BikeView – May 2014

From: Chris Murphy > Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 12:35 AM To: Pete Grimaldi > Subject: PreView – BikeView

BikeView By the ViewCrew Modesto has all the makings of a great bicycle city. We have a centrally located downtown and it is only about 5 mile radius to get to just about anywhere in town. Our biggest hill climb are the overpasses and our weather may get warm in the summer, but it is not really humid. We can become a really great cycling city. We need to make bikes a priority and we need to continue to make it easy to ride bikes and park bikes in town.

Over the last year, you have seen new bike lanes marked out, new downtown parklets with bike parking, a new design district with bike parking as a feature and more projects are on the way. There are fixie bikes all over town and the Stanislaus County bike club has many rides and the Dry Creek Coalition has off road rides and trail maintenance projects. The Virginia Corridor and the Hetch Hetchy and Mensinger trails are well used by both recreational and competitive cyclists. We recommend that you dust off your bike, get a good helmet and do a new kind of exploring in Modesto. The more cyclists we have, the better the conditions will be and there will be one less car on the road. We can do it.

Here are some of the fun events this month. May 8 – Breaking Away – State Theatre May 9 – Lighted Night Bike Ride – Verona/McHenry Village May 10 – Ride for Mom – Johansen Stadium May 15 – Bike To work Day – Downtown 10th St Place May 17 – Family Cycling Festival – Downtown Modesto 11th & I May 17 – Surla’s Criterium – Downtown Modesto 13th & I May 18 – Modesto Road Race – Kiernan/Gates/Beckwith Rd



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.