SB-127, The Complete Streets Bill, will require Caltrans to add features such as protected bike lanes when it repairs or repaves local streets. The bill has passed both houses of the state legislature. Now it awaits Governor Newsom’s signature, and Caltrans is asking for a veto.
Please call Governor Newsom’s office at 916-445-2841 or Send an Email asking him to sign SB-172, The Complete Streets Bill.
Making the call or sending an email will only take one or two minutes, and SB-127 will improve bike safety on PCH, Beach Blvd, Newport Blvd, Whittier Blvd, Ortega Hwy, Imperial Hwy, Laguna Cyn Rd, Carbon Cyn Rd and more.
If you have ever been passed dangerously while riding your bike, raise your hand.
Hmmm… everyone is raising their hand.
Riding safely can help. Check the OCBC Education page. In addition, there are two websites where bike riders can report close calls, post videos and hopefully raise public awareness. Both provide maps, so riders as well as community officials can spot trends and perhaps even identify aggressive drivers.
Cyclist Video Evidence says their Incident Management System can help police departments search for repeat offenders and identify hot spots.
Close Call Database says that reporting a close call will make the information available to fellow cyclists and store it for access by law enforcement.
Walk ‘n Rollers will be conducting bicycle safety classes in conjunction with OCTA’s Be Safe Be Seen program. The program will also feature helmet and light distributions and education outreach to pedestrians. The Walk ‘n Rollers website has more information.
Walk ‘n Rollers is seeking LCIs (League Cycling Instructors) to teach the classes. These are paying positions. Check out the schedule and sign up HERE.
Walk ‘n Rollers is also looking for volunteers to help with the helmet and light distributions evenings throughout the summer. Sign up HERE.
Caltrans has announced that Camp Pendleton military operations will close the bicycle route along Old Pacific Highway from State Park to Las Pulgas. The closures will be July 15-19, daily from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
During the dates of restricted access, cyclists may use the I-5 shoulder as an alternate route.
Caltrans usually posts signs at Basillone Road directing cyclists onto the freeway shoulder, so they can avoid the surprise of finding the gate at the bottom of San Onofre Park closed.