On October 4th and 5th Bike Utah, thanks to generous support from QBP, lead a group of 15 Utahns on a site visit to Minneapolis, MN to learn how to improve Utah’s active transportation infrastructure. Minneapolis currently ranks as the #1 biking city in the US by Bicycle Magazine and Minnesota is ranked #2 on the League of American Bicyclists Bike Friendly States ranking, Utah is ranked 13th.
I am seeing more cyclists using headlamps (the proper name for a front light), but I am still seeing a lot of riders without lights or inadequate lights. You wouldn’t drive a car without lights so why do so with a bike? The most common “explanation” I hear is that lights are “too expensive”. Have you checked out hospital rates lately? With new lights from long-time providers of bike lights, NiteRider and Light & Motion, expense shouldn’t be an excuse. Prices have dropped for high-lumen lights by more than 60%.
When I was approached to review the movie, “The Levi Effect: The untold story of Levi Leipheimer”, directed by Frank Matson (Race Across the Sky) and brought to us by Bikemonkey, I thought to myself, “…what effect?”
Mountain biking is a relatively new sport. Long-standing American pastimes like baseball, football, and basketball have thick record books, and a near stranglehold on the sports culture and focus in the United States. For generations, kids have dreamed of playing left field at Fenway Park, and adults have escaped war, economic depression, and the drudgery of every day life watching those kids live out those dreams. But that is starting to change. More and more kids in the United States are dreaming about racing bikes, rather than putting on baseball cleats. Mountain bike racing, once thought as a fringe game for fringe people, is gaining momentum and devotees of all ages.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the sport of cyclocross; so much so that is my 9th year officiating the Utah Cyclocross Series. People may not know that I love the history of the sport of cycling as much as I enjoy watching the sport in current times.
New is good. Everyone should get a new bike every few years. And tradition is good. Everyone should have an Italian bike. And colorful is good. Everyone should have a bike in his favorite color. And new components are good. So this year, I got a new red Italian bike. A Bianchi Sempre, to be exact, to which I had mounted the SRAM Red gruppo.
The University of Utah was recently designated as a Silver level Bicycle Friendly University. The League of American Bicyclists recognizes communities and universities that excel in five major areas: education, enforcement, engineering, encouragement and evaluation of cycling (the 5 E’s).