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Questions and Answers About Food While Riding

What are the best foods to eat while cycling to keep your energy up? How often should you eat while cycling? Here are some common questions and answers regarding diet and cycling and how to keep your energy up during a long ride. Q: How long can I cycle without needing to eat? A: If you have eaten prior to riding, you should not need to refuel if your ride is under an hour long. After an hour has passed, you will want to consume small amounts of high GI carbohydrates, which help keep your blood glucose up and your muscles fueled. Aim for between 30 and 60 grams of carbohydrate per hour. Sports drinks, carbohydrate energy gels, jellied sweets, bananas and low fiber cereal or carbohydrate bars are all excellent providers of these essential carbohydrates. Q: How can I eat without feeling too full to ride? A: You will…
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Is San Diego’s Bicycle Master Plan in Trouble?

The San Diego Bicycle Master Plan is one way the city hopes to get more people to consider biking as their main mode of transportation while also expanding access to the city’s extensive biking network. But the plan will cost $312 million by city estimates, and some are speaking out against spending that money to make biking more accessible. Why? According to census data, the most popular mode of commuting to work is driving alone, at 75 percent. Biking is the least popular, at 0.9 percent. Three times more people walk to their jobs than bike. Does this merit taking another look at spending and instead putting that money somewhere else? Or are there ways to ensure we get more bang for our buck with the Bicycle Master Plan? Suggestions to Fix the Plan One suggestion would be to identify factors that predispose commuters to bike, such as physical stamina…
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Caltrans Holds Multi-Modal Field Trip to Celebrate New Bike/Pedestrian Plan

A group of Caltrans workers, including Director Malcolm Dougherty, celebrated the recent release of the new statewide bike and pedestrian plan with a multimodal field trip. The group took their bikes by train from Sacramento to Emeryville before riding the Alex Zuckerman Bicycle/Pedestrian Path along the Oakland Bay Bridge to the new Vista Point. For many of the Caltrans workers and partners who rode along, it was their first ride on the bridge. The plan, called Toward an Active California, was created to push better bicycling and pedestrian paths and access throughout the state by 2040, employing a variety of techniques and philosophies. The first priority action items in the plan include: Putting bicycle and pedestrian safety information into the DMV driver’s handbook Researching methods for setting and enforcing speed limits (as opposed to the current 85 percent rule the state uses to avoid charges of creating speed traps) Closing…
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