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Sweet Ride USA – Desserts and Bicycling

Sweet Ride USA

Tell me this doesn’t look like fun? I’m sure we could convince Sweet Ride USA to venture down behind the orange curtain and pay us a visit. Leave us a comment if you would be interested in participating in a very sweet ride.

Source : UrbanVelo – http://urbanvelo.org/sweet-ride-usa-2/

Of all the things that are good and great about riding bikes, the satisfaction of being able to pig out and pedal it all off cannot be overlooked. For all of you indulgent cyclists out there, Sweet Ride USA is celebrating the balance between cycling and sugar with a brand new web series.

Based in LA, the Sweet Ride crew is eager to indulge in more streets and sweets in other cities, so hit ‘em up and let them know where to find the good stuff in your neck of the woods. (And check out their decadent Instagram feed!)

If you haven’t already, please check out UrbanVelo. They produce an incredible bicycle ‘zine for free, although it is well worth sending them a few bucks for their hard work.

Farm Folk Festival, Saturday June 29th

The Anaheim Packing District will celebrate the grand opening of Farmers Park with the first Farm Folk Festival. The first 200 guests will get a free gift from the Information Booth.

The Farm Folk Festival is an annual Americana music community event featuring local bluegrass, indie, and roots performers, family-fun activities, farming and folk-related workshops, beer garden by Muzeo and plant sale by Fullerton Arboretum. The workshops and performances are free to the public. Schedule posted below.

WHEN: Saturday, June 29
1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: 400 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805
(Between East Santa Ana Street and East Broadway)

Parking Information

Farm Folk Festival Parking Map
Although, you could just ride your bike 🙂

Farm Folk Festival Schedule

12:30 Grand Opening ceremony
Mayor Tom Tait, Mayor of Anaheim, will commemorate the Grand Opening by driving the last spike into the railroad line at the adjacent Anaheim Packing House.

Main Stage

1:00 Shaheen and Linda Sadeghi welcome
1:15 Farm Folk Festival music begins with Lilies of the West
2:20 Barrel Fever Trio
3:15 Echo Sparks
4:30 The Budrows
5:40 Rocky Neck Bluegrass

Workshop Stage

1:30 Bee keeping by Backyard Bees
2:30 Gardening with Recycled Goods by Jeremy Samson
3:30 Eat Your Yard by Fullerton Arboretum
4:30 Garden Mixology by Lynda Santos of Healthy Junk
5:30 Cigar Box Guitar by Jason Farthing of The Budrows

Craft Corner

Kids Activities by Naturalists for You, Earthroots Field School and Anaheim Packing District
Plant Sale by Fullerton Arboretum
Yarn-bombing and crochet lessons by the Yarnover Truck
Water-wise activities by The Ecology Center’s Water Shed truck
Honey-based products by Backyard Bees
Bike repairs by el Fenix

Food Corral

Garlic Scapes
Northgate Markets
Seabirds Kitchen

Event Sponsors & Partners

Brookfield Homes
Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau
Northgate Markets
Fullerton Arboretum
City of Anaheim
Hubert’s Lemonade
Muzeo
The Ecology Center

About The Anaheim Packing District

The Anaheim Packing District is a multi-venue gathering place where locals may enjoy local food, drinks and music. The District includes the Packard Showroom, Farmers Park and the revitalized Anaheim Packing House. Built in 1919, the restored Packing House will serve as a culinary center that brings together artisan food producers and purveyors in a public market type setting. The Packard Showroom houses Anaheim Brewery and Umami Burger, now open. Farmer’s Park, an outdoor marketplace, will soon host an array of community activities such as outdoor concerts, movies, and seasonal festivals. The Anaheim Packing District is located at 400 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA. Check in for future events at www.AnaheimPackingDistrict.com; Facebook at AnaheimPackingDistrict and Twitter @PackingDistrict.

Residents at Community Meeting

Santa Ana and OCTA Update Bike Trails Master Plan

The City of Santa Ana and the Orange County Transit Authority, OCTA, are both seeking community input for improving the bike trails master plan in Santa Ana and surrounding areas.

Santa Ana has held a series of community meetings to update the public on the Circulation and Housing Elements. Both are documents intended to serve as a bike trails master plan by the City. The bike trails master plan was last updated in 2002.

Bicycling has gained tremendous popularity as a viable, preferable form of alternative transportation in recent years. Santa Ana, a city with an extremely dense population and home to many that do not rely on cars, has only a fragmented network of bicycle lanes and is in need of an update to the bike trails master plan.

Particular areas that are on the list of projects identified by the community and the city are :

Santiago Creek Trail
This is a 1/4 mile stretch of land along the Santiago Creek that could serve as a link between the Santiago Creek Trail and Santa Ana River Trail. Connecting these two bike-ways would join over 70 miles of mostly protected bike trails. Those opposing this development, primarily homeowners along the trail, cite concerns of disease and crime; however no information has been provided to substantiate this assertion. Other concerns relate to property lines or the perceived loss of property needed to complete the trail. However, sources indicate that in some areas, residents may be encroaching on public city land. Another section of the proposed trail may be subject to flooding during the rainy season. This would seem to be a minor issue considering the desert climate of Southern California. The proposed trail is located in the most affluent neighborhood of Santa Ana. The current sentiment among many in the city is that this neighborhood, Floral Park, receives a wildly disproportionate amount of attention by the city and city officials, while ignoring the needs of the vast majority of Santa Ana’s population.

For more information, please visit : http://neighbors4trail.org/

Bicycle Paths: Safety Concerns and Property Values, LA Metro ( PDF )

Bike Path Phobia: Selling Skeptics on Urban Greenway Bike Paths, Parks &
Recreation 2000.ii Tod Schneider ( PDF )

Central Santa Ana Raitt Street Neighborhood
KidWorks has done an excellent job highlighting improvements needed in central Santa Ana. These improvements are focused on the intersections and crosswalks along Raitt Street, between First Street and McFadden Avenue. This area suffers from a severe lack of adequate lighting and clear, effective, traffic control. There are several facilities, schools, community centers and parks in this area, attended by hundreds of youth everyday. Improved lighting and illuminated crosswalks seem like low cost but are highly effective solutions to improving the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to and from the many homes in this highly dense section of the city.

Santa Ana’ bike trails master plan has also identified Willits Street as a possible location for an added bike lane. This street appears to be wide enough to support a protected bike lane with no impact to traffic flow and available parking. At present time, the city is suggesting a painted bike lane.

Currently neither the city nor OCTA track pedestrian or bicycle traffic–only automobile data is collected.

If you would like to comment on or view Santa Ana’s bike trails master plan, please visit the Santa Ana in Motion website.

Grand Opening Celebration

Please join Latino Health Access, Neighborworks OC, and El Fenix for the Familias Corazones Verdes Parque & Centro Comunitario Grand Opening Celebration.

The event will start at 10am with a bike ride along the historic Pacific Electric Bike train in Santa Ana from Chestnut to Edinger. Residents, both youth and adults will be conducting surveys along the trial to identify potential improvements. Come early for free bike maintenance workshops provided by El Fenix.

The event will culminate at the Familias Corazones Verdes Parque & Centro Comunitario Grand Opening Celebration at noon,

For additional information, please visit :

Latino Health Access : http://www.latinohealthaccess.net/
NeighborworksOC : http://www.nwoc.org/

OCTA Bikeways Workshop

The Orange County Transit Authority is hosting a Bikeways Workshop on May 16th, 2013. The meeting is open to the public, come and share your thoughts on OCTA’s vision.

From : http://octa.net/Share-the-Ride/Bike/Bikeways-Planning/1st-and-2nd-District-Bikeways-Collaborative/

Supervisorial Districts 1 & 2 OCTA Bikeways Collaborative
Please join us for a discussion on current efforts to improve regional bicycle transportation in the northwestern part of Orange County.

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Caltrans, County of Orange, and cities in supervisorial districts 1 & 2 have come together to create a regional strategy to identify regional bikeway corridors that improve connectivity across jurisdictional boundaries. Your participation and input will help indentify priorities in your community.

May 16, 2013
5:30 – 7:30
Garden Grove Community Meeting Center, Room A
11300 Stanford Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92840
RSVP by May 10: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OCTABikeways

2013 National Handmade Bicycle Show

The 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show is taking place in Denver Colorado from February 22 – 24th.

NAHBS had it’s first show the first week of January, 2005 in Houston Texas. 700 visitors attended the event comprised of 23 exhibitors. In 2011, over 7000 people attended event with 174 exhibitors.

Bike Building – Business Basics, So You Want to Mount Decals, Carbon Fiber: Laying Down the Basics, Professional Frame Building – How to Make it Happen, are just some of the seminars that will be taking place.

For more information about this event, please visit the NAHBS website :

More about NAHBS from :
 http://2013.handmadebicycleshow.com/about-nahbs/history-of-nahbs/

After seven successful years, it appears The North American Handmade Bicycle Show has become established as the world’s number one handmade bicycles show. In addition to many US frame builders, exhibitors from countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and The Netherlands have helped the show become what it is.

Since 2005, NAHBS has been consistently dedicated to showcasing the talents of individuals around the world whose art form is the bicycle. It continues to aim to be a meeting point-online and in person-for frame builders and cycling enthusiasts, for the sharing of ideas, and the promotion of a special industry with a rich history dating back to 1819.

Since its first year in 2005, NAHBS has grown from a show with 23 exhibitors and 700 attendees, to a high water mark of 172 exhibitors and 7,300 attendees in 2011. The overall trend from 2005-11 is one of steady growth at a rate of 8-10% a year.