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New trails on Santa Clara County trail flooding page: Penitencia and Stevens Creek

Our recent drought-busting rains in the San Francisco Bay Area gave me enough good data to enable two additional trail segments on the Santa Clara County trail flooding information page. I added Penitencia Creek under I-680 in the city of San Jose, and Stevens Creek Trail in Mountain View underneath Highway 101. I also tweaked read more »

Affordable conspicuity

Quick Reminder: The last San Jose Bike Train of 2016 rolls on the Winter Solstice, departing Caffe Bel Bacio in San Jose’s Little Italy at 8:15 A.M. on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Bring a Santa hat for a group photo! After I warned you off ultra-cheap bicycle lights, Cherokee suggested this inexpensive knock-off of an read more »

Buyer beware on those cheap “super bright” bicycle lights

I have always purchased bicycle lights from well-known, recognized brands, and over about the past decade I’ve favored American brands such as Nite Rider (based in San Diego) and Light and Motion (which does manufacturing outside of Monterey, California). Made-In-America from an established brand with a reputation for quality translates into a premium price, and read more »

National ad features Santa Cruz niche bike builder

Some outtakes from the shooting of the Amex ad with @SHAQ and the #dirtysixer #36er bike! #36inchwheels #36inchtires #36inchbike #madeinusa #nba #nbrpa #7footer #custombicycle #tallpeoplesolutions #tallpeopleproblems A photo posted by David (@dirtysixer) on Dec 1, 2016 at 6:28pm PST David Folch of Santa Cruz, California designs large bikes around thirty-two and thirty-six inch wheels for read more »

GIS help: How to make a map of these election results?

Sorry for the wonkiness of this post, but perhaps somebody can help!

SF Bay Area, Monterey Bay Region approve transportation self-help taxes

Voters in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties approved sales tax increases to provide local funding for transportation, while Contra Costa County voters rejected their county’s proposed tax to fund transportation improvements.