When I told people I was riding my bicycle 545 miles for a charity, most people responded with “that’s crazy” or some similar sentiment. And they were right; it takes a certain amount of insanity to devote every weekend for about half a year to train and ride and become a cyclist for AIDS/LifeCycle. AIDS/LifeCycle…
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Casey Monahan, last year’s Santa Cruz youth mayor, owes his job in part to the Bike Church and the free bicycle distribution program, which the nonprofit operated though the spring of 2012.
“Every day I got to work and school and here on a bike that I got through the bicycle distribution program for youth,” Monahan said in the Santa Cruz City Council chambers last month, as councilmembers weighed the future of the program.
A letter about recidivism in Santa Cruz that just can’t wait
Ecology Action and cyclists around the county are gearing up for fall Bike to Work Day with 15 public breakfast sites from Santa Cruz from Watsonville to Santa Cruz. Some sites even offer basic bike maintenance, acupuncture and massages.
Until about six months ago, Santa Cruz Police took bikes that were deemed abandoned or stolen and gave them to organizations like the Bike Church. Steve Schnaar, a Bike Church member, found that police recently decided to instead entrust The Bike Dojo, a downtown business, with the distributions—partly a cost-saving measure according to the police department.
Biking is a way of life in Santa Cruz. No small wonder, considering we’ve got trails for every skill and endurance level, whether your bike was made by Schwinn or Specialized.
Bobby D. Richardson has been working on bikes for 33 years, but he didn’t start teaching people about them until September. Now the former bike mechanic instructs students at Scotts Valley High School in how to work on bikes, thanks to joint funding from the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Project Bike Trip, a nonprofit that’s gearing up for a bike-a-thon fundraiser on behalf of students next month.
Mountain bikers will soon be getting a new place to ride in a city park. Santa Cruz City Council approved construction of the Pogonip East Multi-Use Trail on Tiuesday night. The controversial trail, which will be open to bikers, equestrian and pedestrians, will offer a passage to the park’s U-Conn trail and up to UC–Santa Cruz.