Monthly Archives: March 2011

Promoting Bicycle Lanes

“Struggling to control the controversy over one of its signature transportation policies, the Bloomberg administration is embarking on an unusual kind of political campaign: convincing New Yorkers that bicycle lanes are good for them.”

Read more in the New York Times.


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That’s what it looks like when you want to go to a bicycle event with four people:


Trailer with Bicycles (1)


Trailer with Bicycles (2)

I really like the BikeInside bicycle rack(s): they’re easy to use, especially inside a car [that is what they’ve been planned for anyway]. And there’s no wind drag with bicycles on the roof nor anything sticking out at the back of the car. And, as shown here, with a little more preparation, they cab be used on a trailer, too.

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Luckenbach Loop again

Yesterday I was busy driving a SAG vehicle on the Hill Country roads at the 4th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour for too long to be able to get in a ride of my own, but today I had the time and did the Luckenbach Loop again. The weather was nearly perfect: some sun, some clouds, and only a light breeze. The temperature was excellent: just a tad on the cool side when there were clouds, and definitely not too warm in the sunshine. It was an absolutely enjoyable ride. And the new “Hill Country” gears on the Dancelli [front 52/36 and 14-32 rear] proved an excellent combination. None of the hills here was too much with that.

Check out my previous Luckenbach Loop here: Ride with GPS

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Boris Bikes Roll in London

“Sitting astride a big, gray bicycle at the head of a long line of traffic on City Road last month, I studied the 20 or more other cyclists who were — with varying degrees of skill and impatience — crossing the intersection on a red light. Some were swerving among startled and cursing pedestrians, bells ringing; others had expertly timed a slalom between four lanes of cars. What all these cyclists shared, however, was a sense of liberating entitlement. For more than half a century, London’s historical tangle of streets has been owned by cars and vans and double-decker buses and black cabs. Not anymore.


quoted from The New York Times Magazine, Sunday, March 20, 2011

read more here


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Bike Lanes II: The Condemned Motorist Speaks

In this post, John Cassidy explains – and, in a way, retracts – some of his former statements about bicycle lanes in New York:

“As I was saying about the bike lobby…

I am tempted to let the fury of the reaction to my mildly heretical piece speak for itself, but, before I get burned at the stake, a few specific points.

It seems to have escaped notice that I said I support the introduction of bike lanes, but not so many of them. Herewith: ‘So, by all means, let us have some bike lanes on heavily used and clearly defined routes to and from the city—and on popular biking routes within the city and the boroughs.’


quoted from: The New Yorker

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Battle of the Bike Lanes

In his column, “Rational Irrationality”, John Cassidy rants against bike lanes in New York:

“At the risk of incurring the wrath of the bicycle lobby, a constituency that pursues its agenda with about as much modesty and humor as the Jacobins pursued theirs, and which has found its heroine in transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, I say hats off to Iris Weinshall, the former transportation commissioner (and wife of Senator Chuck Schumer), who, together with some like-minded citizens, has filed a lawsuit challenging a bike lane on Prospect Park West.


quoted from: The New Yorker

read more here: Slate Magazine

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Lawsuit Seeks to Erase Bike Lane in New York City

From the New York Times:

“Well-connected New Yorkers have taken the unusual step of suing the city to remove a controversial bicycle lane in a wealthy neighborhood of Brooklyn, the most potent sign yet of opposition to the Bloomberg administration’s marquee campaign to remake the city’s streets.”

Read more here.

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Upcoming Bike Rides [2]

Karnes County 42-Miler

Sunday, April 3rd: Ride starts at 11:00.  Meet at Karnes City Court House [101 N. Panna Maria Avenue, intersection of Calvert Ave. and 123 Business] for a 42.5 mile ride.  This is an easy to intermediate level ride with flat to rolling terrain.  The fast paced ride will take us through flat to rolling southern Texas countryside from Karnes City on Hwy. 123 & FM 81 via Panna Maria and Helena to Runge, and then on Hwy 72 to Kenedy and from there via backroads back to Karnes City.  Possible rest stops [with facilities]: Panna Maria, Runge, Kenedy.  This is a good ride for those training for the Tour de CureDirections: From San Antonio, go south on IH 37 to exit 132 and take US 181 south through Floresville, Poth & Falls City. In Karnes City, at the intersection of US 181 and FM 1144, take a left and follow W. Calvert Ave. [181 BR] to its intersection with 123 BR. There is ample parking on either side of Calvert at the Court House as well as at the Mercantile catty corner of the Court House or behind the courthouse.  For more information contact the ride leader Pit Vins at 830-299-9351 or email him at Printable map & cue sheet @, map & flash animation with elevation & grades @  Should, for any reason, a cancellation become unavoidable, it will be posted – as will be any updates on the above information – on my weblog @

Make sure to especially check there on the morning of the ride.

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Upcoming Bike Rides [1]

4th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour: A Ride to Preserve History

Come join us on Saturday, March 26, 2011, for one of the premier rides in the gorgeous Hill Country of Texas!

As President Johnson often told visitors to his beloved Hill Country ranch – All the World is Welcome Here“! We want riders in the 4th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour to feel the same warm welcome and sense of Presidential history as those who came before them.

Starting and ending on the famed LBJ Ranch, the routes take riders under majestic live oaks, past historical landmarks that figured prominently not only in the Johnson family history, but also in U.S. presidential history. See the descendants of President Johnson’s famed Hereford cattle herd as you exit the Ranch. Thereafter, it’s on to spectacular Hill Country cycling – on smooth-surfaced ranch-market roads and quiet country lanes that will take you back in time. Visit rural, historic Gillespie County schools that do duty as rest stops on this scenic tour. This is truly a “Ride to Preserve History”.

After a 9:00 AM staggered start for the 10, 30, 42, and 62-mile routes, enjoy a post-ride meal, and hang with friends and fellow cyclists in the expansive food tent. Visit some of the adjacent vendor booths we’ll have located next to the food area.

Then, you’ll not want to miss the Luci Baines Johnson-led tour of the historical landmarks on the LBJ Ranch at 2:30 PM. This look at the Johnson family legacy is included in the main rider registration fee – or, you can register for this tour only. Cost is the same.  Hear presidential history from someone who lived it! Be sure to take a Ranger-led tour of the restored rooms in the Texas White House – also included for registered riders.

Our 36th President loved his ranch. He often conducted presidential business under the spreading oak trees, and he sought solace here from the rigors of the presidency.


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