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Seven myths about people who ride bikes

People for Bikes published an infographic to highlight some of the findings from their 2014 U.S. Bicycling Participation Study.

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Old Santa Cruz Highway construction next week

Caltrans District 4 and Santa Clara County Roads issued a traffic advisory last week for a portion of Old Santa Cruz Highway (“OSC”). Road crews will have one-way lane closures with flaggers on OSC beginning Monday, October 12, 2015 during the week from 8 AM to 4 PM. Construction location is somewhere between about Holy City Road and Idyllwild.

OSC is the cycling route between Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Valley. Anyone passing this way during the week please watch for flaggers as you zoom down the hill at 40 MPH.

OLD SANTA CRUZ HWY AND SR17 SLOPE AND DRAINAGE REPAIR PROJECT.  / Santa Clara County - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin a project to repair drainage and stabilize gully down slope separating State Route 17 at post mile 1.6 and Old Santa Cruz Highway just north of Redwood Estates starting Monday, 10/5. This project will not require lane closures on SR-17; however, Caltrans will require one-way traffic control with flaggers on Old Santa Cruz Highway for portions of this project. CMS signs will also be utilized to provide motorists advanced warning for those approaching the project area. Motorists can expect delays on Old Santa Cruz Highway during one- way traffic control. Work will be conducted during the weekday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The project is expected to be completed in November 2015, weather permitting. / Please note: There will be no closures or one-way traffic control during the week of 10/5 to 10/9. One-way traffic control is expected to begin on Monday, 10/12.

Bicycles in the news and culture

Fixie woman take the lane

Happy Friday. Remember, Santa Cruz “Tropicalismo” Bike Party ride happens tonight beginning 7 PM from the Bike Church. More bike news below the photo of the guy riding his bike through the “New Jungle” refugee camp in Calais, France.

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Market Street cyclists

Thursday evening in San Francisco, CA.

More bikes than cars on Market Street

Bikes for Lake County fire victims

Burned bicycle in Middletown CA after the Valley Fire

On September 12, 2015, Middletown, CA, population about 1500, suffered a devastating blow when the fast-moving Valley Fire swept through town and destroyed city blocks, commercial buildings, and an apartment complex. Those who escaped with their lives lost everything in the fire.

Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition are collecting bicycles, scooters and skateboards that they will deliver to the town of Middletown, CA this weekend to help the residents get around as they rebuild and recover.

Of 400 employed adults who live in Middletown, a quarter of them of them drive 10 to 15 minutes to jobs in nearby towns or to the nearby geothermal power facilities, while another quarter drive the 50 to 100 miles to jobs in Napa, Santa Rosa, and San Francisco. Tourist attractions just outside of town no doubt provide some employment for the locals.

While the US Census American Community Survey shows a big fat goose egg for the proportion of workers who bike to work, most of the kids bike or walk to school, and the significant population of retirees also bike around town along with many other residents. The ACS says 7% of employed residents don’t have access to a car in 2013. That proportion is evidently much higher right now.

Murph is organizing a similar bike-collection from San Francisco. He writes about what he saw:

Lake County has a very high bike to school rate, and bike around rate. Especially now since a lot of people lost their vehicles in the fire, even if they have homes.

I was in a rental car place the other day … and the place was loaded with people trying to rent cars because they were finally allowed home and their cars were destroyed. Some couldn’t because, well, they had no ID, and some because well, Lake County isn’t the Ritz and is a little “off the grid” and they don’t have credit cards. For many, the car was marginally insured and they are scraping up food money let alone buying a car.

Scooters/Skateboards even just as a “get around” thing for kids, Middletown is a pretty old school place where kids just roam. Maybe they lost their house and are staying with friends.

If you’re in the north part of the Bay Area, consider dropping a donor bike or skateboard off at the Bike Sonoma office in Santa Rosa.