Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Roadmap to "The Marginalization of Bicyclists"

This is a historical account of roadway access from the US cyclists perspective, it shows how the motorized vehicle gained dominance of the roadway through popularity and negligent policy decisions.

  The Very Short Summary

The Marginalization of Bicyclists
  •  1897: In the beginning, bicycles were vehicles and bicyclists were drivers
  •  1930: Bicycles are declared non-vehicles
  •  1911 – now: Road Lane-lines are invented and become common
  •  1944: If you can’t keep up, you don’t belong (in the lane)
  •  1968: Motorcyclists, but not bicyclists, are entitled to full use of a lane
  •  1975: Bicycles redefined as vehicles but not entitled to full lane (FTR rule)
  •  1975: Exceptions are made to FTR rule for road hazards and left turns
  •  Today: A conflicting FTR rule and laned roads exclude bicycles

Get a longer historical summary here.

For the full narrative see: 

"The Marginalization of Bicyclists",Dan Gutierrez, Brian DeSousa, Keri Caffrey ,

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Roadway Use Empathy or Entitlement?

On Bike Street in Rotterdam the sign says "Cars are Guests"

Cherokee Schill videotapes vehicles harassing her while riding a bicycle on U.S. 27. *WARNING* (Redneck language may be offensive to some. Video contains adult language.) The question is...who is being dangerous in this video?
Vehicular harassment Hwy 27 Kentucky (click for Video)

WARNING: Abusive Red-Neck trucker language.

Photo credit to Jonathan Maus of Bike Portland.
Photo credit for "Bike-a-thon for Cherokee Schill",

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Laguna Beach Shunned by PCH Bike Tour!

The California Surf N Turf bicycle tour follows PCH Santa Barbara to San Diego

 SoCal By Bike 2014 Bike Tour • “Surf N Turf” • Oct. 31-Nov. 5



 Ride promoters know the road dangers through Laguna Beach, best to avoid that city altogether.

How pathetic of Laguna Beach but hey they are consistent!

For tour details contact The California Bicycle Coalition.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Motorist Passing Law

Now it's the Law

California Vehicle Code Text:

CVC 21760 subsections of interest:
(c) A driver of a motor vehicle shall not overtake or pass a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a highway at a distance of less than three feet between any part of the motor vehicle and any part of the bicycle or its operator.
(d) If the driver of a motor vehicle is unable to comply with subdivision (c), due to traffic or roadway conditions, the driver shall slow to a speed that is reasonable and prudent, and may pass only when doing so would not endanger the safety of the operator of the bicycle, taking into account the size and speed of the motor vehicle and bicycle, traffic conditions, weather, visibility, and surface and width of the highway.

Monday, September 15, 2014

San Clemente Mobility Plan Wins Best in California

The city of San Clemente planned for the transportation plan of 2050. In recognition of vision and execution they won the American Planning Association Award of Merit for the city's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The city's "walk-the-talk" advocate for balanced mobility planning Brenda Miller won the Advocate of the Year award. The awards recognize the pair are distinguished as the  two best in the entire state of California.   Is Laugna Beach too NIMBY to look south?  -LS

Award Ceremony
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6-ish pm (6:15 should be ok, but parking may be tight).
WHERE: San Clemente City Council chambers

AFTER TOAST: "Tall Can Tuesday" Special at Nomads 
Canteen (thanks to the OC Bike Coalition!)

MAP: Meeting Awards Map (with bike route if you want to arrive via Metrolink)

Friday, September 5, 2014

"E-Bike Sales Surging in Europe" NY Times

Deutsche Post' Iris Marossek delivers to 1500 residents daily
"David Stellini recently bought an e-bike with a cargo carrier in front to carry his two small children around. He works as a spokesman for the European People’s Party, the largest center - right political party in the Parliament, and has been commuting to work by car.
A recent traffic snarl during a visit by President Obama pushed Mr. Stellini, 37, over the top."  "E-Bike Sales Surging in Europe", NY Times, 18 August 2014.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

City Council Agenda Items

The Laguna Beach City Council will consider two agenda bill Items 16 and 21 important to alternative transportation solutions for Laguna Beach.

Alignment #6 calls for paving this trail

The Council will consider the Moulton Meadows Trail project renamed the Top of the World Pedestrian Pathway. After completion in July 2015 students of TOW Elementary can choose to walk to school from Arch Beach Heights. For details read Agenda Item #16 on this agenda bill.

The city considered 6 trail alignments, the final alignment does not meet the original design goals identified by the city task force for proximity to private residences, privacy, grade (slope) and public easement.  It does minimize construction costs.  Here is the  city staff report with a drawing of final alignment #6.
Petition supporting MMT
This bill directs the city manager to write a letter to Caltrans asking for options to improve pedestrian safety on Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road. It also directs the city manager to investigate options for reducing speed limits near Thurston Intermediate and the High School.

Laguna Beach leads as the most dangerous city for cyclists and pedestrians in 107 cities across Orange County. In view of continuing injuries and fatalities on Laguna's streets these measures are welcome news for a city with this record.  -LS