Late word is that the police quit counting at 1,200 riders – AWESOME!
More photos here.
Thanks to all who signed up and are riding this morning!
If you’re not signed up – show up anyway and join the 52 mile “unofficial ride”.
With over 600 signed up, meet your new best friends on two wheels for a coastal tour of Newport,Huntington Beach, and Long Beach.
Ride respectfully and safely, and have a great time!
The Newport Beach City Council approved matching funds raised for the Bicycle Safety Improvement Fund at a 3:1 ratio in a unanimous vote last night.
On behalf of all bike riders in the OC, Thank You!
Thanks also to all who showed their support and voiced their concerns, driving the issue to this point. Now the hard work really begins.
The NPB Bike Safety Committee is hard at work crafting a Resource Plan to present to city staff. Problem areas need to be identified and solutions proposed.
Now that the Council has approved matching funds, those of you sitting on the fence before donating to the Bicycle Safety Improvement Fund have no reason to hesitate.
Don’t delay, donate today!
Thanks again to the City Council, the Bicycle Safety Committee, residents of Newport Beach, and cycling supporters from around the County. Will other cities see the light and follow Newport’s lead?
Whether or not you bike in Newport Beach, come to the meeting tonight to voice your support for the Bike Safety Improvement Fund and the offer of a 3:1 match to the fundraising efforts of the Newport Beach Memorial Ride.
If approved, funds raised will be matched, thus leveraging your contribution by a multiple of 3!
Benefits realized through this action will be quick response to identified safety issues throughout the city – and there are plenty of them! With your support through this dedicated fund, issues will not linger and fester due to other funding priorities. This in turn, limits the City from potential liability by acting quickly to remedy serious safety concerns, which provides you, rider or not, the fiscal safety of your City’s budget remaining intact and not at the mercy of the next bicycle rider killed or injured.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. (or 19:00 if you prefer), in the Council Chambers at 3300 Newport Blvd. and the agenda item is last on the list of current business.
Stand up for Safety! Newport Beach is the 3rd deadliest, and 5th most injurious city to ride a bike in Orange County. With the right leadership and community support, it can blossom into a city that’s fiscally stable, and able to handle increased density growth, while at the same time becoming a cycling destination area.
We note and commend the Newport Friends of the Library for raising $187,000 to go along with the Library’s $500,000 expansion and improvements. While we hope innovative and cheerful cycle racks are included, we have to ask, “Can you ride to the Library safely”?
Thanks for your support.