Friday, May 20, 2016

EVENT - 18th annual Cory's Ride on Saturday, June 4

Cory's Ride is always a fun event.  As evidenced by my collection
of colorful T-shirts, some of which no longer fit me, I've participated
quite a few times over the years. The 'same day' registration fee is $35.

  • A ride to benefit the Anchor House Cory C. Golis Memorial Scholarship Fund. 
  • A time to meet and socialize with friends and other bike riders. 
  • A day to remember and honor Cory Golis. 

In case you need more motivation, I'd add the following aspects

  • the event venue is nowadays Rosedale Park, off of Federal City Road. This 
         makes it possible to ride to the start/end location. I might just decide to do this
         versus driving, esp if the weather is fantastic. Until a few years ago, start/end was
         at Tall Cedars Picnic Grove, with access to some very nice roads, but distant.

  • Rosedale Park is also one of the usual start/end locations for an outing on the Lawrence-
         Hopewell Trail (, so this is a convenient way to learn about that jewel.

  • Cory's Ride is closely affiliated with Anchor House where, as you probably know,
         Tim Quinn has been involved in a leadership role. So Cory's Ride will allow you to
         ride alongside Tim and discuss cycling-related or other issues of concern, as he
         is running for Town Council this year - the primary election is the following Tuesday.

Learn more about the event at the links below.

Map - Rosedale Park, directions to/from Princeton

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

author of "The High Cost of Free Parking" is on WHYY at 11AM today

Today on "Radio Times",  Mary Cummings-Jordan speaks with parking guru Donald Shoup. 11AM - noon.

 Are parking spaces poisoning our cities? According to our guest DONALD SHOUP, deemed the "parking guru" by many of his peers, an overabundance of parking spaces can lead to increased traffic, harm to the economy, and can even exacerbate poverty. In this hour of Radio Times, guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan speaks with Shoup about his years studying the humble parking space. They'll also discuss his efforts to persuade city planners to think differently about cars and urban design, and how this might impact city denizens across the globe. He is the author of The High Cost of Free Parking. - 

See more at: Radio Times | WHYY

Recently in the New Yorker magazine, a long article about recycling and plastic bags etc.

The Bag Bill  - Taking action on a ubiquitous ecological blight.

The article is by Ian Frazier, author of "Travels in Siberia" and many other wonderful books.

"The Specialized Foundation uses cycling as a tool for children to achieve academic and social success. 
Over the past few years, we've worked with schools across the United States to create a comprehensive cycling program, and to support research on how cycling can positively affect student learning, health, and well being—with a particular focus for those with learning differences such as ADHD. 

"For the next academic year, we'll select up to 10 schools to be part of our Riding for Focus program, with the potential to impact over 900 students. This is an ambitious goal, and we're looking to partner with equally ambitious schools to make this happen and help advance the mission of the Foundation. The selected schools will receive extensive support, training, and equipment, with the aim of creating a lasting cycling program in each of these schools. Riding For Focus is designed for students in the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grades."

Finally, take note  -    this Saturday, 10AM - 2PM, a fundraiser car wash to be held at the Harrison Street fire station:
Princeton High School's Odyssey of the Mind Team #1 successfully met the challenge of designing a vehicle powered by a human propulsion system (other than pedaling) to place first at the State Finals in Ewing, winning a bid to the World Final Championship at Iowa State University May 25-28.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

pillar of the community: Jason Fenton of Halter's Bike Shop

Jason Fenton is the owner of Halter's Cycles, in the Montgomery
Shopping Center on Route 206 north of Princeton.

He's also a builder/steward of the wonderful off-road trail network in
Six Mile Run reservoir site, part of the D&R Canal State Park.

The Dirt Merchant, a 10-minute documentary film by Adam Nawrot,
"isn't necessarily a documentary about Six Mile Run State Park or Jason
Fenton in particular, but rather a film about the cycling community and how
its individual members make it what it is."

The video is over 3 years old, but I only just stumbled upon it. You can
view it at Adam's website here or else here.  Definitely recommended !

To experience trail biking at Six Mile Run, click here.

To locate the Six Mile Run trail network on a map, click here and turn on
the Bicycling layer.

To learn more about Halter's and Jason, click here.

And get ready ... May is Bike Month !

Friday, April 22, 2016

Packet article - profile of local ped/bike advocate Nat Bottigheimer

LOOSE ENDS: He wants to ride his bicycle      By Pam Hersh 

"Nat Bottigheimer bikes around Princeton and at Washington D.C., where he has an office, and takes advantage of the 
Capital Bikeshare Program. Feature stories about Princeton residents making significant contributions to the community
generally begin with the following descriptive phrase(s): "long-time Princeton resident," "life-long Princeton resident," 
"native Princetonian." 

"When I got to know Princeton cycling advocate Nat Bottigheimer, who serves with me on the Princeton Traffic and Transportation
Committee, now reconfigured as the Princeton Complete Streets Committee, I was surprised to learn that this dedicated and
hard-working community volunteer rode into town only four years ago. The suburban myth is that he arrived by bike. 

"Looking into his background, however, one discovers that Nat has a long-time connection to Princeton through his wife, Eve Ostriker, a Princeton
University astrophysicist and daughter of another Princeton University astrophysicist and former Princeton University Provost Jeremiah
Ostriker. While the father-daughter team is changing the world by focusing on outer space, Nat is changing the world in a more grounded
way by focusing on spaces like bike paths within his own community. 

"When Nat, a Harvard- and UC Berkeley-educated, public-policy expert, is not riding his bike, he is writing, speaking, and thinking about
bike riding, and how to improve the biking experience through sensible planning leading to bike-centric improvements in the community."

Friday, March 25, 2016

One Ring to Bring Them All, and to a Seatpost Bind Them

Tomorrow the 25th is Good Friday.  A colleague has informed me, it's also 
International Waffle Day, Pecan Day, and Tolkien Reading Day.

While Donald Trump's first wife wrote the never-published "All That Glitters 
Is Not Gold",  J.R.R. Tolkien wrote "The Lord of the Rings", which contains
the poem All That is Gold Does Not Glitter whose second line informs us
"Not all those who wander are lost".

Whenever you see this beloved aphorism in a gift shop or more likely, on 
a bumper sticker, remind yourself "I'm having a Tolkien Reading Day". But
also remember that, as explained in the blog post Why Tolkien sold his car,
the professor/author eventually preferred to travel by bicycle and once remarked

"Though, the spirit of 'Isengard', if not of Mordor, is of course always 
  cropping up. The present design of destroying Oxford in order to 
  accommodate motor-cars is a case." 

Quick translation: Mordor = pure evil; Isengard = corrupted. In Tolkien's books, Isengard 
began as a pristine place, but Saruman (the villain) camped his armies there, cut down
all of the trees and soiled the land. Like the ruin of Isengard, the partial destruction of
Oxford left him distrustful of modern town planning efforts in general.
Tolkien, not a huge fan of technological progress, would likely have taken a dim view
of this custom anodized rim, laser-etched with the verse from The One Ring.

The letters are tengwar, a fictional script created by Tolkien to write down the verse
in the Elven tongue ('Elvish'):    One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, 
                               One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

While it's safe to say my brother never read much if any Tolkien, he did once own a
an Elvish 10-speed bike  - a well-known French make, with arm & hammer head badge.

And let's not forget Rivendell, previously mentioned on this forum.
But I digress. Here's why I think Tolkien Reading Day is noteworthy this centenary year.

Upon graduating from Oxford with a first-class degree in English Language and
Literature in July 1915, Tolkien was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the
Lancashire Fusiliers as part of Kitchener's "New Army". In March 1916, he was
granted leave and on 22 March 1916 he married his childhood sweetheart Edith Bratt. 
In early June 1916, Tolkien's battalion was sent abroad to France. In July 1916, they
were sent to join the joint British-French attack to break through the German lines,
later known as the Battle of the Somme.  In October 1916, Tolkien contracted 
"trench fever" which was a disease common in the appalling frontline conditions,
and sent back to Birmingham to recover. Shortly after Tolkien's arrival back in Britain, 
his battalion was almost completely wiped out. A physically weakened Tolkien spent
the remainder of the war alternating between hospitals and garrison duties.

Author Domenic Sandbrook writes "more than ever, Tolkien believed that medievalism, myth
and fantasy offered the only salvation from the corruption of industrial society. And far from
shaking his faith, the slaughter on the Somme had only strengthened his belief that to make
sense of this shattered, bleeding world, he must look backwards to the great legends of the North."

26 minute video - J.R.R Tolkien & The Great War by Rutgers Librarian/Scholar Janet Brennan Croft.

Straight from the land of 1914's infamous "Your Country Needs You!" poster, below is a seductive
poster for the upcoming and not-so-terribly-relaxing Mighty Corinthian retro biking event.

Inline image

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

job opening (contractor) at Zagster - mechanic for Princeton's bike share system

Seen on Craigslist:        Bike Mechanic Wanted (Princeton)

"Are you self motivated and love working on bicycles?  Check out the job description 
below, and if this seems like a good fit, apply at the following link: 

**Attn: Only applicants who apply at the link above will be considered**