Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Finds in Fashion

This Friday is all about finds in fashion to look cute while commuting.
  1. Chain Print Flounce Skirt ($89.50 by Banana Republic) but you can get 40% off by using the code 'BRTUNEIN' until March 2, 2014.

    I like this skirt because of the movement it allows at the knees so I can pedal...and it is another good reason to wear cute underwear in case you accidentally flash others while riding.
  2. Hell Yeah T-Shirt ($25 by Iva Jean). Let everyone know you rode your bike all the way to work on casual Friday! To keep things semi-professional I would wear a crisp white collared shirt with 3/4 sleeve under this t-shirt and colored fitted jeans, legging, or trousers to make the shirt pop. 

  3. This t-shirt would be my response to my neighbor who I stopped and chatted with one day on the way to work. She couldn't believe I rode so far on my bike to the office. Hell yeah I rode my bike...LOL!!
  4. Because the weather is still a little cool here in Reno-Sparks, I would probably wear one of my infinity scarves like this Active Infinity Scarf ($49 by Iva Jean).

    I usually do not wear a jacket when I ride (unless it the temps are below freezing) because I would be cookin' by the time I rolled down the street and it's not fun to stroll into the office with a sweaty back (so not cute).

    Although I would prefer scarves with a pattern, this quick-dry, sweat-wicking baby will keep you warm on those cooler days!

Turning Sparks' Busiest into Sparks' Best

At the Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard Improvement Project Neighborhood Meeting last evening, I had the opportunity to review the landscape and aesthetic options for one of Sparks' busiest intersections. These options are also available for viewing on the pyramidmccarran.com website. There is no doubt that the improvements will definitely give the corridor a sense of place and visual interest and hopefully it will address the issues for the surrounding neighborhoods and users of the busy intersection.

I had the opportunity to speak with the RTC Project Manager, Scott Gibson. I was concerned that with all the landscape designs and road improvement plans that the bike lanes would be forgotten or compromised in the interest of time and space since the designs did not mention or illustrate the details of the bike lanes. After speaking with Scott, I was comforted in knowing that he is an avid cyclist and serves on a bicycle and pedestrian committee so there is someone in the RTC who would look our for the safety of bicyclists. He even uses RenoTracks!

I let him know that my husband and I are also avid cyclists and that I commute by bicycle regularly between our home in Sparks and where I work along McCarran--to which he responded that I was "brave". I learned that improvements would be made on Pyramid north of McCarran where there are currently no bike lanes and in some places the bike lanes will be a generous 8-feet wide.

If you would like to review the plans, this is the handout from the meeting Turning Sparks' Busiest into Sparks' Best handout.pdf I am told by another RTC project member that there will be another public meeting in the future with an opportunity to review the final designs. The construction will most likely being in Spring 2015 (so I will need to take an alternate bike route to work).

Comments can be emailed to info@pyramidmccarran.com with a reference to the "Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvement Project" in the subject line. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014. You can also mail the Comment Form.pdf to the address specified on the form or submit comments online.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Bicycling and Pedestrian Friendly McCarran Blvd and Pyramid Hwy

The RTC will soon be making upgrades to the intersection of Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard which is along my regular bicycle commuting route. The landscaping, aesthetics and access concepts may start as early as Spring 2015. There is also a 10-foot-wide path for pedestrians and bicyclists planned for that will meander through the area to make the area more walkable.

The plan also includes the widening of Pyramid to three lanes in each direction with new turn lanes installed on both Pyramid and McCarran. Turn lanes for motor vehicles means having a safer position to stop for bicyclists who can be out of the way of motorists making right turns and running over them. Still, merge lanes are not without risks (which is an issue I will talk about in another post).

You can read all about the details here on RGJ.com: http://www.rgj.com/article/20140224/NEWS1801/302240014/1459/news?gcheck=1&nclick_check=1

Pyramid-McCarran project meeting

What: RTC is hosting a public meeting to examine what widened road, improved intersection and adjoined landscaping might look like.
When: Thursday, February 27th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Sparks Masonic Building Association, 2425 Pyramid Way, Sparks, NV.

If this is an intersection that you frequently commute, pleasreference to attend the meeting. If you cannot and would to share your concerns, comments or questions, please do so in this post and I will do my best to voice it for you during the meeting's Q&A.  I hope you can make it!

Comments can also be emailed to info@pyramidmccarran.com with reference to the "Pyramid Way and Mccarran Boulevard Intersection Improvement Project" in the subject line. Comments will be accepted until 5pm Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Finds for the Home

I can never have too much bicycle related stuff, can you?  If you use the links this blog, you'll get $10 off your first purchase at Dot&Bo.

1. Like this Bistro Bicycle Print ($16.99 at Dot&Bo)

2. Or this Let's Ride Canvas Tote ($19.99 at Dot&Bo)
Bicycle Canvas Tote
3. I like this Legging Lady Art Print ($19.99 at Dot&Bo) because it is usually the way I dress for work because I can get off the bike and walk in to the office. There are leggings with seams down the front and pockets in the back so they look more like fitted trousers and a bit more professional.


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