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#ReplaceBikeWithCar Portola Valley California

Portola Valley, California is a wealthy town nestled in the hills of the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. With an average median income of $244,000 per year, it’s the sixth wealthiest community in California with the ninth most expensive housing in the nation.


Alpine @ Portola, Portola Valley, CA

It’s also a great place to ride. Residents of Portola Valley and nearby Woodside perpetually complain about the weekend traffic jams as hundreds of road cyclists pass through their towns. When the wealthy residents of this area (including the CEO of my employer, who also happens to be the fifth-richest individual in the world) ask San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks to intervene, the sheriff listens.

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The President of Turkey rides a bicycle

Turkish President Abdullah Gul (wearing the dark track suit) rides a bicycle before the start of the Presidential Bicycle Tour, in Ankara, April 11, 2014.



Photo: ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images

Taxing Day

Today is the deadline to file my (and your) U.S. Federal tax returns. I filed some time back. For purposes of full disclosure, I’ll reveal that I netted a whopping $86 from affiliate sales and advertising on this website in 2013. Woo hoo, I’m rich!

Bicycle news, links, etc below the photo of the 70-year-old roleur passing me on the infamous 16% grade on “A” Road into Laguna Seca near Monterey, California last weekend.


17% grade

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Bike lanes and traffic congestion

Via Streetsblog comes this look at traffic volumes in Minneapolis before and after bike lanes are installed.

Minneapolis measures AADT [Average Annual Daily Traffic] on the same roads every few years, so we have data from before the bike lane installation (in 2008 or 2009, depending on the road) and after the installation (in 2012). We found that each road seemed to have about the same traffic volume after its bike lane was installed. Running a statistical test across all 10 roads confirmed that there was no difference in AADT before and after the installation of the bike lanes.

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San Jose Bike Train this Wednesday

Our next twice-monthly social bike commute that we call the San Jose Bike Train takes place this Wednesday, April 16, 2014. We depart 8 AM from Diridon Station for points north (towards the Bay and North San Jose) along the Guadalupe River Trail.

San Jose Bike Train is a casual, social, low-speed group ride. All type of people with all types of body shapes on all types of bikes wearing all types of apparel are welcome. We often stop for coffee at Bel Bacio Caffè along the way.

About half of the usual group peels off from the trail to Technology Drive next to San Jose International Airport. Another group turns off at River Oaks Parkway for destinations in Santa Clara.

If you’d like to join us along the way, I’ll post the ride to Glympse!SanJoseBikeTrain the morning of the ride. If you’re on your way to Diridon and running a couple of minutes late, ping me on Twitter or leave a note on the San Jose Bike Train Facebook page.

Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty rides a bicycle

Malcolm Dougherty, who manages the largest state department of transportation in the United States, encourages his workers to “consider swapping out your car trip for a bike ride” for Bike to Work Month in May.