I am going to be able to check off “riding with George Hincapie” from my bucket list! He is doing an Organized century ride here in Santa Clarita on 12/31/11

Click the link below for information

http://www.arideforlife.com/

Can you imagine 20-30 of these Go One Velomobiles around Santa Clarita!

This Go-one velomobile at the 2006 Cycle Vision bike show in Zandvoort, Netherlands had been stickered by Tim Biesemans of Belgium.
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I dream of the day I can ride a bicycle like this lucky chap is. I would be so excited, at peace with myself!

Michal Kapral driving a human-powered car to work in Toronto. The Mango velomobile cruises at around 40 km/h.
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When I think of the primary use of  a bicycle that I have encountered over the years I think about how it transports me from one location to another. Weather that is by completing a Saturday group ride somewhere in or around Santa Clarita, CA with some cycling buds. Or I remember the time when I took a solo bike tour from NY to Cape Cod and checked out some incredible views along the way. I went through Mystic, CT, Newport, RI and finally onto the shores of Provincetown, MA. Ah yes, what a ride that was! I had panniers all the way around and a rack on top to hold my sleeping bag and tent. Those were the days!

Of course I also used the bicycle to transport myself to and from school back in my younger years along with my books and things.

Over the last few years I have noticed the bicycle evolve to what is now a “Cargo” bicycle or a “Utility” bicycle.  The cargo or utility bicycle can be used to carry or transport just about anything. I have seen “bicycle moves” where some cargo cycling  friends get together and literally move someones household possessions from one location to another via bicycle!

Enough rambling, time for me to jump on my bicycle!

Watch this great video about cargo bicycles, which is just a trailer by the way for a documentary that is coming out in the near future by Liz Canning, (check her out at lizcanning.com) …and you just might want to add another bicycle to your collection.

***Do notice how everyone is happy in this video and look at the joy in the children’s faces! Would they be that happy in a car…I think not!

Bicycles in Amsterdam are cool! They are a way of life. People use bicycles like we use autos here in the states. Can you imagine people leaving the Yukon or other vehicle at home and cycling down to the mall or to the supermarket to get things, I could!

What are your feelings about using the bicycle like they do in Amsterdam? How about just 1/10 of what they do!

What I like most about the bicycle is seeing others using a bicycle. Locally I see the  bicycle being used for it’s original purpose, transportation.

Not only do I enjoy every minute of being on a bicycle but I also enjoy reading articles about the progress the bicycle makes throughout time. What has grabbed my attention most recently is the growth the bicycle has made with the way the economy has set us all back the last few years. The bicycle has become once again very popular. At the same time being environmentally conscious, has once again regained its  roots.

With both of these working together the bicycle has taken on many new directions. One in particular is bicycle storage facilities in major cities and towns. I can’t speak for the city of LA as I don’t frequent there enough but here in  Santa Clarita cycling is not as prevalent as other areas. In my opinion the Automobile is king here and will always rule.

In most of LA County and especially in the smaller suburbs like Santa Clarita. The city was build with the auto in mind, not the bicycle. We do have some amazing trails and paseos connecting our town but not enough people use them is my point. Thus we have no mega storage facilities by the mall or downtown or even most importantly by the train stations.

In some cities the bicycle has taken on such a stronghold for transportation that bicycle parking structures are being built. For example this cool looking place in Cleveland, Ohio called The Bicycle Rack. Check out the short article below!

http://www.clevelandbikerack.com/

If  cycling is a way of life in Portland , why not here? Are we afraid others will see us with a “nerdy” helmet? What about our big SUV’s are they really all that practical?

Watch this clip from CBS news Sunday Morning Show in 2008.