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.

OCTA Open House for Public Comment – Fare Increase

The OCTA is hosting a series of open houses seeking input from the public regarding a proposed increase to bus fares. Additionally they are conducting an online survey to get your input.

Apparently the state contributes money to run the bus system and the OCTA is obligated to collect  money in a ratio which looks like a minimum of 20% in order to maintain funding from the state as we learn from the OCTA notice:

“OCTA’s bus system is primarily funded by the state and in order to continue receiving this money, the agency is required to collect from passengers a minimum of 20 cents for every dollar spent on bus service. Called “farebox recovery,”  OCTA is in jeopardy of falling below this mark.”

The meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Southwest Senior Center, 2201 W. McFadden Ave. in Santa Ana, accessible by routes 47, 66 and 145
  • Friday, Sept. 21 at the Laguna Hills Community Center, 25555 Alicia Parkway in Laguna Hills, accessible by route 91
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave. in Fullerton, accessible by routes 24, 26 and 43
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2 at St. Anselm’s Cultural Center, 3707 W. Garden Grove Blvd. in Orange, accessible by routes 56 and 57
  • Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Los Alamitos Community Center, 10911 Oak St. in Los Alamitos, accessible by routes 42 and 50

The last fare increase took place in January 2009. Since then, the cost to provide bus service has increased from $98 per service hour to $108.

The proposed fare changes are listed below:

  • Proposed cash fare: $1.50 to $2 (+$0.50 / trip)
  • Proposed day pass: $4 to $5 (+$1.00 / day)
  • Proposed 30-day pass: $55 to $69 (+$14.00 / month, or +.50 a day for a 28 day-month)

Following the public meetings, the OCTA board is expected to vote on the proposed fare increase on Nov. 24. If approved, the changes would take effect Feb. 10, 2013.

Annual Pacific Coast Triathlon

Title: Annual Pacific Coast Triathlon
Location: Crystal Cove State Park
Date: 2012-9-9

The 15th Annual Pacific Coast Triathlon, with the new SuperSprint,Duathlon & Aquathlon will be held at Crystal Cove.

From the website:
Over the years, we have donated over $350,000 to  charities including the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), Boy Scouts, Corona Del Mar & Newport Harbor High Schools, Kiwanis, and other local youth charities. All entries include: Finisher Poster, High Tech T-shirt (1st 600 triathletes), and Trader Joe’s post-race feast.

The bike course will be on PCH – typically one southbound lane is closed for exclusive use for the racers.  This tends to make southbound travel on two wheels “interesting” but it can, and has been done.

Plan accordingly; more details to follow when we get them.

Bike the Bay 2012 – Sold Out

5th Annual ride over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge

Update 8/22/12 – Thanks to your great support, the Bike The Bay 2012 has been sold out! Online registration is closed, but there may be an odd entry or two at the packet pickup. For those that got in, have a great ride!

For those that didn’t, mark your 2013 calendars now as this ride gains in popularity every year and is sure to sell out again next year.

Meet the man behind the Bayshore Bikeway which the course will follow after the bridge.

Registration  Open – Singles:$50-55, Tandems:$96-100. Registration closes 8/25/12
Date: Sunday, August 26, 2012@ 7:00 AM local time

Cruise around the San Diego Bay and enjoy your only opportunity to ride across the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.  While stopping to take pictures is not allowed, there’s nothing that a helmet cam couldn’t capture!

The 25-mile route passes through the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City and finishes at Embarcadero Mariana Park South with a festive celebration with food, entertainment and a Karl Strauss beer garden.

Bike The Bay supports local bicycling and raises funds for the The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition — working to make bicycling better for all in San Diego.

For more information and to register, click the BtB icon above; to view the route map, click the map below.

BTB 2012 Route