New-to-me blog, Copenhagenize.com has a tongue in cheek article on determining if you live in a city that is very bikey or not. Although their recent post, 18 Ways to Know If You Have Bike Culture, is mostly for kicks, I was reminded that I was mocked by my father and his buddies last month when I mentioned something about my bike mechanic.
“Bike mechanic? Who has a bike mechanic?”
Old school guys, but all of a sudden there I am smack in the middle of bullet point #11: You and your friends have repeated discussions about which bike repair shop in your neighbourhood is the best for price and service.
Catch my buddy Tori, from Gracie’s Wrench on another episode of The Bike show on KBOO Community Radio. From Tori:
Listen in to the KBOO Bike Show today at 11am. We’ll be discussing the North Portland Greenway Trail. If that doesn’t sound exciting, you haven’t heard where they want to put it! 90.7 on your fm dial. http://kboo.fm/node/20580
Always tons of great information on the show. Check it out!
Still, there’s one thing most readers don’t know about the Bike Snob: his real name. While not exactly going to Bruce Wayne-levels of protection, the Bike Snob has shielded his actual identity from the public, preferring to let his pen name take the credit. He’s posed for magazine and newspaper articles with his face shielded, revealing only fragments of detail about his personal life.
In addition, Bike Portland managed to get in a few Q & A’s with the not-so-mysterious writer, which you can read on their site as well. I’m a little bummed…I kind of hoped we’d never really know who he was and talk about that mysterious blogger way back when….
Once again, our good friend Eric Lundgren has opened the floodgates of bike related information for the area. Check out all the great information listed here! Thanks Eric!
You know spring is here when we start getting multiple bike events on the same day! Choice and even some crowding on the weekend schedule is welcome news indeed.
And even more welcome was US Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood’s important national policy change, which you may have seen already: “Today, I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice…This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.”
Sunday, March 28th – Kidical Mass
The second Kidical Mass ride starts at Faye Wright School at 1pm. Bring your noise makers! Kazoos, maracas, bells, tambourines, homemade & otherwise. For complete details see Kidical Mass Salem.
Monday, March 29th (Meetings also on April 5 & 6) – Neighborhood Center Mixed Use Zoning Meetings
Learn about a new zoning concept for walkable neighborhoods. Make sure bikes are accommodated!
Thursday, April 1st – Vision 2020 Open House
You’re invited to a Vision 2020 Open House. Learn more about sharrows, new bicycle signage along Chemeketa street and the Union St. Railroad Bridge, and the other projects that are part of the Vision 2020 project.
Monday, April 12 – City Council
Council meets and on the agenda is scheduled to be the first round of crossing improvements funded by Keep Salem Moving Bond. These are mainly pedestrian crossings, but some of them are on significant bikeways and all of them promote traffic calming generally.
Tuesday, April 20th – MWVBTA Meeting
The Mid-Willamette Valley chapter of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance meets the third Tuesday of the month. Check the Breakfast Blog for agenda, location, and time.
Sunday, April 25th – Monster Cookie
It’s time to start thinking about the first major ride of the season! The course is flat with a few rolling hills takes riders from the Capitol over back roads to Champoeg State Park and back to Salem. You can register here!
Sunday, April 25th – Kidical Mass
The third Kidical Mass ride!
Friday, April 30th – Breakfast on Bikes B on B moves to Mission & Winter.
All May – Walk+Bike Challenge Month
Register your school for Walk+Bike Challenge month! This statewide event is a friendly competition that encourages students to walk and bike to school for the whole month of May. In 2009, 60 schools and over 4,000 individuals participated in the event.
Saturday, May 15 – Union St. RR Bridge scheduled to reopen!
2009 was such a great year for PacificPedaling.com and for the Pacific Pedaling team! I’m still working on an end of the year wrap up, but there’s so much to go through that I need a bit more time. However, I did want to post a few notes and photos from the Pacific Pedaling end of year wrap up and Christmas party. First off…click on that photo above. I mean, yeah, every team can try to go out and get some sweet kits, but how many have custom ceramic coffee (or other beverage of choice) team MUGS made?! Go on, click on the picture to see it in all it’s glory. Our very own Martha Paulus made those for all the riders on the team…so stinking cool. One of my favorite moments of the night came when I said something like, “wow Martha…you MADE these??” Martha says, “well, yeah…I *am* a potter,” matter of factly. Guess you had to be there, but my wife and I are still laughing about it. Sorry, these aren’t for sale.
Another favorite moment came when the team showed off their presentation of the Pacific Pedaling team edition framed jersey and photo art. Click on that baby too and take a gander…it really is an impressive work, and I was overwhelmed by such a cool gesture and gift from the team. I also left the night with a sweet Tissot jersey (Tyler knows my watch brand all to well) and super cool leather and canvas bike bag…perfect for the Ira. Again, way too generous guys…a million thanks!
I swear I say this about every other post, but I don’t know how we could have asked for a better group of riders for our inaugural season. In addition to the amazing times riding and racing together, I just flat out dig hanging with these folks, their spouses and their families. It’s a good thing we actually ride sometimes, or I’d spend way too much time eating and laughing with them, and growing exponentially. Martha, Tyler, Ellen, Pat, James, Dave….you are just good folk, and you give cycling a good name. I’m looking forward to us all representing in 2010!
Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year from PacificPedaling.com!
Local man about town on two wheels, Eric Lundgren, fires off his ever informative update for what’s going on in and around the Salem area in the bike world. Thanks Eric! (Be sure to visit The Salem Breakfast on Bikes blog if you don’t already read it!)
It’s cold! But it’s beautiful, and if you’re dressed right it feels great!
Not so many date-bound events this time of year…but lots of bits of news!
Kat’s planning Kidical Mass rides for Salem! These are short rides
for families and kids, not more than 5 miles with stops at parks and
for ice cream and fun stuff! To learn more or to volunteer to help
with planning see – http://kidicalmasssalem.blogspot.com/
I heard about AuctionPDX.com on the radio the other day and was pleasantly surprised to see a few bikes in their list of items. They currently have 5 items in their Bikes category, with retail values ranging from $400 to $1150. The highest bid (at the time of this posting) is currently under $300 on any of the items, with some of them ending this afternoon. If you’re looking to pick up a new bike for someone for Christmas, or just for yourself, it’s work taking a peek. These are provided by Portland area businesses, such as River City Bikes, and winning bidders will pick up bikes at the location specified. There are also some other items in the auction list that may be of interest to you.
While I’m normally in the camp just put away the cell phone until you get from point A to point B on the bike, there are definitely times I wish I had easy access to my iPhone. GPS applications, music, camera, video — there are plenty of useful tools built into the iPhone, but with each of them comes the risk of dropping that expensive device while riding.
Dahon plans to help you out with their new BioLogic waterproof case for the iPhone, which is scheduled for release in January of 2010. The waterproof shell is paired with a clear screen allowing you access to the touch screen, rotates 360 degrees and has a window on the back to allow you to use your camera and video functions. Apparently the device will also pair with the Dahon charging system to keep your iPhone juiced up.
You’d think we could all get along on the road, but there’s always someone willing to ruin the party, and this week, it’s UK Celebrity Chef James Martin (yeah, I know…I haven’t heard of him either) writing an automobile review with some downright uncool and scary verbiage:
“God, I hate those cyclists.” This was the first of his tirade that later ended with him retelling how he snuck up on a group of cyclists in the electrick review car in order to blast the horn and scare them off the road. The review of the Tesla Roadster actually has some great information about the car itself, comparing it to a Ferrari for it’s acceleration. However, it quickly turns ugly when Martin explains how he used it to take out his frustration on the cyclists he apparently hates.
“Knowing they wouldn’t hear me coming, I stepped on the gas, waited until the split second before I overtook them, then gave them an almighty blast on the horn at the exact same time I passed them at speed.
“The look of sheer terror as they tottered into the hedge was the best thing I’ve ever seen in my rear-view mirror. I think this could be the car for me.”
The Daily Mail site has since removed the part of the review with this verbiage as blogs, websites, twitterers, and facebook users around the world have been in a fury since it’s release, but the text is available on many sites around the interwebs. On a positive note, Tesla has come out and condemned the review themselves. “Tesla is cyclist-friendly,” says Rachel Konrad, senior communications manager.
As a cyclist out on our local roads, I’ve seen plenty of folks in cars going out of their way to mess with those on two wheels, or just plain ignore the fact that they are sharing the road with something other than cars, and making for dangerous travels. At the same time, I’ve seen plenty of idiots on bikes as well.
Just a couple days ago, a car was stopped at a stop sign, waiting for traffic to pass so he could make a right turn. I was on my bike, behind a cyclist coming up on the car at the stop sign, and watched as he pulled up along the left side of the car, and turned in front of the stopped car in order to get into the bike lane, going the same direction the car was turning. Fortunately, the car didn’t see a clearing, take off and mow the guy down, but it’s this kind of stuff that just incites the fury of many a motorist.
Be a safe, and predictable cyclist on the roads….stop giving guys like James Martin a reason to be so angry.
Update: It’s the week for apologies. First Kanye, now Martin: http://www.jamesmartinchef.co.uk/pcc.asp?xpath=&xpathid=&lang=eng
I stumbled across this on MetaFilter last night (our buddies from the short track series) and thought it was worth sharing. If you’re stuck at the desk, at work, or just need something to kill a little time…you can ride this bike through this drawing with some nice little merry cycling music in the background. Click here, and have at it!