Carlsbad’s Pilot Projects, Bryan Jones

His business card reads, "Deputy Director, City Traffic Engineer"; meet Bryan Jones from the City of Carlsbad, CA. He's a fellow bike rider – we ride the same brand. He's a great coach, after only an hour together and I am learning how to be a more effective advocate. He's practiced – he's done all this before in Fresno before moving to Carlsbad only 2 years ago. He's having a big impact; already Carlsbad is a bright spot along the coast for those who wish to bike and walk. ... Continue Reading

What Raccoons and Cyclists Have in Common

I love my dog and he loves raccoons, so to get him going I turned on a TV documentary, Nature: Raccoon Nation. Usually he prefers movies with ponies, or movies about other dogs, even animated dogs get him barking and jumping at the screen, but during this raccoon show I had to restrain him. Too much teasing? He's a big-brained dog with a 200-word vocabulary if you believe what my wife claims; 20 might be more like it. He likes to sit on the couch and watch movies with us. This old ... Continue Reading

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

Bikes on Amtrak

Would you take your bike on the train if it was easier to do so? Does the idea of boxing up your bike cause you to think of driving to your destination instead? For today's podcast I'm joined by Champe Burnley, President of the Virginia Bicycling Federation, Kerry Irons with the Adventure Cycling Association and Dave Snyder, Executive Director of the California Bike Coalition. This subject came to the forefront recently as the Amtrak Surfliner in Southern California changed its bike ... Continue Reading

Martha Roskowski, the Green Lane Project

Are you creating new bike infrastructure for the one percent? That's what most cities do as they begin to move from planning to implementation. To get more people out of their cars and riding bikes, you've gotta build the right infrastructure. If Memphis can do it, certainly it can be done in your home town. That's the goal of the Green Lane Project which Martha Roskowski runs — showing the world how to build safer bike infrastructure. The Green Lane Project is part of People ... Continue Reading