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You haven’t seen me post many “celebrities on bikes” photos lately because my main source of free bike celebrity photos went out of business. I was pretty excited to see, then, that Getty now offers the same service from their huge library of editorial and creative images. Last night, I immediately embarked on a search of news photos with bicycles and posted this one of the Dutch Queen Maxima riding to a park grand opening event.
Using the service naturally has its limitations. Getty says they haven’t quite figured out how they’ll do it yet, but they’ll want to eventually generate revenue from this “free” service, which probably means advertising embedded into the images. I’ve also discovered that only a subset of the images are available for embed.
For instance, let’s take a look at American track cyclist Sarah Hammer from Temecula, California. On Sunday, she won the gold medal in the women’s omnium at the 2014 UCI track championships in Cali, Colombia, for her seventh world champion rainbow jersey. I went to gettyimages.com, selected Editoral Images->All Editorial->Last 7 Days. (Editorial images are news photos). I entered “Sarah Hammer” in the search box and hit the go button. The results looked like this.
During the San Jose Bike Train today we saw Israel Prime Minister and California Governor Jerry Brown walk from the tarmac into a waiting caravan of black vans as we rode alongside San Jose International Airport. What did you see on your commute today?
Christian Lent begins today. My reflections as recycled from 2010. More bicycle silliness below the photo of the rider on the trail.
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s plan for safer roads.
League of American Bicyclists encourages you to contact your Representatives and Senators to support this list of asks during the National Bike Summit taking place now in Washington DC.
Po Campo announces a bag designed specifically for use with Bixi-designed bike share bikes. The presser says:
Love using the bike share system in your city but hate how hard it is to carry stuff? The roomy Po Campo Bike Share Bag makes it easy to carry everything you need by fitting perfectly into the front rack/basket of the common bike share bike. Integrated bungee straps securely and quickly attach the bag to the bike.
Designed exclusively for the bike share bikes used in Chicago, NYC, San Francisco, and other cities.
I’ve carried my dog, lunch, jackets, and bags on those tiny little front carrier racks, so I didn’t realize the lack of carrying capacity was a thing. On my TODO list: toting a full sized bicycle in that front rack. Perhaps I’ll try that tonight, so watch for photos.
Mark Cavendish has a new book: At Speed: My Life in the Fast Lane. Just as refreshingly cheeky and transparent as his first book. A fast, enjoyable read. More in-depth review coming soon.
This has never been an issue for me, but maybe this can help others: Free saddle mod fixes the groin pressure problem.
Blue Honda Accord vs bicyclist on Aptos, CA.
With the new mayor, Los Angeles seems to be backsliding on their commitmentb to promote bicycle transportation.
Design a new highway through Illinois farmland, then invent justifications to build it.
You can join Dublin Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn this Sunday in San Jose during a special Bike Party ride around downtown San Jose beginning at City Hall. You can see details here. A bike party is probably the exact opposite of Lent, but oh well.
Lady Fleur gives advice on cycling during those spring showers we so desperately need. The only thing I’d add for eyeglass wearers: bring a rag or small towel. I carry mine in my back pocket.
More bike stuff below the good advice.
Did you know road users have a duty to watch out for livestock — including working livestock dogs — when traveling through open range in the United States? A rancher tries to give some perspective on dog vs bike encounters on rural roads.
San Jose Mercury News guest opinion piece from the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition: Today’s ambitious bike projects pave the way for future success by Andy Ball and Tom Werner.
A group of ten women from five East Coast bike advocacy groups Biked to the National Bike Summit taking place in DC this week.
The $1200 BMW (har har).
Outside Magazine: Those fun wearable POV cameras can kill you. One specific example that I’ve been known to do is stick a three foot pole from my helmet. If that pole catches a tree branch, I have a broken neck.
That video shows the route we take for San Jose Bike Train, which takes place the first and third Wednesday of every month. Join us!.
U.S. DOT traffic projections defy reality.
Kent’s photos from the 2014 Seattle Bike Expo.
An indie rock band makes a bicycle music video.
Ride from Palo Alto to Millbrae BART with experienced bicycle commuters along the beautiful Bay Trail Route. No Rider Left Behind, Everyone is welcome.
Local bike guy Andrew Boone leads the Peninsula Bike Train, a group commute from Palo Alto, California to Millbrae, with stops in Menlo Park and Redwood City.
The next bike train departs this Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7 A.M. from Palo Alto Lytton Plaza at University & Emerson. The timetable:
7:00 am – Palo Alto Lytton Plaza (University & Emerson)
7:10 am – Menlo Park Caltrain (7-11 at Oak Grove & Alma)
7:30 am – Redwood City Courthouse Square (Broadway & Hamilton)
9:00 am – Millbrae BART/Caltrain Station
About a 15 MPH pace, which isn’t quite cooking it but it’s not quite slow, either.
San Jose Bike Train rides again this Wednesday, March 5, 2014. One of my colleagues at the office was kind enough to share his germs with me during a meeting last week, so let’s hope my nasty head cold heals up before then. Details and more bike stuff below the spiffy Bike Train logo.
We’ll ride rain or shine. Wheels roll at 8 AM from the Amtrak bus shelter at San Jose Diridon Station. We ride north on the Guadalupe River Trail to serve destinations along the Guadalupe Parkway / North 1st Street Corridor by Hedding Street, SJC Airport, Technology Drive, Trimble Road, Montague Expressway and River Oaks. San Jose Bike Train is an inclusive group ride for all bike styles, body shapes, and apparel. Pace is “no drop” at 10 to 12 MPH.
@chpbike is now online
Twitter updated their robot API last June, which broke my feeds for California Highway Patrol bicycle incidents and fatalities. I finally fixed these feeds over the weekend. Feeds are @chpbike and @chpfatal. They capture and report bike incidents and traffic fatalities (respectively) that are logged to the CHP dispatch system. CHP generally handles mobile 911 calls. Several metro areas operate their own mobile 911 centers, so those calls are missed unless they get handed off to CHP. Another limitation: the @chpbike feed gets a lot of false positives — the intention is to capture bicycle crashes, but I also get most motorcycle crashes in this feed too. You’ll also see the occasional “debris in bike lane” report captured here.
I also updated the California bicycle crash map to show 2014 bicycle incidents. Data source is the same as the chpbike Twitter feed, so the same limitations apply.
More bike stuff
The 2nd Dublin Ireland Mayor’s Ride takes place next Sunday starting from San Jose City Hall. Join the Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn, a collection of other dignitaries, and assorted bike hippies for a seven mile bike ride around downtown San Jose during this Sister City visit. Ride starts at 9:30 AM and don’t forget we spring forward for Daylight Savings Time this weekend.
One of many tweets from the National Bike Summit highlights BlackGirlsDoBike.com, a website to support the growing community of women of color who bike.
— CommunityCyclingCtr (@CommCyclingCtr) March 3, 2014
SFGate: Combine transit with bikes to extend your reach on weekend Bay Area getaways.
Study: Kids who bike or walk to school perform better than their chauffeured peers. If you as a parent are worried about your child’s safety, start a Walking School Bus or a Bike Train.
SFGate (again): Bike Style photo spread features how people dress when they ride their bikes. Unless you know the Bay Area, it might not be what you expect. A couple of people I know from that feature include Lady Fleur and film producer Kristin Tieche.
Drivers license suspensions make poverty worse.
Court rules California texting while driving law doesn’t apply if you’re using a mapping application.
My parents lived in Corona, California just down the street for a trailhead into Cleveland National Forest where a mountain biker lost his life when he was caught out in the rain.
Finally, here’s a photo of the group from the last San Jose Bike Train. Don’t we look like a friendly bunch? Join us Wednesday morning.
Tern returns to Austin to support the third annual SXCycles at the South By Southwest music and interactive media festival this March 7-16, 2014.
At SXcycles, Tern folding bikes will be available to conference attendees to help them navigate the city with ease and efficiency. SXcycles offers SXSW badge holders a chance to transform the way they experience Austin; ditch the car and get around the city for free in a convenient, fun, and sustainable way.
“Year after year, SXcycles continues to grow. This has been one of our most well-received initiatives in North America,” said Steve Boyd, general manager at Tern North America. “We are proud to be able to show people, in an interactive way, how easy and convenient it can be to navigate by bike in an urban setting.”
At SXcycles, Tern will supply registered SXSW gold, music and platinum badge holders with bikes to get between the conference center, outside events, and lodging, at no cost to them beyond a security deposit. SXcycles rental includes daily use of several Tern bike options. Bike rental also includes a light set, a U-style lock, and helmet. Tern will staff a team of mobile mechanics equipped to get riders back en route as quickly as possible and without charge in the event of a mechanical problem or flat tire.
The folding bikes provided for SXCycles by Tern come with a rear rack, front and rear fenders, and a basket to carry all of your swag.
Attendees can register at the SXcycles HQ located at 98 Red River St. at the southwest corner with Cesar Chavez St. The SXcycles lot will be in operation March 7-15 from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Bikes are available on a first come, first served basis. Before taking a bike, every renter is required to pre-authorize a $150 deposit at the SXcycles lot. Bikes must be returned by 12 a.m.
B-Cycle bike share is also available in Austin. Austin B-Cycle participates in the “B-Connected” program, in which annual membership at participating B-Cycle programs is valid in the other cities. You can use Austin B-Cycle for no additional charge if have an annual membership in B-Cycle at Fort Worth,San Antonio, Houston, Denver, Boulder, Madison, Charlotte, Nashville, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, Broward County, Kailua, Omaha, Des Moines, or Spartanburg. Day passes are also available for non-members.
Bike Hugger Mobile Social
Tern will also provide the bikes for the Bike Hugger 8th Annual Mobile Social on March 9, 2014. Mobile Social is an inclusive, casual fun ride for all comers.
I haven’t followed this stuff lately so I’ve lost track: Does the UCI still ban athletes from competition of their blood hematocrit tests above 50%?
An Italian-sponsored UCI Pro Continental cycling team dismissed Venezuelan rider Jimmi Briceño after he tested at 63% hematocrit.
This is not a positive drug test, but it’s an abnormally high level. When I have blood tests I check my blood levels and I test out in the mid 40s, which is considered normal for adult human men.
“Mr. Sixty Percent” mentioned in Velonews is Danish cyclist Bjarne Riis. Rumor says he once tested at 56% hematocrit in 1995, while his “normal” off-season hematocrit was in the low 40s. In 2007, Riis admitted to doping with EPO, growth hormone and cortisone from 1993 to 1998. This includes the year he won the Tour de France in 1996.
Hematocrit or HCT is the volume of red blood cells in blood. A higher percentage means more solids, which means “thicker” blood. You can deliver more oxygen during endurance events but with increased risk for undesirable side effects like death by heart attack, death by stroke, or death from pulmonary embolism. From 1987 to 1990, 20 young Belgian and Dutch cyclists died in their sleep from heart attacks. Artificial EPO manufactured with recombinant DNA technology wasn’t even available for use outside of medical experiments yet.
After the UCI ruled that blood hematocrit above 50% would be considered prima facie evidence of doping, dopers continued in their drug use. They were just forced to watch their blood numbers. They knew when the drug tests would happen, so dopers injected saline to dilute their blood and bring the hematocrit number down for the test. Nasty business, right?
H/T to Roger.
I was talking with one of my fellow bus riders this morning when she told me about a neighbor’s do-it-yourself traffic calming shenanigans. This one’s a little more extreme than other’s you might have heard about.
Mr Grumpy Neighbor got so sick of people speeding down the street past this house that he bought a truckload of gravel and had it dumped in front of his house. The street is now a ruined mess, and the bus rider told me she’s now forced to walk her bike up and down her street.
I had an uncle (now departed) with property that was taken by the city for a road. Every couple of years he took an end loader and tore up the pavement, which the city would repair several months later and send the bill to my uncle.
Do you know of anybody who destroys streets to protest either traffic or eminent domain?