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The small, historic town of Folsom, east of Sacramento, will host a “viewing party” along Sutter Street on May 17th. Spectators will congregate to watch Stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California, which starts in Auburn and ends in Modesto.
The racers will enter Folsom and cross the local landmark Rainbow Bridge around 10.45am before continuing south through Rancho Cordova and on to Modesto. The intersection of Sutter and Riley in Old Folsom – a short, steep climb for the cyclists – marks the first unofficial “sprint point”, according to Robert Goss, director of Folsom Parks and Recreation. This section has been dubbed “The Folsom Prison Breakaway Sprint”.
From Sutter Street, the riders will proceed to Blue Ravine, Prairie City and White Rock Road – all of which are familiar routes for Sacramento area cyclists.
Local businesses and the Folsom Tourism Bureau have offered a $1,000 cash prize for the first cyclist to reach the “sprint point”.
Festivities on the morning of the event, which begins at 9.30am, include a DJ, street vendors, and a prize draw for a customized bicycle donated by popular local bike shop Bicycles Plus. The event is expected to wrap up around 11.30am.
It looks like San Francisco is on track to have the nation’s first regional bike share program.
The $7.9 million pilot project would provide bikes in San Francisco and along the Caltrain corridor in San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Redwood City for use by registered subscribers, much like car-sharing programs.
I can just about imagine a time when commuters will be able to grab a bike in San Jose, ride to BART, drop off the bike at the station, take the train, grab a new bike and ride to work. It would almost make BART a useful way to get around. It would be even better if checking out a bike included a free or discounted BART transfer.
I stumbled across this great project entitled “Bicycle Recycle Project” its mission to reduce, reuse and rebuild, which I am a big supporter of, is a “service learning project where students learn hands-on the basics of bicycle mechanics”. It is located at Seven Hills Middle School in Nevada City, California and not only teaches the students about the mechanics of bicycles, but allows the students to participate in many outreaches, such as a mobile bike shop, where students provide bike repair at various bicycle events. As well, the project offers after-school programs for students “with nothing to do”, they teach about recycling and the environment with the Reduce, Reuse and Rebuild teaching the students about self-sufficiencies. Yet another outreach is Bike Day at Loaves and Fishes. This gives the students the ability to help the guests of the charitable organization that feeds the hungry and shelters the homeless by offering free maintenance on their bicycles. Finally, they have organized a bike club that the students participate in. How can you participate? The Bicycle Recycle Project welcomes volunteers, bicycles and tools. Contact Steve Davis (530) 265-1840 x 8143
These fellows didn’t mess around.
The Hövding is an airbag for your head. Hövding means “chieftain” in Swedish, and the air-helmet was designed by Swedes Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin as a university thesis project. The Hövding collar contains gyroscopes and accelerometers which constantly monitor your movements, releasing the airbag hidden within only when you’re in danger.
I remember as a kid hearing ‘play it by “year”‘ and never got what it meant, until I learned the actual saying. For our craigslist reading, maybe the same issue arose.
I know it’s a little late, but happy birthday!
I for one am getting excited about the new season of Revolution at the Manchester velodrome this autumn/winter. Should be going to quite a few of these with work again hopefully. Here’s something I put together last year when we treated a bunch of our clients to a hospitality day at the velodrome: a track taster session with a few Olympic medal winners, and inside seats for the racing… good times.