Kent's Climate Tour

My solo bike tour exploring climate change solutions


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Departing this Friday!

.. and heading south as it turns out.  After some months of preparation I’ll finally be shoving off this week!  The first event of my tour will be to visit the 2015 Solar Decathlon being held at the Great Park in Irvine, CA this year.  This is the US DOE’s bi-annual solar architecture design competition that attracts entries from universities around the globe.  I expect to see prototype homes on the cutting edge of energy self-sufficient design.  I will then be making my way down to San Diego for Cal Bike’s California Bicycle Summit later in October.  The summit is always a stimulating opportunity to learn about the latest in bicycle advocacy combined with great networking opportunities.  I expect to turn up some good leads there to flesh out more of my itinerary when I turn my route back north.

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Waypoint Malibu 

On October 2 I did an overnight camp out to Leo Carrillo State Park up the coast to test my full complement of gear.  The rig felt great on the road and so did my condition. All systems go (with a few tweaks).  That weird thing on my helmet is Da Brim, a wonderfully effective device that keeps my face and neck shaded and cool. 

 


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Waypoint Santa Monica

The Sunday before I departed I attended a sequence of presentations hosted by Santa Monica Forward, Santa Monica Spoke and Santa Monica Next (should I mention it was in Santa Monica?).  We heard an update on the city’s brand new Breeze bike share system (in its pilot phase at the moment). At full rollout the system will have 500 bikes and 80 hubs / stations using Cyclehop’s Smart Bike system. Next, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett from Vancouver ModaCity gave a presentation describing their city’s dramatic progress developing its bikeway network.  I asked them how their city officials responded to community fears that new bikeways would affect congestion (a common theme in our area).  “With data”, Chris replied, by citing actual travel delays (which were minimal), safety improvements, bike counts, etc.

 

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