Friday, October 24, 2014

Stu News: Another Ped Hit

Thanks for raising the speed limits CalTRANS!


City of Laguna Beach: Thanks for watching.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The El Morro Elementary "Death Trap"

El Morro back-up 16 October 2014
This back-up occurs daily on Pacific Coast Highwy at El Morro. It has been four months since the fatal accident at Emerald Bay and only three days since the fatal cycling accident caused by an inebriated reckless driver at Crystal Cove (scroll down for links). What has been done by Caltrans or municipalities to prevent more fatalities? They cut -back the freeway daises.

The back-up at El Morro was described by Kurt Knepper 16 October 2014 this way:

"Here is a picture of the El Moro Elementary "Death Trap".. Do to poor policies every morning cars line up illegally in the No Stopping shoulder to enter the school forcing cyclists on to the roadway.. This morning I watched this cyclist almost get hit twice as cars whizzed by at freeway speeds..
Unfortunately, this area is not patrolled by LBPD, because it's outside of City limits.. Sadly someone will need to die or get hurt, before this death trap is stopped!"   

A related story warns of the Emerald Bay back-up, it was posted one month before the cycling fatality in the exact same location.      -LS

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hit-and-Run Killed Cyclist Crystal Cove Sunday


Hit and Run, DUI, with prior felony record is        ~ SUSPECTED~

"The driver has a prior conviction for driving under the influence and was arrested on multiple charges, including felony DUI, hit and run, narcotics possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said."

Some Complete Streets Policy we have. Caltrans doesn't follow their own directive.

UPDATES:

Corona Del Mar Today: hereComment: "I think this accident could be prevented and this was the fault of Laguna Beach Police and paramedic."

Newport Beach CdM Patch: here.  23yo strikes cyclist.

Newport Beach CdM Patch: here.  Driver is a narcotics counselor.

OC Register has the story here.

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 ,  www.iamtraffic.org

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", Examiner.com.

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)