Building The OC BikeBone

Last month in Fun With Maps we presented the following picture asking the question “what’s missing”?BikeBone Start

The dark blue lines indicate class1 bike paths, while the lighter blue lines indicate class2 bike lanes on surface streets.

The circles indicate towns along the way or at terminating points of the class1 trails.

The answer to the question is a safe route suitable for commuters to travel about the county utilizing as many class1 trails and connecting them with employment and transportation centers.

Since there weren’t many horizontal lines connecting the current class1 trails, without further ado, here is the latest addition to the BikeBone framework.BikeBone2

The green lines on this map indicate class2 surface streets that might be suitable to the purpose, and as we refine our original stick drawing to include more routes and destination centers, your input is requested to better define routes currently in use throughout the county. What routes are you using now, and what would you like to see? If you like we could build a survey with a list of questions; what do you the commuting cyclists of Orange want?  Is this it?:

Safe Ideal Trail?

Safe Ideal Trail?

Taken from Anaheim Outdoors, the picture above describes safety as being a major goal of the Connectivity Plan, while depicting trail hazards cycling commuters face every day. If you are the cyclist passing the wheel chair, what are your options?

Sometimes it’s just faster and safer to take the street, and with your help and our analysis of traffic data, we can identify the most desired and safest streets, identifying and remedying any roadway deficiencies to build a real commuter network. For example given the above picture, what if the trail was clear for the next 4 miles and by entering a block or two later you could bypass the most populated part of the trail, and make your train on time?

Let’s get the discussion started, because trains don’t wait for strollers!

The Tax on Winning and a Bikelane – opinion

Recently much has been made of the fact that the US is about the only country in the world to tax its athletes at the London Olympics should they have the luck, skill, and where-with-all to stand on the finishers podium to receive their due in front of their peers. Not only will the athletes be taxed on the prize money that accompanies the medal, they will also be taxed on the metal content of the medal itself!

The following table is provided as an illustration:

Winners Tax Table (amount per medal)

Winners Tax Table (amount per medal)

Is this really a problem? Apparently some people think so, as we discover that this last Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced a bill  that would exempt U.S. Olympic medal winners from paying the IRS tax on the medals they win and the cash payments that come with them.

Thinking that this all has to be some urban legend, we did some fact- checking over at Snopes and learn that just as there is a price for freedom, there is a price for winning. Who knew?

Currently the US is #2 in the Women’s team pursuit qualifying round just a few short seconds behind the  women of Great Britain and just barely ahead of Australians, while Kristen Armstrong took gold in the Women’s time trials, her final ride before retiring . It’s too bad that Amber Neben finished 7th. Do you really think thoughts of possible tax burdens hinder their performance?

We hope Dotsie Bausch and her team mates Sarah Hammer, Lauren Tamayo, and Jennie Reed, hold off Australia and upset Great Britain in the finals tomorrow. Live action commentary and complete race results are available at cyclingnews.com.

If Dotsie podiums, perhaps we could hold a bake sale or something in Irvine if the tax burden is too much for her to bear alone.

And speaking of Irvine, we received word of a bike lane closure 8/7/12 from 9am to 3pm on the southbound side of Carlson Ave. between Michelson Dr. and Palatine, so be careful in that area next Tuesday.

Update 8/5/12

They Did IT!

Lauren Tamayo, Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch and Jennie Reed

The US women held off Australia and won Silver with a 3:19.727 time! Fantastic!

Great Britain won Gold with a World Record 3:14.051 time, and the Canadians overcame the Australians for bronze with 3:17.915 compared to the Aussies 3:18.096

Since the US wasn’t really expected to be in the finals, the 2nd place finish is huge. Hear from Dotse, “”We wanted it more, these last two days,” Bausch said, holding her silver medal. “We fought every pedal stroke, every lap, every second. I really believe we wanted it more. It’s pretty wild to think of the deep richness of the track programs in New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain, and it’s just been us four and Ben [Sharp, the USA Cycling endurance coach], and we got the silver.”

Lauren (who has been racing track since she was 12), then announced she is retiring from track to set her sights on road. Watch out Kristin and Amber.

Well Done! What an awesome performance! Now, what kind of cookies do you like?