Archive for June 28, 2009

Fliers call for drivers to blockade Sunrise Century cyclists

I found this article posted on cicle.org disturbing — to say the least. What do you think and what do you think Colorado cyclists should do?

Anti-Bicycle Flier

Anti-Bicycle Flier

Published July 16, 2009 by DailyCamera.com
By Heath Urie

BOULDER, Colo. — Tensions between drivers and bicyclists in rural Boulder County have reached a new level, with fliers circulating in mountain neighborhoods asking drivers to blockade next month’s Sunrise Century ride.

Link to Sunrise Century Flier

The fliers — which started appearing in mountain communities last week, a few days after a Boulder driver was ticketed on suspicion of endangering a cyclist on Lee Hill Road — ask residents along the route of the 100-mile annual cycling event to block the return leg of the ride.

“On July 25, in celebration of driver’s rights, many cars will use the Left Hand Canyon Road, drive slowly and many may break down unexpectedly, blocking areas to the cyclists on the return leg of the ‘Sunrise Century,’” the anonymous, one-page note reads. “Many cars and safe drivers all working together can send a message to the Statehouse to restrict cycling on our roads which are our only alternatives during family emergencies, commuting and required duties.”

David Flores, 46, an avid cyclist who lives near Lee Hill and Left Hand Canyon drives, said he and his neighbors found the fliers stuffed in their mailboxes Thursday.

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Ride to the Beach Saturday June 27th

From Doug Short:

The ride to the beach is an annual fun ride the club has done for several years. This is an UNSUPPORTED ride, so make sure you have spare tubes, C02 or a pump and a little money for food, water…etc. The idea is to ride from the Antelope Valley to Ventura and have a BBQ at the beach. We also have a ride that begins and ends at San Buenaventura State Beach for those who want a shorter ride or can’t get picked up. Everyone is responsible for there own ride home, so have friends or family meet you (or do the ride from the beach). You can also buddy up with others who are riding and have transportation (one year we had riders who each rode half the distance and took turns driving the vehicle). The High Desert Cyclists bike club is picking up the tab for the BBQ and everyone who participates is welcome (that includes family and friends meeting riders). Bring folding chairs so there will be enough places to sit (not on your bike…with those picking you up).

Here is the info and times:

-First meeting point is Marie Kerr Park (Rancho Vista & 30th St West in Palmdale) The group will leave at 6:00 am so be about 10 minutes early. The group will stop in Santa Clarita at the Wal Mart off Copperhill Rd (just north of Newhall Ranch Rd – 27931 Kelly Johnson Pky, Santa Clarita) for a rest stop and to pick up riders doing the shorter distance. The total distance from Palmdale to Ventura is approximately 82 miles (from map so +/- a couple of miles).

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Katz N Jammers Ride on Saturday

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2009

Time: 7:00 am

Start: Sierra Hwy at Ave J

Route: From Ave J on the Sierra Hwy Bike Trail to Katz N Jammers on Poncitlan Square in Palmdale and back.

Parking: There is a parking lot across Ave J where you can park your car.

This will be a comfortable pace ride on the Sierra Bike Trail to a lovely breakfast, brunch, or lunch (if you prefer) at the Katz N Jammers cafe restaurant. They even serve burgers in the morning if you don’t want to eat breakfast.

Please join us for the fun and camaraderie!

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LA City Big Bike Meeting Wednesday June 17th

From the LA Bicycle Coalition:

The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee will be having a meeting dedicated to bicycle issues on Wednesday, June 17th, 8:00 am at LA City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Room 1050.

Please arrive early at 7:45 am.

The three most important issues are:

1) LA BIKE PLAN – make some specific public comments about the Bike Plan. Go to www.labikeplan.org for more info.

2) LAPD report related to the incidents between motorists and cyclists (related to the incident where the Hummer ran over cyclists).

3) LA Bike License Revival – make public comments to oppose this ineffective and unnecessary proposal.

Other items are listed here: http://la.streetsblog.org/2009/06/12/early-wednesday-morning-transportation-committee-has-full-bike-agenda/.

Show up at 7:45am to ensure that you get to make public comments. Even if you can talk about your experience as a cyclist, the more diverse and united voices the better. Even if you just want to check it out, please come!

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Oberstar Will Outline Transportation Bill

Congressman Jim Oberstar, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, will release a white paper this week to outline plans for the new surface transportation authorization bill.

The news conference is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17, at 11:00 a.m (10:00 a.m. Central). The event will be held in Room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The news conference will also be webcast live on the Committee’s website .

The authorization bill is currently being drafted and will replace the current authorization, SAFETEA-LU, which is due to expire on September 30. Oberstar has promised that the new authorization will transform the way the federal government invests highway, safety, and transit funds.

Congressman Oberstar is a member of the Congressional Bike Caucus.

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Bicycle Safety!!

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