Bike-a-thon for healthy kids; Straight talk about marijuana from CHP

May is National Bike Month and the commemorate, motorists are being challenged to put down their car keys and hop on their bikes. Doing so could win them one of $12,000 in cycling-related prizes. Project Bike Trip and Ecology Action have teamed up to create The Two Wheeled Drive, a challenge to raise awareness and funds to teach kids the benefits of cycling. The challenge, which runs May 1-31, also coincides with the 25th anniversary of Bike to Work Day. To participate:
  • Set a bicycle commute challenge,
  • Set a fundraising goal,
  • Create a personalized campaign pledge web page,
  • Tell everyone about the challenge, and
  • Start cycling.
All proceeds raised by challenge participants will help fund three Santa Cruz-based bicycle education programs: “BikeSmart!” in elementary schools, “Bike Club” for middle schools and “Bike Tech” in high schools. Sponsors have donated loads of prizes, including a Giant Bicycles Escape bike, a New Belgium “Fat Tire” cruiser bike, Timbuk2 messenger bags and phone covers, Light & Motion commuter lights, Giro Reverb helmets and gloves, Freedom/WTB tires and saddles, as well as Park Tool multi-tools and patch kits. There's also a Verve Coffee Roasters coffee and brewer prize. The grand prize is a new Ibis Hakkalugi bicycle. For information and/or to sign up, visit www.projectbiketrip.org. CHP dispels myths of marijuana Like alcohol, drivers should not drive while under the influence of drugs – prescription or illegal, including marijuana – because they can impair drivers' judgment. “While marijuana feels like a depressant to the user, it actually acts as a stimulant in many clinical ways,” said officer Sarah Jackson, CHP spokesperson. “The user's blood pressure and heart rate both increase and eyes dilate just as they would with a stimulant. Particularly dangerous to driving ability, a marijuana user's perception of time, distance, and speed is significantly impaired. The marijuana DUI collisions I have investigated and been involved with as an officer have all been fairly high speed – contrary to the urban myth of the slow, stoned driver.” Jackson made her comments to Street Smarts while addressing the CHP's concern that 30 percent of fatal collisions statewide were caused by drivers who were under the influence of drugs. And Santa Cruz County isn't immune, she said, citing three deadly drug-related crashes that occurred Feb. 10 on Highway 129, March 14 on Graham Hill Road and March 18 on Highway 1 at State Park Drive. Street Smarts expands Starting the week of April 30, Street Smarts will appear Mondays and Thursdays in the Sentinel. Readers online can still get their daily dose of Street Smarts right here on the blog at www.santacruzlive.com/blogs/streetsmarts. Follow it, as well, on Twitter or by friending on Facebook. Meanwhile, submit questions and comments to streetsmarts@santacruzsentinel.com or via the aforementioned social media sites. Make sure to include your name and city of residence.
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