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August 2015 Cycle California!

Crete: A Greek adventure

By Grace Voss

Crete, the largest and most populated of the Greek Islands, is a region of contrast. The beautiful cerulean blue and turquoise Aegean Sea borders a rough, rocky coastline. Sandy beaches and busy port cities give way to rural inland roads which twist sharply uphill into small mountain towns, where people earn their living herding sheep and goats, raising chickens and leading the slow-paced life of their ancestors.

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Blue Train stops in Sacramento

By David Bodick

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB), hosted the UnitedHealthcare (UHC) Pro cycling team, aka the "Blue Train" as part of a worksite wellness program during May's Bike Month activities. During the presentation state employees were able to ask cycling-related questions of team members Tanner Putt and Daniele Ratto.

Growing up in Park City, Utah, Tanner was a promising Nordic skier before focusing on road racing full time. Working his way up the ranks, Tanner joined the UHC Blue Train after a season with the Bissell Development Team where he was the American National Road Champion for the under 23 age category.

Ratto joins the UHC Pro Cycling Team from the Cannondale Pro Cycling Team, with whom he won stage 14 of the 2013 Vuelta a Espana, one of the three premier European cycling races. Ratto is known in the peloton as a fast finisher with the ability to sprint away from small groups.

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The many bicycles of Matt Chaney

By Tracy Corral

What happens when a healthy, competitive American male receives a diagnosis that, in a million years, he would not expect? A diagnosis about a disease that would eventually put him a wheelchair and erode his nerves to the point that he can't hold his head up?

He takes on other challenges. Masters them. Uses them. Keeps pushing his body and stays positive. Bike riding helps.

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August Re-Action: San Jose's road diet

The following letters reference a trial set up in San Jose to take 4-lane Lincoln Ave. down to two lanes flanked by bike lanes and a center turn-only lane. The experiment is over, but the city hasn't decided to make the changes permanent or not.
--The Editor

I'm hoping the city council retains the traffic calming changes in downtown Willow Glen. When I was growing up, my grandfather owned and operated "Blooms Fine Shoes" on Lincoln Avenue. Valley Fair's opening was detrimental to these old fashioned downtown businesses and other than a few long timers like "La Villa" few were able to remain viable. We've come full circle and small downtown areas are again extremely desirable destinations. A robust pedestrian street doesn't combine well with the speed and aloofness of today's drivers. If you look at other similar successful business districts, none of them combine a 4 lane speedway with pedestrian shoppers. It is obvious that a successful Lincoln Avenue will benefit from the changes that have been initiated with the road diet. I hope the city retains the changes and continues to make them better with traffic light timing adjustments and increasing parking spots where possible.

Teri Kane
San Jose

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