Friday, July 26, 2013

San Diego's Bayshore Bikeway Named #1 Bike Path In US

I'm not generally a supporter of anything Fox News has to say, however today they published an article naming the 19 best bike paths in the United States, and San Diego's Bayshore Bikeway was number one on the list. You can join the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition for an exploration ride covering some of this path this Sunday at 9am.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July 7: 21K Poker Ride

The 1st annual 21K Poker Ride is just over a week away!

July 7th from 9:00-12:30
13 miles - 5 locations - Raffle prizes - Swag

Best hand wins a trip for 2 on JetBlue!!!
Riders will enjoy an easy and scenic ride through Normal Heights, North Park, Seaport Village, Balboa Park, and finish at Blind Lady Ale House. Each rider will receive a playing card at each stop. The Rider with the best hand will win a trip for 2 on Jet Blue Airlines!!!

Registration is $35 (group rates available) includes T-Shirt, Reusable Bag, $10 Imago Bucks, a free drink at Blind Lady Ale House, and more!

All proceeds benefit the Young Survival Coalition, A non profit supporting young women under 40 with breast cancer. Register online here.

Have You Signed Up For Uber?

I haven't driven a car in 4 years. It seems crazy that it has been that long since my little Mazda Protege, took it's last ride. It was a gift from my parents after high school, a compromise that I would attend junior college for lower division courses instead of heading up to UC Berkeley, and that car had a lot of sentimentality attached. So much so, that I didn't actually get rid of it until I moved out of Kensington last year to get $400 to help with moving expenses. I obviously have gotten by...with public transportation, walking a lot, and various friends carting me around town to shows and such. Of course, Darren is a taxi driver, too, which is generally pretty convenient getting me around on weekends when his car is in service. But it is always good to have options. On the occasions when we go out together and need a ride, or I just can't get a ride home, it's nice to have Uber as an option.

This week, Uber is offering a great deal...instead of the usual $10 credit you get just for signing up, through July 7, you get a $20 credit. Now, keep in mind that rates are variable, so it might not be your cheapest 4th of July transportation, but with tip included and automatic billing to your credit card, it certainly takes the cake for convenience. Even if you don't need it now, having the app installed and ready to use is a great backup should you find yourself without a ride or perhaps a few too many cocktails after a raging night.

Using their iPhone/Android App or SMS you can request a black car to your location, arriving in 5-10 minutes. Payment is automatic. If you sign up using my link by July 7th, Uber will credit your account for $20 off your first ride.
You can also download and sign up from Uber's apps.

Enter this invite code: ubersddialedin

iPhone app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ubercab/id368677368

Android app: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.ubercab

NPR: How A Minority Biking Group Raises The Profile Of Cycling

This is a pretty interesting (and short read) about the changing face of cycling. I'd add that some of us aren't necessarily "cyclists" or even "enthusiasts" but just want to be people who sometimes ride in cars, sometimes take public transportation, sometimes walk, and sometimes just want to ride a bike. It's transportation, it's fitness, it's fun in the park. It doesn't have to be a movement or anything political.

How A Minority Biking Group Raises The Profile Of Cycling
"You'll see a lot of third-shift, late-shift folks or restaurant workers engaged in cycling because public transportation doesn't work when they get off of work. But those aren't the cyclists we'd see in a magazine, right?" said Sani.