Saturday, August 6, 2011

Helmet Artwork Design Competition

The Helmet Artwork Design Competition is Bicycle NSW’s initiative to increase awareness about helmet use among young riders across the state. Using bright colours and creative flair all students are invited to enter, with the overall winner having their design used on a limited edition helmet that will be sold Australia wide!

A total of 7,971 entries were received from across the state. Congratulations to all the winners' and finalists'...

Overall Winner & Central Coast Regional Winner - Ben Hibberd, Marks Point Public School


Sydney Regional Winner - Lisa Fukuda, Forestville Public School

Newcastle Regional Winner - Emily Hampton, Tomaree Public School

Western Plains Regional Winner - Ruby Krueger, Narromine Public School
Mid West Regional Winner - Eva Peck, Assumption School, Bathurst
Mid North Coast Regional Winner - Brooke Weston, Gladstone Public School
Far North Coast Regional Winner - Matilda Lynch, Dorrigo High School
Riverina Regional Winner - Nick Parker, Jerilderie Public School
South East Regional Winner - Brooke Beehag, Tomerong Public School
New England Regional Winner - Hezakiah Dennison, Bogabilla Public School
Goulburn Regional Winner - Bowral Public School
People's Choice Award Winner - Grace Peisley, Jerilderie Public School


First bike

Bicycling promotes strength, balance, and overall fitness.
Kids and  Bicycling

There's a special bond between kids and bikes that can never be broken. Riding a bike is a rite of passage, a passport to worlds beyond the front lawn. Bikes represent fun, freedom, and fresh air -- everything that's good about being a kid. Moreover, biking is a healthy pastime that kids will never outgrow. Here are some of the other benefits of cycling:

  • Developing strength, balance, and overall fitness
  • Burning up calories
  • Strengthening the heart, lungs, and lower-body muscles and bones
  • Developing and strengthening the muscles surrounding the knees without impact

But biking boasts other benefits as well. Children of all shapes, sizes, and abilities can ride a bike. Most important, bicycling is a healthy outdoor activity that the entire family can enjoy together.

Safety First!
Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great way to be independent.
But it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy; it’s a vehicle!
Be cool/be safe – follow some basic safety tips when you ride.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

SR56 bike path (Torrey Pines - Poway)

0mi Start
0.01mi Turn left at Torrey Pines Park Rd
0.03mi Turn right at N Torrey Pines Rd
1.64mi Turn right at N Torrey Pines Rd
2.35mi Continue onto S Camino Del Mar
2.45mi Turn right at Carmel Valley Rd
3.9mi Slight left to stay on Carmel Valley Rd
4.25mi Turn right at El Camino Real
4.43mi Turn right at 56 Bike Trail
4.46mi Turn right to stay on 56 Bike Trail
13.29mi Turn left at Rancho Penasquitos Blvd
13.29mi Turn right at Azuaga St
13.96mi Turn left
15.36mi Turn right at Ted Williams Pkwy
16.73mi Turn right at Pomerado Rd
18.23mi Turn left at McFeron Rd
18.52mi Turn left at Mountainside Dr
18.75mi Stop

not original map

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Top 5 Workouts in San Diego

Lose the Spare Tire: The Top 5 Workouts in San Diego
Posted by Jennifer Graves on January 4th, 2011
The holidays are over, and you are carrying around a ten pound reminder of the fun you had all last month, so it's time to work it off! It's a new year, and one of the most common resolutions is to lose weight and get in shape. There are SO many ways to work out, and so many different approaches to getting a hard, sexy body, with everything from power yoga to marathon training, how does one choose? Here in San Diego, we have some great options for a fitness program, so let's take a look at the Top 5 workouts in San Diego, and get these soft bodies in beach shape by June!

1 The San Diego Beach Workout
 When you live near the best beaches on the West Coast, why on earth would you every workout inside? For those of us that need a little more structure then just jogging on the beach, The San Diego Beach Workout is exactly what we need! These fine folks have created an interval workout with personal training out in the open sea air in the sand, which is pretty much the best way to workout imaginable. Every Saturday morning bring your towel and your stretchy pants and hit the beach with a purpose and a person to guide you, because let's be honest, the best workout in San Diego involves the Pacific.
2 San Diego Surf Schools and Camps
Have you ever seen a professional surfer's body? Us too. A fantastic way to workout and get in the best shape possible, is to learn to surf. In San Diego, there are so many resources up and down our area's coast that can help you learn to surf, and use it as the most fun and thrilling way to get in shape imaginable! With everything from summer camps devoted to surfing, to private lessons, to group classes, San Diego Surf School provides a lot of options to getting to your surfing goal. While it's not your traditional workout, it's definitely the most exciting!

3 San Diego Bike Routes
Why would anyone waste all of the natural beauty and incredible weather we have here in San Diego? One of the best ways to workout, and see our gorgeous city, is to hop on a bike and join an organized ride, or hit one of the many amazing bike routes solo and take your fitness into your hands and that of nature. With over 100 bike clubs, many scouted routes designed for skill and beauty, and a constant stream of organized biking events, not to mention the fact that many people here do not even own a car, this is the place to start a bike workout! ride along the beautiful Solana beach, or join a bike club that finds new routes all the time! It's not only going to benefit your physical health, we bet your mental health starts looking up too.

4 San Diego Hikers
Going along with this outdoor theme for working out, because we live in the best place to be outdoors, it's natural to think of hiking! San Diego Hikers takes hiking very seriously, combining fitness with challenges and nature to produce one serious workout. Listing all of the best hiking trails in San Diego, while the San Diego Hiking Club is a group of dedicated hikers that plan events and offer group hikes. Our landscape is perfect for a hike, and this is an activity that is a really enjoyable way to get fit and see the city!

5 Wired Fitness Outdoor Boot Camps
Want to get seriously in shape, with some pain and maximum results? Then you're looking for San Diego's Wired Fitness Boot Camps. With everything from bridal boot camps before your wedding, to corporate fitness boot camps, this group is going to get you into shape! Pick a time frame to your goal and jump into one of their many boot camps, sweating and working your way to your physical best! Contact them if you're serious about getting into shape, because this is no joke! Working out in the beautiful outdoors, without the bells and whistles of a gym, there's a reason Wired Fitness was voted Best Outdoor Boot Camps by San Diego Living Show!

why bike?

Most important factors that motivate bicycle use:
Health / fitness
Pleasure / enjoyment
To protect the environment

Most important factors for choosing a particular route to destination:
Low traffic volumes
Maintained facility surface
Wide bike lane

Most important factors influencing decision to bicycle instead of drive:
Feeling safe from traffic
Moderate weather
Availability of bike parking at destination

Land Use - Overview

San Diego County will be home to nearly 4 million people in 2030. We will need 230,000 housing units and related services to meet the demand, increasing pressure on our natural areas, energy and water consumption, and adding to traffic congestion.

By the year 2030, San Diego County will need an additional 230,000 housing units to meet our housing needs
Source: SANDAG, 2010

San Diego County is home to more kinds of native animals and plants than any other county in the continental United States, and leads the nation in the number of indigenous species at risk.
Source: The Nature Conservancy, 2009

Past Land Use Decisions Still Affect The Region Today
Decades ago, San Diego, like many other metropolitan areas, was growing as if there was unlimited land and unrestricted energy and water supplies. Land use patterns have changed significantly within San Diego County as vast tracts of land were consumed for mostly single-family homes, impacting local habitats, reducing agricultural lands, and absorbing small towns into the metropolitan region we see today. Public transportation could not compete with the allure of the automobile, and homes and jobs grew further apart, driven by cheap gasoline and the appeal of quiet, clean, and spacious communities.

Consequently, our past land use decisions are felt every day: San Diegans spend 100% more time in traffic delays and almost 300% more in travel delay costs today than they did in 1988. Compounding the issue, San Diegans do not enjoy a public transportation system that easily takes us to our many destinations. Housing affordability is also affected by past land use decisions. San Diego ranks 44 out of 50 for affordable housing against other large metropolitan areas.

Simply adding more growth rings around the metro region will not solve, but will only exacerbate, the sprawl challenges facing San Diego unless we change the way we plan for the future.

Walking less than a mile per day reduces the odds of obesity by 5%, and another 5% for every 2/3 of a mile walked after the first.
Source: Frank, L., 2006

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Burrito: A History

Burrito: A History

1 April 2010 - Zach Mann
This story is eighth in a series. Zach will be posting a new story on Mexican food in San Diego every Thursday until he leaves Southern California for the San Francisco Bay, where he will continue to write and edit for The Eaten Path.
Pork Burrito - Las Cuatro Milpas - San Diego, CA
It wasn’t long before the burrito craze of the seventies spread throughout California, and it was a big enough deal that in imagining what a nostalgic “Cafe 70′s” must look like, I picture a taqueria.
The trend hit San Francisco first, and to this day hungry hippies believe their mission-style burritos of the sixties were the originators of today’s burrito kingdom. I won’t deny their claim, and I don’t see a point in arguing which California city deserves the burrito crown, because in the end it depends on your definition. S.F., for instance, believes that a burrito is a completely portable meal. Good for them.
My definition is a bit different, and much simpler. As the wheat flour tortilla grew in popularity in the early twentieth century, it only became a matter of time before some hombre dropped meat in the middle and wrapped the tortilla all the way around. That’s just practical, and that’s a burrito, invented simultaneously wherever flour tortillas hit the scene.
El Porvenir Tortilla Factory - San Diego, CA
That meaningfully includes the Barrio Logan area of San Diego, an inner-city ghetto formed at the turn of the twentieth century by refugees of the Mexican Revolution. Barrio Logan rests in the shadow of downtown S.D., tucked against the back of Petco Park like L.A.’s Echo Park is tucked against Chavez Ravine, and to call it a Mexican neighborhood would be an understatement. Even the pizza places only serve Mexican pizza and probably have carts outside selling aguas frescas, churros or deep-fried bananas. Down the street, Chicano Park has the largest collection of outdoor murals in the world, each in enough hypercolorful splendor to make Day of the Dead festivals look like a choir of nuns.
My guess is that the first burrito was folded in Northern Mexico somewhere, but if I were to conjecture at the location of the first burrito sold on this side of the line, I might point to that washed out cube pictured above. Sure, it looks like it offers 24-hour bail bonds, but it just might be the only Mexican food joint old enough to make the claim. At least, that’s one version of San Diego’s story, because that dilapidated box is El Porvenir Tortilla Factory, and it’s been feeding the barrio’s hungry since 1918.
To my and San Diego’s great misfortune, it appears that El Porvernir, which was open as recently as 2009, is closed, at least at the time of my writing this. I’m still holding out on the hope that it reopens before I return for a visit. Until then, I’ll turn to the second oldest tortilleria in the area, which fortunately waits just around the corner: This is Las Cuatro Milpas, representing Barrio Logan since 1933.
Las Cuatro Milpas - San Diego, CA
I wanted to dislike this place. In the area of Barrio Logan, Logan Heights and Memorial, where La Fachada and El Paisa make up only a small portion of the ancient cucina culture, it’s Las Cuatro Milpas that has the line going halfway down the block. It’s this one restaurant that gets all the credit for authentic San Diego Mexican food in the most authentic of San Diego Mexican neighborhoods. S.D. food bloggers and chowhound chatterboxes have ladened Las Cuatro Milpas with the “overrated” tag, and as I stood in line with sunburnt out-of-towners in khaki shorts and Navy recruits panicking at the sight of a “cash only” sign, I was ready to believe it.
I was sure it was the taqueria equivalent of the tourist trap, a place where reputation perpetuates itself regardless of the food, either by the novelty of seeing tortillas made right if front of you, or by mongering nostalgia with old clippings and kitschy decorations like Los Angeles’s Philippe’s. Then the interior dampened my worry. Las Cuatro Milpas’ starkly undecorated walls and picnic tables let the food do all the talking, and the prices here would surprise even the most trusting of tourists.
And the food… well, this chorizo con huevo can melt even the proudest of palates.
Chorizo con Huevo - Las Cuatro Milpas - San Diego, CA
If you don’t believe that chorizo con huevo can ever be outstanding, then you haven’t seen an old ex-ranchero ordering the large bowl at Las Cuatro Milpas for his entire family to share, fresh flour tortillas in each hand and expectant grins on each face.
That’s why you go to Las Cuatro Milpas – the tortillas. Even though the chorizo is probably the best I’ve ever had, in the end it’s just another reason to consume Las Cuatro Milpas’s doughy wonders. I don’t care how hard the menu is to decipher: Don’t order the tacos. They are unexciting, deep-fried, reminiscient of and possibly less worthy than West L.A.’s overrated Tito’s Tacos. Order the chorizo, or even just the beans and rice, which are also spectacular, then cherish the side of flour tortillas that come with.
In truth, all tortillas as fresh-off-the-grill as Las Cuatro Milpas’s are wonders, and it’s sad to consider how many people in this world think that tortillas taste like the stuff sold in supermarkets. I love Las Cuatro Milpas’s tortillas even more than most, though, as they are pleasantly undercooked and therefore warm and soft all the way through. It’s like waking up at first light to eat the first freshly baked loaf of bread from that little bakery in that little provincial town in France, except you’re at a communal picnic table at lunchtime in innercity San Diego, with everything covered in chorizo con huevo. Or beans. Or carnitas.
Tortilleria - Las Cuatro Milpas - San Diego, CA Pork Burrito - Las Cuatro Milpas - San Diego, CA
Tortillerias turned taquerias were common occurrences in forties and fifties San Diego, where the meat – usually carnitas – was an afterthought, a necessary addition for full meals, and usually present to showcase the tortilla more than the other way around. This was the case for El Porvenir, and Las Cuatro Milpas is carrying El Porvenir’s torch, rallying burrito history into the present day, showing all of us who care what true barrio food was really like.
If you don’t think San Diego’s version qualifies as a burrito, then you can at least admit it’s a direct ancestor. I’ll accept that, and I’ll let L.A. and S.F. duke it out for burrito supremacy on their own terms. If you ask me, however, San Francisco won that battle a long time ago. The last two burritos I consumed in Los Angeles were distinctly Mission-inspired, complete with rice, veggies and the question, “Black or pinto beans?”
I’ve never once been asked that question in San Diego. Why would they, when they know the correct answer? Pinto, of course, but in their own bowl, with the tortillas on the side.
Chorizo con Huevo and Tacos - Las Cuatro Milpas - San Diego, CA
El Porvenir Tortilla Factory
1786 National Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 233-4038
Las Cuatro Milpas
1875 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 234-4460
Zach’s San Diego Countdown
Week 1 – Super Cocina
Week 2 – Los ‘Bertos
Week 3 – El Tio Alberto
Week 4 – Ranas Mexico City Cuisine
Week 5 – La Fachada
Week 6 – Aqui es Texcoco
Week 7 – La Playa Taco Shop
Week 8 – Las Cuatros Milpas
Week 9 – Tacos El Paisa
Week 10 – Tacos Yaqui
Week 11 – Tacos El Gordo
Week 12 – Mariscos El Pescador
Week 12 – Mariscos El Pescador
Week 13 – Rudy’s Taco Shop

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