November 12, 2013 |
California Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Dave Snyder looked out at a roomful of about 200 bicyclists and asked them if they knew someone who had been killed or seriously injured while riding. Roughly a third of those gathered raised their hands. His aspiration, Snyder said Saturday at last weekend's California by Bike summit in Oakland, was that in 20 years, no young riders would raise their hands. It's the right goal, of course, but the question and the answer were both sobering.
September 29, 2013 |
When I ride each weekend from my house to Griffith Park, I tend to ride, like most bicyclists, on the right side of the street, next to the parked cars, allowing traffic to pass me on the left. But is that really what I'm supposed to do, or am I supposed to ride in the middle of the lane, with cars behind me and in front of me? And if I want to make a left turn, how am I supposed to get from the right lane to the left-turn lane -- at what speed and where am I supposed to cross the rest of the traffic?
November 11, 2013 |
What do 200 or so bicycle advocates from all corners of California do over the course of a four-day summit in Oakland? Well, they ride, of course. They ride around Lake Merritt (on its new green super-sharrow bike path), into the hills and across a stretch of the new Bay Bridge -- but only part of the way, because much of the bridge doesn't accommodate cyclists. Yet. They're working on it. But they also talk -- about what they have accomplished, what they want to do next and how they want to do it. No doubt most people at the California by Bike summit who took part in the many conversations went home with mental lists of lessons learned, but as one of the few non-cyclists listening in, I have my own set of takeaways.
July 5, 1996 |
As most stationary bike riders prepare to go on yet another boring journey, they may bring along a book or newspaper to help time pass. Watching the clock is common during lonely exercise sessions that can be very monotonous. Well, stop the pedals! Now there's an exciting new way to burn calories and get fit by pedaling. It's called studio cycling and it combines the cardio-pumping energy of a bike race and the Zen philosophy of meditation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2000 |
The phone call that woke Judy Miller in the middle of the night was every parent's bad dream. As she fumbled for the receiver, she heard a "little metallic voice" announce that it was a collect call from a jail inmate. Then she heard the voice of her 20-year-old son Kevin, a student leader at Cal State Monterey Bay. He said his name, then the computer voice came on again, telling her to press zero to accept charges. In her haste, she hit the wrong key and cut off the call.
November 8, 1990 |
Soft Pedaling Ecology These days when people talk about conservation and ecology, they usually say something such as, "I'm saving water and recycling, but I'm not riding my bike to work or anything." The disclaimer is meant to show that although these people are in favor of doing what's expected, they aren't raving-green nut cases or anything.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2001 |
Buying into the hype over Bike to Work Day, and ever willing to challenge the notion that you can't get around in Los Angeles without a car, I left my Ford curbside Thursday. I would bike and train the 28 miles from my home in Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles. I can't remember the last time I rode my oversize 12-speed, which I bought used in the mid-1980s.
July 12, 1992
What is the deal with you people? Do you think that all death and injury can be legislated away? All the laws in the world cannot prevent people from getting injured or killed. If a person wishes to protect his or her children, that is wonderful, but don't involve the government. It is not the function of the government to raise the children of America. MARK KING Redondo Beach