Thursday, May 31, 2012

Friday Feedbag and Quotable Links...

Whaaaat - Friday, already. With that Monday holiday I have been ahead of myself all week. Just consider this as getting a jump on TGIF:

1. You know, Biking In LA is one of those must read sites for me; I immediately go there when something new is posted. I kind of take it for granted that everyone else already does the same, and I don't give enough Quotable Links credit to Ted Rogers when he does commentary, just assuming that everyone will read his words soon enough anyway. After all Ted's commentaries are well thought out and include plenty of links to back up his reasoning. If you have not read the one from Tuesday, in which he takes on (yet again) the tired arguments including bikes don't belong, cyclists don't pay their share, etc, it is well worth reading and thinking about:

"Yet somehow, a number on a cyclist’s ass is supposed to allow police to ticket or even arrest him or her based on eyewitness reports?"

2. Now, how about one from ye olde alma mater:

"The accessibility at Kerr Hall is problematic, if not dangerous; you always see bikes thrown around," Khuu said.

Bike parking at UCSB was a pretty haphazard jumble when I was there as well, but a new $124,000 project, which will include new parking, stand-alone air pumps placed around campus, and landscape and entry enhancements, will help to alleviate some of the bike parking chaos.

3. And speaking of college/university campuses, the top three (and 4 of the top 10) most bicycle friendly campuses in the United States are in California, per the League of American Bicyclists. Way to go Stanford, UC Davis, and of course, UC Santa Barbara (and Cal State Long Beach at #5). Universities leading and showing everyone else the way to get it done.

Remember the Removal 2012...

Riding, history, heritage and tradition, all at the same time. What a great experience for this group of young people retracing the removal of their Cherokee ancestors along the Trail of Tears. You can follow Remember the Removal at their Facebook page.

Welcome: About the CLR Effect...

If you have reached this point from my previous blog, the Claremont Cyclist, you know that this blog is replacing that one. If you have reached this point from some other point of origin, well, you now know the same thing. Good, everyone is on an equal footing.

The CLR Effect is about riding the road, and riding the trail. It is about racing and training, commuting and errand running. It is about a better, less destructive and more healthful way of organizing and moving around the landscapes in which we live, work and play. The CLR Effect is about riding every day for health, for fun, for peace of mind. It is about riding for adventure, for competition, for camaraderie.

The CLR Effect is a kind of play on words, a double entendre in spirit, if not in fact. It is a title that encompasses the whole of the cycling world (at least for me).

CLR Effect, meaning one: The Center Line Rule is in Effect - if you have ever raced in the United States on a non-closed road you know what this means. It's simple really, cross the center line and you may be relegated or even disqualified. Racing, the competitive side of bicycling, is contained in meaning one.

CLR Effect, meaning two: CLR, being the standard abbreviation for the word clear, thus CLeaR Effect. Advocacy is contained in meaning two; bicycling as a low impact form of active transportation can relieve many of the world's modern ills, especially those of the urban environment. The potential beneficial effects of increased bicycling is clear. As evidence of bicycling's benefits mount, growth should be exponential. There is a clear effect, more riders leads to even more riders. Every time we ride we are advocates for a healthier, lower impact lifestyle.

Crystal Lake Road

Join in. Follow the Center Line and see where it leads.


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