31 December, 2012


One last 2012 ride at the perpetually pretty headlands, looking forward to riding 2013.

next stop sea level

30 December, 2012

Shell Ridge

Sunday hike with the dogs in Shell Ridge, the gorgeous foothills of Mt. Diablo.

grassy hills laden with oak and rock

happy dogs

winding down the creek

28 December, 2012

2012 Review

James Bikes Green's 5th Year

Top 10 Moments 2012

10.  National Bike Challenge: GPS my rides, 4 months at 114 miles/week.

9.  Riding to St. Paul:  Minnesota knows bike paths.

8.  SF Sunday Streets: people of the city reclaim space for happiness.

7.  SF Critical Mass: 20th anniversary of the international community ride.

655 Mile Marin Mountain Bike Loop: because Marin loves open space.

5.  Playworks Bike-Build:  volunteering to assemble new bikes for kids.

4.  Point Reyes National Seashore:  amazing wildlife/ocean viewing.

3.  My Job:  Lets make our streets safe for active kids.

Learning the "Rules of the Road" at our Bike Rodeo

2.  Lake Tahoe:  a week of alpine hiking and biking w/Heather!

1.  Looking Forward To Next Year!
Hoping to repeat this list and then some.

27 December, 2012

Mt Tam

I burnt holiday calories on my way to the office by taking the back way over Mount Tam.

Now this is a commute, 30 miles up 3,600 feet.

view north of Tam

rocky at the top of Tam

21 December, 2012


Elderly man (87) wedges car in the bike path over Corte Madera Creek/HWY 101.

why transportation alternatives are needed for elderly

London study: cycling up to 5 times safer than driving for young men.

“Perceived road danger is a strong disincentive to cycling" Mindell added. “But research regarding the safety of cycling tends to be distorted... with many substantially overstating cycling injuries.”

Don't worry mom, I'm not driving.

Gun control v.s. Car control.

This chart from CDC shows injury deaths by age. This was one of my first resources when I became interested in safety for myself and children after being hit by a car.

While you may not own a gun let alone a semi-automatic assault rifle, you probably drive. Take this opportunity to reaffirm safe driving habits. Don't pull the trigger on speeding or distractions from the road. Guns and cars are clearly both dangerous tools.

I was a good boy this year, so naturally I get $tuff.
All I want for Xmas is bike parts!

18 December, 2012

Muir Beach

Ride before rain.  With another storm coming I'm off to the headlands.

30 mph down to the ocean

13 December, 2012

Ridgecrest Road Loop

A cool and clear December day.  I got out on the skinny tire bike.

My fitness level has been downgraded to "holiday cheer" but luckily the ocean vistas were in prime form.

10 December, 2012


Aimless drifting through the headlands, beautiful day.

I taught a few classes at Short Elementary this week, glad to see our banner!

08 December, 2012

Tiburon Path

After my In 'N Out fix we walked along the scenic path to Tiburon and back.

I love seeing electric cars.  When they cut me off they don't also pollute my air.

05 December, 2012

Mt Tam

Rainy day ride with at least a dozen waterfalls along the route. 

rigid single-speeds beg for winter riding

On the descent my brakes were underwhelming (wet) and I blew off the trail in a corner.  After plowing over a few invasive plants I kept it together, stoked!

20 miles over 2,700 feet in 2 hours.

30 November, 2012


Is sitting more dangerous than biking? British health officials call for action!

Complete street, East Harlem!

A great example of "8-80", this video from Vancouver highlights safety for the young and old.

KRON News- more people driving badly, bike lane edition
SF- Market and Valencia upgrade!

Ride on, write on, right on!

28 November, 2012

Hoo Koo E Koo

After the rain passed I put in a loop around my hill.

Tam in the clouds

26 November, 2012

Mt Tam

Did the up and over Mt Tam before it starts to rain later this week.

fog to Mt Diablo

24 November, 2012


Two days of hiking with the dogs in Briones Regional Park.

one of Heather's favorite places

view of Mt Diablo

The weather is fantastic and only nice dogs in the park, good days.

21 November, 2012

Slacker Hill

Before the calories of the holiday I busted out a headlands loop to Slacker Hill.

 my phone can't capture this 360 view

big banana slug, even by Humboldt standards

dang this bridge is pretty

I'll be back, despite the steep final push to the summit.  The view is best ever.

20 November, 2012

3-D Bike Map

Today we made 3-D bike maps at Miller Creek Middle School.

Then I headed over to Laurel Dell Elementary for our 4th grade bike safety class.

Tam Valley Elementary bikes.

30 miles of riding today and lucky enough to miss the scattered rain.

18 November, 2012

Warner Canyon

I've been exploring short loops for the winter season including Warner Canyon.

Mountain biking is year-round here.

The dirt is rocky and drains amazingly well. A little puddle here and there ain't so bad.

It's been raining for days and the trails are clean.

17 November, 2012

Lake Lagunitas

Loop to the always great Lake Lagunitas.  Strava Map.

16 November, 2012


Doubt that people hate cyclists?  Just read the comments on any bike related story online.

The psychology of the backlash against bikes is simple, as are the people.

Undoubtedly they will learn but until then recognize their anger and find common ground.
Try to direct the hostility towards meaningful solutions!

Can you politely handle these common complaints about cycling? 

1.  Why do bike riders get in my way, shouldn't they stay out of traffic for everyone's good?

2.  Why don't bike riders follow the law?

3.  Why don't bikers have to pay for the road like drivers do?

4.  Won't taking space away from cars cause delays for working people who need to drive?

5.  Why are bike riders such entitled jerks?

13 November, 2012

Corte Madera Summit

I marched my bike up to the Summit of Corte Madera Ridge (Christmas Tree Hill).

It really was a march at times because the summit is steep, but the view is great.

enjoy these vistas before the smog gets worse

I look at Mt. Tam and become inspired to ascend. When I do make it to the top I remember all the times I've looked up and feel satisfaction.  I love conquering my mountain!  

not today tam

I used both GPS tracking apps, I noticed Strava shorting me miles on past rides.

Strava:           4.9 miles with 1,022 feet of climbing and max 30 mph.
Endomondo: 4.98 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing and max 26.3 mph.

Hmmmm... this might require further testing...

11 November, 2012

Point Reyes

Today we hiked 10 miles round-trip to Tomales Point on Point Reyes National Seashore.

looking back at McClures Beach

Tomales Point, no great white shark sightings today

former elk

elk grazing in front of McClures Beach

Afterwards diner at Lagunitas Brewery!