About Us

Our mission:

To promote bicycling as an everyday means of transportation and recreation.

The Orange County Bicycle Coalition is a bicycling advocacy organization (501(c)(3) non-profit) for Orange County, California.

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


HISTORY

Commuting 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 member clubs. Beyond that, we speak 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.

Our Board

Executive Director:
Pete van Nuys
(949) 492-5737
Email: petevannuys@cox.net
 

Bill Sellin (Orange)

Rock Kendall (Dana Point)

Jane Rands (Fullerton)

Dan Hazard (Huntington Beach) Dan has advocated for bicycle and pedestrian safety for 15 years. As a co-founder of the City of Huntington Beach Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, he urged the mayor to apply for League of American Bicyclists bike-friendly status, resulting in a bronze award. Dan then planted the seed with the Orange County Transportation Authority, which also earned a bronze rating. When riding, Dan often stops to thank and compliment municipal workers, then sometimes sneaks in a safety improvement request. In his jersey are clippers Dan uses to improve dangerous “line of site” foliage issues, earning him the moniker “Yankee Clipper” – a nod to his New England roots. In early 2021, Dan joined the OCBC Board of Directors on the Infrastructure Committee and has planted more seeds to build stronger ties with cities like Huntington Beach. His focus has been on Class II streets and Class I concerns for the popular multi-modal Huntington Beach beach path.

Brian Cox (Placentia)

Greg Kline (Newport Beach)

Stacy Kline (Newport Beach)

Monica McCarthy (Lake Forest)

Bob Fairfield (Lake Forest)

Mike Wilkinson (Buena Park)

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?” Last December 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.