Monthly Archive for February, 2011

Saveagallon and Bike Loopalooza

Saveagallon Contest.

Do you remember “Saveagallon”? Does your child log miles on the Davis schools contest on the Saveagallon website?

Last fall we reported on the contest open to all Davis Joint Unified School District students to “save a gallon” and earn prizes by logging their alternative transportation miles to school and elsewhere in the city on the website Though the contest has loyal followers, we’d like to see more participation, as our numbers are lower than last year’s. It’s not too late for students to enter the contest and be eligible for monthly prizes, ranging from ski and snowboard rentals to bike computers, bike glow lights and comic book collections. Continue reading ‘Saveagallon and Bike Loopalooza’

“Yes you can — it’s in the MUTCD”

When bicyclists ask a Public Works Dept. to do something around a city, they often get the response “No we can’t, it’s not in the MUTCD.”

But what they’re not telling you is that there’s lots of approved signs and markings for bicycles that they can use, but they’re not telling you about it.

I’m presenting this as a workshop, Thursday Feb 17, Physical Sciences and Engineering Library, 4 – 5:30 pm.  Come for all or any of it, and see all these mysterious documents for yourself.

– Ted Buehler

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Bicycles Needed for Birch Lane Bike Program

The Birch Lane Elementary School Bicycle Committee is seeking 20-inch, 24-inch and 26-inch bicycles for its new Birch Lane student bicycling program. The program aims to provide bicycles, helmets and locks to all students who need them. Bike Forth, Davis Bicycles!, the Davis Bike Club, and the Voluntary Gas Tax Committee are supporting the committee’s program by providing mechanical and safety bike checks, helmets and helmet fitting, bicycle riding and cycling safety instruction, and bike locks and lights. If you have an appropriately sized bicycle that you would like to donate, please deliver it to Birch Lane Elementary during school hours or to Bike Forth during their open hours (M 1-5, T/W/Th 4-8, Sat 12-6; address 1221 ½ Fourth Street). Bike Forth is a non-profit organization; owners donating directly to Bike Forth will receive a receipt for their tax-deductible donation.   If you would like to help inspect and repair bicycles for students, please email

My first cyclocross race

By Thomas Burton

Published in the Davis Enterprise, Friday, January 21, 2011

I am suffocating and my limbs are burning. Tunnel vision is coming on, the fringes of my vision blacking out. With whatever vision that’s left, I can see only 10 feet in front of me. It is taking all my strength to simply not fall into the muck below.

And this is only the warm-up lap of my first cyclocross race. Cyclocross was invented at the turn of the 20th century by bike racers living in the gray, cold, wet, miserable, masochistic winters of Belgium, Holland and northern France. CX was born allegedly so that bike racing heroes of the time could stay in shape for the spring’s road races. I now know better: It is an excuse for adults to rip away the unimportant worries of daily life and play in the mud.

Think of cyclocross like this: It is riding a road bike with knobby tires through a wet, plowed field. During the warm-up, I am shocked by its difficulty and am uncertain whether I will be starting the race in 20 minutes, the $30 entry fee notwithstanding. Whatever experience and fitness I bring to the plowed field means nothing: Past road racing, triathlons, time trials, two- or three-hour-long road rides — it is all worthless… Continue reading ‘My first cyclocross race’