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Tour de Everyday Rides in the Rain
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.
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.
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)
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.