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New Bicycle Path “Uncovers” Buried Tunnel After 23 Years

On Tuesday, February 12 at 11:00 a.m. the City of Davis will dedicate a new bicycle path and tunnel just south of the soon-to-open New Harmony Mutual Housing Community in south Davis. The public is invited to attend on bicycles. Vehicle parking will also be available at the New Harmony apartment site at 3030 Cowell Boulevard, just west of Drummond Avenue.

The new bike path connects to a corrugated metal bike tunnel which was originally installed in 1990 during a reconfiguration of Drummond Avenue. The bike tunnel and access to it were literally buried until the New Harmony project began uncovering and improving it in 2012, when the city had acquired the funding to complete the bike path connections. The bike path improvements were jointly provided for through city funding, grant funds and developer funds from the adjacent New Harmony affordable housing development.

The new offstreet path adds to Davis’ extensive bikeway system featuring over 53 miles of offstreet bicycle paths and over 52 miles of bicycle lanes.  The Davis bicycle network is part of a city that covers approximately 10 square miles. The new Drummond Avenue bike tunnel will be the 26th grade separated bicycle crossing in Davis. Continue reading ‘New Bicycle Path “Uncovers” Buried Tunnel After 23 Years’

Bicicultures Roadshow Call for Participants

Bicicultures Roadshow: The Critical Bicycling Studies Tour de California

Call for Participants

April 16-17, 2013 in Davis, California

What is it?
The Bicicultures Roadshow will be a time for activists and researchers to talk, ride, eat, and play as we discuss and experience bicycling cultures. At this two-day conference, we will grapple with the shifting role of bicycle research and activism as it crosses lines between policy, recreation, and radical organizing. The event will take place in Davis, a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community, home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, and site of the first bike lanes in the U.S. This event is made possible through support from the University of California Transportation Center.

Why Bicicultures?
“Bicicultures” refers to the multiple social worlds of bicycling that co-exist, but may not overlap, in shared spaces. Rather than taking bicycling as a unitary object of analysis, we seek to investigate the construction of diverse meanings around the practice of cycling across time and space.

What will happen at the event?
Rather than following a traditional conference format of breakout sessions and individual papers, this event will emphasize ongoing discussion among all participants. Events may include keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, interactive panel presentations, workshops, field trips, and bicycle rides. We anticipate vibrant discussions about how diverse communities are using and thinking about bicycling as a tool to maintain and reinvent their worlds. Specific topics and formats will be formulated based on participant interest. We anticipate conversations around topics such as race, gender, class, ability, gentrification, activism, public space, embodiment, technology, design, recreation and sport, sustainability, mobilities, and more.
Continue reading ‘Bicicultures Roadshow Call for Participants’

Tire-Side Chat: The Pursuit of Raw Speed

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Tire-Side Chat Series

The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Presents:

George Leone

Speedbike Designer and Builder

The Pursuit of Raw Speed

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George Leone isn’t an engineer; he’s a history major who loves to build and became fascinated by human powered vehicles (HPVs) in the 1970s and continues that passion today. From initial work with fiberglass in 1980 with the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo HPV Team, George and collaborators progressed to advanced composites like Kevlar and carbon fiber. Hooked on their possibilities he and two UC Davis engineering students began designing a new HPV and over a couple years, built the first all-composites HPV (frame and fairing) mostly by trial and error. Since that time he has become the “composites guru” at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has helped the HPV teams and others build over 25 fully faired HPVs plus five of his own, the most recent being the speedbike “Primal 2″, which has reached a speed of 70.4 mph so far….

 Sunday Feb 10, 2-3 PM, Free for DBC and HOF members, $5 donation suggested.

For More Information Contact: Eventinfo@usbhof.org

www.usbhof.org 303 3rd St, Davis CA 95616 530-341-FAME (3263)

Can Davis make Diamond??

Community Plans Reception for League of American Bicyclists

Davis has been presented a new challenge.  A bicycle challenge, that is, designed by the League of American Bicyclists that entails getting Davis from the platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community status to that of the “diamond”, a new level of designation created for the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program.

Staff from the League of American Bicyclists will be visiting Davis next week to meet with city staff, elected officials, bicycle advocacy groups, UC Davis, the business community, and the public.  Their mission to Davis is to review our draft Beyond Platinum – Bicycle Action Plan and to understand our community’s aspiration to improve cycling for Davis’ residents, students, and visitors. Continue reading ‘Can Davis make Diamond??’

Bicycle Open House at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Sat. Sept. 29

Contact person: Ann Brice 530-758-0530
Event Date & Time: September 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

Yolo Basin Foundation and the California Department of Fish and Game invites community members and their families to participate in the first bicycle open house to be held at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on September 29th from 9am to 1pm.

This is a chance to get to know the Wildlife Area from a different vantage point. Volunteers from the Yolo Basin Foundation will meet participants at Parking Lot A with maps and suggestions for routes.

People may choose to bicycle several miles on the public auto tour loop as well as through some areas normally only accessible by foot.  Fall migration is starting and there are ample opportunities for waterfowl and shorebird viewing. Continue reading ‘Bicycle Open House at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Sat. Sept. 29′

U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Launches Inaugural Legends Gran Fondo

Media Contact:
Joe Herget
540-903-3613
jherget@usbhof.orgFor Immediate Release:
U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Launches Inaugural Legends Gran FondoInductees Greg LeMond, Ruthie Matthes, Nelson Vails and other legends
to join cycling enthusiasts on May 6, 2012

Davis, CA February 6, 2012:  The United States Bicycling Hall of Fame today announced the launch of the first ever Legends Gran Fondo, which will take place in Davis, CA on May 6, 2012.  This new event will provide a unique opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to ride alongside America’s cycling legends within a fully-supported Gran Fondo setting.   Participants will enjoy a fast and rolling 90 mile Gran Fondo or a 63 mile Medio Fondo.  Both courses will spin through Northern California’s picturesque Yolo and Solano counties.Many Hall of Fame Inductees and other cycling legends will participate in the event.  Chief among them will be two-time World Champion and three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond (1996 Inductee), World Champion and Olympian Ruthie Matthes (2011 Inductee), and Olympic Silver Medalist Nelson Vails (2009 Inductee).  Other recent additions to the roster of inductees riding include Jacquie Phelan, George MountWayne StetinaJohn HowardJeanne Golay, and Stu Thomsen.  These legendary riders and others like them will ride wheel to wheel with avid cyclists in support of the only national Hall of Fame that recognizes all disciplines within the sport of cycling.“This new Gran Fondo event headlines our efforts to connect American cycling’s history with its present,” said Joe Herget, Executive Director of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.  “The bringing together of America’s greatest cycling legends and avid riders creates a fantastic atmosphere to promote the growth of cycling at both competitive and recreational levels.”

The Legends Gran Fondo will start and finish in Davis, CA, home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.  Fuji Bicycles heads up the growing list of event sponsors, as Presenting Sponsor.  Supporting Sponsors include Bicycling Magazine, LeMond Fitness, Sutter Health, Primal Cycling Apparel, BazuSports and Jelly Belly Sport Beans.  This exclusive event will be limited to 1,000 lucky cyclists, who will also have the opportunity to win a newly unveiled Fuji Gran Fondo carbon road bike.

Complete details on the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Legends Gran Fondo presented by Fuji, can be found at http://www.usbhof.org/gran-fondo-home.
To download a PDF of this release, click here:  USBHOF Gran Fondo Press Release.

The Birth of Mountain Biking

Frank Berto, author of “The Birth of Dirt: Origins of Mountain Biking” will be giving a presentation at the US Bicycling Hall of Fame. 303 Third St, Davis, on Sunday Feb 5th at 2PM. Mr Berto is a retired engineer and bicycle enthusiast who served as an editor for Bicycling magazine and has written 3 bicycle oriented books: Bicycling Magazine’s Complete Guide to Upgrading Your Bike, The Dancing Chain: History and Development of the Derailleur Bicycle, and The Birth of Dirt. He’ll be giving a look at the people and machines that began the biggest revolution in bicycling in 100 years.

“The Bar Mitzvah and the Beast” Book Launch

Davis resident, Matt Biers-Ariel, will be launching his new book, The Bar Mitzvah and The Beast: One Family’s Cross-Country Ride of Passage by Bike, at the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis on April 21st at 4:00 pm. If you haven’t heard of the book, check out the publisher’s description:

Amateur bike rider, father of three, and everyday public school teacher Matt Biers-Ariel never dreamed of riding a bike across the United States. But then his hard-to-impress teenage son, Yonah, refused to have a Bar Mitzvah as he approached age thirteen. No dancing with grandma or chanting traditional prayers? Something had to be done to celebrate this rite of passage. Continue reading ‘“The Bar Mitzvah and the Beast” Book Launch’

How We Ride Bikes: HoF Talk

Mont Hubbard, Ron Hess, Luke Peterson and Jason Moore will be giving a talk on their bicycle dynamics, control and handling research Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Bicycle Hall of Fame in Davis. The Hall of Fame opens at 4pm and the talk will start at 7pm with light refreshments. The cost is $5 for general admission or $3 for students and seniors (supports the museum and HoF!). See the attached flyer for more details.
A video about the research: http://youtu.be/HcYbn_RCLiw

New Belgium Brewing’s “Clips of Faith” Beer and Film Tour Returns to Davis This Friday

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New Belgium Brewing’s “Clips of Faith” 

Beer and Film Tour Returns to Davis This Friday

The evening will feature New Belgium beer and short films; all proceeds will benefit
Davis Bicycles! and Davis Bicycle Collective

Fort Collins, Colorado, July 20, 2011 – On Friday, July 22, New Belgium Brewing’s Clips of Faith Beer and Film Tour (www.clipsoffaith.comwill return to Davis, California.  New Belgium, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, has selected the winning films and hit the road for its second annual tour, bringing beer, entertainment and a good time to town. The outdoor event will bring people together to view a free screening of the collected amateur films, taste seven of New Belgium’s esoteric Lips of Faith beers (http://www.newbelgium.com/beer), along with seven popular classics,and enjoy food from local vendors.  Continue reading ‘New Belgium Brewing’s “Clips of Faith” Beer and Film Tour Returns to Davis This Friday’