Bike Picnic with the kids. BYOF. This year: cold lunches. I plan on one picnic each in May, June, July, Aug.
This guy (or gal) was rockin’ the scene at the 2012 Procession of the Species.
This seems to be the one of the more popular photos I’ve posted this year. Here’s a slightly more romantic version of it. I have a 24×18 @ 300dpi source file for making large prints if so desired.
Not quite warm or dry enough to eat outside, but fine time to gather some garnish for the chops.
Walking with Eloise
http://www.whatcomlandtrust.org/2011/08/brewhaha-october-1st/ http://bbaybrewery.com/news.php?c=Events — no details posted there. 2010 description here: http://www.zvents.com/z/bellingham-wa/brew-ha-ha–events–144440545 It sounds like a fun thing to bike to. I’m presently undecided.
No bike events for the Reynolds on Oct 1.
Please contact me if you are interested in a bike picnic Sat Sep 17. When I know who can attend, we can set an appropriate destination. If I don’t hear back, I will assume a breakfast ride to Fairhaven Park.
Please chime in on Saturdays starting on Sep the 17th that you would
be interested in going on a bike picnic. Let n me know your preferred distance, dates and/or locations. I think we can get away withmparks lacking shelters for the next few weeks. I’d like to organize picnics more around availability of riders and their capabilities than location, for example, if you’re interested in a kindergartener level ride, lets see if we can get a few together for Cornwall Park; if you’re interested in a third grade level ride, i’d also like to get a
group to go as far as Whatcom Falls, Lake Padden, or Hovander Homestead. Feel free to see by blog for previous ride ideas.
Also, Chuckanut Century is Sep 18, Liam and I will be participating in the 25mi ride.
I’d like to invite Liam’s and Jesse’s buddies (and parents) to do TdW with us this year. If you did a ride to fairhaven park with us, doing the 24mi circuit won’t be much harder, there’s really only one hill, and that’s the overpass over the train tracks. Good cause, good picnic opportunity, and lots of participants so you won’t feel like a car target. And – it’s not a race.
Lemme know if you’d like to come and we can travel as a pack.
Ride maps: http://www.tourdewhatcom.com/tourMap.html
Matthew Velguth’s The Bike Shop program in Bellingham is putting on their annual Bike Swap on April 30. You know I’ll be at LinuxFest Northwest of course. However, if you’re not interested in nerding-out that weekend, the bike swap need volunteers:
April 30th is the date of this spring’s TBS bike Swap and this is the call for volunteers. We welcome help with set-up and intake on Friday, April 29th from 4 to 8pm and Saturday morning from 7 to 10am. Then the sale takes place from 10am to 4pm. Any time that you can put in to help out The Bike Shop is great!
…writes Matthew. I attended last year to sell some bikes and bike parts. It is a noble cause and an inexpensive way to get a bike for yourself or your kids.
This was forwarded from Dan who organized the recent meeting at city hall:
Good day, here’s a little update on what’s happening around getting bike lanes on Northwest Ave., Elm St. and Dupont St. and three simple things you can do to help make it happen.
The short version of how you can help:
- Send an email to the four addresses below. Let them know you support cycling in Bellingham and want to see the Northwest/Elm/Dupont corridor improved THIS YEAR.
- Spread this email far and wide. Get as many people as possible to do item 1 at least, and hopefully item 3 as well.
- If you can make it, come to the open house that Public Works will host at Shuksan Middle School, Wednesday, March 23, 7-9pm. Tell someone from PW why you’re there.
That’s it. So simple. Please, send one short email to these four addresses. Let your desires be known to our local policy makers. We need to impress upon them that there is a large constituency of citizens who want this. They need to hear the message in big numbers.
The long version (’cause I just love to type):
Bellingham City Council has proposed installing bike lanes on Dupont St., Elm St. and Northwest Ave from downtown to I-5. This could be one of the biggest bike projects ever in Bellingham. But it is not a done deal. You can help make it happen. Mayor Pike and Public Works would prefer to put the project off until 2012 and expand the scope and cost of it significantly beyond bike lanes. Details of what else they want to include are not yet available, except that Public Works is seeking $20,000 for the design work alone. I can only speculate that additions might include bus pull-outs, cross-walks, and bulb-outs at intersections. Those would be good additions in the long run, but striping bike lanes thissummer does not preclude building these other elements next summer. And, most importantly, I think, is that there is no guarantee that following this fall’s election we will still have the relatively bike-friendly mayor and council that we do now. I hope we do, but as they say: elections have consequences. Putting this off for another year may mean it doesn’t happen at all, especially as the price grows to a politically unpalatable scale in tight times. A different mayor and council next year may say “Too big, too expensive” and cancel the whole thing. The bike lanes alone are very inexpensive and easily engineered. This much can be done this year without limiting what can be added next year.
A few other random talking points:
- The only viable cycling route from downtown to Whatcom Community College, Bellis Fair, and Cordata. Give Northside residents an alternative means to come into town finally.
- Some say the climate is changing.
- Six schools along this route and childhood obesity.
- Good for the local economy (gas money leaves the community immediately, money NOT spent on gas is more likely to stay local).
- Good for NW Ave businesses (cyclists are statistically more likely to stop at the businesses they pass than to go out of their way).
- It is in the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
- Approved by the Birchwood and Columbia Neighborhood Associations
They need to hear the message. In big numbers. Send the emails. Please. And have a great ride today. Thanks -Dan
Tonight when I was at Earl’s Bike Shop, the customer ahead of me was an enthusiastic bike commuter and I could tell he has a few habits like mine and some I should adopt. The first thing I noticed in common was our want of light: his helmet was equiped with a Nite Rider USB chargable light that I was just at Earl’s to pick up. He had the same cheap white Bell helmet from Fred Meyers that I selected. Upon comparing notes: he also picked up a habit for cheap blinkie jogging lights from Fred’s as well. He said he used to have six jogger lights…but he’s given away five of them to people that were riding in the dark without any blinkies at all!
What really impressed me–more than the fact that he was out biking after dark in 20F weather, without studded tires, was when he described his commute from Sudden Valley to Birch Bay. Thats like what–20 miles? Takes him an hour and a half, and he does it every week day. He goes up and down Lakeway east of Woburn–the twisty windy lacking a bike lane or even much shoulder at all. Crazy guts, Tony! I’ve biked up and down Hannegan in the left lane and even done the hill on Division street on a recumbent…but I don’t want to do Lakeway…almost as much as I don’t want to do Merridian.
Tony, I admire how much time you have to commute and how brave you are. Please submit a profile to bikecommuters.com. And Tony–luck and safety stay with you. You are clearly a generous part of the solution and I’m inspired to hand out a blinkie light to someone who needs one.
I took a spill on Friday on Maplewood. The concrete road has a rough lip where the asphalt shoulder meets it…and I didn’t stay clear of it. After I picked myself up and got out of the way of a bus and three cars waiting for me, I straightened my handlebars and was able to ride home. Once home, I checked my helmet. There was a crack in the cover and Liam quickly spotted a hairline crack in the foam on the inside cover of it.
I got a new helmet and threw the old one away. Its important to not keep damaged helmets about, because no one but you knows that they’re damaged, and you don’t want them using a damaged helmet. Thank goodness I was wearing the helmet. I don’t fancy a huge welt on my head and roadrash on my scalp.
It also doesn’t put me in a good mood to travel on Maplewood anymore, either. That’s a rough road, no smooth shoulder, no bike lane, and plenty of traffic. And URINE. A bunch of those houses around the motel smell like ammonia in a bad way.
BTW — There’s going to be MORE CONSTRUCTION on Northwest and it will be detoured onto Aldrich. While I like Aldrich, I liked that it was a quiet little farm road and I could safely claim the whole lane. If it’s detoured, it’s going to be filled with the trash trucks and what all that I hate to have pass me. And no bike lane. Stupid. I’m seriously considering Ferndale road for that whole week.
Saw a letter to the editor in the Herald this morning expressing frustration at more taxes for walking and biking lanes because they never bike…but if they keep bikes out of the street thats good they guess. The writer continues: bicyclists should register their bikes just like she registers her car, and that would pay for bike lanes, wouldn’t it?
While that idea is civilly expressed, I can find so many flaws with it I make myself dizzy. Mostly I am struck by how entitled a licensed vehicle operator is by expressing her assumption that cars are the only rolling meat-grinders allowed on the pavement.
Next I’m struck by…and this is a theme lately…how we as Americans pay buhzillions of dollars right to the military for wars the writer has probably protested. What negligible impact a small local levy has on her salary is going to be the difference of a hamburger for lunch compared to that 20%+ of her income she’s parting with every year.
And doesn’t she feel any like to this whole oil spill thing? You, I and she all helped pay for that to happen.
I’ll can it before I fly further into RantCity, butchaseewhattahmean, eh? Lemme know if you want me to go on…
Lots of subdued excitement at LinuxFest Northwest. It was a chilly ride that morning in the rain in a kilt. Bryan Lunduke’s talk was packed! My presentation on MySQL high availability was mellow fun, 45 minutes was not enough time. My son wanted to go home early so I skipped Alpha Geek to take him home. I got into some great conversations about ergonomics and making standing workspaces, and cycle commuting. I met more recumbent riders. Met a Seattle attendee who has been car free for 27 years — and TV free for 31. I wouldna cared about that a few years ago, but it’s certainly inspiring now. The brewing with Linux demonstration was neat. Renews my interest in learning to brew beer.
The after party was mellow and not as loud as last year and I think that was great. Would be great to see OSBridge now that I’ve met so many people who’ve presented there. Small planet–met Hal who knows someone at Bike Friday. Small world!
Looking forward to Sunday. Kilt was requested again–you got it! (You guys know it’s too big on me, right?)
The real question is, how will I ride my bike with a sword on my back towing the tag along without dropping anything?
This was a rainy weekend walk, where again I risked my camera. I wasn’t too worried, it’s a pretty tuff camera and it’s not too fragile a lens. Anyhow, it was the 28MM F5 Vivitar tank. It’s actually quite good at close ups. Almost all the pictures I’ve uploaded have been hand held at 100 ISO.
I like taking pictures of … neglect. I don’t like the word neglect, so much, but rather the character a structure expresses after being abandoned to the elements. There’s another shack out on Aldrich Rd that I’ve been meaning to photograph, too.
I was tromping through Little Squalicum park, between the maintenance buildings and the new construction, and I found some “discarded” trees. The light was very diffuse and I was in a good mood, ready to capture a mix of color and geometry.
The side of a van I saw tonight. I’ve got another picture that shows how tidily this van is parked, patching a hole in the fence of it’s yard.
I was able to prop the camera against a signpost and get this 1 second exposure with my 28mm lens. Sometimes I’ll start some post-processing, get a bit frustrated, and come back to it after puzzling it out in the back of my head after a while. It getting texture I visualized for the water involved playing with grayscale layer for a while, coupled with a dodging layer on the top to restore the level of the mist that morning.
I’m going to start making all the desktop pictures 1680×1050 now.
Jesse was complaining a lot this morning about going to the library. At dinner time, he was very proud we did, though. To defray his anger, I swung by Maritime Heritage Park, and he happily ran around. I caught a picture of him absorbing the power of the rushing water.