Bicycles in the news

Don’t try this at home, kids, even if you’re a professional.

Bad idea: cyclist attached to airplane

Bay Area Community Meetings

  • How would you design Middlefield Road in North Fair Oaks neighborhood of San Mateo County? Come to the Middlefield Road Community Workshop #2, Garfield School Cafeteria, 3600 Middlefield Road, Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Dinner at 6:15 PM, Meeting begins 6:45 PM. Como mejoraría usted Middlefield Road en Comunitario de North Fair Oaks? Taller Comunitario #2 de Middlefield Road: cena 6:15 PM, reunión 6:45 PM.
  • San Bruno Bike Plan public workshop takes place November 4 at the American Legion Hall, 757 San Mateo Ave., in San Bruno. Also: a group walk or bike ride on Saturday, November 7, 2015; 10 am to 12:30 pm, at San Bruno Recreation Center (251 City Park Way, in San Bruno City Park). There will be two separate activities to choose from: (i) a group walk of the downtown and, (ii) a group bike ride to envision the citywide bikeway network. At both activities we will discuss residents’ concerns and ideas for improvements. Meet at 10 am over breakfast refreshments, or at 10:30 am for the walk or ride itself. For the bike ride, be prepared to ride on streets with traffic; the ride might not be appropriate for beginner riders. Advance sign-up and City liability waiver required. To sign up for the ride or for details, contact city planner Paula Bradley, or at (650) 616-7038,
  • San Jose King Road Bike Lanes: The city of San Jose plans bike lanes for King Road between Capitol Expressway and Mabury Road. SJDOT will present draft plans and ask for your feedback at a community meeting at the Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave, San Jose, CA beginning 6.30pm, Thursday November 12, 2015. ¿Cual es su idea para que King Road sea mas segura las bicicletas? El departamento de transportacion presentara planos iniciales y solicitaran opinion publica sobre la ciclovia en King Road entre Capitol Expressway y Mabury Road. Jueves, 12 de noviembre de 2015 a las 6:30 pm. Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Avenue, San Jose.

Photo: A supporter of the opposition Chadema party carries a large party flag as he rides his bicycle past electoral posters of ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) in Dar es Salaam, on October 24, 2015. East Africa’s most populous country Tanzania held elections on Saturday.

California Transportation Commission approves $262 million in spending for 114 Active Transportation Program projects. I highlighted the Santa Cruz projects here.

From The Atlantic: Car owners don’t come close to covering the price of maintaining the roads they use. “The amount that road users pay through gas taxes now accounts for less than half of what’s spent to maintain and expand the road system. The resulting shortfall is made up from other sources of tax revenue at the state and local levels, generated by drivers and non-drivers alike. This subsidizing of car ownership costs the typical household about $1,100 per year—over and above the costs of gas taxes, tolls, and other user fees.”

Photo: A Hindu priest rides a bicycle in Sri Lanka.

Toronto to skip environmental assessments bike lane projects. Traffic analysis will still be required under the new rules.

I’m waiting for a Millenium Falcon Strava Art. In the meantime, check out Lord Vader and Yoda.

Protected bike lanes in Modesto, California?

Who knew New Balance has a cycling sneaker collection?

Brompton is apparently running a photo contest.

It’s a bad year for cycling fatalities in Ohio: “Yes, EIGHTEEN cyclists killed in Ohio so far this year – We average 15-16 fatalities annually – a “good” year statistically for Ohio is 10-11 and a bad year 18+… Recent crashes have been particularly troubling and emotional including the hit/run death of Charles Startup in Oberlin, Ohio and the horrific crash in Brecksville, Ohio in which a pick-up truck made a left turn into the path of FIVE oncoming cyclists, killing Matt Billings and Jim Lambert, and injuring three others.”

Police begin to patrol a portion of a bike trail where my buddy was attacked last July. Public safety is one of those essential things we need if we want more people exchanging the perceived safety of their cars for bikes.

Don’t forget: We “fall back” as Daylight Savings Time ends in much of the United States this weekend on November 1. I recommend lights for night riding.

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