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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
  San Jose bike commuting up 206%
By Yokota Fritz 
Congratulations to:
San Jose, California blows all of these out of the water with an astounding 206% increase in bike commuters from 2005 to 2008. From 2000 to 2008, the number of bike commuters doubled. From 2007 to 2008, the upward trend in San Jose continued with 80% more bike commuters.

Dutch style cyclist in San Jose


The total bike share is still a paltry 1.23% in San Jose and 77.8% still drive to work alone, but that's still over 11,000 cyclists riding to work in San Jose, and they are much more visible than in the past.

Reese rides a bicycle


The statistics come from analysis by the League of American Bicyclists on U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey numbers that were released last summer. The American Community Survey and Census numbers undercount cyclists. Each person is asked for the principal transportation used for most days the previous week. I bike everyday, but I'm not counted because my principal transportation is public transportation. In San Jose, where 4.1% of commuters ride public transit, the bus bike racks and transit center bike parking are often fully utilized. 10% of Caltrain riders bring their bikes on board the train.

Parked bikes


San Jose isn't the only large city with dramatically larger increases resulting in noticeably more bikes on the street. The bike modal share in Kansas City, Missouri rocketed an astonishing 680% from 2005 to 2008. Still, the absolute numbers are pretty pitiful -- fewer than 80 people in a population of nearly half a million people commute by bike. I see that many cyclists roll up to the Caltrain station in San Jose in a 5 minute period during the morning commute.

In spite of the national trend of more bike commuters, some cities slid back. Dallas, TX, and Newark, NJ each lost over 70% of their bike commuters in three years. Colorado Springs bike share dropped by 46% from 2005 to 2008. Some places like Virigina Beach lost and gained for a net zero change.

What do you think, South Bay cyclists? Almost all of the cyclists I talk to on my commute are brand new to it. They ride all kinds of bikes and wear all kinds of clothing.

What's your impression? Do you see this increase in your area?

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Sunday, August 23, 2009
  San Jose Bike Party last Friday
By Yokota Fritz 
I wasn't there but know some people who were, and by all accounts the changes the Bike Party organizers made resulted in a much smoother and more lawful ride.

Wirehead's video demonstrates some of the vibe of last Friday's bike party -- much mellower than some of the other recent rides.



Wirehead has some more photos and a ride report here. See also SJ Bike Party Reflections on August’s Beach Blanket Bike Along and Banane "BIke Party!"

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Thursday, July 30, 2009
  Breaking Away with Chris Carmichael in San Jose 8/20
By Alison Chaiken 

Chris Carmichael, Lance's coach, will be speaking in San Jose CA on August 20. Pricy ($67 with pre-reg) but worth it if you're a hard-core fan.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
  San Jose: Trackstanding at red light
By Yokota Fritz 
Trackstanding at the red light

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Sunday, July 12, 2009
  San Jose cyclists
By Yokota Fritz 
Cyclists

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Saturday, July 11, 2009
  Pirate riders
By Yokota Fritz 
The San Jose Bike Party held a fun, pirate themed scavenger hunt today in San Jose. A good time was had by all. Click on the photos to see all photos.


Pirate riders

Pirate riders

Pirate riders

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Saturday, February 21, 2009
  Mike and his Bianchi Fremont
By Yokota Fritz 
San Jose along Bascom before the San Jose Bike Party, February 2009.

Mike and his Bianchi Fremont

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Friday, February 20, 2009
  San Jose Bike Party tonights
By Yokota Fritz 
SE Lager, repainted


Theme: Mardi Gras Bike for Beads. The 12 mile ride starts tonight, 8:30 PM at Dick's Center, 1350 South Bascom, San Jose. Ride Map Here, more details on the San Jose Bike Party website.

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