Portland’s Stories

I was reluctant to tell my Portland friends my plans for the day. Who would be interested in a tour of their own home town? I was motivated for a couple of reasons. Sometime in 2014 the City of Newport Beach will likely apply for Bicycle Friendly America recognition and the process looks at Encouragement — what we're doing to encourage people to get out and ride. Accordingly, I've been planning a series of local rides, one with a tour theme, not a race-type ride, so I was taking notes ... Continue Reading

Adventures of a Utility Cyclist

For the longest time I didn't know what kind of cyclist I was. After 30 years away from the bicycle, I got back on 4 years ago. I loved it and began exploring my community from the view over the handlebars. I wasn't a commuter cyclist because I don't have a job. I wasn't well suited for lycra and couldn't keep up with the aging athlete crowd either. I was quickly running out of categories. While I pondered exactly where I fit, other effects set in. It's partly my age, but driving a ... Continue Reading

Pre Golden Gate Ride Dinner

Mark Peters, SFBC's Leah Shaham, Momentum Magazine's Mia Kohout, Alliance for Walking and Biking CEO Jeff Miller and Momentum's Tania Lo at Kokkari Estiatorio. Had dinner with my son, Jeff Miller, CEO Alliance Walking & Biking, Leah Shaham, Executive Director of the SFBC and Mia Kohout & Tania Lo of Momentum magazine. We were carbo-loading at a gorgeous San Francisco restaurant before this morning's bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge. I'm in town for the Angel Capital Association's ... Continue Reading

Saturday Excitement

My fellow bike safety advocate, Mark Goodley, joined the Boy Scout ride yesterday; it was his second time taking up the rear. He's a former Eagle scout himself and remembers earning Cycling merit badge, too. For safety, I'm psyched to have as many adults along for the ride as possible. Yesterday's ride was a good example. We planned a simple Bay Bay loop; in part because I had a newcomer to the group, a young scout and I wanted to match a ride to his capabilities. His Mom came along, ... Continue Reading

Cycling Around the Capital

Pedego's Don DiCostanzo supplied the electric bikes and the two of us made our way around the National Mall visiting the attractions. It was cold. Add a little breeze off the river and it was really cold. But it all makes for a memorable day here in D.C. the day before the one-day Women's conference that kicks off the National Bike Summit. This trip would be the first time I met up with Matt O'Toole since he left Newport Beach back in October for a job in Maryland. He suggested meeting up ... Continue Reading

Memorial Ride Draws Hundreds

Tragedy struck Newport Beach last month in the form of deadly traffic collisions involving women on bikes. Today the community gathered to remember and to pledge their commitment to safety. For more photos visit bikeNewportBeach.org. Continue Reading