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Parking lot green backed sharrows

At a bike coalition this last week in a discussion about proposed bike facilities for San Jose State University, the presenter mentioned green backed sharrows across a parking lot entrance to the campus "like they have at Levi's Stadium."

A few blank looks around the room indicated that not everybody knows about this parking lot between Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California and the Great America transit center. It marks the detour when the San Tomas Aquino Trail is closed during major events.

Many shuttle buses here because this station serves the Capitol Corridor Train (to Fremont, Oakland, Berkeley, Fairfax, Davis, Sacramento), the ACE train (to Pleasanton, Livermore, Tracy, Stockton), and VTA light rail.
 
San Tomas Aquino Trail detour behind Levi's Stadium.
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i need to start attending those meetings.. i added myself to the google group
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Intersecting Trails

Guadalupe River Trail at River Oaks Parkway, San Jose, CA. Taken from my helmet cam during this morning's commute. Sunny skies, 65°F/18°C, light traffic on the trail because it's Friday.

After I arrived at the office I noticed my rear QR was loose! Note to self: ABC Quick Check before the ride, not after.
Friday morning commute June 24 2016 northbound Guadalupe River Trail as captured by my GoPro Hero2 helmet cam.
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+John Bump that's exactly what happened - a diagonal forward facing dropout on that bike instead of a proper track end.
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Slow and less slow and trail stalker

Left of the yellow line shows this morning's commute with Rich. We're traveling roughly 15 MPH and shooting the breeze, and my heart rate jumps between zones 1 and 2, which is basically a no effort ride.

The yellow line shows the point where Rich splits off and I cross a road to join a trail. I pause briefly for the only bit of traffic -- a young woman on a Specialized Ruby road bike in pale blue kit -- then continue onto the trail behind the Ruby.



I'm rarely in a hurry to get to the office, but my comfortable riding pace of 15 MPH is almost exactly the same speed the young woman is riding. I don't want to appear like I'm stalking her on this very empty trail, so I pick up the pace and pass with a curt "good morning." That's where my heart rate climbs from about 100 bpm to 135 BPM.

A couple of miles later, I check back prior to passing another trail user and see blondie with her pale blue jersey two bike lengths behind me. I guess I didn't need to worry about creeping her out.

In fact I worried that maybe I slowed after I passed. I hate it when people do that to me, which is why I'm now examining my speed and heart rate to confirm that I actually did sustain my effort after passing.
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ebike?
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Bikes as far as the eye can see

Stevens Creek Boulevard, San Jose, California USA during a San Jose Bike Party ride. The next ride takes place tomorrow (Friday, June 17) evening starting at Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown San Jose.
Near the ride start Stevens Creek Boulevard at Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, California. July 19, 2013. I heard the police came down hard on this ride at about midnight, with a helicopter telling the mob to disperse from the "unlawful assembly." Thanks for looking. You can view the entire set of Bike Party photos at www.flickr.com/photos/bike/sets/72157634710653309/ If you know somebody in this photo please feel free to comment. These photos ...
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#stablewars ?

Nope, this is one of three overflowing property rooms used by Santa Cruz CA police to store recovered property. They'd like to re-unite these possibly stolen bikes to their owners, but they CANNOT because so few people register their bikes, nor do they report them stolen. After 90 days, these bikes are distributed or disposed of.

California police agencies use three pieces of information to identify a bike when it's recovered or reported stolen. This information goes into a statewide database of stolen property: brand, number of speeds, and serial number.

At the very least, record your serial number today. You can generally find the serial number under the bottom bracket of the bike. Shoot a photo of the number with your phone and email the picture to yourself.
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+Kevin Wang​ I think Bike Index is the most popular/widely used. I really wish there was more interoperability between them all... Personally I really like the ease of adding with 529 Garage.
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Midwestern cyclists in a California city

Happy Friday. I hope you enjoyed this morning's bike commute.

This "CAUTION: CYCLISTS AHEAD" sign piqued my interest this morning, so I camped out for a few minutes to see what was going to happen. It's located just around the corner from downtown San Jose's major transit terminal. There are always "cyclists ahead" at this intersection.

Just as a series of trains disgorged a couple of hundred people and their bikes, with another several dozen commuters converging from all directions chaotically mixing with dozens of cars, transit buses, commuter shuttles, Uber rides, and taxis, I see a small group of young men in brand new kit ride with military precision, barking "Car up!" "Car back!" "On your left!" and, as they approach a red light, "STOPPING!"

Roadies who are clearly on a mission stopping at a red light in downtown San Jose? Who does this?

In the meantime, commuters on all kinds of bikes (folders, fixies, utility bikes, bike share bikes, Walmart bikes, 80s mountain bikes, even the occasional road bike), dressed mostly in either office attire or casual clothing, continue to stream casually on either side, salmoning, shoaling, filtering, and otherwise committing the multitude of sins characteristic of urban riding as they negotiate their way through traffic.

The light turns green for young roadies and they ride past. Shortly afterwards, Jack in the blue shirt comes by to collect this sign. He and the riders are members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity on a cross-country charity ride to support his fraternity's philanthropy called The Ability Experience. Jack, who provides sag for this ride, is from Minnesota and attends Iowa State, and his buddies on bike are similarly from Midwestern states.

It was very cute to see this very different riding culture compared to the urban riding I generally see here.
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I always check and double check before I disregard any traffic control. 
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Happy Throwback Thursday. My business card, circa mid-1990s. Who remembers bang paths and affordable 2-letter domain names? #tbt
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Usenet is still popular for downloads I believe
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San Tomas Aquino Trail detour behind Levi's Stadium.
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huh i was thinking there's no way they are ADA legal...
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Dashcam footage can be used against you

City of Orange CA police seize cars from fast car enthusiasts, find GoPro footage of a bike crash that police initially blamed on the cyclist based solely on the driver's testimony. Turns out the driver was driving way too fast while the cyclist was riding lawfully.
This is kind of incredible. It all began last December when 22-year-old David Collin Berry of Huntington Beach, CA was just driving along in his Mustang GT 5.0 when he collided with cyclist Alan Le...
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+Gregory P. Smith on a motorcycle for sure. Most cyclists wearing helmet cams are wearing them for their own safety, not to show off breaking the law.
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This last weekend when my son told me he got caught in the rip while open water swimming at Seacliff State Beach I suggested he go to Cowell Beach instead because there's no rip current, and besides Seacliff is a popular hangout for Great Whites at this time of year.

Then my brother and I got to talking about how it's been ages since we've gone open water swimming so let's go to Cowell's and swim out to the buoy and back.

I'm sure +Fen has heard about this by now too.
A great white shark was spotted 250 yards off Cowell Beach at 6:30 p.m. Saturday by a Santa Cruz Fire Department lifeguard.
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+Bruce Shark Knock knock.

Who's there?

Bike shark!
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+John Bump  and others may appreciate the mechanical ingenuity of that spoke-mounted gear. Found at reddit/r/bicycling
I regret it but selling my custom built Motorized Bicycle, please look at the photos for more details. It has a Honda 4 stroke GXH50 49.4cc 2.5hp engine on a SPECIALIZED HARD ROCK 21spd High end...
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I like where the motor is mounted. What could possibly go wrong. 
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Enjoying the morning commute on the Guadalupe River Trail with San José Bike Train!

It's cute that Karen and Sarah have matching panniers. 
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That looks more like a face itch to me, Richard.
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