I initially intended to ride up to Half Moon Bay from Santa Cruz last Saturday. The ocean breeze typically picks up significantly in the afternoon, and the usual tactic for local cyclists is to go north in the morning and ride the tailwind for the return trip.
My really late start meant I was fighting 25 MPH headwinds once I got north of Swift Street on the coast highway. By itself that’s not much fun, but I was also getting blasted from blowing beach sand. Once I got to Wilder Ranch, I abruptly changed my plans and veered inland onto sandy mountain bike trails, where I had a blast.
Earl Blumenauer wants better tax benefits for bike commuters.
Urban Country: Americans work two hours a day to pay for their cars (illustrated with photo by Yours Truly).
Kim Harding was reading this story on cyclepaths through residential roads and wonders, “What’s changed in 30 years where parents don’t feel safe letting their children bike on the road?”
“Big Red Bikes” bicycle share at Cornell University. Students check the bikes out from the library.
Toronto Bike Share Sequel.
After the end of my Wilder Ranch road bike adventures, I ran into Paul from Sacramento with his Surly Long Haul Trucker. He travels with that California road atlas because he likes to explore fire and logging roads by bike.
Caltrain adding more bike cars.
New York City’s first Asian American female firefighter bikes to work.
FastCompany Design on Outlier’s new waterproof commuter shoes.
Washington DC will pay you $12,000 to move closer to work.
Glen Bottoms, Executive Director of The American Conservative Center for Public Transportation, writes to support governmental cycling investment in The American Conservative: Hitchhikers Indeed. H/T to Kent.
Don’t forget: The Amgen Tour of California begins next Sunday at South Lake Tahoe.