Barbara Hendricks rides a bicycle

Barbara Hendricks rides a bicycle

German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Barbara Hendricks rides a bicycle to tour a public park in Duisburg, Germany.

San Jose coffee crawl

Join a bike tour of five different coffee shops on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

San Jose Coffee Crawl September 6 2014  #sanjose #cafe #cycling

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Effetto Mariposa bicycle tire sealant and inflater

Cantitoe Road is a small importer and distributor of specialty products for bicycles. They sent me a sample of the “Espresso” bicycle tube inflator and sealant that they import from Effetto Mariposa (“the Butterfly Effect”) in Italy.

Effetto Mariposa sealant and inflator

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Levi’s Stadium bike info updated

There’s a pre-season football game between the Santa Clara 49ers and …. somebody else coming up on Sunday. This is the first football game in the new Levi’s Stadium at the north end of Santa Clara, CA. I’ve updated the Levi’s Stadium bike directions page to reflect the experiences of those who attended the inaugural stadium event in which the San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Sounders the other week.

49ers stadium bike parking detail

I also received replies in response to the concerns I outlined about bicycle access from the Santa Clara Bicycle Advisory Committee and from Levi’s Stadium officials.

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Big cars for the big city?

The sale of vehicles classed as “light trucks” — pickup trucks, SUVs, minivans and crossover vehicles — began climbing dramatically in the United States during the 1980s. Light truck market share passed 50% in 2000, with sales of truck-like vehicles remaining the majority of auto sales in spite of a dip during the 2008 recession.

These vehicles take up 25% more space than an average car. Doubling the numbers of these larger vehicles over the past 30 years is equivalent to removing a full lane from an eight lane freeway.

Willow Road morning traffic

Larger vehicles take up all kinds of space. They need more room in the lane, more parking space, more garage space, and more maneuvering room. But these vehicles sell because we like them.

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San Jose Future Bikeways meeting tonight

The second of two San Jose future bikeways meetings takes place tonight, Wednesday, August 13, 2014. This meeting at the Gardner Community Center at 520 West Virginia Street will cover proposed bikeways in Willow Glen and streets west of downtown, including the important Park Avenue east-west connector between San Jose and the city of Santa Clara.

san jose future bikeways meeting August 13

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