30 November, 2012

Advocacy

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

Briones

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

Bikelash

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!

10 November, 2012

Hoo Koo E Koo

I got in a short loop between house-chores and work.


Later we hiked the King Mountain/Dawn Falls loop.

09 November, 2012

Muir Woods

We did a hike through Muir Woods National Monument ending at Mountain Home Inn.


dining with a view

04 November, 2012

Marin Mountain Loop

55 mile Marin mountain bike loop!

View Larger Map Corte Madera Creek, Shaver Grade, Bon Tempe Meadow, 
Bolinas-Fairfax Rd, Pine Mtn, San Geronimo Ridge,  Cross Marin trail, Jewel, Bolinas Ridge, West Ridgecrest Blvd, Pantoll, Coast View trail, Middle Green Gulch, Coastal Trail, Tennessee Valley, Mill Valley path, Alto Bowl
Strava Map


Bolinas Ridge looking at Tomales Bay


Mt. Tam looking at SF


Tennessee Valley Beach


Great to see the new Doherty bike lanes being used!

02 November, 2012

Larkspur's Safe Streets

Doherty Drive reopened today in Larkspur.  The new road features bike lanes in both directions and a multi-use path on the Redwood High School side.

 Deb Hubsmith & Andy Peri testing Doherty Dr.

Many residential streets were infiltrated with drivers trying to short-cut the traffic from the Doherty closure.  This family didn't wait for a child to be hit, they slowed traffic themselves!

You can slow traffic in front of your house, like this family in Larkspur.


This week in the Bay Area:

Two trick-or-treaters hit in crosswalk-
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20121031/articles/121039871
Two students hit at their elementary-
http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_21888090/clayton-two-girls-hit-by-car-outside-mt
Two kids hit in crosswalk, driver blames the child for slamming his windshield-
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20121030/ARTICLES/121039943