Heat wave heads to Bay Area this weekend | News

“Overall, we’re moving into our warmest time of year, late August into early September,” the weather service said.

The sweltering temperatures prompted a statewide Flex Alert on Friday due to an expected increase in electric demand, mostly due to residential air conditioning.

Residents are urged to conserve electricity, especially during the late afternoon and early evening, when the grid is most stressed.

Consumers are urged to set air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, turn off unnecessary lights, and use major appliances before 3 p.m. and after 10 p.m.

The Peninsula will be under a heat advisory from 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, through 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, according to the weather service.

Santa Clara County is under an excessive heat watch from Aug. 14-19. The county has opened cooling centers and advised the public to drink plenty of water, stay in air-conditioned areas, whenever possible,

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Weekend rides drive pandemic-era New York City bike boom

Bike riding is New York City’s new favorite weekend activity.

The number of people cycling on the weekend is up a whopping 57 percent in 2020 compared to last year, Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg told city council members on Wednesday.

“We’re seeing a cycling boom,” Trottenberg testified, noting that weekday bike counts are also up, but by a comparatively slim 26 percent.

The numbers come from automated bike counters along Brooklyn’s Prospect Park West and Kent Avenue protected bike lanes and five bridges: the Pulaski, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Queensboro.

Of those locations, the Pulaski Bridge between Greenpoint and Long Island City, Queens saw the largest spike in weekend bike rides — over 78 percent.

Prospect Park West and the Manhattan, Williamsburg and Queensboro bridges all saw weekend cycling jumps over 50 percent. Kent Avenue and the Brooklyn Bridge saw increases closer to 25 percent.

On Wednesday, bike advocates launched

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Need a weekend trip? Scenic bike route links Panhandle Pathway and Nickel Plate Trail | Life

A new, 29-mile marked biking route on scenic country roads now connects two major northern Indiana trails that run parallel to each other, both of which are about an hour’s drive south of South Bend.

The Panhandle Pathway crosses the Tippecanoe River and runs 22 miles from Winamac south to the tiny burg of Kenneth.

And the Nickel Plate Trail runs 37 miles south from Rochester, with 3.4 miles of on-street route through a roughly midway point in Peru and, further south, ultimately connects with the Kokomo Industrial Heritage Trail into Kokomo — in all, a one-way trip of 44 miles.

Both trails have been drawing out-of-town visitors, but now the new connector route between the two trails offers “more options” for weekend adventures and trips, says Mike Kuepper, president of the nonprofit group that built and maintains the Nickel Plate.

The connector route has been in the works for

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Classic Cars Pull Up to the San Antonio Zoo’s Drive Thru Zoo This Weekend

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The San Antonio Zoo started the Drive Thru Zoo to allow visitors to see the animals from the comfort and safety of their vehicles — now, you can add classic cars to the list of things to gaze upon while enjoying the socially distanced attraction.

This weekend, Street Rods San Antonio Car Club is bringing out some vintage vehicles to the zoo for a special Classic Car Night event.

On Friday and Saturday, classic car enthusiasts and zoo fanatics alike can cruise through the zoo and see a selection of unique automobiles displayed along the Drive Thru route, all while staying cool via their vehicles’ air-conditioning.

To sweeten the deal, the zoo is currently offering discounted standard admission of $50 with the code DRIVE at checkout.

$32-$65, 5-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday August 21-22, San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St.,

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Classic Car Show Cruises Into Wall This Weekend

WALL, NJ – Step back in time this weekend and visit one of the Jersey Shore’s most anticipated summer car shows.

The annual Antique Rolling Iron Auto Show, celebrating its 25th year, will be rolling into Wall Township this Sunday, Aug. 16, featuring a slew of classic and antique vehicles for locals to view on site.

Family cars, fire trucks, motorcycles and more will be on display at The Historic Village at Allaire from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to the antique car viewing, attendees can enjoy live music, local vendors, a Pilsen Gourmet food truck, quilting and other historic demonstrations while exploring the Historic Village at Allaire.

Social distancing guidelines will be followed, with limited attendee parking. Carpooling is strongly recommended, according to a release, as well as early registration. A limited number of cars will be registered.

A $5 pre-registration (per car) is required for attendees.

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Volt Regent e-bike review: The stylish bike for city rides and weekend jaunts

Volt has made a name for itself as one of the foremost electric bike sellers in London and trying to get your hands on one at the moment is tricky.

Depending on the model you’re aiming for, you might be waiting till October to get your hands on one. But that’s all part of riding the e-bike wave at the moment.

With so much choice on the website, it can be hard to know which Volt bike to try, which is where the virtual assistant comes in handy. Recently, I had the chance to try out the new Regent style, a step-through classic model with a killer battery and motor that makes cycling hills and long distances a breeze.

Here’s what it was like taking the Regent e-bike for a spin.

Set up

The Volt Regent e-bike couldn’t be easy to get set up and go with. You’ll need to

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Bank holiday breakdown: Tyre and battery failures will plague motorists this weekend

Bank holiday traffic chaos is expected with the RAC predicting that 18million leisure trips will be taken over the weekend. This would be 1.8million extra trips compared to the year before with Friday set to be the busiest day of the three.

Henry Topham, Managing Director at LV Brittania Rescue said: “If you have not used your car as much over recent months, whether this is due to lockdown or other reasons, take your car for a short test-drive before your trip.
“If you are not a regular driver, it is generally good practice to frequently go for short drives to ensure the battery does not go flat.
“Also ensure you have a spare tyre, in case of wheel problems during your journey.
“In the hot weather we have been experiencing recently, it’s also a good idea to have handy extras packed in case you breakdown.

Driving for a prolonged

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London police call first bicycle registry a ‘success’; two bikes recovered in one weekend

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London’s first-ever bike registry has seen great success in the months following its launch, and has reunited five missing bicycles with their owners.

Const. Carl Noel with the Crime Prevention Division of London Police Service says he’s impressed with the 529 Garage Bike Registry’s capabilities.

“I’ve been (working) here for a long time, and we never really had a good mechanism to return recovered bicycles to their owners,” Noel said.

“The initiation for a bicycle registry for the whole city (saw) a couple of success stories in the last five months.”

He recounted that a few weekends ago, two downtown foot parole officers were on the lookout for recently stolen bikes at the beginning of their shifts.

“When they saw a very similar bike, it caused them to inquire a little further, and it turned out to be one of the bikes that had been reported stolen,”

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