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Pro racers to bike Mt. Diablo, Livermore, Blackhawk, Walnut Creek, Concord & Clayton

The Amgen Tour of California bike race will go up Mount Diablo for the first time on a May 15 stage – also bringing the racers through Blackhawk, Danville, Walnut Creek and Clayton  en route to a finish in Livermore. This will be a treat for cycling fans, but a challenge for traffic cops on some key roads. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Under: Bicycling | No Comments »

Could there be a bike/ped. lane on Bay Bridge West Span?

A public meeting on a proposal for  bike and pedestrian lanes on the Bay Bridge western span will be held by Caltrans and the Bay Area Toll Authority at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (tonight) in San Francisco. The site is the  the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, 100 Van Ness Ave., 26th floor. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
Under: Bay Bridge, Bicycling, pedestrian | No Comments »

BART surveys public on riding bikes to stations, and taking them on trains

BART asks  the public to take part in an online survey on how to encourage more people to ride bicycles to train stations. The number of BART riders using bikes to reach stations has increased from 2.5 percent to 4.1 percent of all passengers since 2002, the train agency reports.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, July 8th, 2011
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Guilty plea in hit and run death of Martinez bicyclist

The son of a Martinez cyclist killed in a hit and run accident in 2008 saw some measure of  justice Wednesday when an SUV driver pleaded guilty to the crime. It took authorities a year and a half to identify the driver, who hid the vehicle in a relative’s garage.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2011
Under: Bicycling, Safety | No Comments »

Ring the cow bells. The tour riders are coming.

It pays to go for a bike ride sometimes if you want to see the fastest bike racers in the world in action.  I did that Wednesday to get a glimpse of the pro racers riding on a rural road as they they traveled from Livermore to San Jose in the Amgen Tour of California. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2011
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To try or not to try a bike commute. Bike To Work Day set for May 12 in Bay Area

The Bay Area’s annual day to ride your bicycle to work is 12 days from now on May 12, so there’s plenty of time to get ready for trying out a pedaling trip to your job even if you have never done it before. Yes, it requires a functioning bike, some advance planning and for many of us a place to shower and change before beginning the work day. Read on for some Web sites with information about the event, directions on registering to become eligible for drawings, and tips on bike commuting Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Saturday, April 30th, 2011
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How to prevent car versus bicycle crashes that kill and maim?

As we in the Bay struggle with conflicts between cars and bicyclists sharing the same road, so does the public in Los Angeles County. Check out this story about a doctor on trial for four felony accounts related to a collision with some bicyclists who allege the physician tried to harm them.

“Though data suggest that cycling fatalities have actually fallen nationwide,” reads the LA Times story, “one new study suggests that the injuries cyclists suffer in traffic accidents are becoming more severe.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2009
Under: Bicycling, driving, Safety | No Comments »

Rolling along the Benicia Bridge with new lane, more space

Commuters who drive the Benicia/Martinez Bridge from Solano to Contra Costa County now have some extra room for their drive: a fourth southbound lane and wider road shoulders.

Those entering the bridge from Interstate 780 also have a second merging lane to avoid traffic backup.

The new features, finished over the weekend, were in place for the the commute today as Caltrans wraps up a $43.5 renovation of the old Benicia Bridge. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, August 3rd, 2009
Under: Bicycling, Bridges, Caltrans, connectivity, driving, walking | No Comments »

A bike commute on the back roads, deer and all

The highlight of my bike to work this week was encountering a mother deer and her two fawns crossing Danville Boulevard in front of me near Singing Hill Road in Alamo.

Here was this deer ambling across the well-traveled old highway during the morning commute. She seemed to know that either cars down the road would stop for her or that someone on a bicycyle was not a threat. I shooed her on. She walked off the road into some brush and disappeared down an embankment leading to the Walnut Creek channel.

It was a taste of nature while commuting by bicycle on the backroads of Contra Costa County. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, May 14th, 2009
Under: Bicycling, driving, Environment, Misc. Transportation | 1 Comment »

Rage on the road: How do we avoid the ghost bikes?

I felt a shiver when I saw Doug Oakley’s front page story and photo today about “ghost bike” memorials to cyclists killed in collisions with cars or trucks.

A recreational cyclist and occasional bike commuter, I like to think of cycling as healthy and refreshing. But reading Oakley’s story reminded me how vulnerable humans on a 25- to 30-pound bicycle are when sharing the roads with a ton or 2-ton vehicle that can squash a rider like a bug.

I’ve seen cyclists do unsafe things like riding on the wrong side of the road.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
Under: Bicycling, driving, Environment, global warming | 3 Comments »