I’ll admit I’ve been known to kinda geek out on maps. It started when I was a kid and somehow ended up with a ton of National Geographic maps. National Geographic Magazine used to include full maps in some of their magazine editions (do they still?) and I had a large cardboard box full of them. From topo maps to maps of the moon to a map of concentrations of religions across the world, I was introduced to the idea that maps could convey a lot more information than just place names, roads and boarders. That’s why, despite some of the comments to the post on See Through Maps, I think this is one of the neatest maps of bike routes in San Francisco yet. (more…)
In the culmination of a 20+ year project, the new eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge opened up. And included on that new bridge was a separate bike and pedestrian lane. Those familiar with the area will quickly point out that this bridge only gets you half way across the bay, and that there is a second bridge that still lacks bicycle access that prevents a bike ride completely across. So for the short term at least this is a recreation trail only with no commute benefits. (more…)
I hadn’t really realized how much I had become used to riding on the same ol’ roads and paths around my family’s home in Sacramento. I had several routes I already knew of, and was familiar enough with them to match them to whatever my particular goal was for the ride. If I wanted to grind hills, I knew where to go. Looking for a flat TT type ride? That would be repeats on Captain’s Table road. Long endurance ride? Ride through Old Sacramento to the American River Bike Trail and just keep going.
However, now that I’ve got my self a new hometown (well, part time hometown at least) in San Mateo I’m kinda at a loss for where to ride.
Despite my best efforts in the past, looks like I’m back to working in the bay area, while living in Sacramento. The dynamics this time around are a little different from my previous Palo Alto employment, so I’ll be spending some nights in the bay area and some nights in Sacramento. So what does that mean for cycling? Well a couple of things.