Category Archives: Bike riding

An East Bay Gem: Garin Regional Park

GARIN PARK:: An amazing park full of activities and places to explore!

LOCATION: Garin Regional Park Cattlemen’s Picnic Area 1320 Garin Avenue Hayward, CA

The summer Park Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. There is a visitor center where you can learn more about Garrin Park and its history- there are hiking trails,, a kite flying area, horse back riding trails, native plants garden and many other features. Link for more information on the Park. This is a beautiful historic park in the East Bay. To Reach the Park. . This park is beautiful with so much to do, take a look.

Gas Taxes & Gas Prices in CA

California Legislature passed a bill (Thursday April 6, 2017) —  a  $52 billion transportation package- passed with a two-thirds vote. This is a 12 cents a gallon increase in gasoline prices and more. 

We often pass bills, and learn about the consequences later. More than that, I believe what DOES NOT WORK is continuing to raise taxes without showing progress.

Let’s face it. We have a lousy track record on roads.

It seems everything is getting squeezed in California.  Will small businesses simply leave CA?

  • How will CA really fix our roads? (Roads are still unrepaired in cities and highways, and we keep paying.)
  • How can we ENSURE quality infrastructure updates? (Remember, corroding Chinese STEEL in the Bay Bridge?) (Road extensions that cost triple the estimate?)
  • How can we get fair, competitive bids? How can we stop year over year cost over-runs?
  • Will we address FLOODING on our highways? and Road Safety?  It has been a mess this year!

Senate Bill 1, which would fix California’s pothole-ridden roads and unstable bridges by hiking gas taxes and vehicle license fees.

  •  It squeaked by in the Senate 27-11
  • In the Assembly – It passed narrowly, 54-26.
  • After passing, the Legislature’s Democratic leaders began lining up for FUNDING  transportation projects for their districts. (Pork Barrel politics)
  • We really need oversight here, let’s prioritize, road repair, safety and removing hazards RATHER than “let’s build a new ITEM in my district”.

More details:

The deal will hike gas taxes +12 cents per gallon and diesel taxes +20 cents per gallon, starting Nov. 1, 2017.  It will create a new vehicle license fees starting Jan. 1.

  • nearly half of California drivers whose cars are worth under $5,000 would pay a $25 fee each year (50% of the cars in CA are worth less than 5K – WHO made this estimate?)
  • vehicles valued between $5,000 and $25,000 — about 40 percent of drivers in the state +pay $50.
  • Drivers of luxury cars would pay as much as+$175 more.
  • +$100 per year, starting in 2020, for electric vehicles

The bulk of the money would  go to road repairs, though it also includes more funding for public transit.

WHO will this affect? Many small businesses and consumers because cost increases would be passed on to consumers.  Construction workers, Landscapers, Mail-order, Internet Businesses (Amazon!), Tesla, Toyota, Diesel car owners, even the Clunker cars would take on a $25 registration fee.

We already have gas taxes, but judging by the pot holes that can pop tires and break axles, there has not been much investment in ROAD SAFETY OR MAINTENANCE. I wonder where the last 5 years of gas taxes went? Seriously, have you seen improvements in our roads? At least, Bike riders were not considered or included in this bill to provide road repairs.

It is often said that Democrats main concern is for Climate Change. Does this reduce driving from the average 40 miles /day? Does a gasoline tax reduce the numbers of cars on the road or lessen pollution? Does it even create local jobs? As a state, we need to take a look at our lack of strategic planning, cost to workers, state budget. As a Sanctuary City, SF & LA might be doubly concerned over Federal Funding cuts due to non-compliance.

Governor Brown, heard angry protests on:

  • environmental justice for low-income /working-class communities
  • regarding the Late-night concession to the trucking industry (politics in action!)
  • communities impacted most by dirty air

I imagine that CA tax-payers are wondering where this huge PILE of money will go. Where is the oversight? We keep paying and paying and still and still hear the standard line: We Don’t Have Enough $$.  We haven’t added roads to CA recently, we can’t maintain what we have, and our mass transit is a MESS. Go ahead, ride BART after 8pm, you’ll see that BART doubles as our “Bay Area homeless shelter”.

Another Viewpoint:  More pain at the pump? a video by PragerU

Group Bike Riding – it’s a Conference Bike

It’s no joke: the ConferenceBike is a revolutionary way to bring people together. The CoBi-7 is pedaled by 7 riders sitting in a circle. One person steers while the other 6 pedal (or not) as the bike moves effortlessly along. More than 300 CoBies are now being enjoyed by a wide variety of groups in 18 countries. It is a tour bike in Berlin, Baltimore and San Francisco; a tool for corporate team-building in Copenhagen and San Diego, a way for blind people to bike in Dublin and Florida. Googlers use this for moving team meetings.  Looks hilarious.  It sorta fits with their multi-colored bikes that are available to get from one part of the campus to the other.

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BART would like to Introduce: BARTable

BART recently launched a new website called “BARTable”. The site is a resource for finding fun activities that are BARTable (that is close to BART stations). Here you will find special discounts, weekly giveaways, a comprehensive events calendar and articlespointing you to unique and award-winning restaurants, the best biking trails near BART, upcoming concerts touring the Bay and more!

This is a great site, and they have ALL KINDS of current information. Haven’t you driven around in traffic enough? So check out BARTable and take the survey.  THANKS BART for letting us know! — the editor

You can also search for venues, events and destinations near BART stations on BARTable’s Explore page.

Please visit BARTable first and take the brief survey below for a chance to win a $100 Clipper card.

Please be sure to visit as many sections of the site as possible.

Survey Link: Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
http://bart.qualtrics.com/SE?Q_DL=6wZ3NmHujMHO31H_1XPqdQH3486WOqN_MLRP_3rdxWy2JEVD2lSJ&Q_CHL=email
Thank you!
BART Research Team

TdP- Tour de Peninsula

Look at this great bike event: Sunday August 2, 2015    ***  Coyote Point Park, San Mateo, CA ***

Registration to open in May. If you are not on the email list, complete this form ON THIS WEBSITE to receive all TdP updates.

TdP is a perennial highlight of the Bay Area ride calendar, offering a variety of routes to suit everyone from kids (2 to 6 miles) and first time riders (20-mile) to serious cyclists (31 / 56 / 63-mile options). See here for road closure information during the ride. Based in scenic Coyote Point Park along the bay in San Mateo, it’s easy to hangout after the ride with a picnic lunch, listening to live music and enjoying family activities, including visiting the CuriOdyssey Science and Wildlife Center. Proceeds benefit San Mateo County Parks and San Mateo County Parks Bicycle Sunday.

Tour De Peninsula Logo

The Urban Cycling Survival Guide

Just in time for the Perfect Weather! And if the warm weather hasn’t reached you yet…. it will and your’ll want to be prepared.  Coming Soon – March 1 – A great new book on cycling, The Urban Cycling Survival Guide: Need-to-Know Skills and Strategies for Biking in the City by Yvonne Bambrick.

 It’s an accessible, straight-forward guide to getting around on two wheels!

Peppered with charming two-tone illustrations, this handy pocket resource is sure to empower readers to become savvy city cyclists or confident commuters. The book includes comprehensive advice on picking and purchasing a bike, safety and risk reduction, rules of the road, all-weather riding, etiquette for cyclists and drivers, and cycling at any age.

Biking! You already know how important exercise and staying healthy are…. with bike riding, you can add the importance of green, sustainable living.

Sharing, Good for All

Toward a Sharing Economy” in the Green America magazine highlights some of my favorite sharing methods and groups.
Check out these:
Car-sharing: Zipcar, Chicago’s I-Go
Bike sharing: I love this, and I see it all over the SF Bay Area  (the bicycle coalition). There are also amazing groups of volunteers that collect and refurbish old unwanted bikes and give them away.
Crowdfunding: IndieGogo and Kickstarter, with many other local groups. Another essential part of this is loan funding for seed capital from small groups. (It’s a great experience – see Luke’s Toy Factory.)
Free Software Movement: The GNU General Public License, the free LINUX operating system and great efforts by small groups to teach and share knowledge.
Creative Commons: photo sharing, art sharing even necktie sharing. You can have it all, give it away, get some more, enjoy a community of sharing.
Homes, vacations, rentals: This is a fun and lively option, AirBnB and also HomeAway makes it easy. More formal than couch surfing but still a good adventure

“Green” Your Commute

When you choose “greener” commuting options such as walking, cycling, public transportation or car pooling, you reduce our consumption of natural resources, and could even reduce your stress level and save money. In fact, according to the American Public Transportation Association, households that use public transportation save more than $8,000 per year.

Top tips for a “greener” commute

Use more public transportation. Then sign-up for the Wells Fargo Commuter Benefit Program, which allows you to save up to 40% on your commute costs by purchasing public transit passes with pre-tax dollars.

  • Route your commute. You can find the fastest way to work using public transit—and other useful information—by using helpful websites like publictransportation.org.
  • Combine your commute with exercise.
  • Safety tips for biking commuting

If you’re a bike commuter, or considering becoming one, the most important factor of your ride is arriving safely. Remember to always:

  1. Wear a helmet and never ride with headphones.
  2. Be seen – Wear bright colored clothing.
  3. Obey traffic signs, signals, and road markings.
  4. Ride with traffic – Never ride against traffic.
  5. Keep both hands ready to brake – You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed.
  6. Be predictable – Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do.
  7. Look out for road hazards – Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, gravel, glass and other debris.
  8. Keep your bike in good repair – Check brakes and tires before every ride.
  9. Find more tips and information about cycling safely at NHTSA.gov. Enter “seven smart routes” into their search tool to retrieve a copy of its bicycle safety brochure.

You can commute by bike or walking and save yourself a trip to the gym. You can also thoughtfully plan your trips and walk to stores and mall from bus stops. I often see Moms and Dads riding bikes with their kids to school – what a safe and fun way to build more exercise into each day!  If you are shopping, you can combine trips with your friends and make it a fun green outing. There are many ways to become “greener”.

Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping

A detailed look at Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping and the amazing attractions that have made the Mackinac Area a leading tourist destination. Northern Michigan, a beautiful nature,tree and water paradise.

Includes the camp, Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island, Soo Saulte Marie, Taquamenon Falls, Fort Michilimackinac, Mill Creek Discovery Park, Whitefish Point, The Coast Guard Ice Breaker Mackinaw Museum, The Garlyn Zoo. So much to learn about, this area boasts bone-chilling harsh winters, but in the summer it is such a magnificent and beautiful place, check out the video. There is so much to see – the bridge is an engineering feat, a migratory bird observatory, and beaver ponds, bike trails, fresh water sand dunes (you won’t see these many other places in the world) and more.  (21 minutes)  It looks like a peaceful, 1950s “blast from the past’ place, where people wave and life is easy.  Just what our jangled nerves need.

Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping
Phone: (231) 436-5584
Fax: (208) 246-4350
office@campmackinaw.com

photo credit for Airstream camping: peaceinatincan.blogspot.com

Local Attractions & Information

Mackinac Island Ferry