Monthly Archives: January 2012

Open Streets Project | Opening Streets to People, Sharing Resources, Transforming Communities

Open Streets Project | Opening Streets to People, Sharing Resources, Transforming Communities.

Opening Streets to People, Sharing Resources, Transforming Communities

Open streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobile traffic, so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing.

With more than 65 documented initiatives in North America, open streets are increasingly common in cities seeking innovative ways to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals.


Read more about the Open Streets Project here: Open Streets Project


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“Buttwiser” Ride

As to the subject: with every mile your butt gets wiser about those dang chip-sealed Karnes County roads. That – the ubiquitous chipseal – is what I dislike most when riding my bicycle hereabouts. But it simply can’t be helped if I want to bicycle.

Well, today the weather was so gorgeous again that I decided to try of my butt could stand the saddle for some more miles. And it could – even if at the end of the ride, after about 1 3/4 hours in the saddle – I did feel it a lot and wouldn’t have liked to go on much longer. Today, with the wind blowing fairly strongly again from the north, I decided to ride into it first and thus took one of my standard routes: out via Hobson and Panna Maria, and then looping back via Helena. It was 25.54 miles at an average of 14 mph. Not too bad, considering the wind [you never get as much speed back with the wind pushing youo than what you lose riding into the wind] andthe fact that it was only my second bicycle ride [and on consecutive days at that] after a 2-month pause. Compared to yesterday, the climbs were not so steep. Much easier with my gear ratio [54/39 x 13-21]. Thus the total ascent gained was 739 feet only. Anyway: this ride plus yesterday’s put me way ahead of my daily average planned [10 kilometers]. But knowing that there will be plenty of days when I won’t ride I really need a good “cushion”. After the ride I was craving for proteins and had some left-over smoked turkey: a whole drumstick with some thigh – every yummy and replenishing the lost calories. During the ride, btw, I had the need for some glucose and this had – and that’s unusual for me on such a short ride – 2 single-serving pouches of orange-flavoured Hammer Gel, and they helped. I always carry these with me, just in case, and today I really needed them. Before the ride I had – to keep my minerals and electrolytes at the right level – taken one capsule of Hammer Endurolytes.

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Texas Man Gives away Bikes to Children in Need – San Antonio Express-News

Texas man gives away bikes to children in need – San Antonio Express-News.

Published 09:00 a.m., Monday, January 2, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, Texas (AP) — Gerla Rangel isn’t old enough to drive a car, but he still enjoys his own set of wheels, courtesy of neighbor Oscar Harper.

The 9-year-old received two bicycles from Harper, one last year and another this year.

He said he feels good because he rides his bike all over his neighborhood.


Gerla is one of the many children who have received bikes from Harper, a 79-year-old affectionately known as “the bike man” because of his repair work.

Harper’s backyard is filled with about 40 bikes of all shapes and sizes, and tools sit neatly on a table. Two of the bikes are turned upside down, indicating that they’re a work in progress.


Read the full story here: San Antonio Express-News

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The New Year – A Good Beginning

After I had not been on the bicycle since Oct. 30 last year, having missed my goal of 3,560 kilometers [an average of 10 kilometers per day], or 2,268 miles, by far [I only managed, for a variety of reasons, 2,194 kilometers or 1,363 miles], I started this year quite nicely, with a 23-mile ride [at an average of 14.4 mph] out of Normanna/TX with the Beeville Stingers bicycle club. It was a gorgeous afternoon [they start their Sunday group rides at 3 p.m. – at least in the winter season, when it gets dark early – which suits me very well as I’m not a morning person], with bright sunshine from a cloudless blue sky and temps in the lower sixties still. It was a tad breezy, with winds of around 15 mph from the north, but that was not too bad, especially as our ride took us out towards the east and then looped back, so that we had the wind from the side for most of the time. The roads were good – a tad more hilly than I had expected in southern Texas. But fortunately the climbs of up to 8% were short. The total ascent was 1019 ft. Now let’s hope that 2012 continues in this vein and that I’ll be able to meet my goals this time or do better even.

Check the ride out here: RideWithGPS, Normanna(2)


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