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    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2015
    The canyons were cold this morning, definitely.
    • CommentAuthorJSnook
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2016
    The ride home yesterday was nice - had a tailwind the whole way back it seemed. Also got a new commuter started up - a fellow I've known for years and whose office is close recently decided to take up cycling and I convinced him he could commute at least once or twice a week. He was surprised by how easy and relaxing the ride home was yesterday, so I think he is going to be hooked and doing some more commuting in the future.
    • CommentAuthorRohler
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2016
    Nice work JSnook. This morning, I swept up after a "glasshole" on Goldcoast W. of Camino Ruiz.
    Moved ahead to newer posting...
    • CommentAuthorRohler
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2016
    Had puddles in my shoes!
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2018
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2018

    Edit, moved below...
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2018 edited
    Planning multi-modal trips are complex stuff.

    Last Thursday I had an event to attend at the Writers Guild near the Farmers Market in LA. I work in Studio City during the week.

    So I just started the route planning at the nearby Subway station and that worked: short bike ride, one train ride and a bus to get there. $3.50

    But when I got there I discovered that I could have ridden in the other direction to Laurel Canyon and just taken a direct bus there. $1.75 and probably less time.

    I wonder if there are enough multi-modal commuters to justify building an app based on the Google routing stuff?
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2018
    Google maps worked great in London for choosing transit options. I had no bike involved, though. Google already has all the info for multi mode, they would just have to allow bike and transit in the same trip.
    bikingbill:Planning multi-modal trips are complex stuff.
    It seems 'local' knowledge is required to use transit to it's full potential. That leaves, newbie's, visitors, tourists, and travelers at a distinct disadvantage. These are the populations who would readily use transit if they could do so efficiently. Significantly reducing vehicle miles traveled, GHG's, parking issues and the kook factor of lost travelers in cars trying to find their way, efficient, easy to use transit would go a long way.

    I was thinking along the same lines as Shady. Google could coordinate the transit/bicycling features of their mapping application to give multiple options for solving routing questions. Maybe include estimated time in the algorithm to account for buses in traffic or delays on certain roads due to crashes, weather etc. Sometimes a longer physical route is shorter in duration due to multiple factors.

    Trucking companies, delivery companies and logistics firms all use sophisticated software to shorten arrival times, even if taking the long way is required. There has to be a balance of course between time and distance if you're paying by the mile for operations. In situations like police or fire response, time is critical and so time is the deciding factor in choosing routes.

    For fixed routes like trolley, subways, trains and buses, and fixed fares/passes, an algorithm could weigh factors like travel time, number of transfers and costs to give a list of solutions. Much like a travel website search result with many options to choose from. You can choose price, time, or ease of travel to determine your best plan.

    A similar service could be provided by the transit authority in each municipality. Just access the route planning feature on their site to plan your trip including bike/walk, time of travel, transfers, etc. to get a list of options. If these features don't already exist on transit websites, they should be developed by the agencies themselves as an enhancement to the public service provided. Neighboring transit authorities could coordinate data to serve overlapping functions. Think Coaster/Metro in Oceanside. Amtrak/Coaster coordination with North County Sprinter or San Diego Trolley. Add services like the Coronado Ferry and shuttle buses by employers to enhance the utility.

    MTS Trip Planner
    NCTD Trip Planner
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2018 edited
    If Google took the current 'transit' search, which assumes some walking, and extended the distance/speed of the 'walking' (and insured you could actually bike the 'walking' parts), that would be all that you would need.

    Additional features would allow one to specify folding vs. non-folding bike, as not all transit is bike friendly.
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2018
    • CommentAuthormnenn
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2018
    Finally, a place I can talk about my commute. Spring Valley to Mira Mesa for two years on a bike, 2 to 3 times a week. Now, 4 to 5 times a week on an e-bike.

    Today I passed a total of 5 bikes and saw many more. Hope to see you out there!
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2018
    Shady John:!topic/maps/eu-qOhrFtGM;context-place=topicsearchin/maps/category$3Afeature-suggestions

    some helpful info here:

    Thank you.

    One of the issues with trying to break it into segments, as suggested by the Quora article, is that transit directions will skip stuff that's too far to walk and you'll often end up with less efficient transit directions than if you biked a mile or so away.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2018

    I imagine this is what Sigurd's commute looks like?
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2018
    ^^ How do you rotate a GIF by 16 degrees?
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2018 edited
    Sigurd:^^ How do you rotate a GIF by 16 degrees?

    Not directly in HTML; however, the Copenhagen wheel does have a "Flatten City" mode that would solve that:
    flatten city
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2018
    I'm getting comfortable with bike commuting with the Brompton in Studio City. It's "Graduate School" for Cycling Savvy :-)

    Fortunately, in November, I will only be there 2 or 3 days a week (not 5).

    Tuesday, October 2, 2018
    ~ All Day ~

    On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, San Diego County residents, workers and visitors can ride MTS and NCTD fixed-route buses, Trolley, SPRINTER and the COASTER for FREE. Yep, totally free. Change up your commute and Choose Transit. Whether you’re looking to leave the bumper-to-bumper behind, or want to make a tangible impact on our environment, Free Ride Day is the perfect time to change the way you move. No fare required, just hop on board. RSVP on Facebook, or at to get event reminders, trip planning info and more.

    This is a great opportunity to discover the convenience and utility of multimodal commuting. Use your bike to get to stations/stops – ride the transit – then use your bike to get to your destination. First mile/Last mile by bike or walking and let transit do the long haul. Easy peasy!

    From the beaches to La Mesa for meetings; multimodal commute saves time, avoids traffic, parking hassles and is fun to boot.
    Let the good times roll!

    Access more information on the transit links above to plan/time your route and learn how to ride with bikes on board.
    You may find a new, easy way to commute by transit/biking to get all around the region for work, school, play and fun!


    Georgette Gómez modeling that multimodal commute life!
    San Diego MTS: @sdmts

    Georgette Gómez riding to work via bus and bike. Keep on rolling!
    City of San Diego Councilmember ~ D9;
    Chair; San Diego MTS
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2018
    daily commute with ride hailing, autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, et al...
    How the daily commute changes with ride hailing, autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, et al.
    • CommentAuthoreaton
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2018
    Old Knotty Buoy:

    Tuesday, October 2, 2018
    ~ All Day ~

    Last week NCTD reduced the number of cars on the Coaster by one, at least the ones I ride. It makes things cozy at times.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2018
    Finally, a useful housing perk:
    (currently only available in Spokane, WA)
    Jim Frank
    Jim Frank stands in the Kendall Yards development in 2017. This month, he launched a free bus pass program for everyone who works or lives in the West Central neighborhood community. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2018

    Uber and Lyft are responsible for about half of SF's rise in traffic since 2010, SFCTA says
    Between 2010 and 2016, according to the SFCTA, ride-hailing services accounted for:
    51 percent of the increase in daily vehicle hours of delay
    47 percent of the increase in vehicle miles traveled
    55 percent of the average speed decline
    25 percent of total vehicle congestion citywide
    • CommentAuthorsd_mike
    • CommentTimeOct 21st 2018
    Considering that lyft and uber aren't actually ride-sharing services, as they at least used to advertise, this rise in traffic makes sense. Ride-hailing... a taxi service.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2018
    sd_mike: Ride-hailing... a taxi service.

    Yes. The only real difference is that instead of a central dispatch for taxis, it is now a distributed dispatch via mobile app. Anything that increases the number of motor vehicles and motor vehicle miles driven does not decrease traffic. More is not less.
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2018
    sd_mike: Ride-hailing... a taxi service.

    Yes. The only real difference is that instead of a central dispatch for taxis, it is now a distributed dispatch via mobile app. Anything that increases the number of motor vehicles and motor vehicle miles driven does not decrease traffic. More is not less.

    I will say that San Francisco taxi service (pre-Uber) was world-renowned for its sheer awfulness. Taxis would ignore you in particular areas, the cabs were filthy, and the drivers would be clueless about routing.

    It was a prime market for the launch of Uber.

    As to me, I typically take my Brompton when I have business there. Saves a lot of $$$.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2018 edited
    I was 1 of the 200 today...
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2018
    I’m working in Studio City, LA. Use Amtrak/Subway/Brompton to get around.

    So I had a meeting in Camarillo 2:30 this afternoon.

    The plan was to carpool with coworkers there and get back to Studio City by 5:30, in time to get to the subway and catch my 7:15 train to Oceanside.

    So I got the clever idea that I could just take Amtrak from Camarillo at 6:00. So I changed the ticket and loaded the folding bike into the car.

    On the way there we passed a brush fire about a mile north of the 101 freeway. Then about 4:00 everyone heads to the parking lot to see this.

    The winds are gusting over 50mph and it looks pretty bad.

    So the new plan is for me to get dropped off at the station. Problem is the police have the traffic stopp d. So my coworker pops the hatch, I jump out and bike to the station.

    Take it easy and get to the station quickly. Train arrives only a few min late.


    Wow, I'm glad it worked out for you and hope your friends are okay. The stories this morning describe gridlocked roads and people abandoning their vehicles to flee on foot. That's way crazy.

    Wildfire Destroys Thousands Of Buildings In California Town
    Associated Press November 9, 2018
    Residents described fleeing their homes and getting stuck on gridlocked roads as flames approached, sparking explosions and toppling utility poles.

    "Things started exploding," said resident Gina Oviedo. "People started getting out of their vehicles and running."

    Many abandoned their cars on the side of the road, fleeing on foot. Cars and trucks, some with trailers attached, were left on the roadside as evacuees ran for their lives, said Bass, the police officer. "They were abandoned because traffic was so bad, backed up for hours."

    Thick gray smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away. "It was absolutely dark," said resident Mike Molloy, who said he made a split decision based on the wind to leave Thursday morning, packing only the minimum and joining a sea of other vehicles.
    The weather has become a concern again.
    I've relocated the maps here for easy reference.

    From ---- These images are usually no more than an hour old. Check the date and time stamp on each image to figure how recently it's been updated. (If they seem old, hit the "Refresh" button on your browser to get the latest maps.) Subtract 3 hours from Eastern Standard Time {EST} to get west coast Pacific Standard Time {PST}.

    These images provide a good bird's eye view of the current weather. When the rains come the Doppler Radar will give you a good idea of whether it's just a passing squall or a real hum-dinger of a downpour. I hope it helps!


    Radar and Weather Maps for San Diego, CA


    US Infrared Satellite Map


    US Doppler Radar Map


    Current US Surface Weather Map



    Weather Underground ~ San Diego

    Stay Dry...Stay Warm!
    • CommentAuthorJSnook
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2018
    I started commuting on the bike again this past week after a few months where I let several overseas trips and the ensuing jet lag and inability to establish any kind of rhythm get the better of me. It felt so good to get back out and looking forward to another week of riding in this week.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2018
    Rode in LA in the rain:

    The Tyvek rain jacket is great, but I could really have used rain pants.

    I just don't want to be responsible for the multi-year drought that's sure to result from my purchase.
    Stopped at a traffic light on a quiet side street in UTC waiting to make a left turn. This being UTC, there is a left turn lane. I am in the left turn lane over the sensor, hoping to trip the light. After about a minute, a guy drives up behind me, pulls up on my right, and starts yelling at me, tells me that goddamed bikes shouldn't be in the middle of the street blocking his lane. I point down to the sensor and yell back "I'm over the sensor to trip the left turn signal." He keeps yelling at me, and then tells me that when I'm killed St Peter won't save my soul. I called him a fucking ignorant asshole and yelled at him as he drove away. He got caught at the next light and I continued to yell whatever profanities I could think of at him. His window was rolled up.

    We should revoke everybody's drivers license, and start over: everybody needs to reapply, and meet all standards, including knowledge of traffic rules as they apply to bikes. If you don't pass, you don't drive.
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2019
    Shady John:We should revoke everybody's drivers license, and start over: everybody needs to reapply, and meet all standards, including knowledge of traffic rules as they apply to bikes. If you don't pass, you don't drive.
    Make the name and address of registered owner publicly accessible, as it is in most other countries.
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2019
    Yes, I bike commuted last week in Los Angeles. And I was glad to have those rain pants.

    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2019
    Awesome photo! I would probably get soaked on the inside from sweating too much if I wore that gear!
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2019
    Shady John:Awesome photo! I would probably get soaked on the inside from sweating too much if I wore that gear!

    It was cold. The top is super light Tyvex. I wore a heavy sweater under it

    The shoes are waterproof wingtips.
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2019