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Tour de Everyday Rides in the Rain
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Sunday Feb 15th, 2009 5:38 PM
On February 15th, ten bicyclists participated in the Tour de Everyday ride through Santa Cruz to demonstrate the utility of the bicycle for transportation. Highlights of the tour included riding across the new bike/pedestrian bridge that crosses the San Lorenzo River adjacent to Highway 1 and learning about the bicycle parking facilities planned for the new New Leaf. Even in the rain, bicycles are an efficient, inexpensive, and enjoyable way to get around town.
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A flyer by People Power! advocating safer and more attractive bicycle routes, given out before the Tour de Everyday bicycle ride, notes:
Here in Santa Cruz the biggest source of greenhouse gases and other air pollution is cars. Yet most car trips are surprisingly short--according to U.S. Department of Transportation, over 40% of all car trips are 3 miles or less. Those are the car trips people would be most willing to switch to bike trips if we made it safe and convenient for them to do so.
§Pacific Avenue
by ~Bradley Sunday Feb 15th, 2009 5:38 PM
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§New Cycle and Pedestrian Bridge
by ~Bradley Sunday Feb 15th, 2009 5:38 PM
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§Mural at Scope Park by Peter Bartczak
by ~Bradley Sunday Feb 15th, 2009 5:38 PM
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§King Street
by ~Bradley Sunday Feb 15th, 2009 5:38 PM
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People Power! and others hope to make King Street the first Bike Boulevard in Santa Cruz.

Bikers in Santa Cruz Take the Lane for Safety and Awareness (May 13, 2008)
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/05/15/18499646.php
§Treats
by ~Bradley Sunday Feb 15th, 2009 5:38 PM
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Healthy fruit, delicious brownies, and a kind gentlemen awaited our arrival at the soon-to-be entrance to the new New Leaf Market on the westside of Santa Cruz. At this stop, where we were already soaked from the rain, we learned that special bicycle parking accommodations are in the works at this market and other businesses around Santa Cruz. It was also mentioned that New Leaf began as a small co-op in a warehouse very close to the location of this new large (to compete with Whole Foods) store. The New Leaf already on the westside (Mission St.) will close as the new store opens.
§Rail Trail
by ~Bradley Sunday Feb 15th, 2009 5:38 PM
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§Railroad Crossing
by ~Bradley Sunday Feb 15th, 2009 5:38 PM
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§San Lorenzo River Levee
by ~Bradley Sunday Feb 15th, 2009 5:38 PM
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Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Brad Hawkins
Monday Feb 16th, 2009 9:40 AM
Dear Friends of Santa Cruz,

I very much enjoyed your photos and support wholeheartedly your endeavors to make cycling a transportational activity, but how cold was it that one rider needed a balaclava, and how will you continue to ride everyday in the rain without fenders? Soggy bottoms are just such a downer!

Brad
Seattle
Like the title of this comment 'Global Warming plus a Corporate War over Oil equals Stop Driving'. It is really easy and we are in control of our own destiny by getting out of the car and all it's hooks-insurance, repairs, tickets, tolls and the cost of gas. Congratulations on getting free.