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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.

 

Irish Green Ride – March 20, 2015

Written on March 19, 2015 at 9:30 AM, by

To The South We Go

Kudsi Kruiser

The Kudsi Kruiser at a recent test ride

Have you got your green garb ready to go. We’re headed south this month. The Ride Start is at the Capital Caltrain Station (map link) at Monterey St. and Fehren Dr.  Parking is limited so please ride your bike to the start.

 

Food Truck Roll Call

  • The Hunger Within
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Waffle Amore
  • Paddy Wagon Sliders
  • Porkys SJ
  • Judies Tacos Locos
  • MoGoBBQ

 

 

Pre-Rides

NE SJ PreRide

 

North-East San Jose Pre-Ride Route 

Fast paced Pre-Ride with Orange Guerilla Bike to the start of SJBP Irish green ride from the old Century Berryessa 10 lot. MEET at 6:15, roll at 6:30.

Sunnyvale Santa Clara Preiprde

Sunnyvale /Santa Clara Pre-Ride

Meet at 6:20pm, leaving at 6:30pm from the Off Ramp Bicycle Shop.  Route (catch us along the way).

 

SS San Jose Pre-ride

South Side San Jose Pre-Ride

Live in South San Jose and looking to ride in with others to the ride start? Join this short, 2-mile  pre-ride. Meet up at San Jose Bicycles at 7:15pm. .

 

Turn by Turn Directions

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Mobile Turn by turn jpgs

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This week we are all Irish

Written on March 17, 2015 at 10:30 AM, by

Are you ready for this month’s Irish Green Ride?

Lord Mayor Dublin Ireland

Justin Triano and Lord Mayor Andrew Montague of Dublin, Ireland ham it up at the first annual Lord Mayors Ride.

Ireland is a land known for its beautiful countryside, its tasty brews, and the warmth of its people. But what sets this country apart more than most,  is the way the stories, the pain, and struggles of the Irish people are woven into song, literature, poetry, drama, and just everyday pub banter.

We spoke about story and its place at our Friday night rides, but when it comes to the shear art of storytelling the Irish are masters. Whether it’s a poem by Seamus Heaney (The Blackbird of Glanmore), that touches upon the life of his brother, James Joyce’s Ulysses describing a day in the life of Dublin, the shear grit of the The Cranberries’ Zombie, or just a story told to a stranger in a pub the importance of story is what it means to be Irish.

Lord Mayor of Dublin

The Lord Mayor Chatting it up at a stoplight. Photo: Richard Massoner

As any one who has been on our Lord Mayor’s ride know the Lord Mayor will strike up a conversation with just about every rider,  stopping at intersections to chat it up with any and all San Joseans.

So for this month’s Irish Green ride lets keep this theme going. Share the warmth. Share the gift of story. Make new friends. Do like a Dubliner. Strike up a conversation with a stranger. Connect with one another.

Yes its a bike ride. Yes its a party. But its just another way to connect with your neighbor. Another way to connect with a stranger.

Happy St. Patricks’s Day!

This week we are all Irish.

U2 Bono Jose Babcock

Nephew Jose  (center) chattin’ it up in a Las Vegas pub with U2’s Bono. photo: Jose Babcock

 

 

Metroactive’s Gary Singh describes Dublin’s One City, One Book program in Dublin in this article from last year.

Remember Route details released on Thursday.