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 »
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.