4 posts tagged Multi-modal

Packing for the Islands

I'm packing for a no-car trip to the San Juan Islands. I did it 4 years ago, for my 60th. That trip started from Orange County, CA. This trip is more compact, but hopefully just as much fun, this week-long, no-car, bike getaway. What makes it more compact, besides starting from Portland this time, is a new ferry option out of Seattle. In 2012 we ferried from Seattle to Victoria, B.C. then the four of us rented bikes for an 8-day island-hopping junket. This ferry takes us direct – party of ... Continue Reading

Riding the Wiggle with John Ciccarelli

Yes, John would meet me for an interview. After all, I was referred by a trusted source, Boston Bikes' Nicole Freedman, his former intern when he was Stanford's Bike Program Manager in the '90's. This would be no ordinary sit-down interview. I noticed on his website that he offers ride-along-coaching in San Francisco, like a private lesson, then he critiques your riding style, "expert help on where to ride in the street and how to negotiate intersections confidently"; this could be handy ... Continue Reading

Saving the Whales with a Bike and a Bus

Just a month ago OCTA hosted an Urban Cycling Workshop; I went to make a few new friends and brush up on my skills. That's where I met Wes Parsel. Wes does OCTA's Marketing for vanpools and bicycles. He stood out of the crowd that day of the training — he had 2 flat tires that blazing, red-hot day! Afterwards, we exchanged the customary Facebook friendings and I thought that would be the end of it, but once I had a friend inside OCTA I started thinking of combining the bike with a ... Continue Reading

Visit Your Mother

There's so much you can do on your bike: Go for coffee Buy groceries Ride to school Commute to work Visit your mother It was my best offer — I would join my sister who was visiting from Portland and go see my mother in San Diego. It was my birthday and I had few other offers, you could say this was my only offer, as my wife was on the east coast for a high school reunion and my boys were off being boys. I had another reason to visit. My mother had been feeling ... Continue Reading