3.30.2012

more bike lanes and more cycletracks

L Street may get a bike path...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com

the One Way Street that crosses one way streets is its own animal...
the right turning traffic on one block
then left turning traffic on the next
it is potentially dangerous situation if the cyclist is not alert and aware of the variables around them

Rockburn Pump Track OPEN and in the news

Pump Track at The Rockburn Skills Park is in the news
www.baltimoresun.com

Gwadzilla mention of PUMP TRACK
Gwadzilla mention of ROCKBURN

people suck.

this morning I dropped the boys off at school with their bikes
somehow we left out without the helmets
no worry... I will bring them for the ride home when I meet them
really... what are the odds that they will actually "need" their helmets
hopefully not at all


well...
we did our standard several blocks away from school thing
the boys rode ahead and I walked behind with coffee cup in hand
the boys stopped at the corner and waited for it to be clear
while also waiting for me to send them along


Dean and Grant are at a point where I want them to start understanding when it is safe for them to cross the street
at one corner they waited... in the distance it appeared to be clear
I shouted... "go when it is clear"
more than likely they only heard the words "GO"


then at the next intersection the boys stopped and waited
again it appeared clear
I waited expecting them to start off without me
I walked and I waited... no cars were crossing the intersection and no cars appeared to be turning down the street they were on
then just as I was about to give them the same vague instructions it happened


a car came rolling through the intersection
rolling past the stop line
rolling through the cross walk
not yielding to my children
not altering their behavior due to the presence of the children whose turn was next


the car turned right onto the main street
I stepped out into the road and walked towards the car
I took my last sip of coffee and clutched the large cup in my hand
aggravated I had no real plan for what I was going to say or do


the car slowed and stopped in front of me
as I was obstructing its path it was good that it stopped


the woman rolled down her window and stared at me blankly
I told her in a calm collected manner without any profanity how she had run through the intersection without stopping and without yielding to the children on the bicycles... MY CHILDREN ON THE BICYCLES


the woman stared up at me blankly


I could see that she was a mother... a baby... at least one child in her mini-van
I could also see that she was Asian
but I could not tell if she understood me
she said nothing... just stared blankly at me with a stupid expression on her face


I repeated my thought and got the same blank expression back at me
then went back to the sidewalk and walked the final blocks to the school where I helped young Grant lock the two bikes up in front of the school


my heart rate never changed
but I was still subtlety angry


that woman is a menace... just as so many drivers on the road are a menace
she is an accident waiting to happen


I am glad things did not play out differently than they did

Push Bikes.

Push Bikes...
it is a serious movement!


but really... I have yet to spend 200 bucks on a bike for either of my boys
so...
I have a hard to thinking I would have done better to spend this much on a bike that would fit them for less than a year


www.firstbikeusa.com


my boys each learned to ride their bikes with training wheels
we went through the classic training wheel removal and all that goes with it
but... they learned at an early age
and well... with the training wheels we covered a lot of ground that I do not think they would have covered on the push bike


some say it is a "solution to a non-problem"

3.29.2012

life can be cruel... it is important for people to be kind

a story in the Washington Post about Batman being a real life hero!

Batman leaves the Bat-cave to answer the call...
the call to bring joy to sick children in hospitals in the DC Metro area
www.washingtonpost.com

www.npr.org 


a foundation that works to bring happiness to children with cancer and other serious illnesses

3.28.2012

Occupy Bike to Work Day!


Bike to Work Day 2012

STAND ON YOUR PEDALS AND BE COUNTED!
sign up... volunteer... and RIDE YOUR BIKE!

Chris Soda could still use your help...

Chris Soda is still in the hospital...
although I am not sure of the specific
I can see that his condition is steadily improving
but I can also see that being in the hospital means more hospital bills

give where you can
help Chris Soda
Give Forward


Soda on the Gwadzilla Page

bikes bikes and more bikes on the streets of DC



Marc in Dupont... this machine has some long strong miles on it



and more miles to come...


National Puppy Day... I missed it... I live it!


March 23rd was National Puppy Day
not sure what I did that day... but I am confident that it involved some activity with a puppy

Didg in Rock Creek Park being majestic 

today should be a good day in the park


a bike passing through Dupont Circle

Capital Bike Share Bikes are EVERYWHERE in DC!




so many bikes getting a second life


so many bikes older than their riders

3.26.2012

I did not go to the show

Gotye at the 9:30 Club
in The Washington Post

somebody that I used to know

that catchy cover

can you help with a caption for this image?


bikes and tattoos

oh... motorized bikes and tattoos
in other words
motocycles and tattoos
www.montrealgazette.com

a few more shots from the Tim Johnson ride to The National Bike Summit to raise awareness of cycling







a few people who joined Tim Johnson on his ride to The National Bike Summit
some of these riders rode all the way from Boston
while some... like the unicyclist met up with Tim Johnson and his two wheeled posse in College Park, Maryland and rode the final miles into DC

I went to High School with the author...

small world...
even smaller cycling world...

News on the The National Bike Summit
Carolina Cycling News

Bike Share and Bike Bells

if it is the law for bikes to have bells and their is a bike share system
well... those bikes best have bells

Bike Bells Missing from NYC Bike Share Bikes?
NY Post


correction.... a bike rental company in Central Park
trying to rent the bells or sell the bells for a premium?

art or vandalism...

graffiti art... is it art or is it vandalism?

there is a DC Mural project
Murals DC Project

3.24.2012

not a bad plan... get your message out before you get on the road


make your phone calls... respond to those text messages... send that email before you get on the road
if a call comes in
if you have to respond to a text
if there is an email that you have to respond to

pull over and make it happen
yes
pull over

keep your cell phone in your bag
avoid the temptation

so many photos.... I never post them all






try to post what I can

the sign... so anti-bike

Washington, DC is in bloom
this tree... as are all of the trees in DC... is blooming early this year


take a glance at the pretty tree
and then... 


take a close look at the sign

Road Holland has a Bicycle Photo Contest

Road Holland Photo Contest
http://seriousandstylish.com/

bike riding anarchist.





kim on a skinny tire bike
it sounded like she has a fat tire past