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A celebration of cycling to roll into Palo Alto

Original post made on Aug 9, 2012

On the list of things the Palo Alto community enjoys, bicycling and food are right at the top, and the Italian-inspired Gran Fondo bike ride and festival is bringing them together in a celebration of cycling and food Sept. 16 in front of City Hall.

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Posted by sounds fun
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

This sounds like a fun event. What is the entry fee for individuals or families? Our kids would love to try to bicycle out to the ocean and back, but we are not competitive athletes.


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Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 9, 2012 at 11:12 am

@sounds fun:

Click on the link to the Echelon Gran Fondo website. The registration pricing is there. No family pricing is offered.


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Posted by chuck
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I didn't see when the event started, and I guess it begins at PA City Hall?

I wonder if some of the streets will be blocked off and police will be needed for control. If the latter, who pays them?


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Posted by Palo Altered
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Hmmm... The 95 mile race or the 0.6 mile race? Decisions decisions....


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Posted by John Baum
a resident of Triple El
on Sep 16, 2012 at 7:28 am

The map shows a Sunday ride including a short loop through Palo Alto.

1) It runs through the pedestrian underpass connecting California Avenue beneath Alma Street and the railroad tracks.

2) This underpass is frequently unsafe because of cyclists who either cannot read or ignore the sign instructing them to walk their bikes.

3) It runs down California Avenue which is closed to traffic because of a long standing Farmer's Market on Sundays.

4) The Farmer's Market increases pedestrian traffic in the underpass.

At a minimum, the Palo Alto Police Department needs to post an officer at the underpass to keep a semblance of order.

I can only observe that it is a shame the planners of events like this do not take the time to inform themselves about other, long established events their plans my conflict with. Are the plans approved by Palo Alto officials? Do they know our town?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2012 at 8:00 am

The police warning does not mention the tunnel Web Link


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