DA charges man with manslaughter, DUI, and reckless driving in crash that killed bicycle rider

Charging document and probable cause affidavit. (PDF)

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has filed an indictment against Nicholas Martinez, the driver who struck and killed Lance Hart while he rode his bicycle on SE Flavel Street in the early morning hours of June 23rd.

Martinez, who faced a judge at a hearing this morning, is being charged on three counts: Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and Reckless Driving.

In the probable cause affidavit filed last week, Deputy DA Kelley Rhoades said a witness saw Martinez get into his car at the 7-11 on SE 82nd and Flavel and then leave the parking lot “in an aggressive manner ‘at a high rate of speed’” just prior to the crash. Here’s an excerpt from the affidavit:

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“Martinez told Officer Hunzeker that he was drinking Sprite and Tequila most of the day with his friend and had never drank Tequila before… He reported his speed had gotten up to 30-40 mph and he was looking down to take a bite of his taquito. When he looked up a person with a bicycle was in the middle of the road. Martinez said he applied his brakes, but could not stop and crashed into the bicyclist.”

Hart was riding on a street with no physical separation from auto users or protected space for vulnerable users. He was the 26th person to die on Portland roads so far this year and the second person who was riding a bicycle. We’ve had 27 people die in traffic crashes in 2019.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and [email protected]

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Brompton beater: The world’s lightest folding bicycle weighs under 6kg

The world’s lightest folding bicycle has been built by a talented engineer who wanted to take his mind off his health problems. And what a job he’s done.

It’s no overstatement to describe Derek Cranage as a guru where folding bicycles are concerned. Not content with modifying a Brompton so that it weighs only 7.1kg, Derek has built his own aluminium, carbon fibre and titanium tribute to the iconic British folder which tips the scales at a featherlight 5.9kg. For reference, Brompton’s range-topping S1E-X is a claimed 9.3 kg.

The world's lightest folding bicycle

Derek’s hyper-light bike looks like a Brompton and folds like a Brompton…it doesn’t weigh anything like one

The world’s lightest folding bicycle

Carbon fibre is 40 per cent lighter than aluminium and many times stronger, but due to the main frame hinge assembly and its mounting, which had to be in aluminium (a one off in carbon fibre would have been prohibitively expensive), Derek plumped for a bespoke frame in aircraft spec aluminium paired with a carbon rear frame and forks. Every single item in the bike’s construction is bespoke or trimmed to the last fraction of a gram.

The world's lightest folding bicycle

God is in the details – Every single item in the bike’s construction has been reduced or purposely made to the last fraction of a gram

For example, Derek made his own headset expansion nut that he bonded into the forks tube. This came out at under half the weight of the lightest one he could find for carbon forks. Forgoing a standard Brompton rubber for the rear suspension, Derek opted for a lightweight titanium version that he fitted with a titanium bolt and carbon fibre washers.

A standard seat tube clamp proved too heavy so a titanium bolt with an aluminium quick release does the job of keeping the seat stem in place.

The frame weight when painted (powered coated) and complete with the carbon fibre down tubes and their fixing bolts with all the folding hinge assembly comes out at 1.20kg – over 42 per cent lighter than the Brompton.

Derek has form when it comes to beating Brompton at their own game. When we covered news of the Tern Elektron and eagerly awaited Brompton electric folding bicycles, he wrote to us about two bikes he had recently built.

To my mind, Tern have lost out; both ours fold considerably smaller than the Elektron.

One is a highly modified Brompton, which folds in the same way as the standard version but is 1 cm wider. It has v brakes and an eight-speed hub gear. It weighs 14.9 kg and the battery takes it 25 miles with an output about twice that of the Tern Elektron.

The second bike  is another eight-speed hub gear with v brakes, the same electric drive and battery as our Brompton, and a folded size of 73 x 56 x 34 cm; a bit larger than the Brompton, but considerably smaller than the Tern.  It weighs a more at 17.3 kg, but considering the eight-speed hub gear, it is light.

Both bikes have the motor in the front wheel, the battery goes in a Brompton bag at the front, and with a small amount of pedalling will go 25 miles.

Watch this space. We’re confident we haven’t heard the last from Derek and that not content with building the world’s lightest folding bicycle (with 16″ wheels), he’s already working on another hyperlight tribute to Brompton.

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Ethical cycle insurance

On the face of it, one cycle insurance policy is much like another, but the devil is the detail. Check your small print for so-called ‘new-for-old’ replacement – many insurers use the term, but if your bicycle is more than a few years old, devalue it severely. This means you are left out of pocket when you come to replace it.

With ETA cycle insurance, however old the bike, if it’s stolen you get enough to buy a new model. Furthermore, every cycle insurance policy you buy from us helps support the work of the ETA Trust, our charity campaigning for a cleaner, safer transport future. Little wonder The Good Shopping Guide has judged us to be Britain’s most ethical insurance company.

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Ontario Bicycle Laws

ONTARIO BICYCLE LAWS

It’s important to know your legal rights (and duties) when bicycling in Ontario. It is especially important after a bicycle accident (we call them bicycle “crashes” and explain why here).

For any questions about the Province’s bike laws, or about your rights to the road, contact attorney Pat Brown directly.

Right to the Road

  • Ontario bicyclists generally have the same rights, and same responsibilities, as drivers of motor vehicles.
  • Most of the laws that apply to bicycles are contained in the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).  However, municipal bylaws can also regulate the use of bicycles.
  • The HTA defines a bicycle as “bicycle includes a tricycle, a unicycle and a power-assisted bicycle but does not include a motor-assisted bicycle.”  Therefore, a bicycle is considered a vehicle under Ontario law.
  • Cyclists have an absolute right to use public roads.  When using the roads, a bicyclist is required to follow certain laws intended to ensure that bicyclists use reasonably caution and safe cycling practices.  

Prohibitions

  • Bicycles are prohibited on expressway/freeway highways such as the 400 series, the QEW and on roads where “No Bicycle” signs are posted.
  • A bicyclist shall not attach themselves to a vehicle or street car on a highway.
  • No person riding or operating a bicycle designed for carrying one person only shall carry any other person thereon.

Helmets

  • Helmets are mandatory on bikes for person 17 or under.  A parent shall be responsible for children under 16 who do not wear a helmet.  
  • A person who is 18 years old or older is not required to wear a helmet.

Alcohol

  • You can not be charged criminally for impaired driving or over 80 on a bike.  However, if you are caught riding impaired and in an unsafe manner, you can be charged under the Liquor Licence Act with being intoxicated in public.  You can also be charged with careless driving under the HTA. Both the Liquor Licence Act and the HTA are provincial offences and do not have criminal consequences.

Where to Ride

  • Ride approximately one meter from right curb.

Taking the Lane

  • It is permissible to take the lane in Ontario and move with traffic flow.
  • HTA (147(1) does require bikes (and cars) that are travelling slower than the normal speed of traffic to travel in the right lane or the close to the right hand curb “where practicable”.
  • The words “where practicable” therefore allows cyclists to take the lane due to various road conditions that include potholes, construction, street car tracks, grates, parked cars, or other unsafe conditions on the road.

Sidewalks

  • Each municipality can pass bylaws prohibiting sidewalk riding
  • Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 950 states that “No person age 14 and older shall ride a bicycle on a sidewalk of any highway, except for those locations designated in § 886-6 of Chapter 886, Footpaths, Pedestrian Ways, Bicycle Paths, Bicycle Lanes and Cycle Tracks.”

Dooring

  • No person may open the door of a motor vehicle unless it is safe to do so.  

Bike Lanes, Bike Paths and Multi-Use Paths

  • No person shall park, drive or operate any vehicle, except a bicycle or power-assisted bicycle, on a bicycle path or bike lane.
  • Bikes are allowed on footpaths and pedestrian ways in Toronto

Transit Stops and Vehicles

  • Cyclist must stop at least 2 meters from the rear or front entrance or exit (on the side the passengers are getting on or off) and must wait until all passengers have crossed.

Left Turns

  • To turn left bicyclists may perform a “box turn” or use the left turn lane.

Stop Signs and Traffic Control Devices

  • Bicyclists are required to come to a full and complete stop at all stop signs and traffic lights displaying a red signal. Idaho stop is not permissible.

Signaling

  • Bicyclists must use hand/arm signals when turning and stopping.

Crosswalks

  • If at an intersection,  the cyclist may ride along any crosswalk but is not allowed to ride within the crosswalk
  • If not at an intersection and no traffic control signal, then the cyclist can ride within the crosswalk.  If there is a traffic control signal, the cyclist is not permitted to ride within the crosswalk

Drivers Overtaking Cyclists

  • Drivers must provide a minimum of one-metre distance when passing a cyclist.

Bicycles Passing on the Right

  • Bicyclists may pass motor vehicles on the right if it is reasonably safe to do so and where there is unobstructed pavement for two vehicles to safely pass.

Group Riding

  • The HTA does not explicitly forbid side by side riding.
  • The HTA requires that slower moving vehicles (cyclists) move to the right, but only when being passed and where practicable.
  • The HTA only forbids side by side riding when it impedes normal flow of traffic.
  • If there is not enough room for faster vehicles to safely pass, cyclists should ride single file as far right as safely practicable.  
  • Municipalities may have specific bylaws prohibiting side by side riding.
  • Toronto repealed their bylaw requiring single file riding.

Bike Equipment

  • White or amber light on the front and red light on the rear ½ hour before sunset, ½ hour after sunrise, or when unfavorable/light conditions.  
  • White reflector on the front forks.
  • Red reflector on the rear.
  • Flashing red light on the rear is permissible .
  • At least one brake system acting on the rear wheel that will enable the rider to make the braked wheel skin on dry, level and clean pavement.
  • Bell, gong or horn in good working order, but not permitted to have sound similar to emergency vehicle.

Walking Your Bike

  • If walking your bike due to disrepair or fatigue, you must walk on the left hand side of the road facing traffic.

Police Stops

  • Cyclist is to identify themselves and provide their address
  • Cyclist does not need to show their drivers licence.

Reverse Onus Law (Civil)

  • Ontario has a reverse onus law that requires the driver of a motor vehicle that strikes a cyclist to prove that the damage or injury did not arise through their negligence or improper conduct (as opposed to the cyclist having the onus of proving the driver was negligent)

Civil Remedies

  • Cyclists are permitted to sue drivers/owners of vehicles who are negligent and cause injuries to the cyclist.
  • Families of cyclists killed by negligent driver/owners are entitled to sue for wrongful death.
  • No fault benefits are available to injured and killed cyclists in Ontario regardless of fault provided a motor vehicle is involved.  
  • Joint and several liability applies to the negligent actions of defendants
  • Owners of cars are jointly liable with drivers
  • Cyclists may be held contributorily negligent for their conduct but there is no restriction in the cyclist pursuing a claim if so found to be partly at fault.
  • Municipalities can be held liable for improper design and failure to repair.  They are responsible for their percentage of fault
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How to Save & See the World Differently with Your Bicycle

Most people know how to ride a bike. They learned when they were kids.However, this doesn’t mean that they actually ride their bikes often. Most people take their cars for even the shortest trips.Just because people do it, though, doesn’t mean it’s the best idea.Biking provides you with a variety of benefits that driving just can’t.You […]

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How to Save & See the World Differently with Your Bicycle

Most people know how to ride a bike. They learned when they were kids.However, this doesn’t mean that they actually ride their bikes often. Most people take their cars for even the shortest trips.Just because people do it, though, doesn’t mean it’s the best idea.Biking provides you with a variety of benefits that driving just can’t.You […]

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How to Save & See the World Differently with Your Bicycle

Most people know how to ride a bike. They learned when they were kids.However, this doesn’t mean that they actually ride their bikes often. Most people take their cars for even the shortest trips.Just because people do it, though, doesn’t mean it’s the best idea.Biking provides you with a variety of benefits that driving just can’t.You […]

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How to Save & See the World Differently with Your Bicycle

Most people know how to ride a bike. They learned when they were kids.However, this doesn’t mean that they actually ride their bikes often. Most people take their cars for even the shortest trips.Just because people do it, though, doesn’t mean it’s the best idea.Biking provides you with a variety of benefits that driving just can’t.You […]

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How to Save & See the World Differently with Your Bicycle

Most people know how to ride a bike. They learned when they were kids.However, this doesn’t mean that they actually ride their bikes often. Most people take their cars for even the shortest trips.Just because people do it, though, doesn’t mean it’s the best idea.Biking provides you with a variety of benefits that driving just can’t.You […]

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Cyclone offers cycling soundtrack

Cycling can be better with music, but earphones make it harder to hear the traffic around you on the road. The Cyclone is a shock-proof speaker designed to fit inside a water bottle cage.

A rechargeable battery provides up to six hours of continuous music playback and its Bluetooth connectivity works at a distance of up to 10 metres from your smartphone or other device.

The splash-proof Cyclone has an output of 2x5W and weighs 433g.

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Ethical cycle insurance

Check your small print for so-called ‘new-for-old’ replacement – many insurers use the term, but if your bicycle is more than a few years old, they devalue it severely. This means you are left out of pocket when you come to replace it.

With ETA cycle insurance, however old the bike, if it’s stolen you get enough to buy a new model. Furthermore, every cycle insurance policy you buy from us helps support the work of the ETA Trust, our charity campaigning for a cleaner, safer transport future. No wonder The Good Shopping Guide judges us to be Britain’s most ethical insurance company.

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Budget bike tour: 7 ways to do your next adventure on the cheap

In the UK, we love to go away for the summer. And naturally for cyclists, our favourite travel companions are on two wheels.

One of the main perks of cycle touring is that it’s cheaper than your standard getaway. It’s also a great way to meet new people (cyclists or not) while discovering lesser-known sights and making impromptu pub stops – all rather spontaneous.

However, be careful not to rely too heavily on your future self. A lack of planning (trust me, I’m well versed in this area) can lead to stress, dead bike light batteries in the dead of night and in many cases, wasting your money.

Sort the core details out before you set off and your trip will run as smoothly as some freshly-serviced brakes. Try these tips to save some cash while you’re at it.

Use the Warm Showers website

The first place to shave your costs is accommodation, and with Warm Showers, you can stay with a fellow cycle enthusiast for free.

Warm Showers is essentially Couchsurfing for cycle tourists. Just create an account which says a little more about yourself and your adventures and search for people to stay with on your next trip.

The idea is that you would host them and other cyclists in the future. I can’t host as I live in private shared accommodation, so I give my hosts wine or chocolate instead.

Oh, and mention dietary requirements on your profile too – you don’t want to get there starving and be given something that you can’t eat.

Some areas are a little sparsely populated when it comes to hosts so in those cases you can either try finding a place to stay through Couchsurfing or by heading down a more traditional camping/hotel/hostel route.

parked bikes on tour

Do your research

Being clued-up ahead of the tour will save you time as well as money.

Look up route essentials like nearby rest and food shops, bike shops and diversions. Have Plan B routes and accommodation in mind should your journey take longer than expected.

You could miss out on must-see sights like historic buildings, markets or viaducts if you don’t do your research first.

If you’re travelling internationally, pick up a guide book about your chosen country. Have a read over Travel the world by bike: 7 of the best books for international cycle trips for more ideas.

And if the book you’re eyeing up is a behemoth, you can rip out the pages you need and take them on the road with you.

Pack food and drink before you go

It’ll soon become apparent how important food is to your journey and you may not always be in a town or village with food shops.

But when you need to eat, you need to eat – otherwise you’re going to bonk. Expect to chow down by the roadside with drivers thinking you’re rather peculiar.

Bars and gels are good when you’re on the road, but they’re also very expensive. Instead, go for small, calorie-dense food like malt loaf, banana bread or peanut butter sandwiches. Of course, take plenty of water. Just don’t try anything new on your trip just in case it doesn’t agree with you.

Bring plenty of water on your bike tour

Share the load

If you’re heading out with someone else, divvy up the budget to split the costs.

Sit down with them when you’re planning your trip and sort out who’s covering what.

Find discounts where you can

It could be yellow sticker items in the supermarket or a pre-trip sale on bike essentials.

You might even find a last-minute offer on accommodation if it’s piddling down and you don’t fancy another night in the tent. Getting to know the locals helps too as they might know cheaper places that aren’t so tourist-y.

Check your bike is in good nick before you go

It sounds financially counter-intuitive, but depending on the length of your trip, it’s worth taking your bike in for a tune-up or a full service before you go.

If something happens when you’re on a trail, there probably won’t not be a bike shop available to see to it. Even if it doesn’t cost you money in damages (or possible injury), it could cost you precious time which means that you might miss out on the accommodation that you were going to stay at (time for that Plan B!).

So, if there are any persistent squeaks, rattles or clinks coming from your steed, take it to the mechanic!

On the trail bike tour

Book early

Let’s finish on the obvious one – booking early is essential if you want to save money on your trip.

Train tickets are released 12 weeks before departure and flight seats can be released as early as 11 months before departure so, the bigger the trip, the earlier in advance you should book.

This also goes if you want to plan a big night for your accommodation or go to a popular visitor attraction.

Happy travels!

Do you have any more tips for saving money when you’re touring? Are you going away anywhere in the near future? Tell us in the comments below.

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9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Winter blues got you down? Don’t feel as up to biking when the temperature is below freezing? Can’t even bike since there’s so much snow and ice on the street? There’s an answer to your problem—go where it’s warm! Wouldn’t you love to follow the sun and get training again before a third of the

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9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Winter blues got you down? Don’t feel as up to biking when the temperature is below freezing? Can’t even bike since there’s so much snow and ice on the street? There’s an answer to your problem—go where it’s warm! Wouldn’t you love to follow the sun and get training again before a third of the

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9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Winter blues got you down? Don’t feel as up to biking when the temperature is below freezing? Can’t even bike since there’s so much snow and ice on the street? There’s an answer to your problem—go where it’s warm! Wouldn’t you love to follow the sun and get training again before a third of the

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9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Winter blues got you down? Don’t feel as up to biking when the temperature is below freezing? Can’t even bike since there’s so much snow and ice on the street? There’s an answer to your problem—go where it’s warm! Wouldn’t you love to follow the sun and get training again before a third of the

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9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Winter blues got you down? Don’t feel as up to biking when the temperature is below freezing? Can’t even bike since there’s so much snow and ice on the street? There’s an answer to your problem—go where it’s warm! Wouldn’t you love to follow the sun and get training again before a third of the

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9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Winter blues got you down? Don’t feel as up to biking when the temperature is below freezing? Can’t even bike since there’s so much snow and ice on the street? There’s an answer to your problem—go where it’s warm! Wouldn’t you love to follow the sun and get training again before a third of the

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9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Winter blues got you down? Don’t feel as up to biking when the temperature is below freezing? Can’t even bike since there’s so much snow and ice on the street? There’s an answer to your problem—go where it’s warm! Wouldn’t you love to follow the sun and get training again before a third of the

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9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Winter blues got you down? Don’t feel as up to biking when the temperature is below freezing? Can’t even bike since there’s so much snow and ice on the street? There’s an answer to your problem—go where it’s warm! Wouldn’t you love to follow the sun and get training again before a third of the

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9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Winter blues got you down? Don’t feel as up to biking when the temperature is below freezing? Can’t even bike since there’s so much snow and ice on the street? There’s an answer to your problem—go where it’s warm! Wouldn’t you love to follow the sun and get training again before a third of the

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9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Winter blues got you down? Don’t feel as up to biking when the temperature is below freezing? Can’t even bike since there’s so much snow and ice on the street? There’s an answer to your problem—go where it’s warm!

Wouldn’t you love to follow the sun and get training again before a third of the year has gone by? So forget the snow, and consider these nine winter and spring tours to get you back on your bike:

 

1. Ride and snorkel your way around Hawaii’s Big Island for a Spring Break you won’t forget!

9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

What’s better than taking a spring break vacation to Hawaii? And not only vacationing there, but getting to ride your bike around the Big Island, seeing all of its sublime sights.

Cruise down the Kohala Coast through lush vegetation to a lookout point over the Waipio Valley. This valley served as the home of many Hawaiian kings and is known for its nioi tree. Trees and other flora surround the ancient grassland on three sides, with the sapphire sea on the fourth, providing this valley with total protection. Cruising through banana and papaya plantations sweetens your final ride for the day.

Thrills are around every bend on the island. Hike your way through Thurston Lava Tube and across Kilauea Crater to get your heart pumping. Then hop back on your bike for a 25-mile downhill drive to Punalu’u black sand beach. You may just see a green sea turtle sunning on a rock!

Coffee-lovers rejoice—you can cycle through Kona Coffee country! And not only cycle, but sip the deliciously caffeinated beverage at a tasting. The volcanic soil of this region provides an ideal landscape for growing the coffee beans, which become the smooth, medium-bodied drink.

You can’t go to Hawaii and only stay on land. Jump into the Pacific Ocean for snorkeling, scuba diving, or simply swimming adventures. In March, there’s a good chance of spotting a humpback whale from your catamaran while sailing around the island.

 

2. Warm up from the winter cold with a ride through Death Valley National Park.

9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

There’s no better place in the country to escape from the winter than Death Valley. Located in California’s desert, this national park is the largest of all the parks in the lower 48 and has the highest temperatures and lowest elevation in all of North America.

But don’t let those statistics fool you—Death Valley is temperate in the spring and has plenty of hills to ride up and down, such as Daylight Pass. Climb to 4,317 feet of elevation for fantastic views of the sun-bleached terrain. Your descent takes you into Furnace Creek Resort, a spring, oasis, and village you can choose to stay at should you be so inclined. Fun fact: Furnace Creek Resort sits on the location where the hottest temperature in North America was recorded—a whopping 134 degrees fahrenheit! Thankfully, it will not be that hot during the springtime.

You can’t miss Zabriskie Point while visiting Death Valley. Vibrant, colorful bands stretch out through the earth like waves in the ocean, only on land. It’s one of Death Valley’s most popular landmarks, for good reason. Another “must see” spot? Check out Badwater Basin, North America’s lowest point.

Looking for a little more adventure? Get off your bike and hike around the mile and a half perimeter of Ubehebe Crater. Or for those with an artistic side, head to Dante’s Point, a great place to capture with your camera all of the places you rode through in Death Valley.

 

3. Travel through trendy Palm Springs and find peace in tranquil Joshua Tree National Park.

9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Palm Springs—playground of Old Hollywood’s elite. Home to the Rat Pack. And now, making a huge return as the trendy place to be once again. And it’s great for cyclists, too.

Bike through the Whitewater Preserve, situated between the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains. The conservancy protects abundant flora and fauna as well as the Whitewater River. Then head to the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, one of the oldest and largest wind farms in the United States.

Cycle around the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake, which has more salinity than the Pacific Ocean. Nearby Salvation Mountain features a modern masterpiece of folk art at the top made of concrete and adobe.

Joshua Tree National Park’s namesakes are certainly worth a ride. The twisted and spiky trees (they look like they are straight out of The Lorax), and all the desert animals make for a fascinating journey.

 

4. There are so many wonders to see at Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Ancient ruins, lush jungles, warm waters, and a colorful coral reef are just a few examples of the splendors of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Explore this remarkable paradise both off and on your bike.

Cycle around Isla Mujeres, sacred to the Mayan goddess, Ixchel. Dramatic cliffs turquoise waters, and coral-crushed beaches are your sights outside of the water. When you reach the ocean, grab some snorkeling gear for views of the tropical fish below.

On the mainland, Chichen Itza awaits. This Mayan ruin is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll be amazed at the detail and skill of their architecture.

Riding through the jungle opens up the possibility of unique animal sightings. Listen for the calls of the Yucatan Jay, singing in the tree tops. Be sure to check the ground for any iguanas scurrying by. And you may just see a gray fox dart across the path in front of you!

From the coast, to the jungles, to the incredible Mayan sites, the Yucatan offers an exciting cycling experience.

 

5. The spring cactus blooms in Arizona and Sonora are here today and gone tomorrow, so get there fast!

9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

What symbolizes America’s Southwest better than the cactus? And the biggest and best of all the cacti is the famous saguaro, which can grow to be as tall as 50 feet! These desert giants are only found in the Sonoran Desert, which ranges from Arizona into Mexico. Enjoy a ride through Saguaro National Park’s impressive cacti forest.

Springtime is special for the colossal cactus. The saguaro’s flowers bloom in April and only live for a little while, so it’s important to take advantage of the season. The nectar from the milky white blossom feeds many different species of bats, who in turn spread seeds across the desert. The bloom is so lovely, Arizona chose it as the state flower.

Did you know vineyards thrive in a part of Arizona? Elgin, a small wine town, has rich soil, similar to Burgundy, France. Make a point to stop at the vineyards for a wine tasting to cool off from the road. To add some more romance to your day, continue on to Casa de San Pedro, known for its wildlife. Over 350 species of birds reside there as well as hundreds of butterflies. Escape to this idyllic estate for a relaxing ride.

 

6. Pedal past the glistening glass-like pools in Chile’s lake district.

9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Just a couple countries south of Colombia is Chile, the skinny country covering much of South America’s western coast. But within the thin borders of Chile lies the lovely Lake District in the Andes Mountains. Biking through rolling hills, green meadows, and many national parks makes for an amazing spring tour.

While the Andes are magnificent to look at, they are challenging to climb. Ride over 14 miles and up serious grades to the top at an elevation of 6,181 feet. But that difficult ascent was worth the breathtaking views at the top of the Andes and surrounding landscapes.

Chile’s Seven Lake Route may be the most beautiful ride in the entire country. The road takes you by several mirror-like lakes as well as a handful of volcanos. Hullo-Hullo Biological Reserve provides an array of activities to excite the adventurer in you. Zipline through the rainforest canopy, hike one of four scenic trails, or learn something new on a nature walk.

But for the most challenging adventure of all, look no further than Osorno Volcano, one of the steepest rides in the world. And if a challenging climb doesn’t sound like a good time to you, don’t sweat it! There are vans and chairlifts to take you to the top for amazing hiking or simply to see the views.

 

7. Cycle through Colombia’s exotic rainforests and discover the “City of Eternal Spring.”

9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Looking for some international travel this spring? Look no further than Colombia, South America. This equatorial country’s climate means there is good cycling weather year round.

Trek the Alto de Letras, also known as “the longest climb in the world.” Your ride takes you from the sea-level Mariquita to the Páramo at over 12,000 feet. During the ascent, bike through many different ecosystems, concluding in the unique cloud-high environment of the summit.

What better place to be in Columbia’s spring than Medellin, the “City of Eternal Spring.” Medellin is the country’s second largest city and is known for its temperate climate all year long. The culinary scene is booming here—try a superbly-seasoned roasted pork shank or plantain-crusted “fish of the day” for a delicious dinner. And forget french fries: yuca chips are where it’s at!

 

8. Bike past baby bison in South Dakota’s national parks.

9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

Are you a history buff? You will love riding through the national parks of South Dakota. Begin in the Badlands, 244,000 acres of prairie dotted with spires, buttes, and pinnacles. This area was once home to the saber-toothed tiger as well as the rhinoceros—so cool, right? These days, you’ll come across less ferocious beasts like the bighorn sheep, prairie dog, and black-footed ferret.

It’s Custer State Park, though, that has the most exciting animals to see. In the spring, baby bison and their parents roam the hills at the southern end of the park. These majestic mammals once covered all of North America, and while their numbers greatly decreased in the 1800s, they have made a comeback thanks to land preservation and the National Bison Legacy Act.

As you ride through South Dakota’s “wild west,” you may come across some familiar faces. Mount Rushmore lies within Black Hills National Forest. The four presidential faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln were carved seamlessly into the southeastern face of the mountain. Seeing this iconic American landmark adds a little something extra to your day’s ride.

Nearby, another mountain monument is in progress. The impressive carving of Crazy Horse, though not yet finished, is absolutely worth a glance. At this time, it is the largest sculpture in progress in the world.

Sci-fi fans will instantly recognize Devils Tower National Monument, which was featured in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. This dramatic butte was the first landmark to be declared a national monument in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt. Take a short ride over the border, into Wyoming, for an out-of-this-world experience.

 

9. Raft the Rio Grande in New Mexico’s Wild West.

9 Best Bicycle Tours in the Winter & Spring

New Mexico is an adventurer’s paradise. From the mountains to the canyons to the rivers, the state boasts natural wonders just waiting to be explored. Start your cycling out in Santa Fe, which has amazing art and culinary scenes. Dive into a delicious dish for dinner or peruse the halls of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Ride through New Mexico’s mesas and red hills to Chimayo, famous for its weavings and church, El Santuario de Chimayo. The church is said to have a healing power—like France’s Lourdes, many Catholics make a pilgrimage to the western church.

The scenic High Road encapsulates the beauty of New Mexico. On this route, your ride overlooks endless panoramas of pine forests, the snowy white tops of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and valleys filled with cottonwoods.

Arguably the most exciting event during your New Mexico vacation is a ride down the rip-roaring rapids of the Rio Grande, known for its class II and III rapids.

 

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