Benicia’s Wheels in Motion bike and sports shop is still going strong after 25 years, helping locals and area riders fix their bikes, give advice and doing custom fittings for customers to ensure they their bikes are properly set up, along with hosting an unofficial bike club.
Bikes have overcome their cumbersome, impractical roots in the 1800s to provide any would-be cyclist with myriad choices from basic to custom, electric to recumbent. Benicia offers riders bridge-to-bridge loops as well as challenging hills and the beautiful flats downtown.
Dean Fulton, an engineer and resident of Benicia, CA, likes to run in foot races, most recently a marathon, but without shoes. After a foot problem resolved, began running barefoot, fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Shortly after the ban was lifted and beekeeping became legal in Benicia, many residents have become beekeepers. The reasons are myriad: for honey production, wax for candle making or just helping the planet in the wake of massive bee colony collapse.
The Benicia Community Gardens, run by volunteers, expands their reach beyond the two community garden borders into helping families create their own food forests in their backyards. The aim is to teach residents how to create sustainable ecosystems while growing their own food.