Friday, January 15, 2016

Rainy Day

It was pouring this morning and spotted these 2 cyclists waiting it out under an overpass by the intersection of Okeechobee and I-95. They looked unsure if they really wanted to get soaked. It's not letting up anytime soon since it's projected to rain all day today. Happy Friday

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Annoyed Guy

Riding around on the island, I chased this beautiful bike down–an English Pashley. The guy riding it didn't seem enthused about me harassing him for a picture nor did he care what bike he was riding but hey, that's "Palm Beach" for you. Seen him a couple more times since. Happy Monday
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Art Bike @Canvas

CANVAS WPB was an event here in West Palm where artists painted on various walls throughout the downtown area. The Sunday that it concluded, we had a special bike ride with 70+ people who came out to see all the murals and hear us give a brief description. Cool to have more things to show out-of-town friends! Now all we need is a craft brewery and a legit bike shop...

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Monday, November 23, 2015

London Beer and Bikes

Met up with this awesome cycling group and they gave me a local's tour around London through the city centre, Olympic Park where the Olympic velodrome still is in active use, and up and around Greenwich Park where I got to straddle the Meridian line. That almost 900-ft climb up the hill was brutal but it gave the best view of London. Lots of bikes and lots of beer!

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The Crew

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This guy in the tshirt is crazy

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Olympic velodrome

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Got rained on

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cycling in London

London has a long and special relationship with the bicycle, or velocipede. It was a very unique experience figuring out how to ride on the "wrong" side of the road.

London doesn't have any cycle tracks per say but they do have bicycle highways, which are denoted by blue painting and usually called C-some number and they crisscross the city. Where they don't exist, the lanes vary in width, sometimes less than a foot of width. Most of the time, the cycle lanes blend into the bus lanes where they become very comfortably wide until there's a bus in the way. There's a love-hate relationship with the buses because they don't care about cyclists and just pull out whenever. They don't care about anyone really because they have to fight the traffic to make this mode of transport somewhat legit in the grand scheme of traffic in London.

In front of every traffic light, there are "bike boxes" that prioritize putting cyclists in a very visible, up-front position for the green light. In general, motorists were patient and respectful and everyone is expected to move promptly and swiftly. Traffic lights in London go Green-Yellow-Red and then Red-Yellow-Green, so as soon as that yellow light comes on, traffic begins to move forward from the red light and it gives everyone a chance to get up to speed without holding anyone up. And everyone stops for yellow lights just as promptly and respectfully. London seems more like Copenhagen with respect to traffic rules. Therefore, cycling in London didn't turn out to be as complicated or terrifying as I had initially thought. However it is noted that there are no separated cycle tracks and cycle lanes can be as wide as 10-12-feet where they blend with bus lanes, and as narrow as a foot, which makes it sketchy to ride and unnerving when enormous dump trucks barrel past you. Parks have specific paths where cycling is not allowed and understandably so, and various other multi-use paths have cycling "sections" denoted from the foot traffic to make it pleasant for all.

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Pedicabs racing each other

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Awesome cycling sculpture in front of the Gherkin in the business district

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TallyHo Cycling Tour where I got to ride around on a Pashley with two other visitors who happened to be from Ft. Lauderdale!

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Denoted cycling section on a multi-use foot path.

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Cycling in Hyde Park on an allowed path you still have to dodge pedestrians


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Experimentarium City

This was like a hands-on science museum on the harbour in Copenhagen. They have all sorts of interactive learning exhibits for kids and adults of all ages to engage in and have fun while learning. There were plenty of "cycling" activities as well.

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