Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall Back and Roll On- Bicyclists Prepare for Days of Less Light

Police Department teams up with Bicycle Coalition for bicycle light giveaway in anticipation of this weekend's Daylight Savings Time Change 


The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and the San Diego Police Department are embracing darkness coming with this weekend's Daylight Savings time change and taking bicycle safety into their own hands. 

Before we fall back, the Bicycle Coalition is giving away free sets of front and rear bicycle lights to prepare bicyclists for the upcoming change in hours. Anyone riding by the Police Department Headquarters at this time will receive complimentary lights (while supplies last), important safety information about riding in the dark and other Bicycle Coalition goodies to trick out their bicycle.


California state law requires bicycles be equipped with very specific lights when riding in darkness, which is defined as a half hour after sunset or a half hour before sunrise. The Bicycle Coalition knows the safety of our citizens is top priority.

By joining forces with the Police Department together they can uphold cycling laws while also ensuring bicycle commuters are visible and safer on the road without sunlight.


In front of San Diego Police Department Headquarters: 1401 Broadway, San Diego, 92101


San Diego Police Department and San Diego County Bicycle Coalition are providing these lights for any and all bicycle commuters.


Public remarks from SDCBC and SDPD: Wednesday, October 30 at 5 PM.
Light giveaway: Wednesday, October 30 from 4-6 PM
Daylight Savings: Sunday, November 3 at 2 AM

Monday, October 7, 2013

Beginning Tonight: Three Mayoral Candidates Talk the Bike, Ride and Walk

Fletcher, Alvarez and Faulconer each spend one night addressing livable streets and communities in San Diego

Beginning today, October 7, 2013, our mayoral candidates tell us where they stand on livable streets and communities in their campaign for Mayor of San Diego. Nathan Fletcher, David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer have each reserved one evening at various local spots to address the growing momentum for walkable, bikeable neighborhoods.
WHEN: Each candidate will speak on their own designated day:
·   6 p.m. on Monday, October 7: Nathan Fletcher at Mission Brewery (1441 L Street)
·   6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9: David Alvarez at Mission Brewery
·   4 p.m. on Thursday, October 31: Kevin Faulconer at Wine Pub (2907 Shelter Island Drive #108)
In the past year, San Diegans have shown repeatedly that they want a city structure that makes neighborhoods walk and bike friendly. With the unanimous passing of DECO Bike Share (to implement throughout San Diego in 2014), the city’s first ever CicloSDias, a series of Bike Local Sundays, $200 million passed for SANDAG’s bicycle projects and the largest bicycle friendly Business Improvement District in the nation, all eyes are on what San Diego does next to continue being a leader in open streets and livable neighborhoods.
The event is free and open to all community members.
·   Mayoral candidates Nathan Fletcher, David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer
·   Livable Streets Coalition: Advocacy groups of the bike, walk and livable streets communities, including San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and Walk San Diego.
·   Anyone who is passionate about making San Diego a walkable and bikeable place to live – can RSVP here 
Mia Bolton,, 301-395-4145

For more information on the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, please visit
SAN DIEGO COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION: (SDCBC) is a nonprofit organization that advocates for and protects the rights of all people who ride bicycles. They promote bicycling as a mainstream, safe and enjoyable form of transportation and recreation. For more information, go to

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Robert's Mini Bike Book Review: City Cycling, Edited by John Pucher and Ralph Buehler

Review by Robert Leone

Twenty-one contributors combined to create fifteen chapters for this MIT published 2012 book targeting urban planners who believe bicycles are the new black. The overall emphasis is on separated bicycle facilities, but there's other stuff, too. For example, there's a chapter on the “Health Benefits” of cycling that's clearly based upon studies of folks who've integrated a little riding here and there into their daily lives, not enthusiast amateur athletes. A more oblique chapter only a cost accountant would love, “Effective Speed,” factors the time spent earning vehicle ownership into the question of how fast one travels. It's an idea whose earliest expression seems to come from Thoreau. Another surprising chapter focuses on the design of “Bicycle Equipment and Its Role in Promoting Cycling as a Travel Mode.” Separate chapters address the distinct concerns of women and children propelling themselves on roads and paths, safety, and combining bikes and public transportation. Surprise: Most European transit systems don't allow bikes on board, but have enough station parking that many people have bikes at both ends of their routine commute! Bike sharing gets a chapter. Most interesting for advocates are three separate chapters comparing development of facilities and ride share in small cities (including California's own Davis), big cities, and “Megacities.” One of the latter, Tokyo, is not a hotbed of separated facilities or traffic calming systems simply because surface street speeds are already quite low, but the more than 800,000 bike parking spots at rail stations attract 37% of the region's bike rides. City Cycling is a valuable and timely concentration of the past decade and a half of research on the impact of cycling, cycling infrastructure, and people who ride bikes. The well-stocked references are great aids to searching for the original papers and presentations. This book will date quickly, but for a frozen portrait of the best information and comparisons available now, I know of none better.