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    sd_mike:Some local "advocacy"... Sent in some road fix requests...

    You guys might have already discussed this, but I missed it. What's the website to submit road fix requests?

    Thanks!
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2012
     
    <blockquote><cite> deprotinator:</cite><blockquote><cite> sd_mike:</cite>Some local "advocacy"... Sent in some road fix requests... </blockquote> You guys might have already discussed this, but I missed it. What's the website to submit road fix requests? Thanks!</blockquote> You can always find this information for all SD County cities at <a href="http://www.sdcbc.org">sdcbc.org</a> Click on <strong>Bicycle Resources</strong> at the top, and then on Fix My Street/<strong>Learn More</strong>
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      CommentAuthorGeoff
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2012
     
    San Diego Port Commissioner Scott Peters steals my bike at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the latest portion of the Bayshore Bikeway.
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2012
     
    Political grandstanding. At least this is an indicator that cycling is becoming a positive symbol of political engagement. I still don't trust Peters after his involvement in the Mission Beach "Reichstag Riot" plot of Labor Day 2007 along with fellow councilman Kevin "Hermann Goering" Faulconer that ended responsible beach users' freedom to have a beer on the beach countywide.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2012 edited
     
    Bringing legislation at the beaches in MB and PB in line with that of the vast majority of public beaches elsewhere in the state (and nation) was the best thing ever to happen to my neighborhood.
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2012
     
    Sigurd:Bringing legislation at the beaches in MB and PB in line with that of the vast majority of public beaches elsewhere in the state (and nation) was the best thing ever to happen to my neighborhood.
    I have to agree. On all the major beach holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day) Ocean Beach went from a total drunken belligerent pisshole to a semi-respectable but crowded day at the beach. Not for everyone but at least there was no more the liquor ice luge inspired WWF free for alls. Let's not even forget the day after scene commonly found. I'm pretty sure this is Pacific Beach July 5th 2006.



    Having lived in OB for 10 years and loving my beach I was pretty excited this law passed. Responsible beer drinkers can still enjoy a beer at the beach (as I still do) but at least the high holiday beach massacres were put to an end.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2012
     
    The pig fight between the VC and facilities people is well illustrated here:

    http://www.copenhagenize.com/2010/07/vehicular-cyclists-secret-sect.html

    I asked a leading American bicycle advocate about vehicular cycling and he said, "They have had around 35 years to prove that it works. They haven't be able to. It's time to shelve the idea."

    http://www.velorambler.com/2012/03/23/copenhagenize-cult-leader/

    Do advocates for separated bicycle facilities believe in fairies, trolls and ogres? I can’t confirm they do, but there are strong indications.They can’t be convinced by facts, since their religion depends upon believing unsupported theories that they take on faith. But since the majority believes in these myths, they have to be true, right? So the author of Copenhagenize.com can lambast and ridicule vehicular cycling without fear of reprisals. The other zealots in his religion are incredulous that anyone would believe the safety and effectiveness of vehicular cycling.

    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2012 edited
     
    wpstoll:Political grandstanding. At least this is an indicator that cycling is becoming a positive symbol of political engagement. I still don't trust Peters after his involvement in the Mission Beach "Reichstag Riot" plot of Labor Day 2007 along with fellow councilman Kevin "Hermann Goering" Faulconer that ended responsible beach users' freedom to have a beer on the beach countywide.


    Electra Bicycles provided bikes for the dignitaries to ride in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Mileco's bike looked great parked next to the line up, but that's why Peter's grabbed for the ride through the ribbon.



    That's him right behind Gordy Shields.
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
     
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
     
    <blockquote><cite> bikingbill:</cite>The pig fight between the VC and facilities people is well illustrated here:
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    <em>I asked a leading American bicycle advocate about vehicular cycling and he said, "They have had around 35 years to prove that it works. They haven't be able to. It's time to shelve the idea."</em>
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    <em>Do advocates for separated bicycle facilities believe in fairies, trolls and ogres? I can’t confirm they do, but there are strong indications.They can’t be convinced by facts, since their religion depends upon believing unsupported theories that they take on faith. But since the majority believes in these myths, they have to be true, right? So the author of Copenhagenize.com can lambast and ridicule vehicular cycling without fear of reprisals. The other zealots in his religion are incredulous that anyone would believe the safety and effectiveness of vehicular cycling.</em> </blockquote> That's tripe on copenhagenize based on misunderstanding and misrepresentation, and a good piece from velorambler. On related news, the effort to distance ourselves from the <i>vehicular cycling</i> term (and "VC") - largely because it carries a lot of baggage and seems to create more confusion than convey anything useful - seems to be growing. For example, the term is not using by the <a href="http://cyclingsavvy.org/">Cycling Savvy</a> folks. What to use instead? <strong>Bicycle driving.</strong> See also: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/cyclistsaredrivers/">Cyclists are Drivers!</a> on Facebook.
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
     
    Scott Peters is a bike thief? :face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
     
    Fighting a far to the right (FTR) ticket, successfully:

    http://douglasmorgan.typepad.com/two_wheeling/2010/01/index.html
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2012
     
    Our friend Andrea Garland, now living in Virginia, presenting during the National Women's Cycling Forum at the National Bike Summit last month in Washington DC

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bikeleague/6883877474/in/photostream/
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2012 edited
     
    Wow. Andrea Garland sitting right next to Marla Streb (former pro-mtb racer)
    National Women Cycling Forum
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
     
    This would be true except history has shown that, in high demand areas, auto traffic always fills the roadway capacity available to it unless there is a charge high enough to discourage only those who really need it and can afford it.

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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2012
     
    An analysis of California's 3-foot passing law, SB 1464, is being
    prepared in the Senate Transportation & Housing Committee today.

    http://calbike.org/advocacy/safe-passing/
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2012
     
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      CommentAuthorPacMUle
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2012
     
    :face-crying:
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2012
     
    bikingbill:http://bikinginla.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/breaking-news-l-a-cyclist-seriously-injured-in-dtla-road-rage-attack/

    words fail to express my rage adequately
    That's really more for the news than advocacy.

    Also, more up to date information:

    http://bikinginla.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/lapd-never-responded-to-susanna-schick-road-rage-assault-and-arent-sure-it-was-one/
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2012
     
    Let's move this to news then.
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2012 edited
     
    (deleted - wrong thread)
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2012
     
    Small Steps by Bob Mionske
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2012
     
    Not sure if this is the right thread for this so feel free to move.

    I started using a helmet cam 3 weeks ago. Got it for some other purpose at work but figured I might as well slap it on my helmet and film my ride. It has been fun and my kids get a kick out of seeing what I do on my bike.

    Now I managed to "catch" a couple of bonehead to illegal moves by cars and other cyclists and I am wondering what to do about it.

    There is the regular motorcycle in the bike lane, one of them actually buzzing a cyclist in front of me because there was not enough room. I got two people who felt they had to cross the double yellow and break the speed limit in the construction zone on the 101 bridge out of Del Mar. Mind you, I was taking the lane and doing 30mph, five over limit already. It was clearly a demonstration of power. Captured a couple of near misses from left and right hooks and who knows what else I will film in the future.

    So the question is, what do I do with this footage? I have not been able to find an email address or web forms with file submission to report these incidents with copies of the video to police.

    They will most likely not issue a ticket but maybe send out a warning to the drivers in question? Or am I too optimistic and should just keep this to myself and only use it when something really happens?
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      CommentAuthorPacMUle
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2012
     
    billd:Small Steps by Bob Mionske

    now that is news i like to hear!
    • CommentAuthorsd_mike
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2012
     
    Get the plates - report them to the police - especially the motorcycle.
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2012
     
    sd_mike:Get the plates - report them to the police - especially the motorcycle.


    I have them on film, plates and all. Where can I email or upload it to the PD was my question?
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    Posted to "Wearable Camera" thread. There are some great videos there from the UK posted by other forum members.
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      CommentAuthorGeoff
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2012
     
    Make a copy onto a disc/thumbdrive you are willing to part with, contact PD Traffic Unit, ask to speak with supervisor, and schedule appointment to meet and file report. If you get the run-around, contact PD Public Affairs Officer and a shift supervisor for the time of day the incident occurred.
    • CommentAuthordstone
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2012
     
    Respect between cyclists, drivers a 2-way street.

    A level-headed reaction to the recent bike-pedestrian collision in the Castro that caused the pedestrian's death.
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2012
     
    I would post the video on youtube or vimeo, then call the appropriate PD that has jurisdiction in the area, and tell them what you have, and ask if they want to see it. If they do, ask for an email or text phone number and send them the link.

    If you get no satisfaction there, then see if one of the news station will get interested on a slow news day.
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012
     
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012
     
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012
     
    It's almost as if we have surrendered to OPEC princes and accept our lot that we must pay weekly tribute.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012
     
    wpstoll:It's almost as if we have surrendered to OPEC princes and accept our lot that we must pay weekly tribute.


    We had 40 years to do something about it.

    Note: taking the solar panels off the white house in 1981 was NOT doing something about it.
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    Not sure which thread to put this, so I chose here. If the moderators want to move it somewhere more appropriate, that's fine with me. I emailed District 1's council woman (Sherri Lightner) asking about connecting Roselle St. and Genesee to provide a safe bike route between Sorrento Valley and UTC. I know, I know. There's already a designated route, but it's on the shoulders of I-5 where there's a lot of high speed merging traffic which scares me - a novice to all this two-wheeled nonsense. Some of you guys have mentioned a dirt road (utility road?) between Roselle and Eastgate Mall that can be biked. I suggested paving that road as an option to create this more bike-friendly path in my email. Here's the response from her office. Just wanted to share the info. Not sure if you guys are already aware of these plans or not, but maybe this helps.

    Thank you for your email to Councilmember Lightner about bike access between Sorrento Valley and Genesee. Sherri knows the danger for bicycles on this stretch of road, which is why since taking office she's been working to facilitate a bicycle connection between Sorrento Valley and Genesee. The good news is that we are moving forward with Caltrans on a project to improve the Genesee/I-5 intersection interchange. This project will also add Class I bike lanes north and south between Roselle Street and Genesee Avenue. This project is a top priority for Sherri and she has been pushing for it to be started. The current timeline project ground breaking by the end of this year (2012).

    In addition, as you may know, the Coastal Rail Trail project will establish a bicycle corridor between Oceanside and downtown San Diego. Councilmember Lightner has been working with City staff on the portion of the trail between Sorrento Valley Road and the existing Rose Canyon Bicycle Path. This portion of the trail is especially important because it facilitates access to jobs centers in the Golden Triangle and at UC San Diego, as well as establishing a link to the Sorrento Valley Coaster station.

    Based on input from the community, the next step we will take on the Coastal Rail Trail is to form a task force and have a public input process to discuss options for the Coastal Rail Trail in this area.

    Best,

    Jesse Mays
    Council Representative
    Office of Councilmember Sherri S. Lightner First District, City of San Diego
    202 C Street, MS 10A
    San Diego, CA 92101
    jmays@sandiego.gov
    P: (619) 236-7294
    F: (619) 236-6999
    www.sandiego.gov/cd1
    • CommentAuthordstone
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2012
     
    It's the little things that make a difference in the bicycle culture in a given city (via BikePGH).
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2012
     
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012
     
    Good old Thomas K. Arnold! Haven't heard from nor seen him since the OP days, but he was certainly a regular at all the punk shows 30 years ago!
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012 edited
     
    Gilbreth memorial ride

    IMG03068-20120425-1632.jpg
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    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012
     
    California Senate Transportation Committee approves 3-foot bill 8-0.

    http://calbike.org/3-foot-passing-bill-gets-unanimous-yes-vote/
    • CommentAuthorgavilan
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2012 edited
     
    deprotinator:Not sure which thread to put this, so I chose here. If the moderators want to move it somewhere more appropriate, that's fine with me. I emailed District 1's council woman (Sherri Lightner) asking about connecting Roselle St. and Genesee to provide a safe bike route between Sorrento Valley and UTC. I know, I know. There's already a designated route, but it's on the shoulders of I-5 where there's a lot of high speed merging traffic which scares me - a novice to all this two-wheeled nonsense. Some of you guys have mentioned a dirt road (utility road?) between Roselle and Eastgate Mall that can be biked. I suggested paving that road as an option to create this more bike-friendly path in my email. Here's the response from her office. Just wanted to share the info. Not sure if you guys are already aware of these plans or not, but maybe this helps.

    Thank you for your email to Councilmember Lightner about bike access between Sorrento Valley and Genesee. Sherri knows the danger for bicycles on this stretch of road, which is why since taking office she's been working to facilitate a bicycle connection between Sorrento Valley and Genesee. The good news is that we are moving forward with Caltrans on a project to improve the Genesee/I-5 intersection interchange. This project will also add Class I bike lanes north and south between Roselle Street and Genesee Avenue. This project is a top priority for Sherri and she has been pushing for it to be started. The current timeline project ground breaking by the end of this year (2012).

    In addition, as you may know, the Coastal Rail Trail project will establish a bicycle corridor between Oceanside and downtown San Diego. Councilmember Lightner has been working with City staff on the portion of the trail between Sorrento Valley Road and the existing Rose Canyon Bicycle Path. This portion of the trail is especially important because it facilitates access to jobs centers in the Golden Triangle and at UC San Diego, as well as establishing a link to the Sorrento Valley Coaster station.

    Based on input from the community, the next step we will take on the Coastal Rail Trail is to form a task force and have a public input process to discuss options for the Coastal Rail Trail in this area.

    Best,

    Jesse Mays
    Council Representative
    Office of Councilmember Sherri S. Lightner First District, City of San Diego
    202 C Street, MS 10A
    San Diego, CA 92101
    jmays@sandiego.gov
    P: (619) 236-7294
    F: (619) 236-6999
    www.sandiego.gov/cd1


    I know some people really enjoy riding the dirt so it will be a bit of a bummer if the path is actually paved... but I guess the greater good trumps any personal preferences. I agree that riding on the shoulder of the 5 sucks big time.
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2012
     
    I have absolutely no problem with riding the shoulder on I-5. I believe it to be safer than most surface streets because there is no cross traffic or turns where a cyclist can be right hooked or left crossed.

    That fire road may well be too steep in places to pave.
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2012
     
    wpstoll:I have absolutely no problem with riding the shoulder on I-5. I believe it to be safer than most surface streets because there is no cross traffic or turns where a cyclist can be right hooked or left crossed.

    That fire road may well be too steep in places to pave.


    The proposed alignment for the Coastal Rail Trail along the graded utility access road from Roselle to Eastgate Mall is indeed steep at the top, but none of the engineering studies done so far have indicated it can't be paved. Paving it will make it accessible to more cyclists. For those of you using the I-5 shoulder to Genesee to get to UCSD and other points west, Caltrans is proposing to build a bike path on the west side of the freeway as part of the planned I-5 widening. This path could go all the way through to Voigt Dr.
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2012
     
    Blaming the Victims By Bob Mionske
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    For those of you using the I-5 shoulder to Genesee to get to UCSD and other points west, Caltrans is proposing to build a bike path on the west side of the freeway as part of the planned I-5 widening. This path could go all the way through to Voigt Dr.


    Ooh, that could be a nice option too. I'm mostly interested in having a direct and safe way to get to the Rose Canyon Bike Path. I'm fine with riding on the shoulder of some highway as long as there is some sort of solid barrier between me and the traffic. Whatever they choose to do, I hope they can do it quickly. It would be a shame if it took them 5 yrs to build a bike path just because the project got rolled together into some larger and complicated highway-widening plan.
    • CommentAuthorgavilan
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2012
     
    wpstoll:I have absolutely no problem with riding the shoulder on I-5. I believe it to be safer than most surface streets because there is no cross traffic or turns where a cyclist can be right hooked or left crossed.


    Oh, I have no problem at all riding on the shoulder of the I-5 either. You'll have to agree that it is noisy as hell, though, and at certain times of day you only breath fumes --hence my "it sucks big time" comment.
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2012 edited
     
    <blockquote><cite> deprotinator:</cite><blockquote><cite>For those of you using the I-5 shoulder to Genesee to get to UCSD and other points west, Caltrans is proposing to build a bike path on the west side of the freeway as part of the planned I-5 widening. This path could go all the way through to Voigt Dr.</blockquote>

    Ooh, that could be a nice option too. I'm mostly interested in having a direct and safe way to get to the Rose Canyon Bike Path. I'm fine with riding on the shoulder of some highway as long as there is some sort of solid barrier between me and the traffic. Whatever they choose to do, I hope they can do it quickly. It would be a shame if it took them 5 yrs to build a bike path just because the project got rolled together into some larger and complicated highway-widening plan.</blockquote>
    The impetus there is the widening of the Genesee/I-5 bridge. While they're at it, they (Caltrans) want to build a path west of I-5 so they can ban bicyclists on I-5 between Genesee and Sorrento Valley.

    I'm not happy about the ban, especially on the northbound (downhill) side which is very fast and convenient. But an extension up to Voigt on the UCSD campus would be great, especially if it crosses Genesee by going underneath it (in addition to ramps allowing access to either side of Genesee from the path).
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2012
     
    The effectivity of bicyclist training in terms of increasing bicycle mode share (getting more people out of cars and onto bikes) is often questioned. But maybe we just need the right kind of training? Anecdotal evidence like this inspiring story from Orlando makes me wonder... <a href="http://cyclingsavvy.org/2012/05/couch-potato-to-savvy-cyclist-in-4-0-months/">Couch Potato to Savvy Cyclist in 4.0 Months</a> . . <img src="http://cyclingsavvy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/monique_princeton.jpg" alt="image" />
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2012 edited
     
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    Story by Tom Fudge (KPBS) on this morning's news.

    http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/may/08/creating-bike-safety-city-built-cars/