Monday, May 31, 2010

Touring Local Farms By Bicycle

Pretty cool that this video was on the front page of CNN.  The farms they were visiting are around the Athens, Georgia area.  I couldn't help but wonder if it was close to where ex-REM drummer, Bill Berry retired to farm.  Regardless, a pretty cool idea to promote small-scale local farmers and healthy lifestyles via exercise and eating right!  I wonder if it's possible to do something around the Reno area?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bike to Work Day

Today was a great ride even though somebody had the bright idea to do a controlled burn west of Reno which caused some serious smoke in the valley.  Apparently the wind shifted and it got a little out of control.   It's bad enough any time but during Bike to Work Week seems like really unfortunate timing.   Hope it doesn't keep people off their bikes tomorrow as the week wraps up.  Make to take advantage of the various freebies around town such as coffee and pancakes to celebrate healthy living.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Bike on a Wire - Bike to Work Day One

A friend sent me this rather bizarre website proposing a bicycle/tightrope bike lane idea.  The site is at the very least entertaining.  It sort of seems like a bicycle version of the transportation system seen in Minority Report.

The original idea is explained here:

Everything started in the summer of 2008. I decided to participate in the international architectural competition. The first crazy idea which came to my mind was to make flying bicycle-lanes, using steel wire, something like ski lift but working on the opposite principle in which the wire is static and it doesn’t need electricity. Ultimately I sent only a pencil sketch and the idea placed for the final, which was held on February 2009 in London.

Original sketch:

Friday, May 14, 2010

Get That Bicycle Ready For Bike To Work Week

Next week is Bike to Work Week in Nevada so spend some time blowing the dust off your bike, lube up that chain, pump up the tires, and make sure your brakes work.   Remember, you can ride all week, one day, or even just a partial ride and utilize the RTC bus to take part.  Make sure you register for the raffle here!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bike to Work Update - 20 Days in May

After a great week of riding every day last week I got sidelined by a Dr. visit today so I had to drive.  Guess I'll make that up by riding into work this weekend.  All in all it turned out to be a good day to not be able to drive since we have yet another round of crazy NV spring weather that hit us.

Speaking of which, it literally did hit us yesterday while riding around near Keystone and Evans canyons.  Just when we thought the ominous clouds merited a change in riding plans the winds and rain hit and the temp dropped 20 degrees.  Still felt great to get out on the trails.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

What Is Wrong With This Picture?

Technically there is nothing wrong with it.  I was as happy as anyone
to see Reno take the plunge and create its first Bicycle Boulevard
along Riverside in downtown Reno.  But months have passed and some of
the love has warn off.  Technically there is no such thing as a formal
definition of a bicycle boulevard.  They can be anything from a car
and ped only route, a street that emphasizes bikes over cars by using
signage and slowing the speed limit down to a comfortable biking speed
of 10 or 15 mph.  They can also utilize bollards such as those used in
Berkeley and pictured here.  They allow local residents to use the
street but prohibit thru traffic from using a bicycle boulevard as a
thoroughfare and in all likelihood push the speed limit above what is
safe for all types of cyclists whether experienced commuters or
novices such as children.

The real problem with Reno's bicycle boulevard is that it basically is
a boulevard in name only.  It's fine to slap some signs up and paint
the street but if you don't employ some basic car traffic diversions
or reduce the speed limit for cars they exist as bike boulevards in
name only.  Case in point, and I realize this is anecdotal evidence,
but the boulevard is my regular route for commuting home and in the
several months since the new signage has gone in I have had more
altercations with cars than before it was "converted."   The incidents
have mostly involved drivers revving their engines behind me to
intimidate and then swinging around in a reckless manner while
whipping by.  Occasionally the run ins include honks or shouts.

The bottom line is that it is time for the city to step and create a
real bicycle boulevard.  That will entail either a commitment to a 15
mph speed limit instead of the 25 mph posted limit or, and this would
be preferred, one or more of the streets that feeds Riverside from the
north needs to have bollards that a no thruway zone for cars.  Local
residents would still be able to get to where they need to go but the
overall neighborhood would be more livable and the bike boulevard
would actually be for bicyclists.

Monday, May 03, 2010

20 Days in May - Bike to Work Challenge 2010

After running my first half marathon at the Rock-n-River yesterday it's time to get serious about my bike commuting miles.  In what has been a lackluster year of bike commuting I'm still ready to hit 1000 miles for the year as long as I ride all during the month of May.  20 days of riding!  Perfect timing since the weather looks like it's breaking and we are entering into the month that is celebrated around the country as Bike to Work Month, Week, or Day.   I hope people will join me in celebrating Nevada's Bike to Work week May 15-21st.  For more info go here.   Make sure you register no matter what level of participation you plan on having.  And, while I'm at it, take a look at the PSA that was put together for the BTW Week.  You might even see me if you look close enough.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Sunday Morning Music - New Pornographers

Since the new New Pornographers album is out this Tuesday and is receiving the usual good notices I thought some NPs would be a good idea.  What an odd video this is