9 posts tagged Huntington Beach

A Bicycle Master Plan for Huntington Beach

"Huntington Beach is flat," and that's a big advantage when it comes to optimizing city streets for efficient bicycle riding according to John Holloway, Senior Associate at KTU+A in San Diego. The firm was recently awarded the project to develop a Bicycle Master Plan for Huntington Beach. Come to the Wednesday Workshop, 6-8pm June 20, to get involved in the Huntington Beach Bicycle Master Plan. Show #37 Listen to Catrine, Joe and John: Stream, Flash player, or subscribe through ... Continue Reading

It’s All About Synergy

"Up for a ride?" OCTA's Bike Czar, Wes Parsel, wanted to know; it was his day off, and what better way to spend it than an early ride to Sunset Beach. We met in the Five Crowns parking lot in CdM — many rides begin here — then we took off for the Newport Beach pier, via the Balboa Island ferry, of course. At 8:30am there was a thick marine layer and a breeze that foretold of more winds to come, but for now the wind was at our back and we had friends to meet. Ride with anyone ... Continue Reading

Bayside Road Rage on the way to the HB Bike Fest

The day started out with anticipation — this would be my maiden voyage on the new touring bike. What I didn't know was how quickly I'd be testing the brakes. The night before as I'm drifting off to sleep I remember assembling the front brakes; they had to come off again as I installed the front rack, but as I toss and turn on my way to dreamland I realize I must remove the brakes one more time, to move the washer that fits it tight into the bike frame. It's a minor adjustment, but ... Continue Reading

Off-Road Ride to Sunset Beach

Mark Knaeps has a son in Boy Scouts, too; that's how we met. We teamed up to get a bunch of the boys through Cycling merit badge. He emailed last week looking for a pedaling partner for a lunch time ride, with one condition. Not everyone wants to ride in traffic and most days that's my choice, too, so when Mark set these guidelines for our lunchtime ride I knew just where to go. We'd meet at the Newport pier then pedal the bike lane on Seashore to the boardwalk in Huntington Beach, all ... Continue Reading

Ride up the Coast

Most days I sit at my desk for too many hours. Sound familiar? But his week was different; I was ahead of schedule on my projects. That gave me time to ride.

It's a beautiful morning at the Balboa Is ferry

My goal would be to ride 100 miles this week. Most people would add a little variety to their rides, but lately I keep heading in the same direction — across the ferry to the peninsula, the pier and on to Huntington and Sunset Beach. I'm not stuck in a rut; it's just so beautiful. And it's fun to ride off-road where there's lots of people.

Then, here it comes — I love to see the ferry sans autos!

The ferry without cars

Soon I'm on the peninsula where I notice a new facade to Back Alley Bicycles; I go closer. The peninsula has the highest mode-share, which means more people ride bikes here than anywhere else in Newport Beach. There are many bike rental stores here, so the competition keeps prices low. The flat terrain is ideal for riding a beach cruiser. ... Continue Reading

Bike and Boat

Friends often ask, "Do you have a boat?" I always say that it's better to have a brother with a boat, that way I get a lot of the benefits without the expense. He knows how this equation works, too, so I'm often asked for help when an extra hand is needed. This weekend he needed to move the boat from a temporary dock in the Back Bay, returning it to Huntington Harbor. I would come along to tie it off which involves jumping off the boat as it slides up to the dock; not too much effort. ... Continue Reading

Black Friday Alternative

What's to do after a day of feasting? No Black Friday shopping for me; a ride along the coast had more appeal. The weather cooperated so it seemed like a perfect day to burn some calories. Would it be crowded along the beach boardwalk on this day after? It would be fun to find out. A favorite route begins with a short cruise on the Balboa Island ferry. It was an usually high tide. There were bike riders galore. Perhaps the weekend's too long, the sunshine too warm, or there's a ... Continue Reading

Huntington Beach Bike Racks

Stylish bike racks ooze civic pride at City Hall in Huntington Beach. Thanks to Sean Matsler, member of the Newport Beach Bike Safety Committee, for pointing out this beautiful example of an artistic, functional bike rack. Come to the next meeting, 4:30pm Monday Feb 7th in the Fire Conf room at City Hall, where I'll present "New Ideas in Bike Racks", with photos from around the world. Continue Reading

Huntington Beach Gets Bronze Recognition

California cities Menlo Park, Santa Clara and Huntington Beach have been awarded Bronze status in the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Communities program. Read Adam Newman's post in BicycleTimes. Continue Reading