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Bicycling Sonoma

The spin on riding

Why the bleep do they (bicyclists) do that?

Dear Cyclist: Why do cyclists ride 5’ away from parked cars? -Frustrated motorist Gentle motorist, The door-swing zone next to parked cars is one of the most dangerous places cyclists can be.  People often open their doors without checking for or seeing cyclists.  The door can not only injure or maim the cyclist, but it can knock the cyclist into the path of you, the passing motorist, with tragic consequences.  I measured how far the door of my little Civic… Read More »

Yes on Measure W

Opponents have argued that it is not the right time to bring our vehicle registration fee back to what previously was because people are struggling to make ends meet, or that they do not wish to “subsidize” programs that in their opinion, do not directly benefit car drivers.  However, I would argue that the opponents are wrong.  First, the midst of an economic crisis is the right time to launch initiatives that will boost our economy, create jobs, and create… Read More »

Secrets of the bike lane

BICYCLE WITH CONFIDENCE by Martin Clinton Secrets of the bike lane A bike lane seems like a very simple idea, but many motorists and even experienced bicycle riders are often mistaken about the rules controlling this part of the road. Let’s play a game of True or False! 1. Any white line at the edge of the road creates a bike lane – False A bike lane must have those words painted in the lane, or a painted bike logo,… Read More »

Feedback wanted for new Bike Beacon

A request from City of Santa Rosa staff: We just unveiled a bike project we completed on Montgomery Dr that I’d like to get the word out about.  It is an actuated bicycle warning beacon.  The idea is similar to the “bikes in tunnel” warning beacon, but in this case it’s to warn motorists of bikes on the road, in that narrow section of Montgomery Dr between Channel Dr and Jackson Dr.  Currently we were only able to construct one… Read More »

The Gutter Bunny: A Sad Story

Guest Blog: Martin Clinton Once upon a time in the woodland city of Santa Rodent there lived a rabbit who loved to ride his bicycle. But his friends called him the Gutter Bunny! Because he was afraid of cars and trucks, that’s where he rode  -  as close to the curb as possible. Riding in the gutter caused a lot of problems for the Bunny. He had a lot of punctures from the broken glass and other debris that collects… Read More »

Bike Lanes Serve all

GUEST BLOG: Bike Lanes Serve all   By Yvonne Bambrick Bike lanes are a non-partisan issue because they serve all. These inexpensive pieces of infrastructure are an important component of the changing realities of urban transportation — not, as many attempt to paint them, a pet project for a small number of commuters. Cities across North America have been transitioning from merely viewing bicycles as a recreational tool, to understanding that cycling is a legitimate and necessary transportation option. Bicycle… Read More »

Bike Supporters Hit DC

Guest Blogger: Sarah Hadler The 10th Annual National Bike Summit was a rollicking success! Around 700 bicyclists and industry leaders gathered in Washington, DC and educated Congress to ensure that bicycling is included in national policy initiatives in the areas of transportation, climate, livability, sustainability, health and natural resources. Some highlights of the Summit included: the unveiling of the new Google bicycle maps; being addressed by longtime and passionate bicycling advocates, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (Oregon) and Chairman Jim Oberstar (of the… Read More »

Being “right”

I got a note from a SCBC member about bikes passing on the right. I sent a reply to him but thought it was good info for all of us to have. He wrote: the other day I almost killed/injured a cyclist.  I am a regular bike commuter and a member of SCBC. I was at a stop light in my car.  My blinker was on, and I was waiting for the light to change. When it did I went to… Read More »