Are charity cycling events a lost cause? Not yet, at least at the Tour de Palm Springs. Since 1999, the nonprofit group behind the event, CVSPIN (Coachella Valley Serving People In Need), has given more than $3.2 million to charities including Boy Scout troops, homeless organizations, high school bands, Desert AIDS Project, United Cerebral Palsy, and countless others.
Participation in a Ride of Silence helps raise awareness and increase legislation to reduce the number of fatalities of bicyclists killed by motorists. It’s a free event and will be gathering in a city near you to honor our fallen comrades.
Today, we are participating in #GivingTuesday and providing the gift of bicycles to students in the developing world. On #GivingTuesday charities, families, businesses, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.
Hundreds of kids from Oceano Elementary School waited at the Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville in Oceano, where they greeted the cyclists with letters and posters that they had made in their classes.
This amazing 11 year old, Matlock Grossman, brought down the house at a Town Hall Meeting in Silverlake with his perspective and experience cycling on car filled roads. The subject of the meeting was regarding the Rowena Road Diet, which reduced traffic on Rowena ave. in 2012 from two lines in each direction to one lane plus a bike lane and center left turn lane.
Governor Jerry Brown just signed bill A.B. 902 which will allow bicyclists who are ticketed for some traffic violations to take a “driver awareness or education program” as an alternative to a ticket fine. Eliminating the high fines will encourage individuals to stay on their bikes, and adding educational classes could really help the community and law enforcement to better understand the bicyclist’s rights on the road.
Tom Smuts, a producer and writer on Mad Men and the Amazon Original Series Bosch, will be skipping his limo ride to the Emmys again this year, and instead will be cycling 17 miles to the event on September 20th.
Molly Shaffer Van Houweling, a Law Professor at UC Berkeley and a bad-ass cyclist, broke the 12-year old women’s UCI Hour Record on Saturday September 12, at the Velodromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
The Five Minute Lounge, on the Specialized Bicycles website, features an interview with renowned chef Gordon Ramsay as he prepares his “Specialized Tuna Nicoise”. This is five minutes worth watching.
Participants were more likely to recognize cyclist’s rights when seeing the “bicycles may use full lane” sign. The study was conducted by George Hess at the Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University.
Art prints were only available for purchase at the art shows, until recently when ARTCRANK announced the opening of their online store. On any day there are 30 limited edition art prints for sale at a reasonable price of $45.
John Bowers, a professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency at UCSB, spoke to the Santa Barbara Independent about his month-long, inspirational, journey along the Ride the Divide trail.
We find bicycling movies are a great way to slowly dose your friends and family with the spirit of bicyclism. They also serve as a way to keep the mental fire stoked while suffering on an indoor trainer, traveling or letting the guns recover on a Friday night. The line-up changes frequently on Netflix so be sure to check these out before they drop off into obscurity. Enjoy!