Category Archives: Musings

Santa Clara Ride Every Road status

Some of you who follow me on Strava have wondered about the strange meandering routes I sometimes take through the city of Santa Clara. You’re seeing my Ride Every Road Santa Clara project. So far this year, I’ve covered maybe 70% of the 240 miles of surface streets in Santa Clara.

Ride Every Road Santa Clara status August 4 2014

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Gadgets and new cyclists

I am a long time avid cyclist. I presume to know what’s best for you. We mock those who don’t obey the Rules. You must wear the right clothing and wear the right shoes, ride the right bike, and don the correct helmet. We’ll even mock your choice of handlebars.

Fred Planet TriDork Yellow t-shirt

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Ride the steepest hill in your town

Trek Emonda lightest production road bicycle

I’m endeavoring to Ride Every Road in my small town and log the rides to Strava. Some of you asked why I would do that. Mostly because it’s a reasonable goal for me, but a side benefit is finding a road like Grace Way in Scotts Valley.

Near the bottom of the steep part.  Grace Way, 95066

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When will Facebook purchase a fitness tracking business?

How long before this happens?

Strava Facebook

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What do you think of Level of Service?

San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) yesterday posted a discussion about traffic Level of Service. Level of Service or LOS is the metric used by planning agencies when designing road networks. Level of Service “A” is the mythical world of car advertising, with letters progressing to LOS “F,” which is near gridlock. Many city streets in the Bay Area are generally somewhere between these two extremes.

Willow Road morning traffic

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Occupy the streets

Long time readers of Cyclelicious understand the historical context of pedestrian and cyclist road rights in the United States. To very quickly summarize, roads were once a public throughway for all modes of transportation. Before about 70 years ago, common law and public opinion recognized the operator of the more dangerous conveyance was responsible for injuries and death that he caused.

A concerted and deliberate effort by the automotive and oil industries brainwashed American society into believing that roads are the exclusive domain of fast, motorized vehicles. A fair percentage of the population believe “share the road” means “get out of my way!” When bike event organizers tell the 3,500 participants of their charity ride to bike single file for “safety” even when bikes outnumber cars, something is seriously broken.


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