- Eric Senter
To celebrate the end of March Madness and get a jump on reducing the calorie deficit incurred this month, I am sponsoring an epic stage race to selected bakeries in Yolo and Solano Counties. The first annual Tour de Fritter, a grueling one-day, four-stage race, will be held next Wednesday, March 31 (Cesar Chavez Day, a state holiday). After each stage, riders will be required to consume at least one deep-fried pastry of their choice, though time bonuses will be awarded for eating fritters. The exception is Stage 4, where riders may choose to drink a litre of beer in lieu of eating a fritter. Riders refusing to eat a whole pastry or drink a litre of beer will be relegated or disqualified. Continue reading ‘Announcing Le Tour de Fritter’
by Robb Davis
In March the City of Davis has the unique opportunity of hosting a delegation from Harrisonburg, VA who are coming to our town to learn about our bicycle infrastructure and culture in order to promote bicycling in their town. The delegation is made up of elected officials, city employees and bicycle advocates. Continue reading ‘Visitors from Virginia coming to Davis to learn about biking culture’
By Russell Reagan
This column was originally published in the Davis Enterprise on Feb. 16, 2009, while the Tour of California was in progress and Davis had just hosted Stage 1.
Russell Reagan riding Hwy. 128 near Lake Berryessa in March 2008
As we watch the Tour of California, we in Davis know that bicycling is for everyone who is able-bodied, not just the athletes. But it takes motivation to ride.
A bicyclist I met who had ridden many 200-mile rides once described how on some days she found it hard to motivate herself to get on her bike just to ride across Davis for an errand. We may recognize the many health benefits of bicycling, not to mention the benefits for the planet. Yet even for the athletically inclined, sometimes that’s still not sufficient motivation to get on our bikes.
Encouragement is an important element in the Bike Plan of the City of Davis and other communities. In the broader challenge of switching to more sustainable transportation modes, activities of groups like the Davis Bike Club have a role to play in encouraging more people to get on their bikes. (DBC is a different group from Davis Bicycles!, the two-year-old advocacy group that organizes this column.) Continue reading ‘March Bicycle Madness: motivation to ride, ride, ride’