Monday, December 22, 2014
Review by Robert Leone, Bike Coalition Board Member
The word “Illustrations” instead of “Art” is used quite deliberately in the title of this vast and wide ranging collection of drawings. Daniel Rebour was an illustrator, focused on depicting the reality of bikes, parts and accessories in understandable ways. He wasn't creating art to hang on the walls, but instead building pictures to inform his bike-riding, or bike-selling, audience. In his heyday, the mid-to-late 1940's and early 1950's, his illustrations from trade and manufacturing shows, from bike races and bike shops, documented and displayed the fascinating products of fertile imaginations increasingly freed from World War II's restrictions on trade and materials.
His five decades or so of productive work, first seen in now-old periodicals (whose widest distribution was in Europe), or out-of-date ephemera such as catalogs, is carefully collected (with captions, and in a few select cases careful endnote descriptions) and sorted into a boggling twenty-eight sections here. This is a good thing in many ways. As time passes, the original sources for this important documentation is increasingly fragmented or lost. Further, someone whose immediate interest is in a certain component or frame part can go directly to the section on “Suspension Systems” or “Drivetrain Components.”
On the other hand, the sheer size and breadth of the book, and of Rebour's lifetime of work, is daunting as a single read. Also daunting: The creativity of the bike trade. As early as the 1940's, there were CO2 inflators. Late 1940's rear derailleur drawings include exploded illustrations of mechanisms whose flat sides are seemingly punched or sawed out of sheet metal or bar stock, and appear one parts list and hardware store trip away from being a home project for the most ambition of home metal workers.
Some of the illustrations are mildly shocking: As late as the 1950's, decades after Tullio Campagnolo supposedly made the world safe for quick wheel changes, even top name competitors in the Tour de France rode on bikes with nutted axles instead of quick-release skewers (admittedly those nutted axles were secured with big wingnuts for ease of change without tools). In light of today's innovations in generator hubs and powerful LED systems, the many illustrations of sidewall generators powering incandescent (even if halogen-bulbed) lights seem quaint. In short, this is a massive collection and celebration of one man's work that documents an important and fruitful era in the technical development of the bicycle. Take a look – you might get an idea!
Friday, December 19, 2014
To see a recap of the tour visit: Mixte Finishes Kerry's Ride Home
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
Join us for our 4th Annual Holiday Joy Ride on December 11th at 5:30 PM. We will begin the night with a festive light-your-bike ride through Balboa Park and Uptown and end back at Panama 66 for a family friendly celebration of bikes. There will be food and drinks available for purchase.
We will also honor the winners of our Golden Gear Awards, people who have gone above and beyond to help make our region more bike friendly this year.
This event is family friendly. Your ticket includes 1 free drink ticket and light appetizers.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The four-day-long National Bicycle Tourism Conference kicked off in San Diego on Wednesday, November 5, with conference organizers hoping to highlight the region as an increasingly bike-friendly locale for residents and visitors alike. This is the first in the conference's 25 years of operation that San Diego was selected to host.
Prior to the start of the conference, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition staged a five-mile tour encompassing portions of downtown and Coronado, meant to highlight the nearly-complete Bayshore Bikeway, a 24-mile loop around the bay that's been under development since 1976, as well as various other improvements that resulted in Coronado being named in 2013 to a nationwide list of certified "bike friendly" city.
The tour kicked off in front of the county administration building, where Supervisor Greg Cox greeted a handful of cycling activists, local media, and national cycling press, offering encouragement for completion of the Bikeway and adoption of more cyclist-friendly policies countywide.
"What you're hearing throughout the entire region in San Diego is that we're really becoming more and more of a bicycling community," said Cox.
A short ride delivered participants at the San Diego-Coronado Ferry dock where, once on board, Bicycle Coalition executive director Andy Hanshaw and Stephan Vance, a transportation and land use planner with the San Diego Association of Governments, delivered an update on the state of cycling in San Diego.
"We're focused on getting people out and taking short trips, using their bike for commuting, making communities accessible for everyday riding," explained Hanshaw. "We think going by bike makes a lot of sense."
CicloSDias, an event in which a section of public street is closed to vehicle traffic and overtaken by cyclists and pedestrians, is growing in popularity. The third incarnation is set for Sunday, November 9, following the conclusion of the bike tourism conference. This time, the route passes through the Hillcrest and Bankers Hill neighborhoods, running along Sixth Avenue from Laurel north to UniversityAvenue, and then east along University to Park Boulevard.
Bike-sharing service Decobike, which was selected in 2013 provide 1800 bikes at 180 locations around San Diego, is set to launch sometime within the conference. The city's program roll-out will be the first of its kind in the region.
After nearly four decades, Vance said that funding has been identified for the final legs of the Bikeway, and that a full dedicated route should be available within the next five years.
"In recent years we've really picked up a lot of momentum," said Vance, crediting SANDAG's regional transit plan, which is contested by some advocates of car alternatives for not going far enough.
The overall SANDAG plan calls for 250 miles of additional bicycle facilities (including both dedicated bike paths and bike lanes along roadways) over the next 40 years. Overall, two percent of the half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2004 is earmarked for pedestrian and cyclist improvements.
Coronado city councilman Mike Woiwode was also in attendance, and said that local residents were already largely adopting cycling as a means of transportation. Several hundred locals take advantage of free early morning trips on the ferry to get to and from work, and as many as 70 percent of the city's children ride to school on a daily basis.
"If you go by the middle school, you'll see three or four hundred bikes in the racks right now," said Woiwode. "We're still trying to catch up with the demand."
Docking in Coronado, city transportation planner Mariah VanZerr joined the ride, pointing out several features including a traffic-calming roundabout, bike parking corrals installed in the downtown shopping district, and similar improvements that contributed to the city's cycling-friendly designation.
Coronado is home to a nine-mile dedicated bike path along the Silver Strand connecting the city to Imperial Beach, which is currently the longest contiguous section of Bikeway. A sensor near the beginning of that path, VanZerr said, registers between 700 and 1300 daily bike trips on weekdays, with as many as 3000 bikes per day passing by along the edge of the city golf course on weekends.
Hanshaw was optimistic the ride and other events associated with the convention would continue to enhance San Diego's image in the cyclist community.
"We've got a great opportunity to show off, not just the weather but the improvements that are going on all across the region, including our gem in the Bayshore Bikeway."
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, 2014
SDSU is proposing to install complete streets with landscaping, a bike lane and wider sidewalks on College Ave, Ave instead of preserving the current 3 lanes each way for traffic on College Ave. between Montezuma and Alvarado. That is a good thing.
It is item number 2, so arrive promptly, meeting starts at 7pm.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Daylight Saving is coming up this weekend and as you may have noticed, daylight is getting shorter. What does this mean to you, as a biker? First and foremost- you must be visible. As a cyclists, you want motorists, other bikers, and pedestrians to see you. We wouldn't want you to abandon your bike for the San Diego winter because you feel ill prepared or even worse, you ride without proper equipment.
The blinking red taillight is a great start to increase visibility. They are inexpensive, small, and really attract alertness from motorists. They should not be used as the sole component in night time riding visibility as they are just part of a larger package. A small taillight can be lost in a sea of lights found in an urban environment. One note, blinking lights are also very effective for visibility when riding during the day as well.
A high visibility, reflective vest is a large part of being seen at night. It provides the largest sections of reflectivity visible from all sides. It is also highly visible for day time riding. If you need any convincing about wearing a reflective vest, just drive past a road construction site at night and notice how visible reflective vests are. For the fashion conscious cyclists, there are options for vests, not just the standard mesh or the construction worker ones.
Where can you find this equipment? The best place to look is at your local bicycle shop. Talk to them about your needs and see what recommendations they offer, they should be informative about what is best for you and be able to outfit you. Otherwise, there is an internet full of sources for lights and reflective gear, and opinions. Remember, shop local when you can.
Monday, October 27, 2014
we are co-sponsoring a special gather and presentation with Adventure Cycling!
The presentation is about the latest in biking and bike travel! Adventure Cycling director Jim Sayer will be in San Diego to: meet with members and other cycling friends; talk about great projects like Bicycle Route 66, the new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route, bike overnights, and the U.S. Bicycle Route System; and provide the latest news on bike touring. He’ll also share exciting plans for Adventure Cycling’s 40th anniversary in 2016. There will be snacks and drinks and a chance to hob-nob with Jim and fellow adventure cyclists. Please join us and bring a friend!
When: Sunday, November 9 from 4:30-6:30 pm
What: Cyclists socializing, snacks and drinks, sharing what’s happening on bike travel in the U.S. and globally
Where: Florence Burnham Hall (part of San Diego Girl Scouts campus) in Balboa Park (1231 Upas Street, San Diego, CA) Phone: (619) 298-8391 Web: www.sdgirlscouts.org/properties
Please RSVP at email@example.com or (406) 532-2751 by November 7 so we can have enough snacks and drinks.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Currently the only routes connecting neighborhoods like Kensington, Talmadge, and Normal Heights are Texas St. and Fairmount Ave. Anyone that has biked or driven knows that cyclists have to contend with high speed motorists and a steep uphill climb.
The proposal, State Route 15 Commuter Bike Facility Project, will add a concrete barrier along Route 15 to safely buffer bikers and motorists.The proposed facility will connect to bike routes along Camino del Rio South, Adams Avenue, and the bike route that runs parallel to SR 15 from Landis Street to Adams Avenue
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Create a temporary Parklet in front of your business
Put a temporary display or “bike friendly” sale rack on the public right of way outside your door
Create special “grab and go” items for just that day
Move part of your business outdoors for the day
Pass out coupons or information about your business to encourage passersby to return
Use your imagination!
Questions about how your business can get involved in CicloSDias - firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a Parklet?
A parklet is a small space serving as an extension of the sidewalk to provide amenities and green space for people to use the street. It is typically the size of several parking spaces. It’s a great way to increase your presence and attract new customers.
CicloSDias is a FREE open street event hosted by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition designed to connect neighborhoods and encourage mobility. Sections of the street in Hillcrest and Bankers Hills will be closed to car traffic. Everyone is welcome to walk, ride, stroll, explore and enjoy the day of car free streets in support of a healthy and vibrant San Diego.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
National City received permission from the California Traffic Control Devices Committee (CTCDC) to install “Green” Bike Boxes at select signalized intersections along “D” Avenue, 4th Street and 18th Street (see photo above). The purpose of the green bike boxes, which are located at the front of a signalized intersection, just before the crosswalk, are to provide a highly visible, designated waiting
area for cyclists to allow them to get out in front of vehicles when the traffic signal turns
from red to green.
Another safety enhancement implemented was reverse angle parking, which provides drivers a clear line of site to check for other vehicles and cyclists prior to exiting from the parking space
In addition to the Community Corridor enhancements, National City partnered with A Reason to Survive (ARTS), a National City-based, non-profit that runs creative programs for youth facing adversity, local artist Roman De Salvo, and Sweetwater High School to design and fabricate artistic and functional bike racks through a $50,000 Active Transportation Grant. Motivated students from Sweetwater High’s Welding Academy were selected each semester to participate in product development, hosted at ARTS workshop and design studio.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Information at EventBrite- HERE
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat to Stop in San Diego on September 27 for A Day of Bikes, Beer and Bemusement
At Tour de Fat friends, family and neighbors are all invited to come enjoy eclectic entertainment, brewing education, a bicycle revival and even a fashion show of the best Tour de Fat costumes. In the afternoon, the stage heats up with the Bay Area-based headlining act, Beats Antique, which is an Electronica/World fusion dance trio. The trio is renowned for its outrageous live performances and creates a uniquely communal experience in the expression of their most recent album, A Thousand Faces. From choreography to costumes and the music itself, Tour de Fat festivarians are in for a wild ride.
Before the acts take to the stages, Tour de Fat kicks off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets. The parade begins and ends in Golden Hill Park, where the rest of the day’s entertainment shines from musical acts to yo-yo performers, bike contests and even vaudeville acts. This year will also include some brewing education and feature a “Bicycle Revival” to inspire festivalgoers to believe in the power of two-wheeled transportation.
Throughout the day, kids of all ages can ride funky bikes in the bike corral, eat delicious fare, relax in the grass, and participate in games and activities such as a “Thousand Person Dance Contest,” which will determine the winner of a 2014 New Belgium Cruiser Bike. Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium. The main beer station will offer the brewery’s flagship beer, Fat Tire, and Ranger IPA, Tour de Fall, Snapshot Wheat and 1554 Black Lager. For those looking for more esoteric libations, the Lips Lounge will feature selections of the acclaimed Lips of Faith Series, including La Folie, Gruit Ale, Rampant Imperial IPA, Gratzer Ale, Carnie’s Blood and FoCollaboration.
“This is our 15th year of Tour de Fat and it’s been an incredible journey. This really is one of the best ways to spend a Saturday – there isn’t much that can beat the fun that comes with dressing up, riding a bike, drinking beer, listening to music and just having a great day with old and new friends,” said Matt Kowal, New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Impresario. “There really is no excuse not to experience the magic yourself!”
This year, New Belgium will once again encourage one brave role model to step on stage to trade in his or her car keys and pledge to live car-free for one year. Each swapper is awarded a stipend to buy his or her own commuter bike. We’re now on the hunt for a swapper in San Diego. Car-for-Bike Swappers are chosen after submitting an application describing why they are ready to give up their vehicle for the gift of two wheels. To apply, visit: http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/san-diego.aspx.
Tour de Fat Details
Sign language interpreting will be provided at this year’s San Diego Tour de Fat!
Saturday, September 27
Golden Hill Park
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. — Fashion! (Best Costumes of the Tour de Fat)
12:20 p.m. — The Reals Band (https://www.facebook.com/therealsband)
1:20 p.m. — The Slow Ride Race
1:40 p.m. — The Handsome Little Devils (http://handsomelittledevils.com)
2:30 p.m. — Car for Bike Trade
2:45 p.m. —Yo-Yo People (http://www.yoyoshow.com)
3:35 p.m. — 1,000 Person Dance Contest – winner receives a New Belgium cruiser bike!
4:00 p.m. — Beats Antique (http://beatsantique.com)
5:00 p.m. –– Finale
San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (http://www.sdcbc.org)
San Diego Mountain Biking Association (http://www.sdmba.com)
Admission – FREE!
Donations for non-profits are accepted
Beer – $5
You can pre-register and donate to receive a limited edition Tour de Fat license plate, bike light or sunglasses at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-de-fat-san-diego-registration-11454325195?ref=ebtn.
See https://www.facebook.com/TourDeFat?ref=br_tf for the Tour de Fat credo, schedules, videos and to submit an entry to swap your vehicle for a fancy new bicycle. For more on the San Diego stop, visit http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/san-diego.aspx.
About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
View the new California Vehicle Code Section 21760.
Friday, September 12, 2014
- Assemblyman Steven Bradford, author, 3 Feet for Safety Act
- CHP-Border Division Chief Jim Abele
- San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman
- San Diego County Bicycle Coalition Executive Dir. Andy Hanshaw
- Auto Club Public Affairs Specialist and Bicyclist Marianne Kim
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
There will also be a printed version of the new map available late this summer. From the website -This free publication is produced by SANDAG and includes the latest updates to bikeways in the San Diego region, transit station locations, and bicycle parking facilities.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
See below for more information.
You are invited to attend one or more park specific focus group meetings for the Parks & Recreation Department master plan updates for Poinsettia, Aviara, and Pine Avenue Community Parks.
To schedule a park specific meeting time, please call 760-434-2826 to make a reservation. If you’re unable to attend one of the focus group meetings, please join us for one of our park specific community meetings.
Wed, Aug. 27 (5:30 p.m - 8:45 p.m)Community Meetings
Aviara and Poinsettia Community Parks.
Wednesday, Sept. 3 (5:30 p.m - 7:00 p.m)Community Meetings
Pine Avenue Community Park.
Monday, Sept. 15 (3:00 p.m)Progress report presentation
Senior and Parks & Recreation Commissions.
For more information, or to provide online feedback, please visit the project website.