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  • Ride of Silence – join us in Irvine and San Clemente
    March 4, 2014 | 3:23 am

    Ride of Silence

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 6:30pm City of Irvine City Hall in Irvine, California = or =  San Clemente to Dana Point Wednesday at 6:30pm Join bicyclists across America who take time to remember fellow riders killed or injured on the nation’s highways. A slow easy ride in silence with opportunity to [...]

  • OC Tour de Cure 2012
    September 24, 2012 | 9:31 am

    As one of 83 cycling events in 43 states for diabetes, join over 250 riders as the OC Tour de Cure takes place this Saturday 9/29/12 in Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel. The fundraiser supports nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes through the American Diabetes Association.

    There are 3 road and mountain routes to choose [...]

  • 2012 OC Gran Fondo
    September 23, 2012 | 8:51 am

    If you missed riding in The Tour, the Olympics, or even if you rode both, stretch your legs at a fundraiser on one of the 4 routes offered at the 2012 OC Gran Fondo. While primarily a fundraiser for  “Be A Hero Become A Donor” foundation (BAHBAD) and St. John Neumann Youth Ministry, there’s [...]

  • Road and Trail Closures in South County on 9/23/12
    September 21, 2012 | 5:40 am

    As a public safety message reminder from yesterday’s OC Register regarding road closures in the south county:

    The following roads and trails will be closed to the public between the hours of 06:00 thru 13:00:

    San Juan Creek Bike Trail  – closed between Doheny State Beach and Calle Arroyo La Novia Avenue  – closed between [...]

  • Bike Blvds in Anaheim?
    September 14, 2012 | 9:42 am

    The City of Anaheim is proposing Bicycle Boulevards on Lemon and Santa Ana Streets and want your feedback at an OPEN HOUSE Saturday, September 22, 2012  from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Pearson Park Amphitheatre Patio 401 Lemon Street, Anaheim, CA 92805.

    The proposal includes removing the north bound traffic lane on Lemon St. [...]

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Harkey Hates Bicyclists – update AB738 still in Judiciary

One of the most anti-bicyclist bills in history was introduced 2 weeks ago by Orange County’s own Diane Harkey.  AB738 absolves cities and all irresponsible employees thereof for all liability for death or injury to a bicyclists resulting from poor road maintenance, faulty engineering, and plain old bad design of “bicycle facilities.” And all a city would have to do to enjoy this blanket immunity would be to paint a bike lane on that roadway, any bike lane no matter how short or bad.

No wonder. Harkey is from Dana Point, a city that sees all bicycles as toys and all bicyclists as children who must be protected at all cost, no matter how dangerous or ridiculous that protection actually is. DP is the city that brought you the “cattle chute,” the substandard width multi-user trail between Palisades and Camino Capistrano, a so-called “Class 1 Bike Trail” populated by stroller pushers, dog walkers, brain-dead runners, and walkers with-their-backs-to-you and iPods shoved in their ears. Mix in a few high-speed peletons and you’ve set the stage for bloody head-on collisions or worse. We’re still waiting for the first peleton to roll into a double-wide stroller carrying infant twins!

But that’s not all DP is famous for: consider the wandering “buffered” bike lanes north of town , sand bag laden debris collectors, seldom swept, that move in and out from the curb giving motorists no clue of where they’ll be when they pass. “Is that cyclist moving left with the lane or will she continue across my path into the left turn pocket?  Who cares, she doesn’t belong on the road anyway.”

Or so Diane Harkey must feel. For AB738 singles out bicyclists among all other road users, and would deny us alone of our right to sue for damage or injury for these and other irresponsible installations.

YOU MUST HELP KILL THIS BILL

We’ve watched, dumbfounded, as it moved through the legislature. Surly common sense would prevail. But no. At this writing it has proceeded to the Judiciary Committee.

PLEASE WRITE OR CALL DIANE HARKEY’S OFFICE NOW

District Office

  • » Steven La Motte – Senior Field Representative
  • » Bill Brough – Chief of Staff
  • » Jody Vaughn – District Director

29122 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite #111
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 347-7301
(949) 347-7302 fax

Capitol Office

  • » Gino Folchi – Capitol Director
  • » Andrew McElhinney – Legislative Director
  • » Allison Wescott – Legislative Aide

State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 94249
(916) 319-2073
(916) 319-2173 fax

Tell them you bicycle and you vote in Orange County. And ask them why bicyclists alone deserve such blatant discrimination.

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