OC Bicycle Coalition History

Orange County is located between Los Angeles County and San Diego County in Southern California.


Commuter and recreational bicyclists formed the Orange County Bicycle Coalition (OCBC) in 1991 to promote bicycling as an everyday means of transportation and recreation.

OCBC is explicitly authorized to represent about 2000 Orange County bicyclists who are members of OCBC member clubs. Beyond that, we advocate for all bicyclists, including the poor, the elderly, and children, and for the bicycle industry.

In 1994, OCBC obtained tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code, and has retained that status ever since.

Executive Emeritus:Don Harvey, JD, PhD Executive Director:Pete van Nuys
(949) 492-5737
Secretary: Rock Kendall Treasurer: Monica McCarthy
OCTA Liaison: Brian Cox Director, North County: Jane Rands
Director, Legal Affairs:Rock Kendall  Director, Infrastructure: Bill Sellin
Advocacy, education, refreshments–

find ’em in North Beach, San Clemente

1900 N. El Camino Real, in North Beach San Clemente is the new "clubhouse" for OCBC.

1900 N. El Camino Real, in North Beach San Clemente is the new “clubhouse” for OCBC.

“Free Air, Free Water, Clean Restrooms.”

For 16 years, long before he became Executive Director of Orange County Bicycle Coalition, Pete van Nuys would look at the unused Metrolink building at the north end of town and wonder, “When is someone going to put a bicycle rental business in there?” In 2010  he posed that question to the San Clemente City Manger, who passed it on to the Community Development Director, who sent him a key, and what would become a loooong list of things to do and people to see, not to mention contracts to sign. And in May he got the nod. Every flavor of Gatorade this is. Many coats of paint later this building is welcoming cyclists with cold drinks, energy snacks and, oh yes, ice cream.

Also tubes, tires, tools, mirrors, seat packs, locks…. the stuff you need but sometimes forget on your way down to Las Pulgas.