Portland River Ride

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Packing for the Islands

I'm packing for a no-car trip to the San Juan Islands. I did it 4 years ago, for my 60th. That trip started from Orange County, CA. This trip is more compact, but hopefully just as much fun, this week-long, no-car, bike getaway. What makes it more compact, besides starting from Portland this time, is a new ferry option out of Seattle. In 2012 we ferried from Seattle to Victoria, B.C. then the four of us rented bikes for an 8-day island-hopping junket. This ferry takes us direct – party of ... Continue Reading

Big Ideas: Carolyn Szczepanski

Elecric bikes have to be one of the big ideas in bicycling trends. Ford Motor has come out with their own eBike and closer to home, Newport Beach Police have an eBike patrol. Carolyn makes her second appearance on the show — she's the Director of Communications for the League of American Bicyclists in Washington, D.C. She pinged me last month to ask if she could interview me – yes, turning the tables on me – it motivated me to dust off my headphones and record this ... Continue Reading

Mike Samuelson, Open Streets Project

He's Mr. Open Streets — meet Mike Samuelson of the Alliance for Biking & Walking, on the Show today. As we get started, I jump in with a common misperception – according to Mike, the first Open Streets event occurred in Seattle back in 1965; it was and still is called Bicycle Sundays. I'm sure there's a lot more I will learn at the Summit. It's set for April 4-5-6 in Los Angeles with the ultimate bonus — Sunday April 6th we will participate in LA's next CicLAvia! He's ... Continue Reading

Pedego Electric Bikes’ Don DiCostanzo

Aging Baby Boomers make for a big fat market opportunity for electric bikes and Don DiCostanzo is well positioned to exploit this opportunity. He's the founder of Pedego Electric Bikes based in Fountain Valley, California and they're growing about as fast as any company can. But is it the market size, the demographics, the rolling hills across much of California, or the popularity of all bikes right now? Don would say it's because the bikes are fun to ride. There's a lot more to ... Continue Reading

Bob Mionske, When Collisions Occur

No one likes to imagine they'll be in a collision, but a little pre-planning could go a long way to repairing whatever damages you might suffer. That's what Bob and I discuss on today's show. On vacation in Portland at the end of August, I wasn't in town 2 hours when we're off to dinner. Who walks in and sits next to us? Bob Mionske. Although we've only met in person once or twice, we recognized each other right away. He's appeared on the show here a few times — we both got a kick ... Continue Reading

Janette Sadik-Khan’s TED Talk

Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner NYC DOT: NY Streets? Not so mean anymore As bike advocates we've all heard the mantra: To make really effective changes, it takes commitment from the top. When you have that commitment and leadership, like NYC Mayor Bloomberg and Sadik-Khan, great things can happen. Watch her describe the highlights of her past 6 years' accomplishments.   Continue Reading

Carlsbad’s Pilot Projects, Bryan Jones

His business card reads, "Deputy Director, City Traffic Engineer"; meet Bryan Jones from the City of Carlsbad, CA. He's a fellow bike rider – we ride the same brand. He's a great coach, after only an hour together and I am learning how to be a more effective advocate. He's practiced – he's done all this before in Fresno before moving to Carlsbad only 2 years ago. He's having a big impact; already Carlsbad is a bright spot along the coast for those who wish to bike and walk. ... Continue Reading

What Raccoons and Cyclists Have in Common

I love my dog and he loves raccoons, so to get him going I turned on a TV documentary, Nature: Raccoon Nation. Usually he prefers movies with ponies, or movies about other dogs, even animated dogs get him barking and jumping at the screen, but during this raccoon show I had to restrain him. Too much teasing? He's a big-brained dog with a 200-word vocabulary if you believe what my wife claims; 20 might be more like it. He likes to sit on the couch and watch movies with us. This old ... Continue Reading