Weekend traffic forecast

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Regions, with temperatures expected well into the 90s today and through the weekend.

The high pressure system stalling out means traffic to area beaches will look like this tonight through Sunday.

They say bikes get in the way of traffic

Bikes will be a great way to get past all of that.

More bike news and links below.

We have a new pump track in Scotts Valley, CA in Santa Cruz County. A grand opening ceremony takes place Saturday morning at 10 AM. I was concerned that track construction would block off a popular social trail connecting Skypark with the KMart parking lot. I’m happy to see the volunteer trail workers preserved this informal shortcut.

Sacramento cargo bike families.

Sidewalks vs sidepaths.

TED Talks: Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

Bikes invade the White House.

Did you know the U.S. Secret Service has a bike patrol?

Cranky bike lane critics.

You might remember I ordered my first pair of prescription sports shades earlier this year through SportRX. When I called to talk about my order, the customer service guy I reached was riding his bike inside the office. For real. Their brick and mortar showroom in San Diego is known for the sag stop on the Rose Canyon Bike Path. It’s normally well stocked with food, water, electrolyte drinks and other goodies, but they’ve had a problem with people cleaning out their supply. Inside the store, supplies and tools for minor repairs are available for anybody who needs a break.

SportRX work environment

It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that Outside Magazine named SportRX among the best places to work for outdoor enthusiasts. You’ll find a few other familiar names like Strava, Camelbak and Patagonia on that list, along with several interesting businesses of all sizes that you’ve never heard of.

NY Times Op Ed: Why drivers get away with murder.

Why mutual respect is incoherent.

Security consultant Bruce Schneier periodically runs a “Movie Plot Threat” contest. Try this submission on for size: Terrorists pack enough explosives into a subway under Beverly Hills High School to blast through thick concrete walls and 100 feet of rock to decimate the hopes and dreams of hundreds of students. Uh huh.

Have a great weekend a keep cool!

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  1. The San Francisco 49ers will face non-conference opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs, at Levi’s® Stadium on Sunday, October 5 at 1:25pm. Additional event information can be found on the Levi’s® Stadium website at http://www.levisstadium.com.

    • Heavy traffic and delays are anticipated on major thoroughfares leading to and from the stadium, including Highways 101, 237, 880, Lawrence Expressway, Great America Parkway and San Tomas Expressway, as a result of the event. Expect increased traffic to begin around 10:00am and at the conclusion of the event, estimated at 4:30pm;

    • Tasman Drive will be closed from Convention Center Drive to Centennial / Marie P DeBartolo Way on Sunday, October 5;

    • Stadium-goers are encouraged to take public transportation. For light rail and bus lines contact Valley Transportation Authority (www.vta.org), ACE/Capitol Corridor heavy rail (www.acerail.com) or CalTrain (www.caltrain.org);

    To reduce traffic in residential neighborhoods, the Santa Clara Police Department will have checkpoints at the following intersections:
    o Lafayette Street and Calle de Primavera
    o Bassett Street and Wyatt Drive
    o Agnew Road and Freedom Circle
    o Mission College Boulevard before it becomes Wildwood Avenue

    • Everyone is encouraged to read the message boards and follow the instructions of police personnel and private security;

    • The San Tomas Aquino / Saratoga Creek Trail will be closed from Agnew Road to Tasman Drive from 2:30am, Sunday, October 5 until approximately 11:00pm.

    Bicyclists will be rerouted via Agnew Road, Lakeshore Drive, Gianera Street, the VTA Great America Train Station Parking lot, Stars and Stripes Drive and service road/trail along the rear of the Tasman Parking Garage, and then back to the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail.

    (Note that I would like to see added by SCPD: Use EXTREME CAUTION on the Stars and Stripes/service road part of the detour. Will also be interesting to hear if the trail is open first thing Monday morning)

    Pedestrians will be rerouted via Agnew Road, Mission College Boulevard, Great America Parkway past the Santa Clara Convention Center, and then back to the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail.

    It should be noted that all undercrossings may be subject to periodic closures during the rainy seasons when they are inundated by the water levels in the creek. For information on closures of the trail for maintenance or weather, call (408) 615-3080;

    • The Stadium Authority will serve as the first point of contact to the public for stadium operations issues (e.g. parking, traffic, noise, etc.). A customer service representative can assist the public at (408)673-2100 or by email at neighbors@levisstadium.com;

    • The Santa Clara Police Department can be contacted for non-emergencies at 408-615-5580 or 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency;

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