34 posts tagged Newport Beach

Saturday Excitement

My fellow bike safety advocate, Mark Goodley, joined the Boy Scout ride yesterday; it was his second time taking up the rear. He's a former Eagle scout himself and remembers earning Cycling merit badge, too. For safety, I'm psyched to have as many adults along for the ride as possible. Yesterday's ride was a good example. We planned a simple Bay Bay loop; in part because I had a newcomer to the group, a young scout and I wanted to match a ride to his capabilities. His Mom came along, ... Continue Reading

Memorial Ride Draws Hundreds

Tragedy struck Newport Beach last month in the form of deadly traffic collisions involving women on bikes. Today the community gathered to remember and to pledge their commitment to safety. For more photos visit bikeNewportBeach.org. Continue Reading

Councilwoman Leslie Daigle

She's the second term City Councilwoman for District 4 in Newport Beach; meet Leslie Daigle. At 8am on Sunday October 28th she'll lead a Memorial Ride around Fashion Island dedicated to the memory of Sarah Leaf, 29 and Dr. Campion, 57, who were killed in one 24 hour period in September. Leslie's well suited to lead the ride; she's toured around the world on her bicycle. What are the challenges cyclists face as we demand improved safety on our streets? Is there a budget issue? ... Continue Reading

This Latest Fatality

A Facebook friend wrote this on my timeline; I've been pondering a response... I am pretty sure the Bicycle Safety Committee has failed. A 22 year old girl killed on her bike at an intersection already identified by the committee as being dangerous. I know you guys have been trying but this is so tragic words can't describe. What can we do to change this? I've been on the Bike Safety Committee 2 out of the past 3 years; my friend for one. He asks a good question: What good does it do to ... Continue Reading

Barbara Takes A Tumble

At first I was reluctant to pen this post; no, not for the sake of my wife's privacy — she knows I can't help but find something to write about from this. Instead it was my anticipation of the feedback I'll hear from my bike riding pals — that I was riding on the sidewalk! She was more rattled than injured, although she's nursing some deep bruises and a scrape on her elbow. "I thought I would get run over." Like lots of bumps and scrapes, "I feel the worst today," she offered ... Continue Reading

Seaview @ Goldenrod Needs a Crosswalk

This is the pedestrian corridor, from town to the beach. People come off the charming Goldenrod pedestrian bridge then must brace themselves for this crossing. These parked cars block the sight lines of oncoming traffic, which during the busy summer season, is distracted and frustrated as they look for parking. 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

Bold Face Names Attend Sunset Soiree

Bike advocates from across Orange County gathered last night for a Sunset Soiree in support of the Orange County Bicycle Coalition. Co-host and OCBC Executive Director Pete Van Vuys invited the assembled to contribute to the non-profit and by the end of the evening $3,000 was raised to support better biking in Orange County. I knew from experience that when you host a sunset event in February you spend a lot of psychic energy hoping for a warm, dry evening. The weatherman delivered in ... Continue Reading

Commission Recommends Clean Air

In Newport Beach last night a divided Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission voted to recommend to the City Council the removal of all beach fire rings. It was a raucous session with several residents interrupting Commissioner Roy Englebrecht at one point as he proposed converting the wood burning fire rings to natural gas; the clean burning fuel would remove a major concern of the residents: the airborne carcinogens in the smoke. Trying a different tact, Commissioner Anderson implied that without a full scientific inquiry, the residents' complaints of ash sticking to their patio furniture might prove to be the rubber from tire wear, as an investigation of the area surrounding the John Wayne airport apparently once found. These subterfuges would not deter the majority of the Commission members who voted 4 to 3 to send their recommendation to the City Council: complete removal of the fire rings.

Wave goodbye? Pallets are particularly poisonous when burning

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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