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Bike Commute Diaries: Flying with First Class Parking

When your boss is in Seattle and your boss’ boss is in Orange County, the airport starts to feel like just another transit station. See my bike in the parking garage at San Jose airport. See the terminal door behind the line of taxis. Priority parking without mileage requirements or paying for an upgrade.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Fashion Friday: So Long to Summer Blues

Fall has arrived. In the morning I’m wearing gloves again and by the end of the day I’ve flipped my headlight on. Still, I couldn’t resist wearing this summery blue paisley dress by prAna and suede shoes from Earthies. Good thing I also wore my red trench coat and stowed rainproof booties to keep me dry from an early season rain.

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Cycle Fashions

 

Bike Path FAIL? Chicanes on the Stevens Creek Trail

Sometimes a longed for bike improvement comes with something unexpected. For years, bicyclists had to hop a curb to enter or exit the Steven Creek Trail at Evelyn Avenue in Mountain View. When the city finally installed a nice wide curb cut, they also installed chicane fences and a directive to “walk your bike.” Among the local bicycle advocates, some cried foul, others defended it, and some like me are left pondering on the fence.

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What do you think? Are widely spaced chicane fences appropriate where a bike trail meets a 35 mph road?

Location: Steven’s Creek Trail at W Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View, California, USA.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2012 in Bike Lane FAIL

 

Bike Commute Diaries: 24 Hour Fitness

Before I started bike commuting I dreaded the shorter fall days that shut down my after work rides on trails or backroads. I pondered: should I join a gym? But I never did. Now, when I go to the grocery store after work I ride past a roomful of gym rats slaving away on machines in front of big TV screens. I smile and keep rolling.

About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Fashion Friday: Country Come to Town

Vacation casual or “country come to town?” I can’t decide, but this loose all-cotton shirt, cropped blue jeans and flip flops sure were comfy when we rolled out for breakfast in downtown Knoxville’s Market Square.

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2012 in Cycle Fashions

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Spare Our Air

When the thermometer rises toward triple digits and sends the ozone to the unhealthy levels, my crankiness rises accordingly. Officials kindly request that we all telecommute, bike, carpool or take transit to reduce car emissions. Before I bike commuted, I’d drive to work as usual and skip after work trips. Now I resent breathing bad air when I see people stacked up on the freeway, business as usual. Transit, bike or carpool, anyone?

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 
 
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