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Carlsbad Bicycle Committee-First Meeting October 20by San Diego County Bicycle Coalition on Thursday, 22 September 2011 at 09:45Inaugural meeting of the Carlsbad Bicycle Committee. Please join us in making Carlsbad an official LAB Bicycle Friendly Community! Meeting agenda below.Thursday, October 20, 20115:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Carlsbad Senior CenterActivity Room799 Pine AvenueCarlsbad, CA 92008 For more information, please contact:Mick Calarco – (760) 434-2859, or Bryan Jones – (760) 602-2431AGENDA: Introduction -Develop purpose Forming a Carlsbad Bicycle Committee -Membership? -Recruitment? -Committees? -Structure? -Chairperson, Vice Chairperson or Co-Chairperson and scribe? -Board? Potential Goals of the CBC -Focus on Five E’s Engineering, Educations, Encouragement, Enforcement, andEvaluation-Help the City of Carlsbad become the 2nd LAB Bicycle Friendly Community in the San Diego region-Assist the City with reviewing the current Bicycle Master Plan and potentially updating the BMP if determined necessary -Identify ways to positively support, highlight, and promote biking in Carlsbad -Inclusive to all forms of biking -Help Facilitate and Promote May is Bike Month Activities-Bring ideas to the City of Carlsbad and be a sounding board for the City of Carlsbad on bicycle issues -Develop a work plan -Member orientation/training
PacMUle:last time i rode it was last friday, and it was still there and in the same spot... sd_mike, the fence does not block the entrance to the path... hmmmm, how to explain. right as you get off the path, heading south when you go through the parking lot part, the fence separates the path from the lot. which would be fine except that they only left about 3 feet of rideable(sp?) space... the concrete is way munched up, tons of sand & thorns. i almost ran right into it when they first put it up cause i usually dart out into the lot to avoid all the aforementioned crap.... & though my lights are pretty bright i did not see it till i was right on top of it. i have no idea why it is there!?! i will be riding that way tonight & i'll update you guys as to weather its still there or not.
Your request for a traffic signal at this location will be added to our data base, please allow 90 days for the evaluation. You can call Transportation & Storm Water Dept. at (619)533-3126.
The Carlsbad Bicycle Committee will meet for the first time at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20, where it will brainstorm ways to make the city’s streets better for bikes......The inaugural meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Carlsbad Senior Center at 799 Pine Ave. The meeting is open to the public, and cyclists are encouraged to join the discussion.
"Every great bicycling city has one thing in common," she said, "strong politicians who are proactive toward cycling, strong mayors who make pronouncements favoring bicycles."Ollinger sees nobody like that in San Diego.But, she says, the public isn't waiting for government to act. "We've got lots of bicycle-friendly businesses. A place to lock up a bike in front of a shop is a low investment with a huge payoff, she said. "Bikes take up less space than cars and cyclists can be inside enjoying a cup of coffee while a driver is still looking for a parking space. I prefer to go to businesses where I'm catered to.""Politicians are really lagging behind. They should be out in the lead," said Ollinger.Government pronouncements about master plans and studies of bicycle path networks encourage Ollinger but she is tempered by the fact that "San Diego politicians don't say no to anything. They just study it to death. It is hard to get excited about something that is 20 years into the future."
Sam:Oooh!! I got a response,Your request for a traffic signal at this location will be added to our data base, please allow 90 days for the evaluation. You can call Transportation & Storm Water Dept. at (619)533-3126.90 days is a lifetime for red blood cells, I think....
Kathy:Read that MUP carefully, Sam. I don't think it requires the city or Caltrans to build the 1-15 bike path. It only obligates them to consider it. At least that's what I remember from when I read it years ago...I think Caltrans is going to eventually do it, but I'm not sure how good a facility it's going to be. They're still not committed to building connections at the north and south ends that accommodate bicyclists AS bicyclsits. Last designs I saw were 'push the button, use the crosswalk, good luck with the right turning traffic' design similiar to I-15 bike path at Mercy/Scripps Poway Parkway. :\
A driver of a motor vehicle shall not overtake or pass a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a highway at a distance of less than three feet between any part of the motor vehicle and any part of the bicycle or its operator, except that the driver may pass the overtaken bicycle with due care at a distance of less than three feet at a speed not greater than 15 miles per hour, if in compliancewith subdivision (a) [which retains the current language in effect... "a safe distance that does not interfere with the safe operation of the overtaken bicycle"]
I am very disappointed that this practical and prudent legislation was vetoed today by the Governor. By bringing much-need clarity to California’s Vehicle Code, the Three Foot Passing Law would have defined the proper code of conduct as well as the rights and responsibilities of all motorists and bicyclists. Despite this setback, I along with Lance Armstrong and the entire cycling community remain committed to ensuring the safety of everyone traveling on our roads and highways each and everyday.So the Governor of California listened to the California Highway Patrol and vetoed a crucial piece of bike safety legislation. It’s too bad that he doesn’t read Streetsblog or he would know that the California Highway Patrol doesn’t understand basic bike safety laws already on the books, to say nothing of the agency’s understanding of proposed legislation.
To make change in America that's not supported by corporations or the existing power structure (both of which apply to bicycling), you need people in the streets. It's as simple as that. Conferences, summits, meetings with politicians, and new laws will only get you so far.We protested in November 2007 and it worked.We had a small taste of this in Portland after two people died while bicycling within two weeks of each other in October 2007. The community voice after those tragedies was loud and clear. After bombarding City Hall with emails and voicing demands for change online, we went into the streets and into City Hall to demand change. And we got it. Those actions resulted in renewed attention on bike safety measures from PBOT, better relations between the community and the Police Bureau, and more.
mileco:The sharrows on Park next to Balboa aren't working. We were honked at aggressively by two different cars between Zoo Drive and Village Drive...with no traffic in the left lane, and neither vehicle turning right. That's selfish, ignorant behavior. When are we going to educate the public about the exceptions to CVC 21202, and stop with ambiguous signs that people ignore? I'm tired of having a quiet Sunday morning ride ruined by actions like this.SDBC, I'm going to be looking at you to lead this. Bike the Bay and Tour de Fat are preaching to the choir, and do a poor job of helping the individual bike rider gain respect. We need to engage the DMV, CHP, and apply for public service announcements to get any traction. The Move Over law for emergency vehicles and tow trucks got heavy publicity for what amounts to a fraction of a percentage of road users (who are made vulnerable by the nature of their work, I may add). The law (21202) is on the books. PUBLICIZE IT. If you want my donations/contributions/membership, then commit to this openly and forcefully.
wpstoll:Kelly Batten at District 6 told me in March that they would be in by the end of May. At the end of May she told me they would be in by September. Now Jack Straw has taken her place and the learning curve begins once again. I just spoke with him on the phone and he said that striping of the bike lane on Ruffin Rd. between KVR and Aero Drive is now underway after being delayed by a business that objected to the loss of on-street parking.
mileco:SDBC, I'm going to be looking at you to lead this.
wpstoll:Don't confuse San Diego Bicycle Club with San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, two separate and distinct entities with differing agendas.
wpstoll:That's part of my daily commute. Lots of right hooks and drive outs from parking lots. Once had a rabid bro' driving a huge lifted truck chase me around and around the McDonald's at Aero and Murphy Canyon, jumping over the median and plowing through hedges, sending rooster tails of vegetation into the air. Hid in the tire store while he went careening around the parking lot, the smell of burning tires lingering after he gave up and left.New bike lanes will give us some relief from being squeezed into the door zone on Ruffin Rd. The pace of improvements here is glacial; sometimes I wonder if I'll still be living in urban SD by the time things are finally underway. In spite of what Jack Straw at District 6 told me several weeks ago, striping has still not begun here and the reference marks are slowly vanishing. Bureaucratic inertia prevents much real progress, often initiating endless studies that are eventually forgotten before they can be completed.The latest bad news is that CalTrans has ceded control of the sweeping high speed merge from southbound KVR to SR163 south to the City of San Diego. The City has deferred action on this to such a time as a separated class I path can be studied, approved, and funded for the length of KVR between Miramar Rd. and Ruffin Rd., in other words, not in my lifetime. How many more cyclists will be killed here before the intersection can be squared or a separated path can be built remains to be seen.