Team NorthBay Bike Blog

Keeping a goal in front of you...

It is a good idea to have a goal to keep you motivated and thus keep you moving. For many, that goal comes in the form of an event, such as R2D2 (NorthBay Healthcare's Ride to Defeat Diabetes, which was held Oct. 5, 2014.)

Keeping a goal in front is exactly what NorthBay Healthcare's Infection Prevention Manager Mercille Locke does.

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Buy or Borrow, but Ride That Bike!

Sunday is the third annual NorthBay Healthcare Ride to Defeat Diabetes (R2D2).

This year's bike ride is shaping up to be much bigger than previous events. With one week to go, there are already more than 200 pre-registered riders and seven teams signed up. The ride also has seen great community support with a number of new sponsors, including Western Health Advantage and Telstar Instruments, each with a $1,000 contribution.

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Give me 3, Please

Sept. 16 is the day a new California law designed to protect bike riders takes effect. It is designed to give cyclists a 3-foot buffer, which is considered the closest safe distance to pass a cyclist.

I wrote an article about this law in December after it had been signed into law by Gov. Brown. At that time I had observed that many drivers had already made a change in their driving behavior. I saw that many more drivers were slowing down, taking time to wait until it was safe to pass, rather than what was all too common, passing me with just a few inches without slowing down.

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The Big Race

It's all over the radio, TV and the internet! Sacramento this week hosted the opening stages of the Amgen Tour of California bicycle stage race.

So how big of a deal is it? You may not realize it, but it is a very big deal in professional cycling. The riders and the teams competing are the elite, the very top riders in the world. They are the same riders who compete in the Tour de France.

In fact, while this race is going on, there is another very big race going on in Italy. The Giro is a stage race that has been the biggest spring stage race in the world for more than 100 years. However the riders who are serious about winning in the Tour de France often do not like to compete in this early "Grand Tour," which is three weeks long because doing so does not fit into the training schedule of a rider who wants to peak in July. Most of the contenders for yellow jersey choose to come to sunny California to race instead.

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Biking to Work and Parking

This Thursday is Bike to Work Day, part of Bike to Work Week, and for the fourth time NorthBay Healthcare is participating. We will host two energizer stations in Solano County, one in Vacaville and one in Fairfield.

Our Fairfield station is on Pennsylvania Avenue at the linear Park, just a block away from NorthBay Medical Center.

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A Great Experience Volunteering at the CDA Cares Event

Although most of my blogs are about the world of cycling, I want to deviate today to share my experience as a volunteer at the California Dental Association Cares event, which was April 25-26 at the Vallejo Fairgrounds.

I arrived at around 9 a.m. to my station, Medical Triage, and saw a number of familiar faces, including Chris Johnson, R.N. , from 1 West who is new at NorthBay Healthcare and Maggie Kuzma, R.N., who is a veteran of our mother baby unit.

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Here Comes R2D2!

Mark your calendar for the first Sunday in October for NorthBay's R2D2 ride.

R2D2 stands for Ride 2 Defeat Diabetes. On Oct. 5, we will again gather at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital campus to host hundreds of cyclists heading out to ride the scenic roads around Vacaville.

Each year we have been able to refine the routes by making changes based on suggestions of riders and staff. There will be three routes to choose from.

The family ride is sponsored by Monticello Cycling Club and members will accompany riders on the 10 miles, which can be shorter by turning around at the rest stop. The 25-mile ride takes you past the Factory Stores then out into the rural area north of town through the English Hills area.

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Safe Cycling Courses Offered in Vacaville

 A critical barrier to getting people to use their bikes to commute to work or for general transportation is the discomfort they feel while riding in traffic. It's understandable. But you can become a safe cyclist by learning valuable lessons by way of taking a safe cycling class.

NorthBay's Bike to Work Committee had a goal of offering safe cycling classes, but has been unable to coordinate such a class. However, beginning in March, there is a course offered through the city of Vacaville.

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Facts About Geese (And Cyclists)

I was inspired to do some research about the Canadian goose. I spotted a flock of geese in the evening sky through a large picture window of our hospital's second floor.

The sun had set, but there was still some blue in the evening sky. The moon and some clouds were also in view. Then I remembered the week before I was in a class called "The NorthBay Way." One of the speakers used geese as an example of a team and also mentioned that she believed it was always a female goose in the lead of a flock.

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Give Me Three

A couple of months ago Gov. Brown signed a bill into law that establishes a safe distance to pass a bicyclist while driving a car. Previously the law directed drives to pass at a "safe" distance.

The new law says that safe distance is 3 feet. The new law makes it a crime to pass a bicycle without giving 3 feet of space between the vehicle and the bicycle, with but a few exceptions.

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