Bye Santa Barbara

It's our last morning; we will depart Santa Barbara at 2pm as we head for home. We've got time for a ride south along the coast; breakfast is our objective. Yeah, it's a beautiful off-road bike path, this Coast Route path, but I can't help feeling it doesn't match up on the equity side. Equity, the next of the E's coming for Bicycle Friendly Community, asks rating advocates to consider if poorer parts of a city are as well served as the wealthy. Good question, eh? Montecito has to be ... Continue Reading

Familiar Santa Barbara

Our favorite breakfast spot, Garrett's Old Fashion Restaurant, is just blocks from the Mission, so we have to pedal over and enjoy the views. Although it's our final stop on this 6-day getaway, there's no remorse. We've visited Santa Barbara a hundred times over many years — we love it here. First thing we appreciate is the climate, just like Corona del Mar — cool temps with a marine layer suits us perfectly. We have few plans for the 2 days and nights we'll visit this time. ... Continue Reading

SLO Sunday Scene

It's a quiet morning, or so I think, until the church bells start ringing at 6:50am — and they keep ringing till 7:00 — everyone's awake. We're packing out of SLO, on our way home via Santa Barbara where we'll spend 2 nights at the beach. It's gonna feel chilly after the toasty temps here in San Luis Obispo, but first we've got time to kill. Our train doesn't depart until 1:55pm. While I was catching up with the photos, Barbara was out for a walk. She's toured the I ... Continue Reading

SLO Bike Rodeo

The last post ended just as we were meeting Dan Rivoire, Executive Director of the SLO Bike Kitchen. The Kitchen does a lot of things, but maybe primarily it's a space where people can bring their bikes in need of repair and do it themselves. They've got the "tools, the parts and the knowledge you need to fix your bike." The key point here is that you do it; they help, but they're teaching people to do the basic bike maintenance to keep their bikes in good rolling condition. As we were ... Continue Reading

SLO Sights

Before the more private part of this trip begins — we're here celebrating our 39th anniversary — I'm squeezing in a few meetings. I've got breakfast with Jo Anne Miller who is breathing new vigor into the local entrepreneurship scene, then it's time for a bike ride with Eric Meyer. He's easy to spot in a crowded coffee patio; he's wearing a SLO Hothouse t-shirt and that's just where Jo Anne and I departed an hour ago. How did we meet? Through bike advocacy, of course. Newport Beach ... Continue Reading

San Luis Obispo Again

When we tell people we came by train with our bikes, they're surprised and delighted. Surprised that the message is getting out that the Amtrak Surfliner is the best way to travel the 250 miles from Irvine to SLO. There's room for 7 bikes on this train, all of them on the first car, but our Business Class seats are in the last car, so we've got a long unsteady walk the length of the train as we balance our panniers and bike helmets on our way to our seats. I only saw our two bikes onboard, ... Continue Reading

Portland’s Stories

I was reluctant to tell my Portland friends my plans for the day. Who would be interested in a tour of their own home town? I was motivated for a couple of reasons. Sometime in 2014 the City of Newport Beach will likely apply for Bicycle Friendly America recognition and the process looks at Encouragement — what we're doing to encourage people to get out and ride. Accordingly, I've been planning a series of local rides, one with a tour theme, not a race-type ride, so I was taking notes ... Continue Reading

Bike Rack Potential

Ron Yeo and I spent some time this morning on field work. Yeah, we knew there was nothing but a blank canvas when it comes to bike racks for Corona del Mar, but where exactly? Ron knew that Ace Hardware was at the top of my list; I'm usually locking up to a sign post. Albertsons – not many opportunities here and too bad because grocery shopping by bike is fun. Once we started spotting red curbs as potential bike rack sites, we found lots of opportunities. Placing them in ... Continue Reading

Quick Trip to NY

I couldn't miss the inaugural meeting of the Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee, so a red-eye took me to NY for a venture capital conference. Jet lag can really wear me down, so I was delighted when I was checked-in and upgraded at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Hudson at Chambers, a little before 6am — that's great service. I was able to sleep for several hours before hitting the conference just before lunch. So I missed the early morning rush hour; I was both too early ... Continue Reading

Vienna Rush Hour

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 ... Continue Reading