Cycling Savvy Club Edition this Thursday, August 4 at 6PM

At the Irvine Ranch Water District on Sand Canyon

You’ve heard that the O.C. Wheelmen is one of the most ardent supporters of safe and legal cycling, and featured in the popular bicycling blogs “Cycling in the South Bay” and “Biking in LA“. You’ve also have heard about the recent backlash by cyclists about California’s “far to the right” law and its implications for cyclists.Please join OC Wheelmen Cycling Savvy instructor and experienced road/ultra cyclist Greg Kline on Thursday, August 4, 2016, at 6:00 PM, at the Irvine Ranch Water District on Sand Canyon in Irvine, to learn the facts about your rights and responsibilities while cycling during a free presentation of the popular:

Club version of Cycling Savvy

We guarantee that you will learn something new during this engaging, fast-paced and, more importantly, informative class about safe and legal cycling!

No RSVP or registration required, but please email at lci@ocwheelmen.org or use the email contact form on the OCW website if possible for planning.

It’s not enough to have more cyclists out on the road, all cyclists need to understand their rights and responsibilities while riding on the road!

Anaheim Bicyclists – let ’em hear your voice, starting January 19!

The City of Anaheim invites you to participate in the

Review of the Draft Bicycle Master Plan.

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There will be five separate presentations

Citywide
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 4:30PM
City Hall, Council Chambers 200 S. Anaheim Blvd.

West District
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 7 PM
West Anaheim Youth Center 320 S Beach Blvd Anaheim, CA 92804

Central District
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 7 PM
Downtown Community Center 250 E. Center St.

South District
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7 PM
Ball Jr. High School 1500 W Ball Rd Anaheim, CA 92802

East District
Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7 PM
Canyon Hills Branch Library 400 S. Scout Trail

Or please see the website at:
http://www.anaheim.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=384

Please forward this information to your colleagues and neighbors. If you have any questions, or to request this form in an alternate format or if you require a modification or accommodation to participate in this meeting, please call Pamela Gallera
(714) 765-4463 or TTY (714)765-5125 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.

 

Bicycle Bigotry 0, Bicyclist Advocates 1

Update: the Extension is Open, March 2016

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Looking east on the new SJ Trail extension, toward Ortega Hwy underpass.

Junction of the new San Juan Trail extension at Ave. Siega.

Junction of the new San Juan Trail extension at Ave. Siega.

That’s right. The good guys won this time. Almost immediately after SJ City Council voted to get out of the way, Rancho Mission Viejo paved the final link from the the eastern end of old San Juan Creek bike trail to Reata Road and the new Reata Park.

The trail takes you under Ortega Highway to the Park and Sendero Field.  Bonne Route!

SJCTmap Cycling is fun. It’s good for you. And it should be good for future generations, too, if people would just get out the way.

As an experienced cyclist you know that some motorists resent our being on the road. But did you know America’s bigotry toward bicyclists extends to bike paths, too? Two examples of narrow mindedness confront us today: Peters Canyon Regional Park and the San Juan Creek Trail.

Bigotry as Public Policy

You may have heard about Peters Canyon, how a small bunch of influential residents surrounding that Regional Park are using bogus claims about “safety” and “habitat” to keep a long-planned Class 1 trail from being paved. A trail that would open the park to families and recreational riders unable to use the park’s many rocky dirt trails, to enjoy the peace and respite from the surrounding suburbs. A trail that would complete the Peters Canyon/ Mountains to the Sea Trail and provide commuting alternatives to thousands of Active Transportation users.

The real concern of the Friends of Harbors, Beaches, and Parks Foundation and the Foothills Communities Association is this: No More Visitors to Peters Canyon. At meetings and in conversation their members will admit it, they think the park is “over used” and should be reserved for citizens lucky enough to live around it.

If some parks are too popular the answer is more parkland, not “pull up the drawbridge.”

Publicly funded parks must be optimized for their intended use, not reserved for the exclusive benefit of local residents. That’s Not In My Backyard-ism at its ugliest.

Trouble on the San Juan Trail

The same is happening now to the popular San Juan Creek Trail, which ends now at San Juan City limits. For years the developer of Rancho Mission Viejo has promised to complete this scenic trail to Caspers Wilderness Park, seven miles up Ortega Hwy. The developer has plans drawn and has funded the extension. The problem: the horsey folk in San Juan Capistrano want the trail all for themselves. And they’ve packed the City Council to be sure no paved bike trail ever reaches Caspers Park.

Arguments about “safety” and “crowding” are bogus. The easement is 40 feet across, wide enough for equestrian trail users to be separated and screened from bicyclists. The section in question is only 1,000 feet in length, but it’s crucial because without it bicyclists will be forced out onto Ortega Highway eastbound as it approaches Antonio Parkway.

Fortunately you can turn this tide of ignorance and privilege around: Attend the San Juan Capistrano City Council meeting, Tonight, Dec. 15, 5:00 PM at City Hall.

From the I-5, Ortega Hwy exit,

Turn NORTH on Ortega Highway

Turn LEFT onto Del Obispo Street

Turn LEFT onto Paseo Adelanto.

Murder gets 15 years for killing cyclist in Newport Beach

Neil Storm Stphany, 24, was driving under the influence of heroin when he murdered a bicyclist in a hit-and-run crash in Newport Beach. He was found guilty by a jury of felony murder October 26. Yesterday he received the maximum– 15 years to life– for his crime.

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Addict Stephany has been convicted of murder, his pickup was his weapon.

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Oct 19 of last year, Stephany drove a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, while under the influence of heroin, westbound on PCH in Newport Beach. Just east of Los Trancos he swerved into the bike lane and drove into the back of 30-year-old bicyclist Shaun Eagleson. He then continued into the guardrail and left the scene without stopping.

Witnesses called 911 to report Stephany’s as he drove away from the scene. Paramedics arrived and transported Eagleson to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo where
he later died from his injuries.

Newport Beach Police located and arrested Stephany half an hour later near Newport Center Drive and East Coast Highway. He had a 2011 DUI conviction and in 2013 signed a statement at that time acknowledging that he could be charged with murder if he killed someone while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker successfully prosecuted this case.