Safety

‘Idaho stop’ may soon be legal throughout California

From LosAlitosOnline.com

 

A variation of what’s commonly known as the “Idaho stop” – the law that allows bicyclists in that state to treat a stop sign as a yield sign – may soon become legal in California.

The California State Legislature will consider a bipartisan bill, AB 1103, in January that would permit bicyclists to treat stop signs as yields.

But it’s not exactly like the Idaho stop. That law defines the rules for stop signs and red lights slightly differently for a bike than for a motor vehicle. First, a cyclist may treat a stop sign as a yield sign: yield to anyone who has the right of way but not necessarily come to a complete stop. Second, a cyclist may treat a red light as a stop sign: proceed through a red light after coming to a complete stop if the coast is clear. These laws have been in place since 1982. Bicycle collisions decreased by 14.5 percent after they took effect, and today Boise has fewer bike crashes than comparable California cities.

AB 1103 does not include the second part of the Idaho law.

Regardless, every cycling organization I am aware of supports the California bill. However, there also is a lot of organized opposition to it.

The intent of the law is to allow a cyclist to clear an intersection more quickly, increasing his or her safety and facilitating smooth motor vehicle flow, by acknowledging the physical differences between riding a bike and driving a car. The counterarguments are fairness (cyclists should follow the same rules as everyone else) and safety (fear that cyclists will use the law as an excuse for blowing through intersections dangerously).

 

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Bike Index – Bicycle Registration

HELP US FIGHT BICYCLE THEFT—REGISTER YOUR BIKE.

The Bike Index makes stolen bikes harder to sell and easier to recover by making sure important information about your bike is there when you need it the most.

 

The process is simple, secure, and free. Learn more or register your bike now.

 

So far we’ve registered 100,183 bikes and recovered 3,463 stolen bikes.

 

 

 

HOW IT WORKS

It’s simple: we offer an easy and efficient way to store and update important identifying information about your bike.

 

In the unfortunate event that your bike is stolen, you can harness the power of our network to help get it back. Registering with Bike Index ensures that law enforcement, bike shops, individuals, and everyone in between has the information they need to help reunite you with your bike.

 

Bike Index is the most widely used bicycle registration service in the world. We strive to be the best resource in the fight against bicycle theft.

 

 

 

ABOUT BIKE INDEX

 

Cofounded by Seth Herr and Bryan Hance in 2014, Bike Index is the nation’s largest and most successful bicycle registration and recovery service with over 100,000 catalogued bikes, 75,000 registered riders, 320 community partners and 3,200 confirmed recoveries to date.

 

Seth, a bike mechanic, conceived Bike Index as a universal bicycle registry for his customers and the cyclists of Chicago.

 

Bryan, creator of StolenBikeRegistry.com, developed a bicycle recovery resource leveraging community-driven tools and engagement to produce successful claims dating back to 2004.

 

Merging the two services in 2014, Seth and Bryan created a system that is the culmination of over 20 years of combined experience creating modern, innovative platforms designed to equip the cycling community with the necessary tools to secure their equipment against theft.

 

Simple. Efficient. Effective.

 

Bike Index. It’s bike registration that works.

 

 

REGISTER YOUR BIKE

 

 

Long Beach – Beach Streets

Beach Streets Midtown

Saturday, November 12, 2016

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

Beach Streets is an Open Streets event designed to showcase businesses & neighborhoods. For a single day, we close a major traffic corridor to cars & open the street to people walking & bicycling. The event attracts local residents & visitors from across the region to explore & discover the area at a slower “foot-traffic” pace. Previous Beach Streets events have attracted more than 40,000 people!!

  • Participants of all ages will enjoy family-friendly entertainment at festival hubs along the route, including MacArthur Park & Recreation Festival
  • Opportunity for participants to discover local businesses & services. Try a new restaurant. Explore a new retail store. Find a business service that suits your needs.
  • Suggested modes of transportation along the route include: Walking, bicycles, wheelchairs, skates, rollerblades, skateboards, etc… Basically anything without a motor (officially marked means of transportation for those with disabilities excepted).
  • The event route is free of vehicle traffic & parked cars, no cars on the street!

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Bike The Vote L.A. Voter Guide – 2016 California General Election

In April of this year, our members researched, sent questionnaires out, and reviewed candidates for State and County offices, making a series of endorsements for candidates that will help to move L.A. forward in providing better mobility options. Many of our endorsements and recommendations made it through the Primary and now face a challenge in an important General Election that unfortunately is overshadowed by an insane Presidential race.

The California General Election also sees a long list of State Propositions and local Ballot Measures for voters to decide on. A group of our members met to review and discuss decisions facing L.A. Voters. Please see below for our endorsements and #BikeTheVote on November 8th!

 

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Metro approves $4.14 million for more open streets events like CicLAvia

Every couple of weeks, cars that usually clog the streets of Southern California are replaced with residents on bikes — and now, folks will have more chances to participate. Metro announced Monday that it’s setting aside over $4 million to fund 17 open streets events, like CicLAvia, across Los Angeles County.

The purpose is to get people out of their cars and onto another form of transportation, Metro spokesman Dave Sotero told KPCC.

“They may be riding these streets for the very first time. Because unless there’s a bike lane on a particular street, these streets are taken up by automobiles on a daily basis,” he said.

Metro already funds the biggest open streets program in the country, he added.  This would be the second round of events that they’ve backed. The first round funded 10 events that covered a total 68 miles.

While giving Angelenos an opportunity to see the city through a new lens, Sotero said, the decision to provide these funds also tries to address some of the congestion and pollution that the city faces.

Whether the increase in these events tangibly alleviates pollution numbers is unknown — but it does boost ridership on local light rail trains and buses.

During previous open streets events, ridership has increased an average of 10 percent, according to Sotero. They’ve also seen a slight surge in the sales of single and 30-day passes when the streets are car-free.

“We do see a tangible benefit from introducing open streets that connect well with the transit system within the county,” he said.

The new events are set to happen by December 2018 in West Hollywood, Glendale, Whittier, San Pedro and other communities. Here’s a map of all the planned events:

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Next Time You’re In Colorado, Check Out The I-70 Bike Path

You can now bike from DIA to Glenwood Springs

You can’t take your luggage with you, and you’ll probably need to take several breaks in between, but cyclists are now able to bike from DIA to Glenwood Springs without ever touching the highway.

The last portion of the I-70 Bike Path opened Wednesday, linking the Genesee Park interchange to Evergreen Parkway.

Up until now, cyclists wanting to travel the 150-mile stretch had to share the right shoulder of the interstate with cars whizzing by on their way to the mountains.

“Safety was the primary impetus for building this trail,” CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt said. “Taking a bicyclist off the interstate system will enhance safety, not just for the cyclist, but for motorists as well.”

The concrete trail repurposes old highways and frontage roads to form one long scenic route.

CDOT resident engineer Kevin Brown helped design the trail and has already been frequenting the route himself.

“My wife and I live right in the neighborhood, and we’ve already been test riding it. It gives us a nice safe, pleasant ride,” he said.

The $2.4 million section of trail took about a year to complete, and includes a 120-foot bridge over the buffalo crossing.

Jefferson County, the City of Denver and the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation collaborated with CDOT to make the path possible.

 

Read more at 9news.com

Metro’s first bike-only on-ramp to San Gabriel River bike path

The paved bikeway plunges into the buckwheat-and-sage-scrub-covered spreading grounds of the San Gabriel River, projecting an unobstructed view of the San Gabriel Mountains beyond the curved, concrete spillway of the Santa Fe Dam.

But the spectacular views are not the new bike path’s only firsts.

The 1.1-mile, $1 million path is the first bike-only on-ramp to the existing 28-mile San Gabriel River bike path stretching north-to-south between the mountains and Long Beach.

It’s also the first car-less bicycle-train connection in Los Angeles County, joining bike rider with train rider at the Metro Gold Line Duarte/City of Hope Station on Duarte Road and Highland Avenue.

“Connecting the Metro Gold Line to 28 miles of the San Gabriel River Bike Trail: that in and of itself is an accomplishment,” said county Supervisor Hilda Solis on Thursday at the trail’s grand opening.

In truth, the bike trail is only half completed. The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation say the first section of the trail from the Gold Line station to the river area is scheduled for completion in 2021, at the earliest.

Also, there are no signs pointing to the new bike path. Train passengers have to walk their bikes across a busy section of Duarte Road, then find the unmarked, decomposed granite trail that leads northward to the new paved bike trail that cuts across the river grounds.

This first phase of the new bike path took 11 years to complete.

The process began in 2005 with the city of Duarte City Council asking and receiving in 2007 a $460,000 grant from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency (Metro), said Karen Herrera, Duarte deputy city manager.

But the city is trying to complete the trail from Duarte Road, along the City of Hope auxiliary parking lot that will connect to the paved bike trail, Herrera said.

Some say the county’s stated goal of building more protected bike lanes is moving at a snail’s pace, slower than other cities.

“We need to get faster,” said Wes Reutimann, executive director of Bike San Gabriel Valley, who pointed out New York City has committed to building 15 miles of protected bicycle lanes in 2016.

Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who did not appear at the ribbon-cutting, sent his chief of staff Kathryn Barger, who is running for his spot in November. Barger agreed that 11 years is too long to build a 1 mile bike path without a true connection to the Gold Line station and with no signs pointing the way.

“We want to work with City of Hope to getting better connectivity right here. You want it to be accessible. You want people to know where it is,” she said.

Delays have come from many sources, Herrera said.

First, the project was stopped in June when a California gnatcatcher was discovered on the spreading grounds. The endangered bird species requires that habitat is not destroyed and any work must wait until after breeding season.

Second, the Army Corps of Engineers was concerned about putting a bikeway through a flood zone and moved very slowly. “The Corps was very concerned about safety and maintaining their flood infrastructure. That’s been the holdup,” said Zach Likins with the county Department of Parks and Recreation.

This is only the second crossing of the San Gabriel River connecting walkers and bikers to the San Gabriel River Bike Trail. The other is north of Huntington Drive on the Puente Largo Bridge, Herrera said.

Duarte is trying to add sidewalks to the south side of Duarte Road to make it easier to ride a bike to the decomposed granite trail. That project will cost $21,000, she said.

We All Scream for Ice Cream Ride & Walk

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, join C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange) and Los Angeles Walks for our 2nd Annual “We All Scream for Ice Cream,” a family-friendly bicycle ride and walk around East Hollywood sponsored by Metro’s Safe Routes to School Pilot Program. Scoops Ice Cream will be our final destination. Like last year, we’ll enjoy a famous Scoops discount for their delicious ice cream with fun flavors like Banana Oreo, Root Bear, and Peanut Butter!

This safe and fun community bicycle ride and walk is appropriate for bicycle riders, walkers, skaters, scooter and skateboard riders of all ages and experience levels and is led by trained Ride/Walk Leaders. Please bring a bike and helmet for the ride. If joining the ride, participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian.

Where: Scoops Ice Cream, 712 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles
Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., we will leave promptly at 11:00 a.m.
Distances: Bike 1, 3, or 5 miles; Walk 1 or 2 miles

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Mark Your Calendars – CicLAvia – Heart of LA

CicLAvia catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets.

October 16, 2016

CicLAvia heads back to it’s anniversary route through the Heart of LA on October 16 as Boyle Heights, Chinatown, DTLA, and Westlake will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for October 16:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 4 PM
  • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles.
  • CicLAvia is not a race! There’s no starting point or finish line – begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out some more safety tips.

Questions or Concerns

General event information: please contact CicLAvia at 213.355.8500 or info@ciclavia.org

For concerns regarding the street closure permit, please reach out to the City of Los Angeles: 213.847.6000

 

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