Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Please sign Petition to Support Vulnerable Road Users Civil Ordinance in Pasadena

Petitioning City of Pasadena:

Adopt civil ordinance to protect Vulnerable Road Users

Pasadena Complete Streets  Petition by Pasadena Complete Streets, Pasadena, CA

Pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable road users are disproportionately the victims of serious and even fatal collisions with vehicles. Too often, such vulnerable road users are also the subject of harassment by motorists who do not believe they should be on public roadways.

-  41% of all people killed in vehicle-involved collisions in the Los Angeles region are pedestrians, far above the national average of 11.4%.

- A growing number of cities across California and the United States have adopted such policies, including the Cities of Los Angeles, Berkeley, Sunnyvale, Austin (TX), St. Louis (MO) and the County of Sonoma.

A local ordinance should specifically prohibit the physical assault, injury, distraction, forcing off a street (including attempts) of vulnerable road users, and institute a suitable penalty, such as 3x actual damages or $1000, whichever is greater plus fees, plus possible "punitive damages" towards the offender.

By signing this petition, I am urging the City of Pasadena to adopt a civil ordinance to protect vulnerable road users.

For more information on the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, please visit

Also see this petition from LACBC calling for action against hit and runs in California:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Phillip O'Neill Commemorative Ride/Walk this Sunday at 7:30 PM 

A video from Sunday's memorial ride/walk on the 1 year anniversary:

Boyonabike's article covering the memorial:

It was one of three memorial events held this weekend in LA for
bicyclists who were killed by collisions with motorists:
Two of them were hit and runs

Saturday, May 17, 2014

FREE Safe Bicycling Class at the Caltech Y / SAT JUNE 7 11-1 pm / taught by C.I.C.L.E.

Don't ride on the sidewalk! Did you know it's safer and faster to ride on the road? Learn how to be a smart cyclist and ride your bike safely in the road.

Learn how to:  
  • Take back the road
  • Be alert and safe
  • Know your rights as a cyclist
  • Make the best use of your bike!

When: Saturday June 7, 2014
11 am - 1 pm 

Where: Caltech Y
505 S. Wilson Ave, Pasadena CA   
What to Bring: Your bicycle, in good running order and a helmet.

Price: FREE! This class is subsidized by Caltech Transportation on behalf of Caltech Bike Lab. The class is taught by local organization C.I.C.L.E

In the class, you'’ll learn basic principles of bicycle and traffic safety. For the second part of the workshop, you’'ll need your bike, because we'’ll be hitting the road for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice.

To attend this class you should be able to:  

Start your bike with confidence and ease.
Balance and steer your bike
Bring your bike to a smooth and controlled stop.
Use your gears effectively
Remove one hand from your handlebar to signal without veering.
Look over your shoulder without veering.

Space is limited, so RSVP online here:

Caltech/JPL have priority signup but members of the public are welcome to join.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Draft San Marino Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and Important Meeting May 19th

The City of San Marino's  first draft Bike/Ped Master Plan is now available online here:
The draft includes proposals for buffered bike lanes, back-in angle parking for Huntington Drive, and even a road diet on Huntington. Most of them, however, do not make the "proposed" map. 

There was a very vocal contingent of Lorain Rd. residents who opposed even Class II bike lanes on a street where it would require no loss in parking or travel lane, so if you support this plan and live in San Marino it's important to go to this meeting.

Click this link to enlarge

 SM Transportation Commission Meeting May 19
The draft will be formally considered by the City's Traffic Commission on Monday May 19th (7pm). Support is needed, so please share. As always, it'll be particularly important that folks who live/work in the City show up to support the effort.  

Where:  San Marino Center on Huntington Dr., adjacent to the Crowell Public Library, 1890 Huntington Dr., San Marino 91108
When: Monday May 19th (7pm)

For more information, please check out local advocacy group, San Marino Rides!