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Author Archives: Richard Masoner

Chasing Rickshaws

The other week I was just riding the bus when a Santa Cruz hippie dressed in earth-tones boarded and sat right next to me. After a few moments, I detected nuances of bicycle lube and brazing flux under the odor of human labor and raw lanolin. I recognized the guy by his smell; I looked read more » Continue reading »

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Santa Cruz City Schools Complete Streets Master Plan

30% of school children in the city of Santa Cruz, CA bike or walk to school, according to Ecology Action, and the city of Santa Cruz would like to increase that number. To help accomplish this, Santa Cruz City Council unanimously approved Santa Cruz City Schools Complete Streets Master Plan. The plan describes the transportation read more » Continue reading »

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San Jose budget: Public safety and traffic safety

Newly elected San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo released a message highlighting the budget priorities for 2015-2016. In his press release, Liccardo and his allies emphasized the concern most often expressed by San Jose residents, namely that of reducing crime through increased police spending. I’m happy to see, nonetheless, that Liccardo and other members of the read more » Continue reading »

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Boneshaker Big Wheel

This kinetic sculpture by artist Ron Shroer in Jacksonville, Florida combines a pedal-powered Jansen’s linkage walking mechanism with a wooden penny-farthing style wheel. Boneshaker Big Wheel 2014 incarnation from Ron Schroer on Vimeo. On his One Spark project page, Shroer writes “I’m just a boring old fart who, after going through chemo, realized if I read more » Continue reading »

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Bike to Shop: Coming soon!

Bike To Shop Day Silicon Valley is coming up May 23, 2015 and needs your help to make it great! The Second Annual Bike to Shop Day inspires people to ride bicycles for everyday transportation as part of National Bike Month celebrations by encouraging people to shop by bike at local businesses. Bike to Shop read more » Continue reading »

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UCSC: Two dozen stolen bicycles in 3 weeks!

The University of California Santa Cruz Police Department sent this Crime Bulletin about campus bike theft on Saturday. The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is seeking the public’s help with its investigation into nearly two dozen reported bicycle thefts since February 24. The thefts appear to have been mostly during the day from bike racks read more » Continue reading »

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Lee Kuan Yew rode a bicycle

The long-lived authoritarian architect of Singapore’s independence and prosperity, Lee Kuan Yew, reportedly biked to his college classes at Fitzwilliam House at the University of Cambridge after World War II. From the Los Angeles Times obituary published over the weekend: During Japan’s World War II occupation of Singapore, Lee was forced into duty as a read more » Continue reading »

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CLIF Pizza Margherita Energy Food

I tried CLIF’s new squeezable Energy Foods, including this Pizza Margherita flavored food. It’s pretty good. Have you ever eaten a warm, mushy brown banana halfway through a fondo ride and slapped yourself on the forehead while shouting “I coulda had a V-8!” Avoid your banana remorse with the pizza margherita flavored CLIF Energy Food, read more » Continue reading »

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Thank you for choosing Bicyclists!

Here’s the setup: Brenda in San Diego publishes the typical rant from a legitimately employed and productive member of the motoring public about the unemployed person on a multi-thousand dollar bike and wearing hundreds of dollars of kit invading her private road space. I won’t link to it because you’ve seen it all before. The read more » Continue reading »

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Santa Cruz County commuters and a fare hike

    What will a 42% transit fare increase do to Highway 17 traffic? AirSage recently released this report showing nationwide county-to-county commute patterns. Of the roughly 200,000 commuters in Santa Cruz County, 13,000 of us cross the Santa Cruz Mountains into Santa Clara County. Santa Cruz County is geographically isolated from the rest of read more » Continue reading »

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