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Bike Bits Vol. 17, No. 17, September 02, 2015
This is the 364th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 56,048 other readers, because you've signed up for it at the Adventure Cycling Association website, Bike Bits arrives in text-only format for quick download and includes links for more information. We want to inspire you to dream and to live your own bicycle adventures.

"Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen."
--Benjamin Disraeli 


We open this week on a sad note. Deb Hubsmith, a prominent figure in the bike/pedestrian movement and former executive director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, passed away on August 18 after a long struggle with leukemia. "It breaks my heart to have lost Deb. She was one of our best advocates, but also a wonderful human being," said Adventure Cycling executive director Jim Sayer. According to Margo Pedroso, deputy director of Safe Routes to School, "Deb was at home, which is what she wanted, where she could be surrounded by the people she loved. In the final phone call that board chair Risa Wilkerson and I had with Deb late last week, she had a lot of gratitude for everyone who works to grow Safe Routes to School. She dedicated a lot to the movement over the years, but was full of appreciation for how big the movement is and the part everyone has played in getting it there. She was at peace leaving the Safe Routes to School movement in all our hands, knowing we'd do good work." Here you can read a tribute to Deb written by Ms. Wilkerson:  


Michele Hill of the Moab Travel Council wrote to tell us about the newest addition to Moab's extensive network of mountain bike trails. The new cluster of trails is in the Gemini Bridges area near the Magnificent 7. Click here to check out all the trails, and there are a LOT of them:


John Bowers, a professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara, finished this summer's Tour Divide race on the Great Divide route in under 28 days. Not bad for anyone, but especially for a 61-year-old. Bowers is also founder of the organization Unite to Light, which distributes low-cost, solar-powered desk lights to people around the world who lack electricity. In honor of Professor Bowers' accomplishment, Unite to Light will match every mile he rode—all 2,753 of them—with one solar-powered light to go to a child in Africa. According to the article linked below, a full charge will power one of the lights long enough for children to do schoolwork well past dark. (This is a terrific story, but reporter Gilberto Flores erroneously calls the route the Ride the Divide bike trail. Bike Bits has contacted the paper, requesting that it post a correction letting readers know that it's officially the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, a project of Adventure Cycling.) 


This fall, in central Pennsylvania, Bicycle Times magazine is sponsoring Adventure Fest, anticipating that it will become the Mid-Atlantic region's largest bicycle festival. The full weekend of events will include organized and choose-your-own-adventure rides, demo bicycles, live music, beer, and loads of camaraderie. The festival takes place at Lake Raystown Resort, which offers camping, hotel rooms, cottages, and cabins, providing a choice of accommodations for everyone. Organizers are aiming for 1,000 participants in this, the event's inaugural year, and envision attracting as many as 3,000 attendees in years to come. Adventure Fest is timed to coincide with the gorgeous foliage of the Appalachian autumn. 


Christian Ehl actually learned a lot of things, including: If you want great experiences, choose great roads; we should only spend our time with good people while ignoring the bad apples; and wilderness has a special effect on us urban-living creatures and is well worth experiencing. He also shot some nice photos. 


Katie Gaskins of Richmond wrote to share information about the Virginia Capital Trail grand opening festivities, coming up Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will happen from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Great Shiplock Park, 2803 Dock Street in Richmond. On Saturday, grand opening events will happen all along the trail. Once completed, the paved pedestrian and bicycle trail will connect the Commonwealth's past capital of Jamestown with its current capital, Richmond. For about 35 of its 52 miles, the Capital Trail will serve as some of the easternmost miles of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. For additional information, check out the website: 


We don't necessarily recommend doing this, even if you're physically capable of it. But it is pretty funny. 


Is that what you would call an autobahn for cyclists? Actually, it's not that simple; the Germans refer to it as Radschnellverbindungen (try saying that three times fast without hurting yourself!), and it's a planned network of more than a dozen bike paths radiating out from Munich. If the plan is successfully executed, the 13-foot-wide paths, fully separated from car traffic, will spread out over an area of approximately 400 square miles. 


Enjoy refreshments, meet kindred cycling spirits, and learn the latest about bike travel in North America in Greenville on September 9th. Staff members Saara Snow and Eva Dunn-Froebig will share plans for Adventure Cycling's 40th anniversary in 2016, the new Bicycle Route 66, U.S. Bicycle Route System developments, reports about a new pilot Amtrak bicycle service, and our partnerships with state and national parks to build bicycle tourism. Please RSVP and bring friends and family to join the fun!


Until next time, click on to read an interview with Jin, a solo female cyclist from South Korea who has been on the road for four years. 


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