As I waited for my bus this morning in Santa Cruz, I watched five CalFire trucks pull into the Starbucks parking lot behind me. They were returning from working overnight in San Bruno about 60 miles away, where a two foot gas pipeline built in 1948 exploded and obliterated an entire neighborhood. Fire departments, CalFire units, police, paramedics and medical personnel from all around the SF Bay Area and beyond responded.
The people I know who live in San Bruno tweeted that they’re fine, although they live only blocks from the conflagration.
Out in Boulder, Colorado, meanwhile, the Fourmile Canyon Fire continues to smolder. The Buffalo Bicycle Classic — a major fundraiser for CU’s College of Arts and Sciences — has been canceled because the ride would impede emergency vehicle access from Boulder Rez, where firefighters are staged for the firefight. Ride organizers are also concerned about air quality for the riders.
Mikael @ Copenhagenize got a chance to test ride that new Puma Mopion cargo bike.
Texans petition against bike bans.
Reno, NV: New bike lanes show emerging partnership between cyclists and the city.
An example of what Tom V calls the “accidental journalist”: Infiniti SUV driver makes a left turn across an intersection into the path of a cyclist, killing the cyclist. The news article description of this collision? “The southbound bicyclist entered the intersection in front of the Infiniti and was struck.” Chicago Bicycle Advocate
Good asks “What’s the Best Side Effect of Using Human-Powered Transportation?” and received several good responses.
A different kind of hobby horse.
Photo credits: San Bruno / Lee Huai Tu. Boulder / Bo Isogna Striking Photography.