29 April, 2012

Mt Tam

Up and over Mt Tam on a sunny Sunday.

20 miles over 2,000 feet in 2 hours.

 view north of Bald Hill and beyond

27 April, 2012

San Domenico

Safe Routes was featured in the San Domenico newsletter!

Second and fourth grade students participated in special assemblies recently with Safe Routes to Schools. As Dr. Behrs mentioned before, the Safe Routes to Schools programs are designed to decrease traffic and pollution. They promote walking and biking to school and use education and incentives to show how much fun it can be! The program addresses parents’ safety concerns by educating children and the public, partnering with traffic law enforcement, and developing plans to create safer streets.  Marin County pioneered the national Safe Routes to Schools program that has spread across the U.S. Want to know more? Click here: http://www.aferoutestoschools.org/about.html

Today Safe Routes was at San Domenico School  to present a short play.

In "Pedal Power" the "Traffic Monster" gets his power from the bad aspects of driving.  The "Traffic Transformer" shows up and gets people into active transportation.  Students choose to bike scoot and walk onstage, causing the Traffic Monster to loose his evil power and eventually rejoin us as part of humanity.  Don't let the monster get you!

No Traffic Monsters at San Domenico. Yes, I have a bike on my bike.

I often ride and occasionally drive Butterfield Road in San Anselmo to visit schools such as San Domenico.  Unfortunately for the hundreds of students in the numerous schools, Butterfield Road is a scary road to bike. The road is a long dead-end with heavy school traffic and hurried drivers.

Poorly constructed "bike lanes" run the whole length on both sides.  Let's take a look.

Almost every stretch of the "bike lane" is used for parking.

Unless the "bike lane" is too narrow for parking.  

Even in the narrow lane, most of the space is unsafe.

Most cyclists try to use the lane, placing them mere inches from fast moving traffic.

I imagine if you never bike it would be easy to get mad at me for riding in the "car lane".  The reality is that the "bike lanes" are very dangerous.

The good news?  This is an easy fix.  No bike lanes and slow moving cars.

24 April, 2012

China Camp

Heather and I got in a ride around China Camp after work.

The wild flowers were great, lots of iris in the woods.

22 April, 2012

20 April, 2012

Tam Road Loop

It's a beautiful Friday and I got away for a 33 mile road loop around Tam.

I'm still getting used to using Endomondo, auto-pause does not auto-restart!

climbing in the shade of Redwoods

flying along the the ridge

with views 2,000 feet down to ocean and Stinson Beach

17 April, 2012

Novato, Endomondo

Working in Novato today meant a 30 mile round-trip bike commute.

I've signed up with Endomondo in preparation for the National Bike Challenge.

Starting in May (National Bike Month) the goal is to log 10 million miles by bike.

Get the free exercise app to track trips/workouts and share/compete with others/teams/me.

After every day on the road with crazy drivers,  I unwind with a mental vacation.

Go Dutch!  Where vehicular collateral damage is not acceptable.  Refreshingly humane.

15 April, 2012

SF Sunday Streets

Today Heather and I rode to the celebration that is San Francisco Sunday Streets!

Streets from Golden Gate Park along the Great Highway were opened to people.

On the ferry we bumped into Renee who's looking into a Fairfax Streets event...

No cars, no traffic laws, no problems.

Today the Great Highway was great for a new reason!

Quiet and calm, it almost felt like biking on the beach.

My favorite dog/bike combo of the ride, cargo dog.

This guy had his rear derailleur explode, luckily I had a 15mm wrench.

Yes there was live music, but this was the only mobile band.

Afterwards we stopped by the California Academy of Sciences.

Hundreds of people out walking, biking, skating, or just enjoying the public space.

By the end of the day we rode over 30 miles with a few climbs.

Port of SF to Presidio, Golden Gate, Great Highway, back to Golden Gate-

07 April, 2012

Coast View Trail

Today Heather and I rode Coast View Trail via West Point Inn.

views abound like spring flowers

For our first ride in months (6 weeks for me), we did pretty good covering the 27 miles.

taking a break up Dias Ridge Trail

perfect weather and trail conditions

06 April, 2012

Rodeo Season + NPaRgh

The weather is getting nice and we had 3 Bike Rodeos this week!

Today Manor Elementary really got their rodeo on. It was wicked sick.

I'd like to take credit for the crowded bike racks, but this is Manor!

note electric cargo bike (front right) and background bikes

Bicycling & NPR scolded scofflaw cyclists like this electric cargo rider.

Local Spokie- "Following traffic laws as they currently stand is a good way to die."

Overwhelming the cyclists cited lack of safe infrastructure, GO DUTCH!

Way to represent bikers! You all deserve a safe place to ride, don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

04 April, 2012

Bike Fest + Build

Drake High School had a Sustainability Festival today.

smoothie bike and ice-cream bike

I left early to volunteer at another Playworks bike-build and give away.
This time it was at Willow Creek Academy.

60 new bikes

60 happy kids

students start riding the bikes right away

03 April, 2012

Piper Park

Wade Thomas Elementary

Future Map?

Piper Park Run
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