I am Martin Krieg, a business school graduate of Cal State Hayward and former accountant. I have crossed the country twice on a bicycle after first rehabilitating myself from paralysis, clinical death and a seven week coma as a result of a car wreck.
In 1979, I rode across America on a standard upright bicycle. For my second trip across America in 1986 I rode a recumbent bike and organized media events, public speaking and fund raising for the National Head Injury Foundation. That ride reached 40 million people amongst my newspaper, public speaking and TV and radio appearances. Upon its completion, to spread the word for the interconnected network of safe bikeable roads and paths called the National Bicycle Greenway (NBG) (which became a nonprofit in 1993), from 1987 to 1994, I published 60,000 Cycle America Regional Directories in four different parts of California.
In 1994, WRS Publishing published the book I had written and rewritten for 14 years. Called Awake Again, it shows how I turned my long rehabilitation and subsequent bike rides, into the same game I am playing now to make the NBG real. Once this next chapter of my life's dream, the NBG, can stand on its own, I will then return to my writing and public speaking, Until then:
For the next five years, I alternated between traveling the country to promote my book and learning the excitement of the all new World Wide Web as I built the first web sites for well over a hundred small and large bike companies. In 1997, I began a campaign to send hundreds of cyclists to Washington, DC. It started in Santa Cruz, CA with two Swing for NBG events and a Lighthouse Party send off. All of which ended with a widely known bike celebration called Cycle America 2000. We brought that excitement back to the West Coast with two huge cross country relay rides both of which ended in the Surf City with Festivals. During this time, I also personally inspired, coached and consulted on over a dozen other successful transcontinental bikes rides.
Since 2003, from Palo Alto, CA, we still produce the annual National Mayors' Ride and I began the Mountain Movers Podcast series. In addition, I have also written “How to Bike America” and am working on a business plan for the NBG as well as what amounts to the sequel to "Awake Again' called “How America can Bike and Grow Rich, The National Bicycle Greenway Manifesto” (HBGR).
I took the 2007 Mayors' Ride season off to devise a fully interactive Google mapping system that runs like a game while building community to let users calculate, request, plan, utilize, store, display and vote on bike routes. I did this all toward the end of showing how, in our increasingly crowded world, the internet can now make the bicycle the superior way to move one's self about.
In the summer of 2009, in an attempt to call attention to the NBG, in what now amounts to a test run because of all the horrific weather, I rode the Eagle HiWheel, the only one like it in active use in the world, from SF to Salt Lake City. In 2010, my Mayors' Ride/Author Tour on the amazing Eagle was put on hold by a car that ruined my bike when it turned left in front of us.
At which point I moved to Ireland, married my wife Virginia, had Baby Cayo and have been studying the Greenway successes made possible here by a joint partnership between the National Tourist Bureau and 14 other public and private stakeholders as led by the Irish National Road Authority.
Going forward, Google changed the plans I had for getting my map plan underwritten when they introduced bike mapping directions. As such, in consolidating the work of our NBG Scouts, we now have the coast-to-coast map on the main page at BikeRoute.com
And we have now begun the work of getting it known about as it year in year out gets ridden toward the end of it becoming a dedicated bicycle greenway!!
THX 4 all of U!!
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"How America Can Bike and Grow Rich, the National Bicycle Greenway in Action"
By Martin Krieg
Published: November 28, 2012.
As I work to actualize the Greenway I envisioned in 1994 in “Awake Again”, this book is set against the national Mayor's Rides we have run since my true comeback story became a book. In this sequel, from the Eagle HiWheel, I show the fun work I have been doing to make the NBG real, the actual Route and what it’s like to ride on it as we celebrate the 16 major cities it passes through.
How to Bike America, the Psychology Needed for any Large Undertaking
By Martin Krieg
Published: January 19, 2011.
If the undertaking you have before you is a large one, this book is for you! It will help to expand the size of your thinking and establish you in the place where all big accomplishment first occurs, the mind. Reading this book or just select chapters from it will vicariously build for you the mindset needed to pedal long distances on a bike...
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