I made my way out to Noddin Elementary School yesterday to take part in the Bike Rodeo. It was a wonderful time, the whole event was coordinated to coincide with the schools walk-a-thon, a fundraiser for the school. City of San Jose's Street Smarts Program coordinated a fantastic event, led up by the lovely and talented Tara Jones of SJDOT. While the event was on the low key side, it was really wonderful to be engaging with the kids at this school, who as always were more than thrilled to be on their bikes going through our safety drills.
- This just popped up in my inbox and I wanted to pass it along to my fellow cyclists with back maladies and the like - I've taken similar courses from other instructors and found them to be very helpful -
Special Yoga for Cyclists Workshop, January 11th in Palo Alto - Improve strength, flexibility and endurance.
What to expect
Learn easy stretches to do before and after your rides
Develop a sense of balance on and off your bike
Stretch those over worked muscles especially the quadriceps and gluts
Sports Basement (Sunnyvale) is hosting a party for SVBC Tuesday night (that's tonight by the time most of you read this). Basically, anyone that mentions "SVBC" at the store on January 6th between 6 and 8 PM will get 10% off their entire purchase, and Sports Basement will contribute another 10% to SVBC.
They'll also be providing snacks and the like in the back room. Should be fun, stop in if you can, and spread the word. Hope to see some of you out there.
For those of you that weren't able to attend Saturday's Memorial unveiling ceremony in Cupertino, here's a bit of what I said and some other thoughts...
"This was a very tragic incident. Although in some ways it was a freak occurrence it did highlight that even a law-enforcement professional, a person whose job it is to protect the public, considered it OK to get into his car and drive, even though he had gotten little sleep, and was extremely fatigued. This is so typical of our attitudes about driving... that it takes no effort and requires minimal concentration... that we can do it while talking on the phone, playing with our iPods, combing our hair, eating a sandwich... we can practically do it in our sleep...
SVBC has set out on the daunting task of trying to change this attitude with our "Share the Road" Campaign. As part of the campaign we aim to educate motorists to understand the legal rights of bicyclists, and to understand how vulnerable cyclists are, how important it is to drive with your full attention, and to recognize that a bicyclist could be on any road, just around the next bend..."
I did not know Matt and Kristy, but as cyclists we all share a bond knowing the intense joy, and vulnerability of being a cyclist. Anyone who was present Saturday can vouch that I had a hard time keeping it together when I stepped up to the podium. It didn't help that Cupertino's Mayor Dolly Sandoval, herself in tears, invited me up to speak right after we heard from the families of Matt and Kristy. It also didn't help that Kristy's Grandfather was in attendance, for a dedication of a Memorial to his Granddaughter, something that just seemed to amplify the depth of the tragedy. It further didn't help that, looking out into the crowd, I saw nothing but a sea of tears, a majority of them dripping down onto bright yellow Roaring Mouse jerseys, a sea of crying cyclists looking at me and perhaps secretly hoping that I'd come to tell them that this was all a joke and that Matt and Kristy would be riding up momentarily to join us for a ride up Montebello Road. And of course, it really didn't help that the backdrop for this whole scene was a perfect, crisp fall morning, in a gorgeous location, on a road I started riding when I was in Middle School and have easily ridden over a hundred times since. The whole event was just so unbelievably tragic and sad, and would have never had to happen if things had transpired just a tiny bit differently on that Spring morning earlier this year.
Please be safe out on the road folks, whether you're in your car, or on your bike. Pay attention, and if you're tired, don't drive! Goodness, I don't want to do another one of these.
Remember San Jose?? That City you hated to bike through?
Remember San Jose?? The City that didn't want to open the EIR mandated bike path along 87?
Remember San Jose?? The City that spent a fortune to bring Indy Cars to downtown while they said they didn't have money to fix the bike path along 237?
There have been some rough times in San Jose, but lately, when I hear talk about San Jose . . . it sounds more and more like "yadda yadda yadda MORE BICYCLES" and " yadda yadda yadda MORE BIKE PATHS " than the stuff of my memories (see above)
What's going on???