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    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2015 edited
    Akin to watching a train wreck, it is hard not to watch a good Internet squabble: However, when the involved parties are advocacy group principals - in this case from California Bicycle Coalition (CBC), California Association of Bicycle Organizations (CABO) and San Diego County Bike Coalition (SDCBC) - it is clear that our advocacy groups, at least in part, due to relentless infighting and petty bickering can only blame themselves for failing to improve roadway safety.
    • CommentAuthorsynthetic
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2015
    Sigurd:Akin to watching a train wreck, it is hard not to watch a good Internet squabble: However, when the involved parties are advocacy group principals - in this case from California Bicycle Coalition (CBC), California Association of Bicycle Organizations (CABO) and San Diego County Bike Coalition (SDCBC) - it is clear that our advocacy groups, at least in part, due to relentless infighting and petty bickering can only blame themselves for failing to improve roadway safety.

    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2015
    Factionalism and infighting was the undoing of the New Left starting in 1969 with the SDS split into Maoist Progressive Labor and militant Weatherman. In Germany the RAF was undone by a militant error compounded by heavy handed government response while smaller, less visible factions like the June 2 Movement diffused energy and focus.

    In any revolutionary movement, human nature leads to factionalism. Occupy collapsed under the weight of its own lack of organization when confronted by the violence of the state.

    The goal in each case is obscured and energy is spent in hair splitting and egoism.
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2015
    Real bike advocacy with a long-term view. Engaging kids and their parents is the way to make riding a bike a popular and normal part of life in San Diego. Thanks to my neighbor and friend Nicole for putting together the Bike Fiesta at OB Elementary today, and to the Bike Coalition of San Diego County, Metro Cyclery, OKB, the Rotarians, and others who supported the event.

    Point Loma Cluster Schools: Bike Fiesta

    Rome wasn't built in a day. Neither was Amsterdam or Copenhagen. In the 1970's when efforts began to transform these car-centric cities, I'm sure there were many obstacles and oppositions to the goals of "taking back the city" by reducing the number of vehicles and their associated congestion, pollution, noise and threat to the population's well being. There was probably a similar inertia to overcome as we see in current efforts in San Diego and the gains made at first only came in fits and starts.

    Paradigm shifts happen slowly as the old way of thinking dies away and the new way of thinking becomes established. Engaging the youth with affirmations of positive goals and what sport physiologists refer to as 'visualizing the winning outcome' are all wrapped up in these banners and artwork. Before this event, there were contests in the local schools to produce artwork and slogans to be used on the banners. These kids hopefully will be living in a world they imagine. (There were nine different banners produced and they will hang in the nine different schools of the Point Loma School Cluster, to be viewed every day by the kids, parents, teachers and staff.)

    William Ross Wallace (1819-1881)

    The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
    Is The Hand That Rules The World

    Blessings on the hand of women!
    Angels guard its strength and grace.
    In the palace, cottage, hovel,
    Oh, no matter where the place;
    Would that never storms assailed it,
    Rainbows ever gently curled,
    For the hand that rocks the cradle
    Is the hand that rules the world.

    Infancy's the tender fountain,
    Power may with beauty flow,
    Mothers first to guide the streamlets,
    From them souls unresting grow—
    Grow on for the good or evil,
    Sunshine streamed or evil hurled,
    For the hand that rocks the cradle
    Is the hand that rules the world.

    Woman, how divine your mission,
    Here upon our natal sod;
    Keep—oh, keep the young heart open
    Always to the breath of God!
    All true trophies of the ages
    Are from mother-love impearled,
    For the hand that rocks the cradle
    Is the hand that rules the world.

    Blessings on the hand of women!
    Fathers, sons, and daughters cry,
    And the sacred song is mingled
    With the worship in the sky—
    Mingles where no tempest darkens,
    Rainbows evermore are hurled;
    For the hand that rocks the cradle
    Is the hand that rules the world.

    The above poem can be found in:
    Northrop, H.D. Beautiful Gems of Thought and Sentiment.
    Boston, MA: The Colins-Patten Co., 1890.

    Maybe in time, the 1970's southern California "Beach Boys" car culture will give way to a healthier mobility culture that uses feet, pedals and when needed, public transit. (So much of the 'California Dream' is due for a wake-up call; ...population growth, housing growth, water usage, energy supply, transportation choices, ocean pollution, etc.) There's work to be done!

    Rolling out for the community ride through the business district and surrounding neighborhood.

    OB is a charming community and the good folks there are friendly and fun. The local support is genuine and engaged. As Stephan mentioned there was a lot of local support from varying groups. Andy, Judi and Stephan from the SDCBC were there to help out as was Turbo Bob and Barb. Other community reps like the Rotarians, OB Town Council peeps, and school groups as well. Thanks to SANDAG for the grant to support these efforts. Thank-you to the many local merchants and businesses that donated raffle prizes and gift cards.

    Enjoying friends, family, community and enjoying freedom of transportation choices while having fun.
    Got to love that!

    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2015 edited
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2015
    Backroom power meetings? Conflicts of interest? Intermingling of public and personal financial interest? Nah - can't be, can it?!
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2015
    • CommentAuthorStephan
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2015
    Coming to San Diego October 25-28, the California Bike Summit 2015 by the California Bicycle Coalition. This is a gathering of bike advocates and transportation and planning professionals interested in making California a better place for bicycling, Maybe not that accessible for folks whose day job keeps them busy, but there will be some evening events open to the public, and there are some scholarships available.
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2015
    Let’s Put Those Tired, Anti-Bike Arguments to Rest
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    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2015
    The CHP actually cited an aggressive driver based upon video evidence from a bike mounted camera. The CHP's lawyers later rescinded it, clinging to the age old excuse that if an officer didn't personally witness it, then they can't prosecute.


    Petition to change that policy:

    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2015
    Poll in the UK on mandatory insurance for cyclists. Vote near the bottom of the article.
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2015
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2015
    A review of the film Bikes vs. Cars
    • CommentAuthorbossvoss
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2015
    Connect Hillcrest Training - Advocates Wanted For Uptown Bikeways Project Street Team
    If you are interested in seeing the Uptown Bikeways project completed, come join us! We are putting together a Street Team to talk to business owners in Hillcrest to gain their support for the project!

    Monday, Dec. 7th at 6:00pm at Snooze
    (3940 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103)
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2016
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    Meet bicycle diplomat Ted Osius, U.S. ambassador to Vietnam

    Ted Osius’ path to becoming U.S. ambassador to Vietnam began with bicycle diplomacy.
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2016
    Yet another article on road funding:
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2016
    What is the full cost of your commute?

    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2016
    End bike licensing in California:
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2016 edited
    How to Write an Anti-Bike Commentary—Without the Nuisance of Actual Thought (anti-bike mad-libs)
    City must unite to support bicycle-friendly street design
    By Dave Campbell September 16, 2016
    In October, Berkeley plans to build a two-way protected bike lane on Bancroft Way, between Dana Street and Fulton Street, connecting to Fulton’s new protected bike lane. The Bancroft Way project is a test in and of itself in advance of a summer 2017 repaving project. For nine months, Berkeley is allowing the public to try out the street redesign and will make it permanent, if successful, as part of next year’s repaving.

    For those who will still be bike commuting to UC Berkeley in 2018, in the works are four more protected bike lane projects.
    Our good friend, Nicole Burgess, is participating in Climate Ride Death Valley this week, riding 250+ miles for bikes and the environment. She is riding to raise funds for bike advocacy in San Diego. I donated to her efforts and hope others might support her as well. Support Nicole, bikes and the environment here.
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2017
    I recently moved to Azalea park in City Heights and there is a brutal section of 43rd street where it meets Fairmount that has me worried. As I haven't been active in the SD advocacy scene in 6 years, I wanted to see if anything has been discussed for this area.
    The problem is where 43rd turns into Fairmount, which is a semi-blind turn into a shoulderless funnel of doom. Just before the merge, there is a potential place for a bike/ped bypass up to the Manzanita Gathering Place and safety. Any input on this area or past involvement would be appreciated as I want to get to work on this ASAP.

    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2017
    Howdy Ted,
    I've gone down 43rd to Fairmount (to get to the awesome little Laotian market on 47th and Market) a few times, sometimes detouring onto the Manzanita Meeting Place. 43rd onto Fairmount isn't that bad in late morning, though it's probably worse during rush hours. I usually would control the lane (ride pretty much in the middle of it to keep the cars behind me rather than trying to squeeze by on my left) before the merge and through the tight first block. After the first block the road is wider and you can move to the right to let them pass (or even to just park off the sidewalk until the current wave of car is through... Traffic does come in waves there).

    The detour onto Manzanita Meeting Pl isn't all that practical (it is definitely doable on road tires... though sometimes the trail is less clean than others). I'm afraid the Meeting Place is a favorite homeless sleeping place and sometimes you'll have to pass close to tents or to sleeping bodies. Making your way back to Fairmount takes a bit of zigzagging and you'll have to make a left turn across Poplar (no traffic light or stop sign on the main road). Poplar is pretty sleepy during the day. I don't know how busy it is during rush hours.
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2017
    Thanks for the info!
    I've had a chance to ride it a few times since I posted that and it's not as bad as I thought. I usually take a right onto Manzanita and take that all the way into my neighborhood. It would still be nice to have a way to bypass Fairmount altogether, but I don't think there are enough riders in the area yet.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2017 edited
    Detroit, Michigan; Velomobile, Police Stop, April 8th, 2017 (Doug Grosjean)

    Wasn't sure where to post this one and didn't see a category for "Ad Hoc Vehicle Code Training - Velomobile", so in the style of Bill D, posted it here.
    Existing Conditions & Opportunities Workshop
    ​Thursday, April 20th, 2017​
    6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    Cadman Elementary School Auditorium
    4370 Kamloop Avenue
    Clairemont, CA 92117
    The City is updating the community plan in order to help shape the future of Clairemont for the next 20 years. Working closely with the public, the City will update the plan with community-oriented solutions that respect the unique character and quality of Clairemont. Engage in interactive exercises to share your input for the future of Clairemont related to Land Use & Zoning, Mobility, and Parks.
    California Coastal Commission Meeting

    Coastal Rail Trail ~ “Cardiff Rail Trail” preferred alignment
    Thursday May 11, 2017
    meeting begins at 8:30 a.m

    California Coastal Commission
    San Diego County Administration Center
    San Diego County Board of Supervisors chambers
    1600 Pacific Hwy
    San Diego, CA 92101

    Coastal Rail Trail (Encinitas and Cardiff segments)
    Project Update – April 2017

    After years of planning and collaboration with Encinitas and Cardiff community members and the City of Encinitas, the Encinitas segment of the Coastal Rail Trail is nearing a key milestone. During its May 10-12, 2017, meeting, the California Coastal Commission will consider the project’s development application, known as a Notice of Impending Development (NOID). If the project is approved by the Coastal Commission, the project will enter the final design phase and staff will continue working to obtain approval under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Pending Coastal Commission and NEPA approvals, construction could begin in fall 2018. (This is a follow up to my posting here.)

    View Project Renderings LINK


    Encinitas: Chesterfield Drive to Santa Fe Drive Undercrossing Segment LINK

    SANDAG Tweet