29 March, 2012

Tiburon Path

After a rainy day of wrenching, another successful MTB to city-bike conversion!

Gwen's ride

At Ross Elementary, I knew it was going to be a good day when I walked in and saw this.

Scoot don't Pollute

The 2nd graders did a great job practicing "Stop, Look & Listen" before crossing the street. The drivers were very respectful and the students did a great job communicating with waves.

things you see walking: ghost ship

On the way home I biked into Heather and Judy walking the Corte Madera path.

The walking continued later on the scenic Tiburon Path. Active transportation rules!

a great walk, with an ice cream stop mid-way

26 March, 2012

22 March, 2012

Accelebraking


Whilst jerking along miles of SF highway, I saw the Google Self-Driving car in action and coined "Accelebraking" while contemplating traffic (from within it).

Accelebraking: when you go right from the gas to the brake.

On the note of accessive acceleration. My new favorite part of work is telling people the "Speed Limit" is the fastest speed you can legally drive... they often don't believe me!

One of the best ways to keep speeds reasonable is a traffic calming device.

Strange looking? Safe looking.

This is my favorite local example, go Redwood!

I've been getting some wicked rightous bike pics, keep 'em comin'

??? from movie set in Louisiana

new Electra in SoCal

My buddy got this when we toured Oahu, now it's a chopperfied.

19 March, 2012

Pleasant Valley

I had a more than pleasant time at Pleasant Valley Elementary.

I arrived a few minutes early and discovered this jewel, O'Hair Park.


On the way back south, I ran out of gas and had to stop for fuel.

My tank went from E to F.

15 March, 2012

SR2S Winter News

My article is on page 4.

14 March, 2012

MTB to City Bike

Mountain bikes are versatile compared to road bikes, but neither make good city bikes.

Saddened by the sight of uncomfortable bikers, I've created a MTB to City Bike conversion guide.

MTB Problems
  1. forward posture and a long reach to the handlebars creates pain and hinders visibility
  2. no racks to carry stuff
  3. tires don't prevent flats and don't perform well on roads
No more riding with fingertips!


City Bike Solutions
  1. sensible cruiser handlebars raise and sweep back for an easy, upright reach
  2. rear rack and/or front basket 
  3. city tires with flat protection and a generous width
a box of comfort and convenience


The process is straightforward, remove the cables and handlebars. 

 Install handlebars and cables.


no more flats or hunching forward



As if magic, riders now feel relaxed and comfortable, no wonder these bikes are so popular!

09 March, 2012

Safe Routes Friday

Today I was thankful for Friday because we rode bikes all day at Sinaloa Middle School!


We had 280 students riding our courses, they got extra credit for riding to school.

some of the bike parking

Here's a few shots from a recent elementary bike rodeo. I love my job!


Our road course featured a popular crosswalk bypass.



Tomorrow we have a weekend Riding With Youth class at Brookside Upper. Awesome!

07 March, 2012

Google Car + Dutch Design


Today three different people cut me off, then immediately pull over and stop.
Bad drivers are making Google cars seem much more reasonable.

Take a 13 minute vacation to the Netherlands, home of the safest transportation on earth.

06 March, 2012

Corte Madera Marshes

I got out to the Corte Madera Marshes in the wind today.



I've been in schools all over Marin this week and it has been awesome. I'm always impressed with the number of insightful questions from the students.