2008 archive

That 4,000-mile goal for 2008? Nailed it, barely

Back in January when I set a 4,000-mile bicycle-riding goal for 2008, I didn't want to have to resort to fulfilling my resolution on New Year's Eve.

Of course, that's what I ended up doing today. 

I completed 4,002 miles in 2008 with a 10-mile ride up to Lewis Creek Park on Cougar Mountain this morning. My son suggested that route, because it's all downhill on the way home — a good treat for my accomplishment.

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Now, I'll probably spend the first week of 2009 cleaning my bicycle. …

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Dirty bike

Sand covers the drivetrain of my bike.

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Take the sign survey for East Coast Greenway

The East Coast Greenway is a 3,000-mile bicycle-pedestrian route from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida.

The route is proposed as an off-road path that links cities along the eastern seaboard. Currently, about one-fifth of the route is on traffic-free paths with more on the way.

But before things get too far along, however, the Greenway wants to establish a set of uniform signs that can be used along its length.

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To get some public feedback, the Greenway folks are distributing an online Bicycle Signage Survey that takes 12 minutes to complete (your time may vary) …..

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Another Bay Area bicyclist hit & run; both cars left the scene
One motorist comes forward 48 hours later

[Update: Tuesday, Dec. 30 — The driver of the first car turned herself into police Monday night, accompanied by family members and her pastor. Her story to police is that she thought she hit a bicycle in the road, not a person. She was booked on of hit and run, vehicular manslaughter and driving with a suspended license. The driver of the second car hasn't come forward.]

Does anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area take responsibility for their actions while driving?

Authorities in Conta Costa County are trying to solve another hit and run bicyclist fatality, this one on Saturday evening involving two motorists, neither of whom stopped. It follows by a month the hit and run death of bicyclist Mark Pendleton in a rural part of the county.

The latest fatality occurred about 6 p.m. in urban Richmond. Police say Laura Casey was riding her bicycle south on a sparsely populated portion of Carson Boulevard when she was struck from behind and knocked to the ground. Reports the Chronicle:

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As Casey screamed for help, several people ran to her aid, officials said, but before they could reach her, a second vehicle hit her and dragged her about 25 feet …

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Another bicycling adventure with Tim and Cindie Travis

Here's a book about precarious border crossings, bandits, wars and civil unrest, and big ol' hairy rats.

The latest John LeCarre spy novel? No. It's the latest bicycle tour book from Tim and Cindie Travis entitled “Down the Road in South America.”

Don't get me wrong. The book also tells about the wonderful people that the Travises meet on their journeys and the remarkable landmarks and scenery that they experience from the saddles of their loaded bicycles.

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I suppose the book is best described by its subtitle, “A bicycle tour through poverty, paradise, and the places in between.” …

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Cindie Travis riding into a village in Peru

Although they do visit large cities on the South American bicycle travels, Cindie and Tim Travis find that people are friendlier and easier to meet in the small villages. Photo from DowntheRoad.org.

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Hairpin turn in Colman Park, Seattle

While this is a dicey little stretch of road in the best of conditions, it was plenty slippery in the December 2008 snows. Cyclists often ride this road between Lake Washington Boulevard and the bike lane over the I-90 bridge.

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Desperation bicycle ride around Lake Washington

The sight of black pavement in my neighborhood this morning was enough to coax me out onto my bicycle after about a week-long hibernation.

Ordinarily I use better judgement about picking my bicycle rides, but we've been snowed in for awhile. And with only a few days remaining to knock out the last 90 miles of my 4,000-mile bicycling goal for 2008, just about any conditions are adequate for a bike ride.

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By the end of the day, I was 33 miles closer to my goal. By riding gingerly or walking through sections of slush or carrying my bike over snow dunes at some intersections, it was one of the slowest rides of the year …

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County that launched RAGBRAI ban backs down

RAGBRAI — and any other organized bicycle rides — are welcome again in Crawford County, Iowa.

The county's board of supervisors earlier this week rescinded the ban they instituted in October 2007. That's when their insurance carrier paid $350,000 to settle a negligence lawsuit with the family of a man who died in the 2004 RAGBRAI.

The decision to allow organized bike rides again ends an ugly prohibition that threatened to spill over into other counties. 

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The change of heart occurred after the Register's Annual Great Annual Bicycle Ride Across Iowa …..

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My top 10 bicycle rides of 2008

Looking through some pictures for an end-of-year family photo album this week, I stumbled across some bike ride pictures and realized I had enjoyed many excellent bicycle rides this year.

Here are my 10 favorites (with links if I blogged about it) in no particular order:

Seattle to Portland — Although my son and I had done Ride Around Washington several times, we had never ridden the 200-mile STP together. He nailed it effortlessly (above) with just a handful of training rides; I chalked it up to his being 17 years old.

John Wayne Pioneer Trail — With the family out of town for a few days this summer, I took the opportunity to finally ride the rail-to-trail over Snoqualmie Pass. Amazing scenery. I returned in October and met a guy from Oklahoma who was riding his horse 2,000 miles to visit a friend in western Washington.

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Overnight to Kanaskat — My son and I had never independently taken an overnight bicycle camping trip together. We rectified that this spring …

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