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Bicycling Sonoma

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Mutual Respect on the Road

Guest Blog by Jerry McKinley – I am fairly new to cycling. Before I took up cycling a few years ago I was one of those people who saw cyclist riding down the road with those colorful logo enriched outfits and spandex shorts and thought “what’s the heck’s the attraction”? At the time I never really thought about or understood the tension between cyclist and motorist until I threw a leg over a bike and went for a ride. Boy… 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 »

You don’t pay road taxes, so…

A guest blog from: Bill Oetinger Bill is a free-lance graphic artist and illustrator (and writer). He is the Ride Director and newsletter Editor for the Santa Rosa Cycling Club as well as the Director of the Terrible Two Double Century. Bill is one of my favorite folks. He has a great deal of insight and is a long time supporter of the Sonoma County cycling scene. Check out his column at BikeCal.com . Note: this article appeared originally a… Read More »


Wow! What a fantastic opportunity for a girl who loves bikes and loves to ride. I was one of those lucky kids, riding my bike all over the place. I rode to school, to friends’ houses, the store; I even had a paper route. Riding a bike back in the ’70s was just part of being a kid. I didn’t consider myself a “cyclist,” I was just a kid on a bike. That’s how lucky I was. Nowadays, many kids… Read More »

Ah, bikes and cupcakes!

Hello world indeed. Just rode my little orange “Glider” bicycle (thanks Jon!) with a couple of girlfriends to the brand new Santa Rosa Sift Cupcakery. Just opened today at 2pm (404 Mendocino Ave.). Have to say how pleased I was when the owner(?) came out to admire our bikes, they looked so right parked out in front of their big glass window. They were even more pleased when I told them that the City will install bike racks at no charge for them… Read More »