Posts Tagged 'Bicycling'

Scene from a crit: Senior 5s

Senior 5 race

Start of the Senior 5 race, Gold Pointe Fitness Club Criterium.

Scene from a crit: No. 480

Between races at the Gold Pointe Fitness Club Criterium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Click here for a shot of the racing action in the local media.

Tale of grizzly attack a tall one

It was this big...

The announcer introduced her as the cyclist who was chased by a grizzly during the Rist Canyon Road Race near Fort Collins, but in reality it was “a cute little black bear.”

Ruth “The Bear Attack” Alexander said she wasn’t actually attacked, either, or even chased: “I was trying to get away from it and it was trying to get away from me.”

Great story, though.

Cyclists identify county road sign priorities

Over the past several weeks, some of the cyclists who use Linn County roads suggested the priority areas listed below for installation of Share the Road signs.

Share the road
Image by frippy via Flickr

These recommendations are being passed along to the C.R. Bicycle Advisory Committee (a few in-town roads are included on the list) and to the Linn County Board of Supervisors and county engineer.

  • Airport Road
  • Alburnett Road
  • Alice Road
  • Blairs Ferry Road between Cedar Rapids and Palo
  • Buffalo Ridge Road
  • C Avenue between Blairs Ferry Road and County Home Road
  • Center Point Road between Hiawatha and Center Point
  • Central City Road between Center Point and Central City
  • County Home Road between Center Point Road and Highway 13
  • County Home Road between Highway 13 and Stone City Road
  • Edgewood Road over the Cedar River bridge
  • Ellis Road
  • Ely Road between Cedar Rapids and Ely
  • Highway 94 between Cedar Rapids and Palo
  • Lewis Bottom Road between Palo and Center Point
  • Mount Vernon Road between Highway 13 and Mount Vernon
  • Sutliff Road (X-20) between Mount Vernon and Solon

Have additional suggestions or thoughts on which of these should get signs first?

Comment here and I’ll pass the info along.

Pedal on.

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#whyweride: So the baby will sleep while we have fun

Image by N. Herring via Flickr

Over a surprisingly good cuppa bike-shop coffee this morning, Derek Stepanek told me a story that fits right in with the #whyweride thing going around on Twitter. I had stopped by his office at Northtowne Cycling & Fitness.

He happened to mention that he’d bicycled five times as much in 2009 as he had in the previous several years. How did he manage that with the long days and weeks it takes to run a retail business these days?

By making it a family thing with his wife, Jodi, and their one-year-old daughter, Jocelyn.

The little one, he said, is so active she’ll probably be nicknamed “Tornado.” Getting her to settle down for a nap can be challenging, but the Stepaneks found that she would quickly nod off in their Burley trailer.

They racked up the miles on their bicycles – exploring trails and roads in the Cedar Rapids area – while she napped quietly, rolling along behind.

Yet another good reason to …

… pedal on.

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Cyclists talk about why they ride with #whyweride

If you’re not a Twitter person, or maybe even if you are, you may have missed this: #whyweride

It’s a hashtag, which people sometimes include in their posts – their  “tweets” – on Twitter. You can click on it in someone’s tweet and up comes every other message that includes that hashtag.

Bicycle Race

Image by Tony the Misfit via Flickr

You can put it in a search engine, too, which I did this morning. Click that big hashtag above to see the results. Some interesting stuff.

I first noticed the tag Monday evening and the discussion of whyweride was still going strong today.

Why do you ride? Be sure to include #whyweride in your response.

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Hey, senior people, you can do more than walk

couple of cyclists
Image by docman via Flickr

“When you’re in your 60s, you may want to go out for a vigorous 30-minute walk, while when you’re in your 90s, you might try to lift your legs in a wheelchair.”

You can find those words of wisdom in a Chicago Tribune article. The source is Dr. Cheryl Phillips, president of the American Geriatrics Society.

Talk about setting the bar low.

When I reach my 60s and later years, I want to be on my bicycle. I’ve ridden with a lot of “seniors” and been dropped by more than a few.

A little walk is nice now and then, yes, but give me a road with some rolling hills and even a few hard climbs.

That will make a person feel like a kid again.

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Two more “bike friendly” Iowa businesses

Iowa now has three officially “bicycle friendly” businesses with the addition of newly recognized Meredith Corp. in Des Moines (silver) and Bike Tech of Cedar Falls (bronze).

The Broken Spoke in Iowa City was recognized as bike friendly several months ago.

Congratulations to all three. Let’s have more businesses encouraging customers and employees to ride rather than drive their cars.

By the way…

There will be free bicycle parking Saturday at the downtown Farmer’s Market in Cedar Rapids. Pedal on down.

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Don’t let Senate kill funding for healthy activities (updated)

A bicycle trail in Granbury, Texas
Image via Wikipedia

Updated 9/16: One amendment was withdrawn and the other one defeated. Good.

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Disturbing news today about an imminent threat to funding for trails, walking and bicycling.

We’ll spend billions to prop up the auto industry, but these people want to cut funding for trails and healthy activities like walking and bicycling.

Tell your senator to vote no on Wednesday on Amendments 2370 and 2371 to the FY10 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill.

Don’t wait. Make the call.

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Rob Hogg’s annual bike tour

Three of our lawmakers will be bicycling around in Cedar Rapids on Sunday to meet with constituents.

State Senator Rob Hogg sent out an email the other day, inviting people to ride along with him, Congressman Dave Loebsack and State Rep. Tyler Olson.

The three plan to be at these stops for 15-20 minutes:

  • 2:00 p.m. – Seminole Valley Park (meet at entrance)
  • 2:45 p.m. – 2308 Fairlane Dr. NE (home of Chris and Eryn Cronbaugh)
  • 3:30 p.m. – 1316 Fox Trail Dr. NE (home of Bret and Suzanne Nilles)
  • 4:15 p.m. – 669 Staub Court NE (home of Mike and Jenny Becker)
  • 5:00 p.m. – 1008 11th Ave SE (Cutchlow Residence)
  • 5:45 p.m. – Bever Park Pavilion (along Bever Ave SE)

Could be a good opportunity to tell them what you think about whatever you think is important. Hogg says there will be “light refreshments” at each stop, too.

It’s hard to say no to free food. I just might tag along.


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