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March 2015 Cycle California!

Bike helmet law bad for California

By Cycle California! Magazine

We at Cycle California! Magazine oppose Calif. Senate Bill 192, for safety, economic, and fairness reasons. The law, introduced by state senator Carol Liu, mandates all bicyclists wear helmets when they ride. We want to encourage Californians to email Senator Liu, write to their state senator and sign the California Bicycle Coalition's petition opposing the law. State and federal governments have poured billions of dollars into bicycle infrastructure projects: From re-routing roads, creating bike lanes, and setting up bike share programs, to making sure there is bike parking when riders need a rack to park their bike. All that infrastructure is a waste of taxpayer money if it isn't used.


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A Ride on the Wilder Side

By Martha E. Kendall

My husband Joe and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary by cycling the ocean bluffs at Wilder Ranch State Park outside Santa Cruz. This flat, easy trail can't be beat for pedaling eye-to-eye with soaring pelicans, humming along with song sparrows, and watching hawks keep an eye on it all. Life looked even better as the sun glistened off the grand Pacific.

In addition to this spectacular coastline, Wilder's 7,000 acres include 34 miles of mountain bike trails that offer breathtaking vistas. For lovers of history, Wilder Ranch itself reveals an intriguing past.

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Jopo cycling in Helsinki

By Rick Millikan

I had a dream (recently fulfilled) about exploring Copenhagen, Demark's acclaimed bikeways before setting out on a Baltic cruise. Five days later, I joined a keen group of shipmates to tour Helsinki and experience Finland’s bicycle culture.

The guide Brian met us at the pier with Jopos, oddly efficient Finish bicycles. These present profiles of cuddly rabbits: large baskets forming noses, handlebars sweeping upward into silvery ears, and back racks covering the powerful hind legs, er, wheels. From a rainbow selection of Jopos, I choose pickle green, adjust the saddle and put my water bottle in the basket.

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