Monthly Archive: November 2008

Ride a bike; plant a tree in Louisiana

Normally, bicyclists who stop along the roadside during long rides are “taking care of business.”

But the 35 Acorns of Hope bicycle riders touring Louisiana's coastal plain earlier this month were professional arborists, and they were stopping to plant 2,000 live oak trees.

Acorns of Hope is a 5-year project that's aimed at replanting the thousands of trees along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico that were wiped out by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

Without trees and their roots to hold the soil along the coastline, erosion continues to threaten those who are returning to rebuild their homes and their livelihoods …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2008/11/30/ride-a-bike-plant-a-tree-in-louisiana/

Pan-Mass Challenge bike ride breaks its own record

Some 5,300 bicycle riders helped set a new record for an athletic fund-raising event by collecting $35 million in pledges for the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge bike ride in August.

The money went to the Jimmy Fund for adult and pediatric cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Organizers of the 29th annual bike ride across Massachusetts are particularly proud of their accomplishment because the entire amount raised goes to the charity; the sponsors underwrite the cost of producing the bike ride and provide in-kind services along with the 2,800 volunteers. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2008/11/29/pan-mass-challenge-bike-ride-breaks-its-own-record/

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Martinez cyclist Mark Pendleton

Martinez cyclist Mark Pendleton was killed by a hit and run driver Nov. 24, 2008. Picture from Contra Costa Cycling Club.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2008/11/29/martinez-cyclist-mark-pendleton/

Memorial bike ride for hit-and-run victim Mark Pendleton

A memorial bicycle ride is planned Saturday morning in Martinez, California, for a Contra Costa Cycling Club cyclist killed on Monday.

Mark Pendleton, 49, was struck head-on by a hit-and-run driver between 5:30 and 6 p.m. on Monday. Reconstructing the collision from debris at the scene, investigators say Pendleton was heading south and when he was struck by a northbound dark truck or SUV that had crossed the double yellow line.

The city of Martinez is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the driver, a member of the Alto Velo Bicycle Racing Club in Los Altos has kicked in another $5,000 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2008/11/28/memorial-bike-ride-for-hit-and-run-victim-mark-pendleton/

Thanksgiving bike ride along Lake Washington

'Tis the season to jump on the bicycle and make room for that extra helping of turkey dressing later in the day.

I buzzed out for my own appetite-inducing bike ride down along Lake Washington on Thursday and was surprised by the number of other bicyclists doing the same.

Traditionally, Thanksgiving has been the day …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2008/11/27/thanksgiving-bike-ride-along-lake-washington/

Holmgren to Zorn: No more bicycle riding to games

“He [Zorn] used to ride his bicycle to the games. And when he left, I said, 'You know, I don't think you can do that in Washington. I mean, the head coach, you've got to kind of drive the car and do the normal thing.' ”

– Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren talking about Jim Zorn, former Seahawks quarterback ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2008/11/26/holmgren-to-zorn-no-more-bicycle-riding-to-games/

Which mile would I sponsor on the TransAmerica bike trail?

One of the many ways that the Adventure Cycling Association raises funds for its non-profit activities is to ask members to sponsor a one-mile stretch of a bicycle route.

For $200 (more for a mountain pass), you can dedicate a mile on one of several bicycle maps: TransAmerica, Pacific Coast, Lewis & Clark, or Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Map panels or entire maps are available too.

My friend Bruce and I rode the TransAmerica bike route from Yorktown, Virginia, to Pueblo, Colorado in 1984. Then we picked our way over a few other bike routes to Carlsbad, California. The 1984 bike tour journal is on my website.

Reading about that offer in an email I received Tuesday, I started thinking about which mile of the TransAmerica Bicycle Route I would choose to sponsor …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2008/11/26/which-mile-would-i-sponsor-on-the-transamerica-bike-trail/

Motorist in 2007 STP crash sentenced to 6 1/2 years

It's back to prison for the motorist who struck a Seattle bicyclist near St. Helens, Oregon, in the 2007 Seattle-to-Portland bike ride.

The Oregonian reports that Daniel B. Whittlinger, 41, of Portland was convicted of two counts of second-degree assault, one count of third-degree assault, and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

He was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison; he had previously served 13 years in an Oregon prison for a 1989 murder before he was paroled ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2008/11/25/motorist-in-2007-stp-crash-sentenced-to-6-12-years/

Online bicycle gear store donates to World Bicycle Relief


World Bicycle Relief

If you're stocking up on bicycle gear for the holidays, there's an online store where part of your purchase will provide some goodness in Africa.

Ultra cyclist Rob Lucas is launching a campaign to raise money for World Bicycle Relief from UltraRob.com, his commercial website that sells cycling and other outdoor gear.

Today through Christmas, Rob has pledged to donate 10% of his website's earnings to World Bicycle Relief, a charity that supplies bicycles to aid workers in Africa …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2008/11/24/online-bicycle-gear-store-donates-to-world-bicycle-relief/

Magazine names top 11 bicycle touring outfits

What are the top adventure travel companies geared to bicyclists?

The National Geographic Adventure magazine studied 200 adventure travel outfitters and came up with a list of 157 that received a score of 80 or above in their five-category survey.

Eleven of those were purely bicycle-touring companies that offer adventures in the US and abroad. The list, based on overall scores:

1. VBT Bicycling Vacations

2. BikeHike Adventures ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2008/11/23/magazine-names-top-11-bicycle-touring-outfits/

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