CO I-25, CA I-40 share the road

Out of seven Southwestern states, only two were observed this week by the Veggiebiker to share the road on remote stretches of interstate and divided highways.

California I-40 had share-the-road signs for bicyclists between Barstow and Needles. Colorado posted bicycle icons with “on the shoulder” notifications on I-25 near Pueblo and Colorado Springs, and even the divided highway to Denver’s  

 Stapleton Airport. None have been seen on interstates or divided highways in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Hebb Electric bicycle for sale

Hebb 500 watt motor 14 amp battery

2009 Hebb Electroglide 500 Diamond frameIMG_0075.JPG. 500 watt motor, 14 amp battery. Use throttle control while pedaling at 20 mph for over 20 miles. Use as dependable, clean 8-cent-a-day commuter bike or as RV transportation. Always under dealer’s care. Crank assembly and rear cogs and gears completely replaced in January. Battery replaced two years ago and should last a recreational rider a life time. Motor replaced three years ago under warranty.
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/4933289128.html 

Veggie Biking’s back, & Ruskis are gone

IMG_0099.JPGVeggiebiking got hacked by the Russians. It took a while to evict them. And I have a new iPhone 6 that allows spontaneous posts as I find stories. Things are better.

I learned one big lesson–Use Secure Passwords. Don’t use a password you can find in the dictionary. I learned of this problem reading “The Cookoo’s Egg,” the story of how they caught the first known Russian hacker spy in1986. Even then, someone had digitized the alphabet through an encryption software so hackers can bypass your password and read the encryption word. There’s a reason your IT guru concocts those unrememorable strings of letters & numbers & punctuation.

You can save them to an email draft like Gen. Petreaus did his love letters.

School Bicycle Rodeos promote love of bikes

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EDITORIAL

For the Veggie Biker and many an older California sprocket jockey, Bicycle Rodeos at our elementary schools are how we learned to use bicycles for everyday getting about.

The Veggie Biker’s wife, who was educated in Missouri, still remembers Robert Louis Stevenson–Right, Left, Stop. However, our children, educated in Oklahoma, had no bicycle rodeos–or any other training. They learned bicycling astride a 16-inch bike pointed downhill with dear old dad puffing alongside. They have bikes, but do not use them for daily transportation.

Education through Bicycle Rodeos not only promotes bicycle safety, it promotes love of bicycles.

We can do something about this. With the new emphasis on active transportation–bikes, buses, trains and sneakers–we can add the bicycle rodeo to our school’s curriculum and the city’s active transportation program.

The U.S. government-sponsored program is already in place. We just need to promote it locally. We just need to volunteer.

 

OCTA hosts BikeShare dedication, Earth Day Celebration

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The Orange County Transportation Authority will celebrate a green way to get around at the OCTA BikeShare system dedication and Earth Day Celebration 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. April 22 at the parking garage across Harbor from the Fullerton Transportation Center and Metrolink Train station.

OCTA asks citizens to “join us as we thank our partners and hear from OCTA’s Chairman and CEO in moving forward with the project.”

In addition, the event web site promises prizes and savings.

Win!

In honor of Earth Day and National Bike Month (May), we also invite you to test ride our bikes and be entered into a drawing to win an iPad Mini, an annual BikeShare membership, or a GIRO helmet!

Save!

As an added bonus, anyone signing up for an annual membership during the month of May 2014 will receive a 20% discount! For more information on pricing or how BikeShare works, visit: www.octa.net/bikeshare.

Event Details
April 22, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
SoCo Fullerton Parking Structure
150 W. Santa Fe Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

Those wishing to attending are asked to RSVP. (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3BQXGWD?j=60989079&e=vbuck@fullerton.edu&l=1307058_HTML&u=1106801965&mid=96936&jb=0)

BikeShare is a system of rental bikes placed about Fullerton and other cities by Bike Nation USA so commuters may renat a bike at one place, using a credit card, and ride to another for a low-cost daily or monthly membership. BikeShare aims to have 15 such locations in Fullerton.

Los Angeles Marathon “Fun Ride” Replaces “Crash Race”

Photo by Mikey Wally via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Mikey Wally via Flickr Creative Commons

The Veggie Biker always wanted to be a tail-end Charlie on the Los Angeles Marathon “Crash Race.” But today, everyone was tail-end Charlies as the City of the Angeles lost its nerve and issued a permit for a “fun ride.” KPCC-89.3 has the story.

Whatever, race or fun ride, who does not want to be there?