branding of Bay Area Bike Share as “Ford GoBike” as Ford Smart Mobility becomes the title sponsor the Bike Share system in partnership with Bike Share operator Motivate. Recognizing the challenges of auto ownership in increasingly crowded cities, read more » Continue reading »

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