28 April, 2013

Lake Lagunitas

Bike to the trail-head on paths, bike past masses at the parking lot, bike into the quiet solace of nature.  Great spin around Lake Lagunitas with Heather.


24 April, 2013

Advocacy

Brookside Elementary, up to 80% Green Trips!

Brookside Earth Day art

Bon Air Bridge commute home today

22 April, 2013

Conzelman, Headlands

Just another road bike ride with some of the best views in the world.

Always lots of tourists on rental bikes, a reminder to stop and enjoy the scenery!

21 April, 2013

Earth Day

Spoke at Marin Earth Day today, a great event.


Bike commuted 120 miles this week!

18 April, 2013

May is Bike Month!

While many of us celebrate bikes year-round, May is designated bike month!



The National Bike Challenge is back.  Join our MCBC team to log miles.

Last year 12 million miles were logged and our 3-person team rode 2,769 miles!

We need more team-mates any rider can join!

The height of bike month is Bike to Work Day and Bike to School Day!!!


 On a less May note, these images of kids shared by European Cycling Federation and elderly being biked in Copenhagen made my day!


17 April, 2013

RIP Hailey Ratliff

Not just another 30 miles of commute, today I visited the fatal crash site of Hailey.


Hailey Ratliff was 12 years old when she was killed by a speeding driver who was not at fault according to the police.  Who was at fault?  The family's lawyer is suing the driver and the city.  I support the family for having the courage to stand up against the wrongs committed by both parties.


Hailey was struck crossing the road to get to her house, but there are no crosswalks anywhere to be seen and the speed limit is an astounding 45 mph.  The crossing is used daily by residents and nearby students.

ghost bike for Hailey

In a few weeks I'll lead a ride of her classmates past the crash site, but we won't be able to visit the shrine on the opposite side of the path since there is still no crosswalk. 

further down the scenic path to Stafford Lake

Let us learn from this tragedy, drivers need to slow down and cities need safe streets.

15 April, 2013

Hamilton Novato

Strong headwinds up to and back from Hamilton Elementary Novato.

looking towards Mt. Diablo

Walk and Bike to School

The construction at the campus relocated the office alongside a new parking lot facing Hwy 101, ideally situated for those that drive.  To me the front of this school will always be the wonderful restored creek and paths on the opposite side of campus.

cars mural at Hamilton

14 April, 2013

Paradise Loop

Dusted off the skinny tire bicycle for a short loop & burgers.

 


13 April, 2013

Farmers Market, Weekend

Cruised to the Larkspur Farmer's Market and did some shopping in San Rafael.

New basket looks great, thanks mom!

Many hours were spent wrenching my bikes.

12 April, 2013

Mt. Tam

After a quick run, up and over Mt. Tam on fresh tubeless tires.

Hot enough that I stopped to dunk my head in a waterfall on the way up.


09 April, 2013

Golden Gate National Parks

Slipped away to the headlands for a few hours with my bro.






06 April, 2013

Warner Canyon

Rainy hour long spin exploring Warner Canyon.

golf course on a nicer day

04 April, 2013

Driving Less

Today I got to ride in the rain.  I was honked at, cut-off, and crashed on some slippery metal.  It's like a bike commute hat-trick.  Oddly enough it made for a great day of riding.

Young Americans are choosing to drive less.  Numerous articles have noted the changing priorities from an older generation that felt owning a car was synonymous with success and attractiveness.  As Motor Trend put it "they're more likely to spend the money on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and $2000-plus bikes."

01 April, 2013

Walking & Talking

Walking and talking in the beauty that is Corte Madera.  Like many Marin cities it was built organically and not planned.  The result is character and charm rarely found in a planned community, such as the irregular and tranquil walking paths between properties.

somewhere behind Corte Madera Library

stairs like these are common


"We need to walk, just as birds need to fly."  Enrique Penalosa

In contrast to these places, poorly designed auto-dominated streets continue to be a top cause of death with no reaction from leadership.

Why is our DOT proclaiming that the roads are getting safer?  Because they don't consider the pedestrians and cyclists that are killed.  Our ever increasing human road-kill are not simply "tragic accidents" they are a direct result of failed planning and need to be counted as part of our road safety.

It is more than possible to drastically reduce vulnerable traffic fatalities, it is far past time to value human life above vehicle speed.

sometimes going slow can be both safer and faster