More to explore on Mission Reach – San Antonio Express-News.
“[…] an additional mile of the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River has opened to the public, making it possible to enjoy the river’s ecosystem restoration for more than three miles, from the Lone Star Brewery to VFW Boulevard.”
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For good of San Antonio, free city’s pedicabs – San Antonio Express-News.
For good of San Antonio, free city’s pedicabs
By Brian Chasnoff, Express-News columnist
Updated 11:42 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2012
For years, the city has imposed silly, overly strict regulations on pedicab drivers, who peddle people in carriages to and from downtown locations on bicycles.
The three laws that bug them the most: They can’t work after midnight; they can’t stop peddling unless they’re dropping people off or picking people up; and they can’t peddle at all on Commerce, Market, St. Mary’s or Navarro streets, or on César Chávez Boulevard.
In November, Julian and others in the pedicab industry began working with the city’s Transportation Advisory Board to craft a more rational ordinance for consideration by City Council.
The concessions they won were significant: The curfew was extended to 3 a.m.; they were allowed to stop in commercial loading zones; and they were allowed to work on all downtown streets.
Then the bike cops caught wind of it, complained and kicked the ordinance back to the TAB.
Here are a few other candid gems:
“Once traffic gets messed up, and you have situations, then you throw in additional horse carriages or pedicabs, it makes our job a lot harder.”
Again, the recalcitrant lieutenant: “One reason I know is, after 12, that’s when things start picking up for bike patrol, especially on weekend nights. Things start happening, and we don’t need additional work.”
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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 Cure. Directions: 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 email@example.com. Printable map & cue sheet @ http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/28787172/, map & flash animation with elevation & grades @ http://ridewithgps.com/trips/181205. Should, for any reason, a cancellation become unavoidable, it will be posted – as will be any updates on the above information – on my weblog @ https://pitsbicycleblog.wordpress.com/
Make sure to especially check there on the morning of the ride.
“San Antonio recently received a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists, the first such recognition for the Alamo City!”
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“Bicycle tours of San Antonio will be available from Bike World‘s new location at the Pearl Brewery, which will have a “soft opening” Saturday.”
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Today I finally got around to completing my new set of wheels. It was last year when I got the rims [Ambrosio Excellence TQB, clincher, in blue]. Found those on E-Bay. And I had also got vintage Ofmega Master hubs [NOS]. And about three weeks ago I finally decided to take them to my bike shop in San Antonio [Bike World] to have them build me the wheels. They did a great job, btw. And today I decided to put a rear cassette on as well as the tubes and tires. And I’m really happy about the result:
The New Wheels
And that’s what I have:
- Ambrosio Excellence TQB rims
- Schwalbe Ultremo R.1 tires [700x23C]
- Continental Supersonic Butyl tubes [I’m going for the extreme lightweight – 50 grams only – here]
- Ofmega Master hubs
- Regina 7-speed cassette [12-13-14-15-17-19-22]
When I put the wheels on my Dancelli, I was surprised that everything worked perfectly – without any need of adjusting. Well, I had hoped for that, of course. But still, it was good. It was quite a different feeling on the road, though, when I took the bike for a ride. The 12-sprocket allowed me to go much faster [I didn’t try to go top speed, but it might well be more than 35 mph] while stilll pedalling. But on the downside, the 22-sprocket only allowed me to slow down on hills to about 10.5 mph [since I really don’t want my cadence below 75], which really made me gasp for air much sooner than I had wanted. I should think that in my present state of training 5%-6% uphill will be all I can manage with that combination – 42 [front] and 22 [rear]. Well, that means a lot of training ahead – and that in a southern Texas summer. On the other hand, though, this new combination will make for some faster rides.
“Some 350 miles of bicycle lanes could be added to San Antonio’ s streets — triple the amount now — without widening a single road or impeding traffic, just restriping. The mayor, who sees bike lanes as a tool for urban renewal, is backing the plan. So is the Metro Health director, who has a $15 million grant to combat the city’s high diabetes and obesity rates. If anything is standing in the way it could be the city’s public works bureaucracy, which has ignored stacks of bike studies for years. But even road engineers might be ready for change.”
quoted from The San Antonio Express-News, Sunday, May 23, 2010
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The day before yesterday I took part in the Ride of Silence in San Antonio and must say it was not what I had expected. On the one hand, as far as I was informed, the person to lead the ride and having the maps of the route never showed up, and, on the other hand, when someone else took over leading it, the ride can only have looked as a leisurely group ride through downtown San Antonio. I really think the public should have been made aware of what it was about. And since, even with way too few riders [to my estimate not more than 70] taking part, it still proved difficult to stay together, I really think this ride should have had a polilce escort. What about police on bicycles? San Antonio does have them and once I saw one offcer om his bike watching us. Why not have them ride, too?
I really wish for next year’s ride to have a far larger number of participants in a police-escorted ride with some way of making the public aware of the goals. And why not try and get into the news? I really think, if invited, the local newspapers and tv-stations would have been there to report.
And why not – to suggest something different but very eye-catching – put up “ghost bikes” wherever a bicyclist has been killed in a road accident?
But let me not finish without thanking those guys who took over leading the ride just on the spot: they did a wonderful job.
” […] the [San Antonio City] council approved the new road rules, which require motorists to change lanes when passing a cyclist, pedestrian or other “vulnerable road user.” If changing lanes isn’t possible, and if conditions allow, drivers must give three feet of clearance when they pass.
The city will launch an education campaign this spring to emphasize to San Antonio drivers they legally have to share the road with users who’ll always lose in a collision with 2,000 pounds of steel.
The council OK’d the same version of the rules passed by the Legislature last year, a measure that took 10 years to craft and garnered widespread bipartisan support.”
quoted from the San Antonio Express-News
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Even if that’s a long overdue measure, I really doubt if it’s going to help very much. On the one hand, who’s really going to enforce it? As the Express-News reported the other day, drivers disobeying will not be cited unless there is a law-enforcement officers present watching the incident. And then, three feet is certainly not enough in many circumstances. And considering the overwhelming number of irresponsible comments as to the various reports on this matter in the news, I really don’t think passing this ordinance will change an iota in the behaviour of motorists – and of bicyclist, at that. Let’s face it: there are irresponsible people on either side of the spectrum. But, and that’s the up-beat, the irresponsible drivers and bicyclists are an absolute minority. And what I’m actually really afraid of when I’m on my bike is not those drivers who yell and/or honk at me, because that means they have seen me, but those who – for various reasons [maybe they’re texting or on their cell phones, maybe they’re just having a sip of drink, maybe they’re simply alseep at the wheel or as blind as a bat and still driving] – do not see me at all. What we actually need is better education for both drivers and bicyclists. And, starting with bicyclists, those measures being taken up by schools now to get more children on bikes [see my posting on that and cf. here and here] are excellent as these are the future drivers and hopefully they’ll be more bicyclist-friendly then. But then, also, a real working law enforcement would, of course, help to eliminate the few rotten apples in the barrel of good drivers. The opinion expressed by the SAPD, that relieving officers from issuing tickets would free them for more patrol duty is callous, to say the least. Or would anybody say they should not pursue a burglar, e.g., so as to be able to patrol the streets more?