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June 18, 2009

Summer Schedule for Breakfast on Bikes

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Soon and very soon, I will be on the road, and most of my updates will be about where I’m riding my Bike Friday, and/or what we are eating in that same location. So before I take off on Saturday, let me take this opportunity to update you on the Salem Breakfast on Bikes schedule for the summer, according to the blog of the same name.

“A week from this Friday, on June 26th Breakfast on Bikes will be on the Union Street Railroad Bridge. We’ll be at the east end between 7am and 9am. We’ll have free coffee, pastries, and fruit for bicycle commuters.

On Friday, July 31st, we’ll be at Winter & Mission.

On August 28th, we’ll be at 12th & Chemeketa.

And in September, we hope to offer breakfast every Friday as part of the Bike Commute Challenge!”

I’m sad that I’ll be missing the June breakfast, but will be back for July. I hope to see you all there!

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June 3, 2009

Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee Meets in Salem June 16

I got this update from Alex Phillips, Bicycle Recreation Coordinator for the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. If you’re interested in the Oregon Scenic Bikeways, this would be a good meeting to attend.

Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee meets in Salem June 16

The Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee will meet June 16 at the University of Phoenix* Salem Learning Center, 670 Hawthorne Avenue SE. The session will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in a first-floor classroom.

Agenda items will include the criteria for rating scenic bikeways. The committee also will continue discussions on management and marketing plans, and explore the future roles of bikeway proponents and resources to support their efforts. A time for public comments (three minutes per person) is reserved at the start of the meeting.

The committee was established to consider routes nominated by the public for state scenic bikeway designation. Appointed by the director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the 11-member group includes a representative from a bicycle advocacy organization, a citizen *at-large* member, an Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council member, an Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee delegate, and representatives of the Oregon Department of Transportation, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Association of Oregon Counties, League of Oregon Cities, Travel Oregon and OPRD. More information about the committee and the bikeways program is available from Alexandra Phillips, OPRD*s state bicycle recreation coordinator, at 503-986-0631.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0655. ###

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April 27, 2009

A Full Weekend of Riding and Racing

Riders of the 2009 Monster Cookie line up at the registration in front of the Oregon Capitol building. Chilly morning...

Riders of the 2009 Monster Cookie line up at the registration in front of the Oregon Capitol building. Chilly morning...

It was a weekend full of riding and racing for the entire PacificPedaling.com team in one way or another!

Tyler took on the WOU Sprint + Triathlon on Saturday, finishing 19th in his division, and putting his whole body through the paces of not only cycling, but swimming and running as well. He took a breather on Sunday from riding, but was out in full team support in the temporary BMW SAG vehicle, laying down the familiar TJ encouragement we all know and love.

Pat and Ellen were both up in the 26 degree weather, with new snow on the ground at the Bear Springs Trap Cross Country and Short Track events. Once I can get a complete report together, I’ll put it up here, but while out on the Cookie, James got a text that essentially said Ellen had knocked out her THIRD victory in a row for the year! Again, details are shaky until I can get some confirmation, but the intial report rocks!

James, Martha, and myself skipped the racing and took the casual route of riding the Monster Cookie out to Champoeg park and back. Friends of PacificPedaling – Darrell, Kim (father of James) and Kurt (husaband of Martha) also joined us along the ride. Actually, Kurt and Martha took off a bit later, but we saw them at the lunch break, and later heard they had a great ride. James, Kim, Darrell and myself hoofed out the 62 miles together on a steady but comfortable pace, and talked and laughed the entire way. (Watch out, that laughter can be dangerous….enough said!)

Speaking of dangerous, I hadn’t heard any reports of incidents along the ride until today, when my good friend Trish emailed in a report that her buddy and riding partner had gone down around the 35th and Quinaby corner and eventually was taken away in an ambulance. Another rider also went down in the commotion, but was able to get back up and continue on. Trish’s friend ended up with a dislocated shoulder, and will need some PT, but overall is doing much better today.

For the most part, the Cookie went down without incident. It was cold all day long, but the company was fantastic, the ride was good, and I’m always happy to say I threw down 70 miles in a day. After the ride we hit Breakpoint coffee for some final chats and drinks and then headed home. Good times, good times! A few random photos from the day from the iPhone:

James laid his bike on the side of the ditch, next think you know, hed started a new craze. When we saw someone knock down a bike on the rack, we opted for the ditch all day long.

James laid his bike on the side of the ditch, next thing you know, he'd started a new craze. When we saw someone knock down a bike on the rack, we opted for the ditch all day long.

Some of the riders at the lunch stop at Champoeg park

Some of the riders at the lunch stop at Champoeg park

Bikes and riders all over the place at lunch.

Bikes and riders all over the place at lunch.

Lunch. Bagel with peanut butter and jam. And Macaroons...good gosh, Macaroons....

Lunch. Bagel with peanut butter and jam. And Macaroons...good gosh, Macaroons....

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