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Not A Bike-Friendly State

Around the country, forward-looking public officials are working like mad to make their cities and states bike-friendly. In Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley is building hundreds of miles of bike trails. From Washington, D.C., to Washington state, officials are promoting biking.

But alas, not in Connecticut.

Yes, mostly volunteer efforts have resulted in a growing but still fragmented network of trails around the state. These trails could be more quickly sewn together if the state made biking and bike trails a priority. But the state Department of Transportation, reluctant as always to embrace any form of transportation besides the car, can’t be bothered.


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Del Mar Gold Line Station Bike Parking Facility is Open

Courtesy of Cicle.org.

Bicyclists traveling through the Del Mar Gold Line station in Pasadena, now have access to an indoor bicycle parking facility. The Del Mar Gold Line Station Bike Parking Facility is now officially open.

We just checked it out the other night. It’s got those cool 2-level bicycle storage racks that lower for easy loading. And as you can see, we gave ‘em a try, and they seem to work A-OK.

The facility has parking for 26 bikes, and the bike racks are fully protected from the occasional So. Cal. rain and, the much more likely, harsh summer sun in a semi-enclosed room.

The new facility is located on the west side of the Gold Line platform, with easy access from Raymond Ave.

Parking is free to all Metro users, and to the patrons of the soon to open retail establishments.

Del Mar Goldline Station is located at 230 S. Raymond Av. Pasadena 91105.

Take Two Wheels and Call Me In The Morning

Do you suffer from severe seasonal allergies like I do?

I hate Spring! Basically as soon as January ends, my allergies start to hit and lasts until June! No amount of over the counter meds like Claritin and Sudafed undoes my nasal congestion, watery/itchy eyes, and sneezing. I can’t even sleep right at night because my nose is so plugged up. I can’t enjoy my meals because I can’t breathe and when you can’t breath you can’t taste.

The only thing that seems to actually help my allergies is a bicycle. I swear, riding my bike has been the best allergy relief in the world! As soon as I start pedaling, my congestion starts to loosen up, mucus starts to flow and I’m breathing through my nose again!

Only problem is, after I stop riding my bike, it only takes 10 minutes for me to get congested again. Man I only wish I could keep riding my bike while I sleep….

Scooter in the bicycle lane

Oooh this one really irritated me…

One time I was riding my bike home and I noticed a motorized scooter traveling on the road. Mind you, I’m in the bike lane and he’s on the car lane. The car lane suddenly hits traffic, then the knuckle head jumps on to the bicycle lane!

This picture was the best I could find that depicted my story. Obviously I wasn’t in India when this happend.

He kept going in and out of the bicycle lane when ever it was convenient for him. I started getting really mad so I tried my best to chase him down on my fixie. But I couldn’t since he was going up to 40 mph. Oh man, if I had caught up with that dude, I would yelled at him to get off my lane!

Yeah I know it’s not a good idea to be Mr. Confrontational, but this dude really ticked me off.

What would you have done, if you had caught up to him?

Hand Signals

Ok, for those of you that have already forgotten what the hand signals are. Here’s a little refresher.

Now that I look closer at this picture, I’ve never used the Alternate Right signal….