Posted May 14, 2013 By Frank
Auto traffic is snarled, while two-wheel commuters fly by on this tree-lined bike path along the Ringstrasse.
My Vienna trip wraps up with a nasty dose of food poisoning. I don’t make it out of the hotel till about 4 o’clock, just in time for rush hour.
I keep blaming my malaise on the bike — I haven’t been on one in a week, so it’s no wonder I’m sleeping poorly and dragging my butt. Next up, fifteen hours of flying to get home.
Almost everyone is a utility cyclist; there’s not much Lycra to be seen.
For a motor vehicle, this is pretty snazzy looking.
Posted May 10, 2013 By Frank
Vienna’s bike share system.
I’m in Vienna for a week; it’s the annual EBAN (European Business Angel Network) Congress. If you remember, last year it was held in Moscow. After 6 years, this event is what I owe most of my European travel to.
Most of the week will be spent discussing Eastern European early-stage startups, but this weekend I have time to check out the local bike infrastructure.
The city has a bike share system, check, but it’s the separated bike lanes that cause me some jealousy. Last night at rush hour there were plenty of bikes taking advantage of these bike paths and doing so the European way — without a helmet!
Posted April 26, 2013 By Frank
They started in Marina del Rey
When I see bike tourists I always want to stop and chat; that’s because, when I’m in the saddle, meeting people is the best part of touring.
I saw these 3 idling in the shade at Jamboree and Coast Hwy. I wanted to make sure everything was ok; they were just taking a break. They started the day in Marina del Rey and were headed to San Diego tomorrow, eventually Phoenix. All 3 were from Minnesota.
“Are you camping along the way?”
They told me they were hitting hotels on this 2-week excursion. I could relate; I never want to carry the tent, sleeping bag and cooking utensils — a hot shower and a comfortable bed feel great when touring.
They liked all the bike lanes they were finding. I offered a suggestion as they approached Laguna Beach: look for Cliff Drive on the right.
I told them I like to tour, too. We’d all done the Erie Canal it turned out.
Yeah, I’m goin’ to pick up my new touring bike; it’s ready today.
They probably hear that all the time…
My new Salsa Vaya touring bike
Follow Mark, Doug and Russ’s adventures.
Posted April 19, 2013 By Frank
Tania Lo and Jeff Miller
Momentum Magazine‘s Tania Lo and the Alliance for Walking and Biking‘s Jeff Miller ride with me over the Golden Gate Bridge.
Posted March 29, 2013 By Frank
As you already know, I’m on a clean air kick of late, so you can imagine my excitement when the AQMD arrives and starts installing some pretty fancy looking air quality monitoring devices here at the beach.
The District’s got till May 3rd to gather data and make their decision. The board meeting was set before the issue of the fire rings even came up. They want to change Rule 444 to ban beach fires. The public backlash, especially in Huntington Beach, is causing them to gather more data.
Of the 836 fire rings in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, 465 are in Huntington Beach and Bolsa Chica, yet ironically they say,
We don’t have a single citizen complaint.
That’s because they’re all calling my house to complain.
The AQMD spent all day installing air quality monitoring devices here at Big Corona
Yeah, sure, this is the lifeguard building, but it’s unsettling to see the Lifeguards involved in the installation of the air monitoring equipment when the head of the Lifeguards is such a blatant advocate for maintaining the status quo. Is this fair? Did the Lifeguards already sabotage this effort by convincing the AQMD that this side of the roof, the side blocked from half the fire rings, was the only safe place for installing the equipment? Is this equipment on the wrong side of the roof?
Who’s truck is this? And why is it parked between the AQMD installation trucks?
Must just be a coincidence, eh? What’s PITFAN1 doing here?
How about some wood to go with those nails?
And it’s especially nice to see the painted wood that’s about to go up in smoke…
Some nights you just gotta keep squirting the lighter fluid to keep the fire going.
Whatever’s left over is gonna get thrown into the fire ring later.
It’s a nice toxic combo – smoke from the fires and fumes from the lighter fluid.
Posted March 18, 2013 By Frank
At the Newport Pier with Troop 37
Last week while out with the Boy Scouts on Cycling merit badge I treated them to pizza and soda. After ordering I quickly realized my mistake; the same week Mayor Bloomberg’s trying to eliminate super-size sodas, I order up 5 large ones. It won’t happen again.
Maybe it was cosmic payback, it just occurs to me, when I choked on my soda. It went down the wrong way and in 2 seconds I’m coughing my head off. I’m coughing so much everyone feels compelled to ask if I’m ok. The only way I can think to signal that I’ll survive is with my first breath, “Wow, that’s good stuff,” which lightens the mood.
I recover and pedal home; it’s not till the middle of the night when I wake up coughing again that I realize, I’ve picked up acute bronchitis. I continue to cough through the night for the next several days.
My schedule takes me to Seattle and I think I’ll be fine, but, can you picture it? As we’re about to land, maybe it’s the decompression in the cabin, I start coughing and can’t stop. The entire cabin is freaked out.
Of course, this malaise isn’t contagious; I’m the only one suffering. And coughing so hard I feel I’m gonna break a rib. A few days later my neck is hurting; I feel like the Tin Man in need of an oil can. My neck is hurting so much I get the idea a new pillow might help. And why buy just one?
Posted March 13, 2013 By Frank
I’m in Seattle for the Northwest Regional Angel Conference. I’ve attended all 6 years.
Angel investors here, like elsewhere, look for technology company startups to invest in. It’s half profit motivated and half altruism. For theFrankPetersShow I travel to these summits to meet new people and hear the latest in best practices. This 2-day Seattle conference is a stand-out each year.
Led by the long-term leadership of the Alliance of Angels’ Dan Rosen, these investors benefit from a fertile early-stage investment market. Companies like Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon and Starbucks have created multi-millionaires to seed new companies, then acquire them once they hit the mark.
Year after year, Seattle and the many angel groups gathered here at this conference demonstrate that they take a back seat to no one.
Posted March 4, 2013 By Frank
Carolyn Szczepanski kicks off the Women Bike event
I meet Robin Bylenga, one of my most popular interviews
Lunch keynote Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, who lost both legs in Iraq, thrills the audience
A dance trio surprises
The Renaissance Hotel lobby
Posted February 8, 2013 By Frank
It’s one of the first things you notice, after accelerating up a hill I mean: everyone has something to say about my new Pedego Commuter; it’s a conversation-starter.
The Balboa Island ferry Captain wanted to know how I liked it.
My wife rode it to dinner and as other diners arrived it was all smiles and nods. “Pedego,” I overheard them say. The bike’s got great name recognition.
The mixte frame – it’s my 2nd bike with this low cut frame – it makes the bike usable by men and women. As I approach eligibility for a senior discount at the movies, I appreciate the easier mount.
For me, this bike offers utility. A big group ride, I’ll choose one from my growing collection, but this week I noticed something new.
Run an errand, or bike to a meeting — that was all I’d typically do each day on the bike. I’d walk to do other errands. But this week I’m hopping on the electric bike for those other routines. It’s so easy. The steep hill up from the beach, the hill I must climb every time I get on the bike, it’s a breeze with the Pedego. It’s removed the psychological barrier that those afternoon errands posed. I’m able to do more on the bike, mostly due to a change in my head.
Posted December 18, 2012 By Frank
This weekend two friends in two days asked about that bike light post I wrote.
One wanted a good light for a gift, the other for cold, dark nights in Maryland.
Because I’m running one or two blogs too many, plus Facebook, I understand it can be hard to find something.
My local bike advocate pals have been going a little overboard with with bike lights as the days have grown shorter, but it’s hard to find fault with being as visible as you can be.
It’s catchy, too. Dan Murphy summarized a common sentiment, “I was concerned about battery life, so I wasn’t turning them on.” He’s since been persuaded that he should be more concerned with distracted drivers.
On my bike I’ve added a $4 part that allows the blinky to connect to the rack, keeping the light vertical. Previously, I had the light dangling from my trunk bag – not good enough for our new ‘Lights On’ campaign. I’ve got 2 red tail lights and a blinky with a high powered beam on the front.
Shadows are long and office parties are many — get yourself some holiday lights.
Planet Bike’s Blinky Superflash tail light