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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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Bike ride Scotts Valley to Los Gatos & San Jose

Update: I’ll do this again 6:30 A.M. Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 IF the roads I take are passable (Mountain Charlie, then Old Santa Cruz Highway) and rain is at most very light. You should RSVP for this ride so I know how to contact you for a go / no go. See below for contact read more » Continue reading »

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Road closures this weekend: Santa Cruz, Santa Clara Counties

With dry and sunny weather this weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey Bay region of California, I’m sure many of you will hit the road. The latest atmospheric river did a number on several coastal and mountain roads throughout the region. I’ve collected information from various resources to plot closed roads in read more » Continue reading »

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Open roads in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Happy Friday, all. More rain is on the way to the SF Bay Area and Monterey Bay region Wednesday so enjoy the sunny bike riding weather while you can. This information is collected from county public works departments the morning of Friday, January 27, 2017 and from scouting and is thought to be accurate, but read more » Continue reading »

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National ad features Santa Cruz niche bike builder

Some outtakes from the shooting of the Amex ad with @SHAQ and the #dirtysixer #36er bike! #36inchwheels #36inchtires #36inchbike #madeinusa #nba #nbrpa #7footer #custombicycle #tallpeoplesolutions #tallpeopleproblems A photo posted by David (@dirtysixer) on Dec 1, 2016 at 6:28pm PST David Folch of Santa Cruz, California designs large bikes around thirty-two and thirty-six inch wheels for read more » Continue reading »

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GIS help: How to make a map of these election results?

Sorry for the wonkiness of this post, but perhaps somebody can help! I have this hypothesis that Santa Cruz County Measure D — the half cent transportation tax — was perceived by voters as a referendum to add lanes to Highway 1. This highway expansion mostly benefits everybody living (nominally) south of about 41st Avenue, read more » Continue reading »

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Driver kills man on bike in Soquel, California

The Santa Cruz County California Highway Patrol responded to a fatality traffic collision after an 18-year-old man drove his vehicle into the back of a westbound 31-year-old man riding a bicycle on Soquel Drive near Rosedale Avenue at 8:30 P.M. Wednesday night. Update: The cyclist has been identified as Kevin “Jack” Meehan, who moved to read more » Continue reading »

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Toutch my car again and there is going to be big problems

A couple of photos of passive-aggressive notes taped to car windows have gone viral over the past couple of days on various social media. These remind me of a note pasted to a half-dozen cars I saw while cycling in rural Santa Cruz County (the San Lorenzo Valley for those who know the area) a read more » Continue reading »

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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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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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