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Bike news digest for the first of May 2023

Happy USA Bike Month 2023! I intend to re-launch San Jose Bike Train Real Soon Now. This is a casual morning bike commute on the Guadalupe River Trail. We’ll begin in downtown San Jose from San Pedro Square Market for coffee from Voyager Craft Coffee, hit the trail, and ride north on the trail to River Oaks, with people peeling off along the way for their destinations that can include the Santa Clara County buildings, SJC Airport, and VTA HQ. The trail is mostly clear with some minor work still needed underneath Hwy 101. Please comment below for your thoughts on day of the week and start time.

Events and News

  • Early registration is open for the Safe Routes to School Summit 2023, celebrating the People, Places, and Possibility of Safe Routes to School. This three-day virtual summit will be held October 24-26, featuring innovative presentations and networking opportunities for Safe Routes practitioners, partners, and champions. Early Bird registration opens today and continues until September 1. Learn more in this FAQ.
  • The next Viva Calle San Jose takes place Sunday, June 11, 2023. Learn more https://www.vivacallesj.org/
  • Santa Cruz County celebrates Bike Month with a Bike Challenge, encouraging participants to get around on two wheels and win prizes. Santa Cruz County Bike Challenge info.
  • The Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship encourages you to take part in what they hope is their largest trail work day ever on National Trails Day. They’ll team up with over 20 other local organizations to host 19 different events throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains. After a morning of trail work, they’ll host a big after party at DeLaveaga Park. Learn more at their Trails Day event page.
  • What do you think of solar panels as a shade covering over exposed bike paths?
  • Cycle of Influence summit September 12-14, 2023 in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Remember: let me know what day and time works for a casual morning ride from downtown San Jose towards the Bay. And feel free to comment with your bike event and news below.

Charles Ramsey rides a bicycle

The hero of Cleveland tells Anderson Cooper that he rides a bicycle.

Charles Ramsey interview w/ Anderson Cooper CNN

Charles Ramsey is describing his day before he heard screaming from his neighbor’s home the other day. He had just talked with his neighbor and alleged slave master Ariel Castor and Ariel left for the afternoon. After Ariel left….

I jumped on my bike, went to McDonald’s. Came back home, I’m in my house, but I’m in the living room and I’m right by the front door, because I’m looking out the front door, and man, this girl screamed like a car had hit a kid, which made me, you know, stop eating.

You know, so when I got up, I saw this – my neighbor across the street, he run across the street and I’m, like – I’m thinking, where you going, because ain’t nobody next door because I just saw Ariel leave.

I know ain’t nobody over there. Heard that girl scream and saw him run across the street, and I went outside and wondered what he was doing, and – Amanda said, I’m stuck in here, help get me out. So he – guy don’t know English that well or panicked, he just looked at me and it’s a girl. And that’s all he did. So here I come with my, you know, half eaten Big Mac and I looked and I said well, what’s up.

Watch or read the full interview at CNN: Anderson Cooper interview with Charles Ramsey. Thank you to Anne-Elizabeth for the tip.

D.C. Emancipation Day

Happy Emancipation Day, everybody. For U.S. residents, that’s the reason tax returns are due on Tuesday instead of today. The IRS deferred the tax return deadline in deference to this holiday, which marks the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862. This law ended slavery in D.C., which paid slave owners for the release of their slaves.

I feel dirty just typing that phrase: release their slaves.

Thanks to the numerous folks who responded on Twitter to my inquiry about this, with a nod to Darren on the details.


Top stories 2011

2012 Urbana in water

Here is my month-by-month recap of bicycle stories that have caught my eye and yours through 2011.

I’ll post a few quick quizes later today here at Cyclelicious; first to answer the questions correctly wins a free Kindle download of Keith Snyder’s new collection of bicycle short stories.

Reading over this now after I post, there’s a little bit of a crossword puzzle feel to the short summaries. If you’d like more details about a specific story, please feel free to ask.


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