2013 California International Mayors’ Ride Set to Rage!!

Instead of Steve Stevens kicking  our international Mayors’ Ride off today on Earth Day from Golden, CO and then my doing our Tour of Dublin, Ireland, San Jose’s sister city, next weekend while I am still over here, we are going to hold off on Dublin until later in the summer. By then I will have  returned to the Emerald Isle. There are a few reasons why this is so.

Most importantly, our key rider, Peter Matthews has had to withdraw. While he still wants to show Dublin off, his family will not let him. The irregular heartbeat he has recently been diagnosed with, common among athletes, has caused him some dizzy spells of late and his wife and adult kids don’t want him on the high saddle any more. I suspect that they are afraid this 78 year-old powerhouse won’t just lead us on a casual tour but that he will throw in a few tricks too. Tricks that could end up being tragic.

So with Peter out, we have decided to use the Irish summer to do a lot more with the capital of Ireland. First of which is to build a large ride to it – from the bicycle heaven of western Ireland’s Great Western Greenway. The starting point for such a coast-to-coast ride across Ireland is best symbolized by the world class Greenway infrastructure found at Lough (Irish for lake)  Lannagh, here in  the town of Castlebar (Caisleán an Bharraigh in Irish, which means Barry’s castle). Details as they emerge, including possible involvement of the world class Lough Lannagh Village complete with their very own Greenway Cafe!!

Until then, here is the Dublin proclamation that their council approved. The presentation date then, is still to be determined:

————–        Dublin Proclamation      —————–

 Whereas the City of Dublin is committed to fulfilling the Republic’s intention to have 10% of trips to work being made by bike by 2020; and,

Whereas the City of Dublin supports the efforts of cyclists with Dublin City Cycling (DCC),  a project of  the City Council  of Dublin; and,

Whereas through the use of an extensive web site, DCC encourages biking in Dublin with many programmes, including  bike route maps, bike news, safe cycling tips,  an activity filled Bike Week, and DublinBikes, a low cost bike rental scheme  which saw its 4.67 millionth trip at 12th January, 2013; and,

Whereas  the numbers of people cycling in the City of Dublin  has increased by over 100% since 2004; and, 

Whereas the City of Dublin acknowledges the important work of the Dublin Cycling Campaign; and,

Whereas Dublin Intl airport is one of the bike friendliest in the world; and,

Whereas families, young people and also visitors can now enjoy the 4-km long off-road Grand Canal Pathway in the middle of the City; and,

Whereas the Dublin City Council has plans for a continuous Canal Way route over 14km long crossing the City along the Grand and Royal Canals; and,

 Now therefore be it resolved that today is National Bicycle Greenway Day in the City of Dublin.

                                       Councillor Andrew Montague

    Chairperson, Cycle Forum, Dublin City Council

Back in the States, there is much excitement at hand. HERE, for example, is the tour another HiWheel legend, Steve Stevens, led in Golden, CO today. And here is the proclamation that resulted:

GoldenProcSteve’s final report and pictures are at out schedule/scorecard that details, the who, what and where of our event

The 2013 California Mayors’ Ride  begins in earnest this Friday May 3rd, Here is the 12-mile ride San Jose bike coordinator, John Brazil, will be taking us on at noon to see just some of the sights that can be enjoyed from a bicycle seat in his city

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And here is the proclamation that appears in my book, “How America Can Bike and Grow Rich“.

 San Jose proclamation

 WHEREAS, San Jose’s bicycle heritage dating back to the 19th Century has been rich and multi-faceted; and

WHEREAS, the city of San Jose foresees a safe bicycle connection that connects our city with Washington, DC; and

WHEREAS, in its general plan, the city of San Jose recognizes the bicycle as an important part of its goal to become this nation’s leader in sustainable transportation; and

 WHEREAS, San Jose’s weather and plethora of bike paths and flat traffic calmed streets, as well as its abundant smorgasbord of back road biking, long have combined to make it a place where cyclists place their wheels.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF SAN JOSE, do hereby proclaim May 3, 2013, as “NATIONAL BICYCLE GREENWAY DAY” in San Jose, CA

Moving up the peninsula, here is the fun ride you are invited to join us on that  former Palo Alto bike centric Mayor, Yoriko Kishimoto, will be helping me lead to San Francisco.

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Here is the proclamation she helped me draft:

 Palo Alto proclamation

Whereas Palo Alto is one of only fifteen other cities in America recognized by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) as having a remarkable commitment to bicycling at the gold level; and

Whereas, Palo Alto has been a leader in the development of innovative bicycle projects and programs for over three decades; and

Whereas former  Palo Alto councillor and pioneering bike activist, Ellen Fletcher, helped Palo Alto become one of the first cities in America to build  bicycle infrastructure into its planning process; and

Whereas Bryant street, aka the Ellen Fletcher Bike Blvd, was the first bike boulevard in America inspiring a growing number of bike boulevards all across America; and

Whereas while Ellen Fletcher changed the face of Palo Alto she also  brought about great change for cyclists on the San Francisco Peninsula as she also inspired a whole new generation of cycling proponents; and

 Whereas the Wilkie Way bike bridge connects thousands of SF Peninsula bike commuters with other Santa Clara County cities as it keeps them off the  heavily car traveled north-south options that exist; and

Whereas the Cal Ave bike tunnel arguably the most active bicycle undercrossing in the world connects to one of Palo Alto’s two  Cal Train stations, each  of which facilitate  more bike trips than any train station in the world and with Stanford University where the more than 13,000 daily cyclists there have given it the highest possible LAB bicycle friendly ranking of platinum; and

Whereas the percentage of middle school and high school students at 55% and 40% respectively biking to Palo Alto schools is one of the highest rates in the nation

Once we get to San Francisco, the following day, Carla Laser of the San Francisco Bicycle Ballet, will have all the stops pulled out for the epic 12 mile tour of the city she is showing San Francisco off with. She has lined up a gang load of businesses and ambassadors, including Andy Thornley, former highly sought program director for the SFBC, to help us  get a rare look at a San Francisco few people ever see. Dozens of people are already signed up here

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http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Easy-Riders-Bicycle-Touring-Group/events/112825242/

Here is the proclamation we crafted with the help of Leah Shahum, Director of the San FranciscoBike Coalition:

——- San Francisco proclamation —————————————–

National Bicycle Greenway Day

May 5, 2013

By virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of San Francisco, I do hereby issue this proclamation honoring

NATIONAL BICYCLE GREENWAY DAY
May 5, 2013
WHEREAS, the bicycle was the first personal transportation vehicle and a century ago was an important part of American culture; and
 WHEREAS, in 1884 Thomas Stevens rode a HiWheel bicycle from San Francisco and Oakland to Boston, an accomplishment heard the world around as his became the first ever bike ride across America; and
WHEREAS, the city of San Francisco recognizes the National Bicycle Greenway (NBG) mission to build our city into its network of bike friendly roads and bicycle pathways that will connect Washington, DC with San San Francisco; and

WHEREAS, San Francisco is a gold-level bicycle friendly city as recognized by the League of American Bicyclists; and,

WHEREAS, the San Francisco Bike Coalition has worked hard to make bicycling safe in San Francisco and has helped  to bring about the 71% increase in cycling San Francisco has enjoyed over the last five years; and

WHEREAS, the San Francisco Bicycle Ballet with the help of neighborhood escorts will be showing what makes our city great with a 12-mile tour of San Francisco on May 5 for the National Bicycle Greenway.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, THE MAYOR OF San Francisco do hereby proclaim May 5, 2013

as “NATIONAL BICYCLE GREENWAY DAY” in San Francisco , CA

The following weekend on Saturday, we cross the Bay Bridge (or travel under it on BART) to tour Oakland as a memorial to Ron Bishop, a bike activist friend of current mayor Jean Quan who passed away last Fall. Ron and I did a lot of work on the NBG and had many discussions about it and our Mayors’ Rides over the years. The ride is being led by the Bay Area Easy Riders, a group Ron started with Mary Ann Blackwell who will be at the Jack London Sq ferry to help lead. Here is the ride we want to see you at:

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http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Easy-Riders-Bicycle-Touring-Group/events/92037562/

And here is a draft of the proclamation we have before Mayor Quan.

Ron Bishop National Bicycle Greenway Day

May 11, 2013

By virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Oakland, I do hereby issue this proclamation honoring

RON BISHOP NATIONAL BICYCLE GREENWAY DAY

May 11, 2013

WHEREAS, in 1884 Thomas Stevens rode a HiWheel bicycle from our city to Boston, making his the first ever bike ride across America; and

WHEREAS Oakland has 90-miles of on-street bike lanes and  hosted the first US city-sanctioned Car Free Day as well as the first big city Bike-to-Work day; and

WHEREAS, Ron Bishop, recognized as Mr. Bike Oakland by City Council, played an important part in building a consciousness for bicycling in Oakland; and

WHEREAS, the city of Oakland recognizes Ron Bishop’s work with the National Bicycle Greenway (NBG) to build our city  into  its  network of bike friendly roads and bicycle pathways that will form a bike route connection from San Jose/San Francisco/Oakland to Washington, DC; and

WHEREAS, Ron collaborated with NBG Director, Martin Krieg, who was born in Oakland and used its beautiful mountain roads to rebuild his body for his first bike ride across America, and the quiet of its neighborhoods to write the book about his recovery from head injury and the two bike rides across America that followed.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, THE MAYOR OF Oakland do hereby proclaim May 11, 2013

as “RON BISHOP NATIONAL BICYCLE GREENWAY DAY” in Oakland , CA

The CA Mayors’ Ride resumes the following  Saturday when we leave Davis City Hall at 9:30 am with the following proclamation:

Davis proclamation

Whereas in the early 1960’s, UC Davis Chancellor Emil Mrak and local residents took it upon themselves to make Davis a fabulous place for bicycling.,

Whereas the bikeway system that Mrak helped to bring about was adopted by the City of Davis with one of its requirements being that  all new subdivisions add to it

Whereas for the last half century,  the City of Davis has been the model bicycle friendly city by which others are judged

Whereas the City of Davis  long referred to as “The Bicycle Capital of the U.S” was the first of now only three other platinum-level bike friendly cities in the USA as determined by the League of American Bicyclists

Whereas the City of Davis has been a signature stop on the National Bicycle Greenway’s  Mayors’ Ride since 2002

Whereas the City of Davis is one of 17 other great American cities that will connect to the Nation’s capital along the greenway the National Bicycle Greenway  envisions.

We’ll be taking it with us on our  15-mile ride to Ed Cox‘s first ever Tour of Sacramento. The Sacramento bike coordinator, his ride promises to let us really see the state Capital city in a way few ever will!

The California portion of the 2013 international Mayors’ Ride wraps up when we ride what the National Bicycle Greenway can look like in it’s highest form, on the American River Parkway, from the Sacramento State Capital to Rancho Cordova and the city of Folsom

Here is that ride:

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Here are drafts of the proclamations  that will be presented on the river:

Sacramento proclamation

Whereas the National Bicycle Greenway (NBG) has celebrated the city of Sacramento with eight visits since 2002 during it’s national Mayors’ Ride campaigns

Whereas the City of Sacramento honors the work of city bike coordinator, Ed Cox, who has been working since 2000 to make ours, a bicycle friendly city

Whereas Ed cox will be showing off the City of Sacramento off  to bicycle visitors with the first ever tour of Sacramento on Saturday May 18

Whereas the City of Sacramento salutes the arguably biggest Bike-to-Work Day celebration in the Nation  that we produce annually at the State Capital

Whereas one of the premiere bicycle Greenways in all the Nation, the American River Parkway, starts in our city

Whereas the City of Sacramento honors the NBG’s vision for a coast-to-coast network of bikeable roads and paths modelled in their highest form after the American River Parkway

Whereas the City of Sacramento is proud to be a signature stop on the initial Greenway  the NBG foresees that will connect our Capital City with 17 other great cities in America including the Nation’s Capital, Washington DC

Rancho Cordova proclamation

Whereas the National Bicycle Greenway has celebrated the city of Rancho Cordova with five visits since 2002 during it’s Mayors’ Ride campaigns.

Whereas the city of Rancho Cordova recognizes the  greatly enriched quality of life,  one of the premiere bicycle Greenways in all the Nation, the American River Parkway, brings to our citizens

Whereas the city of Rancho Cordova salutes the many hundreds of thousands of cyclists who enjoy Sunrise Park as they pass through our city on the American River Parkway every year

Whereas four different Rancho Cordova mayors have received National Bicycle Greenway Mayors’ Ride cyclists travelling along the American River Parkway with proclamations, including Ken Cooley, who rode in the 2005 campaign when it left from the city of Folsom

Whereas the city of Rancho Cordova honors  it’s nationally noted  HiWheel cyclist, Jacques Graber, for helping make our city a stop along  the National Bicycle Greenway’s Mayors’ Ride campaigns

Whereas Rancho Cordova is proud to be one of the signature stops the National Bicycle Greenway makes as it connects San Jose/San Francisco and Oakland with 14  other great American cities between here and Washington DC.

Folsom proclamation

Whereas the National Bicycle Greenway has celebrated the city of Folsom six with visits since 2002 during it’s Mayors’ Ride campaigns.

Whereas the city of Folsom recognizes the tremendous value and greatly enriched quality of life one of the premiere bicycle Greenways  in all the Nation, the American River Parkway brings to our citizens

Whereas the city of Folsom salutes the many hundreds of thousands of American River Parkway cyclist users  who annually eat, sleep, shop and play in our historic village

Whereas the city of Folsom acknowledges the important part our light rail stop facilitates in making bicycle day visits from the state capital  easily possible

Whereas the city of Folsom honors the  National Bicycle Greenway’s vision for a coast to coast network of bikeable roads and paths modelled in their highest form after the American River Parkway

Whereas the city of Folsom is proud to be the final destination city for this year’s 2013 California Mayors’ Ride as well as a signature stop on the initial Greenway  the NBG foresees that will connect us with 17 great cities in America including the Nation’s Capital, Washington DC

THX 4 all of U!!

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