Bike Blvds in Anaheim?

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. between North St. and Cypress St. to accommodate bike paths. The rest of Lemon and Santa Ana will have sharrows– where cars and bikes share a single lane.

Anaheim Plan

Anaheim Plan

It isn’t really clear, but it appears that there is a runner in the bike lane running against traffic, and if so the position of the rider and runner should be reversed, or the runner could use the sidewalk without putting either at risk.  But this is a great graphic to depict the proposal and initiate comment.

National Bike Challenge Wrap-Up

From the website: “12 million total miles were achieved on the final day of the 2012 National Bike Challenge. What an exciting way to end what has been a great effort by a community of over 30,000 riders!”

Raw Numbers (at the time of this writing):

Rider Goal = 50,000 Achieved = 30,371 Result = -19,629

Mile Goal = 10 million Achieved = 12,003,584 Result = + 2,003,584!

The mileage attained surpassed the stated goal by over 2 million miles with over 19 and a half thousand less riders which is awesome. Breaking it down (miles/riders) it works out to roughly 395 miles per rider – well done!

Here’s the top 10 latest standings:

Top 10 States / Points Top 10 Companies / Points
1 – Vermont      / 337.91
2 – Wisconsin    / 212.97
3 – Nebraska    / 191.92
4 – WashDC      / 67.99
5 – Colorado     / 57.48
6 – Iowa           / 50.23
7 – Pennsylvania/ 30.58
8 – Ohio            / 25.81
9 – Kansas        / 24.48
10 – Indiana      / 24.42
1 Trek Bicycle Corp   / 213198
2 Kimberly-Clark Corporation / 198500
3 Retired / 107212
4 American Electric Power / 63277
5 Ingersoll Rand / 51297
6 Texas Instruments / 49591
7 Oshkosh Corporation /
8 NW Mutual / 42585
9 U of W – Madison / 34139
10 Self Employed / 28807

California wound up in 40th place with 4.85 “points” a far cry from where we started out in May at 28th. Ridership grew to 1,553 riders covering 488,719 miles

Here’s the top 10 standings for the state:
Rank   Name                            Distance         Points – County
  1. Antonio Dimatteo    5,063 miles  – 1864p – Ventura
  2. Ken Walker                  4,645 miles – 1735p – Sacramento
  3. Wayne Stetina            3,307 miles – 1499 p – Orange
  4. William Hunt              3,924 miles – 1492 p – Orange
  5. Jeff Shein                     3,492 miles – 1477 p – Orange
  6. Terry Koberstein      2,810 miles – 1475 p – Alameda
  7. Ben Arguilla                3,568 miles – 1420 p – San Diego
  8. Jeffrey Driskell          3,239 miles – 1404 p – Santa Clara
  9. Greg Kline                    3,492 miles – 1389 p – Orange
  10. Jim Alejandre             3,618 miles – 1376 p – Los Angeles

The County of Orange was well represented, thanks guys!

Thanks to all the riders – see you next May?

Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012

While not taking place in the OC, there will be a conference in Long Beach that might be of interest.

Taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center and at the Promenade, the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012  conference runs from 9/10-9/13 and will cover 100 presentations on six major themes such as:

There is a note on the site that standard registration ends 8/10, but whether prices go up or down from that date is unknown at this time.

In addition to the above, the League of American Bicyclists and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals in partnership with Women on Bikes SoCal and Pro Walk Pro Bike, will be hosting the National Women’s Bicycling Summit starting at 2pm when the PW/PB 2012 conference concludes.

After the Summit, continue to network at the Cycle Chic Fashion Show and after-party. Prices for the Conferences, Summit, and Show are listed at the respective sites but range from $15 — $595.

After attending the events, join the Orange County Bicycle Coalition to leverage your newly honed skills and increased knowledge into quick positive action in your community and county.

RAAM 2012 Done

RAAM 2012 In the Books

All teams have completed the course and are headed home.

Congratulations to all who stepped up to the line in Oceanside for this year’s edition of the Race Across America.

We are sorry for those who were unable to complete this grueling and challenging event, yet you still should stand tall and proud knowing that you gave it your all, and your best effort. Although the fickle finger of fate did not point in your favor this time, the experience you have gained will last forever, and there’s always next year!

Joan Deitchman (<50, CAN) finished just 1 hour ahead of  Janet Christiansen (50+, USA) at which just goes to show what a difference a .04 mph difference across 3,000 miles. Well, OK, 2993.24 to be exact, but what a race those last few miles must have been! It looked like Janet was gaining steady on Joan and was actually predicted to arrive 2 hours before Joan. Maybe there was a mechanical, or Joan poured on the coals during the last few miles to hold Janet at bay.

Well done ladies! We armchair cyclists were on the edge of our armchair saddles watching your progress across the country, along with other exciting duels in the course of the race.

John Williams (of San Clemente Cyclery) and his mixed team (60+, USA), Team Kinema, finished in 8 days, 18 hours, and 48 minutes with an average speed of 14.2 mph. Yay! Proving once again that age is just a number, you’re all an inspiration to Dad’s looking at their bike hanging in the rafters asking, “what if”?

To all the “youngsters” still in school: if you do nothing else in life, you have done this, the toughest cycling race on Earth, and having done it, you now know that there is nothing you can’t do on the bike or off it.

Best of luck in your future endeavors, and perhaps I’ll get to write about one of you setting a new RAAM record soon!

Solo results are here, while the team results are here.

All for now, see you next year?