Monthly Archive for March, 2011

From Harrisonburg, VA: One Year After our Trip to Davis

Robb Davis and Thomas Jenkins load up oranges in a bicycle cargo trailer during a gleaning mission.

By Thomas Jenkins

Most of the time we live life advocating for what is close to our hearts and what generates passion inside. We seldom stop and think how our daily actions are positively  impacting the neighbor next door, those outside our town, even those thousands of miles away.

For those of you in Davis, this is a reminder that the positive actions you have taken in your community have had a moving effect more than 3,000 miles away.

In March 2010, I was part of the seven-person contingent from Harrisonburg, Va., that came to Davis to learn more about bicycle infrastructure. During our four-day visit with you, we learned more then we could have imagined. More importantly, what we saw provided motivation to make changes upon our return to our city. Continue reading ‘From Harrisonburg, VA: One Year After our Trip to Davis’

April 2: Bike Commute Festival

Davis’ first Bike Commute Festival (subtitled: Celebrating Cycling for Transport & Fun!) will be held Saturday April 2. With more than a dozen exhibitors, the Festival features everything from commuting seminars to live music to kids’ art activities to a “Commute Bike Concours”. The raffle is headlined by a Raleigh Superbe Roadster, and 100% of raffle ticket sales go to support local advocacy efforts by Davis Bicycles!  More details at

Chester Kyle at the Bicycling Hall of Fame

Chester Kyle, Engineering professor and Human Powered Vehicle pioneer will be giving a talk at the US Bicycle Hall of Fame at 4PM on Sunday April 3. Chet has been involved in making bicycles more aerodynamic and hence faster, since he first designed a fully faired Teledyne Titan in the early 1970s. This bike and fairing, now on display at the USBHOF, was ridden by professional bike racer Ron Skarin to a speed of 50mph, without motor pacing. Chet will be talking about the behind the scenes efforts taking place between 1982-1984 to prepare world class aerodynamic bicycles and components for the United States cyclists to use in competition during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. The end result: 12 medals, the first cycling medals awarded to the United States since 1912!

Admission is free to USBHOF members, otherwise the daily admission gets you into the Museum and the talk. Doors will open at 3PM and the Museum will close at 6PM.  Admission is $3/5 student or senior/general. For more info, check or email me.

Third Street Improvements Project Coming Along Nicely

In my opinion, Brian Abbanat is doing a fantastic job with the Third Street Improvements Project. There has been a survey and two community workshops where the community ideas have really been taken into account. I wish all planning processes around the city were this organized and inclusive. We may get to finally see some new innovated street design in Davis. Right now there is a second survey where you can rank each of the four design posibilities and man do they look cool. Here is an example of one:

The bicycle and pedestrian only design from the second survey.

I encourage everyone to take the short survey and vote on the designs. There are some great ideas for making this area much more livable and safe.

Cycling Skills Class and Talk with Mountain Biking Legend Jacquie Phelan

Jacquie Phelan, one of the original female mountain bikers, is coming to Davis on Saturday, March 12th. This three-time NORBA champion will host a women’s cycling skills course and give a talk on “Why Women Love Bikes.”

A cycling skills course will occur from 10-12 p.m. Contact Jacquie at 415-459-7093 and meet on the steps of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame at 9:45 to participate. $30 fee for class, sliding scale available.

The talk on “Why Women Love Bikes” is from 4-5 p.m. at the US Bicycling Hall of Fame. Continue reading ‘Cycling Skills Class and Talk with Mountain Biking Legend Jacquie Phelan’

UC Davis Wins Gold Award from the League of American Bicyclists

Dateline has just posted an article about UC Davis’s new gold ranking in the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Universities Program.

Read the article for more details:

New Belgium Brewing Seeks Films for Second Annual “Clips of Faith” Tour

New Belgium Asks Filmmakers, Actors and Amateurs to Put Creativity
to the Test and Craft Feature Films for Summer Tour

Ft. Collins, CO – March 8, 2011 – New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is seeking submissions for its second annual Clips of Faith beer and film tour (  Clips of Faith is an 18-city tour that travels the country pouring beers from its hard-to-find Lips of Faith series while featuring amateur films and raising money for local non-profits.  Last year, the tour raised more than $31,000 for non-profit organizations, which included many groups that support bicycling – a New Belgium passion.

“Clips of Faith is all about giving back to the communities that support us year-round while showcasing the creativity of our brewers and filmmaking friends,” said Christie Catania, Clips of Faith Manager at Large.  “Since Lips of Faith beers aren’t sold in every New Belgium market, this tour allows people to taste some of our more esoteric offerings.” Continue reading ‘New Belgium Brewing Seeks Films for Second Annual “Clips of Faith” Tour’