Tuesday, November 21, 2017

‘Walk and Roll,’ school gates close each Wednesday

Banner, attached to metal gate frame, reads, 'Walk and Roll Wednesdays, sonomasaferoutes.org.' Image depicts human figures, an adult-sized walking holding the hands of a figure with skirt and pony-tail who is holding a lunch box. In front of them, a third figure rides a bicycle and wears a backpack. The trio of figures are depicted in a landscape of trees and green hills, against a blue-sky backdrop

School is out this week, in observance of Thanksgiving, but I want to reinforce “Walk and Roll” each Wednesday at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts.

Vycle, pedal-powered alternative to elevator

Vycle - urban vertical movement from Elena Larriba on Vimeo.

Check out this great space-saving alternative to stairs or elevators that promotes personal health. The Vycle, invented by Royal College of Art graduate Elena Larriba, looks like a bicycle with a vertical rail attached to it. Passengers use pedals to ascend or descend the rail; the speed of pedaling controls the rate of travel.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Bike give-away for fire victims, Saturday, Nov. 11

Event flier, ‘Bikes for Firestorm 2017 Victims’

As a cyclist myself, here’s an especially meaningful benefit for victims of the North Bay fires. Southern Marin Fire District is hosting a bicycle giveaway for the victims of “Firestorm 2017,” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in the front parking lot of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, 2796 Ventura Ave. in Santa Rosa. (Giveaways are also planned in Sonoma, Napa and Glen Ellen.) Please bring some proof of the residence address where you lost your house to the fire to receive a free replacement bicycle, complete with helmet. (And if you’d like to help, SMFD is accepting donations of new or slightly-used bicycles at any of its fire stations with the goal of securing 1,000 bicycles).

Saturday, November 4, 2017

‘Walk and Roll to School’ Wednesdays at SRCSA

Wednesdays are “Walk and Roll to School” days at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts! For the first time this week, we closed the yellow gates to the school parking lot on Wednesday; I was out in my bright yellow-green, reflective vest helping to redirect motorists.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sacramento Regional Transit’s ‘Gold Line’

Regional Transit 'Gold Line' light-rail train at Sunset Station

While in Sacramento area, rode the “Gold Line” light-rail, Sacramento Regional Transit District​. Having previewed passenger-rail in my home community only a few months earlier (aboard Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit​), I was intrigued to make use of a mature passenger-rail system. My impression of Sacramento Regional Transit is that it is extremely well-coordinated between light-rail and buses; we made connections within minutes between riding a train or bus. Additionally, I was impressed by the very affordable prices: $2.75 for basic adult fare or $7 for a day-long pass aboard Sacramento Regional Transit.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sacramento River pedestrian trail

Jonathan L. Donihue swipes a card through an electronic reader device attached to a metal gate. A sign on the gate reads, 'RIVER ACCESS. Please use your room key. Caution: Uneven steps. Hours: 9 AM to 10 PM'

To escape the fires in Sonoma and Napa counties, we’ve been staying in the Sacramento area. When we checked in to a local hotel, we discovered an unexpected amenity: access by gate to a pedestrian trail along the Sacramento River. Walking along the trail, it took only a few minutes to reach Old Sacramento and the downtown. I could envision us returning, under less-stressful circumstances, and maybe bicycling the length of the trail from one end of Sacramento to the other.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Joe Rodota Trail between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol

Image credit: Sonoma County Regional Parks
Trips by bicycle, on-foot, bus or train will be a daily reality once we’ve moved to Santa Rosa, and Jonathan and I are already exploring the area’s bicycling amenities. We recently rode the Joe Rodota Trail between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol.