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The Bunny Ride – April 17, 2015

Written on April 15, 2015 at 4:45 PM, by

Hop on down as we ride around town.

Bunny Ride PreparationThis month we head to north San Jose, so get your bunny ears ready and come help us celebrate spring. We’ll be meeting at St. James Park so we encourage you to ride to the start using one of the feeder rides (check below).

Also check out Team Green Ninja from San Jose State University. They are riding Friday night to train for an upcoming climate ride and to also help raise money for the ride. Please support this great team on the ride or here at IndieGoGo. 

 

All your favorite food trucks, beats, and of course bikes.

 

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Who’s Riding Bike the Limits 2015? Here’s some tips.

Written on April 9, 2015 at 6:45 PM, by

Bike the Limits 2015

Ronnie T. always ready to ride.

Heads up. For all of you planning to join us for the Bike the Limit (BTL2015) Test Rides or the actual ride. These rides are physically challenging so Ronnie Twist has put together some excellent guidelines to ensure a great ride.

“Hey there peoples, with this ride rapidly approaching I wanted to set out some guidelines and tips for all those attending.

1) Nutrition: This is one of the biggest factors in long rides. In the days leading up to the ride try increasing your amount of carbohydrates more so than proteins. Carbohydrates get stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver and are your body’s primary source of fuel before slowing down and turning to converting fat for energy. Some of the best carbs for this purpose include pasta, rice (wild>brown>white), potatoes and whole grains. Remember to hydrate plenty before, during, and after the ride. While riding, always remember to eat before you’re hungry and drink before you’re thirsty. Check out this link for further info:http://www.runnersworld.com/nutrition-runners/fill-er

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Do Bike Party People have a voice. You bet.

Written on April 7, 2015 at 4:30 PM, by

Willow Glen Bike Lanes

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition staff check out the new bike lanes. photo: SVBC

San Jose Bike Party is a lot of fun. There’s no doubt about that. New riders soon join our other rides, or start riding on their own with friends or family. But they soon realize that that bubble of safety that hundreds or even thousands of fellow riders bring you, disappears as you start to ride on your own.

If you don’t have other friends to ride with, bike paths or green bikeways sure help out a lot. But as new riders soon realize there are parts of this city that lack safe bike lanes, or what the engineers call bike infrastructure.

The city of San Jose is taking a bold step forward however in laying down some of this “infrastructure”. Have you noticed that many Bike Party rides highlight great bike lanes such as San Fernando St., 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th streets, as well as Hedding Street.

The city of San Jose has recently restriped Lincoln Ave. to include temporary bike lanes, but as you may have figured out controversies sells newspapers. A recent article by Gary Richards in his Roadshow column highlighted the mixed review on the project given that some people use the avenue more like a highway.

Yes if you live in the Almaden Valley and you use Lincoln Ave. to avoid the freeway traffic, you may be unhappy as you race through someone’s neighborhood. And yes many motorists hate “those $@^^# cyclists; but if you’re a cyclist going to work, or a mother taking your child to Willow Glen or Broadway Elementary Schools then the quieter, calmer street mean safety for your children.

Let the community and the city know how you feel. Support more bike lanes for cyclists, and calmer streets for pedestrians. Send an email to lincolnroaddiet@nullgmail.com. For more information check out their website.

Here are some things you might want to mention if you are in favor of the improvements for cyclists and pedestrians.

  • The wide buffered lanes make you feel safer, keeping you away from car doors that may open suddenly.
  • Less stress from no longer having to be so close to speeding cars and trucks.
  • How much easier it is to cross the street since you are only crossing 2 lanes of auto traffic instead of four lanes.
  • Sharrows ….well they just suck, and six foot bike lanes are much safer.
  • That calmer traffic just makes shopping and dining in Willow Glen that much more enjoyable. (Think Santana Row).

    Lincoln Ave. Road Diet

    Rendering of the temporary bike lanes on Lincoln Ave.

We know you got a voice; we hear it every month when you shout “Bike Party!”. Now make your voice heard and leave your comments at lincolnroaddiet@nullgmail.com Please keep this positive. Show cyclists in a good light.

 

Bike Party!!

 

SJSU’s Green Ninja Team to Join April’s Bunny Ride

Written on April 6, 2015 at 5:42 PM, by

Green Ninja Climate Ride Team

SJSU’s Green Ninja Team prepares for this years Climate Ride.

Ah April; longer days, lot’s of sunshine, and all those flowers..

It’s a time to get ready to enjoy the longer days ahead. San Jose State University’s Green Ninja team is taking advantage of those longer days to prepare for this years Climate Ride along California’s North Coast.

The Green Ninja Project is excited to be a part of this years California Climate Ride as a team and beneficiary.  The California Climate Ride is a 320-mile cycling charity tour that begins in Eureka and ends in San Francisco with an overall goal of raising awareness about climate change and supporting environmental non-profit organizations. That’s right, team Green Ninja will be cycling 320 miles along the California coastline for five days!

The Green Ninja Team is an inspirational group of cyclists of all abilities and skill levels with one thing in common: a commitment to maintaining a healthy planet and reducing the effects of climate change. Some of our members are just learning to ride a bike! The Green Ninja Project is a non profit organization that aims to inspire youth to take action on climate change and provide the tools to do something about it.  Be a green ninja and help support us pedal to fight climate change!

Each member of the Green Ninja Team must raise a minimum of $2800 so please support the team  here! A little can go a long way.

The video below was highlighted earlier and includes some footage of earlier bike party rides. The second video is a short clip of a typical training ride.

Green NInja YouTube Channel.