San Diego protest ride, PCH bike meeting & Malibu Creek Restoration Ride — and that’s just this week

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to update the Events calendar. And there’s a lot happening this weekend, and over the next week.

But before we begin, there are a couple of events that deserve a little extra attention.

First up, as you may be aware, there have been far too many cycling fatalities this year. Especially in San Diego, which has suffered far too many biking deaths in a city that’s doing far too little about it.

And local cyclists have had enough.

They’re sponsoring a ride next Wednesday to protest these deaths, and demand action from city officials to improve safety.

Now.

San Diego, CA- Local bicyclists are organizing a memorial bike ride for riders who were struck and killed by motor vehicles in the past weeks.

Theodore Jones, a 56-year old San Diego resident, was pronounced dead on Sunday, July 8 after suffering severe head injuries when a vehicle collided with him on Tuesday, July 3rd on the 4700 block of Solola Avenue in Lincoln Park.

Angel Bojorquez, 18, of Escondido, was killed by a hit and run driver as he rode home from work in Rancho Santa Fe early in the morning of July 6, 2012. 19-year-old Jin Hyuk Byun has been arrested for the incident. Police say that Byun hit Angel with his 2008 Chevy Avalanche and left him in the bushes at the side of the road, where he died. If convicted of the charge of felony hit-and-run, Byun faces only 4 years in prison. His bail was set at only $50,000, a pittance given the senseless loss of life that he caused.

Angel’s brother Steve, said they both worked at the same place and often drove together, but Angel was riding his bike home because their schedules did not match.

These incidents raise the total of cycling fatalities in Southern California to 10 since July 4, and 39 year-to-date.

Angel Bojorquez was one of 10 fatal bike-related hit- and-runs in Southern California this year. There have been 4 just since July 6, 2012.

The people who are dying on our city streets are not just reckless or inexperienced bicyclists, they are often cautious and experienced riders who are often simply commuting to or from work and school.

Solutions to these tragedies are simple.  Protected bike lanes, reduced speed limits, safer road design, and grade-separated bike lanes will protect cyclists and give more people the opportunity to use this healthy, green, and practical transportation alternative.

The ride will take place Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 4:30pm.  It will begin at the fountain in Balboa Park and conclude at 202 C Street. in front of the City Administration Building.  At the conclusion of the ride, bicyclists will use chalk to trace their bodies to send a message to city officials that their continued failure to design safer roads is unacceptable.

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Next up, Malibu hosts a special meeting to discuss the PCH Bike Route Improvements Project next Wednesday.

Please join us for a Special Joint Meeting with the Public Works Commission and the Public Safety Commission to review and discuss the preliminary design concepts for the Pacific Coast Highway Bike Route Improvements Project at Malibu City Hall on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.  Below are the meeting details:

When:  
Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at 6:00 p.m
 
Where:  
Multi-Purpose Room
Malibu City Hall
23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA 90265

After receiving insightful community input from four public workshops and conducting a critical analysis of PCH, creative solutions have been developed to address issues pertaining to cycling throughout the project corridor. The meeting will provide an overview of the recommended design strategies that will improve safety and functionality along PCH.

We hope you can join us Wednesday, July 25.  We will send out a reminder as the date gets closer.

If you have any questions or can’t make the meeting and would like to learn more about the project, please contact Elizabeth Shavelson, Public Works Analyst at (310) 456-2489 ext. 254 or via email at eshavelson@malibucity.org

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This is the group that gave up a Saturday morning earlier this year to help repair the Malibu Creek watershed.

Finally, on Saturday the 28th, the Mountains Restoration Trust and Heal the Bay offer a second opportunity to restore critical riparian habitats within Malibu Creek State Park by riding to sites that are too far to hike to. Mountain bikers — or anyone capable of riding a dirt fire road — are invited to join them on at Malibu Creek State Park, 1925 Las Virgenes Road from 8:45 am to noon.

Click here to sign up in advance, then bring your sunscreen and be ready to work.

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Bike Talk airs every Saturday at 10 am; listen to it live or download the podcast from KPFK.

Bike Long Beach hosts Bike Saturdays every weekend; ride your bike to participating local shops and business throughout the city to get special offers and discounts.

The Bicycle Film Fest presents the Bike Movie Weekend all this weekend at the Silent Movie Theater at 611 North Fairfax Avenue. Showings include Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, The Best of the Bicycle Film Festival, the masterful documentary A Sunday in Hell and everyone’s favorite bike movie, Breaking Away (including an appearance by star Dennis Christopher) among others.

Stately Pasadena will be invaded with cyclists when the Pasadena edition of the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia settles in for a weekend of biking events, starting with a two day expo at Pasadena City Hall, followed by rides of 29, 64 and 83-ish miles on Sunday. It all takes place Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd; registration closes Wednesday, July 18th.

Eric Lubeck of the Caltech Bike Lab is leading a bike ride to the Eagle Rock Brewery on Saturday the 21st. The ride departs from San Pasqual and Wilson Ave on the Caltech campus at 3 pm, and returns to the same location; riders who enjoy themselves a little too much can return via Metrolink.

Also on Saturday the 21st, the High Desert Cyclists will bike to San Buenaventura State Beach for a beachfront barbeque; three starting points offer rides of 35 to 80 miles, arriving at the beach between noon and 1 pm. The ride is one way, so you’ll need to arrange transportation back to your starting point.

Sunday, July 22nd, bike-friendly CD13 city council candidate Josh Post hosts a two-hour bike ride along the L.A. River to highlight his plans for a bike-friendly L.A. and a revitalized L.A. River. Riders meet at 9 am at Oso Park, 1050 Riverside Drive.

Long Beach’s Bixby Knolls Bike Friendly Business District is sponsoring a Kidical Mass Kid Friendly Bike Ride on Sunday, July 22nd. The ride begins at Los Cerritos Park at 1 pm, and will ride 2.5 miles round trip to Georgies Place, 3850 Atlantic Ave, returning by 3 pm.

Long Beach begins a series of monthly community bike meetings to provide an overview of what’s happening bike-wise in the city, as well as offering an opportunity to provide input on city plans. The first meeting takes place from 3 to 4:30 pm on Monday, July 23rd in the City Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd, and will be repeated on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6:30 to 8 pm at Exhibit A Gallery, 555 Pine Avenue.

Okay, so it’s not bike related, but it’s a rare combination of good wine, great food and a great cause, as Mama’s Hot Tamales hosts a Wine Tasting for a Cause on Wednesday, July 25th. For the uninitiated, Mama’s a non-profit café dedicated to teaching immigrants how to work in the food industry by serving some of L.A.’s best tamales and coffee. The event is being held to raise funds for a new freezer; 6 to 9 pm at 2124 W. 7th Street across from MacArthur Park.

On Saturday, July 28th, join Wolfpack Hustle — yes, the cycling team that beat a jet to Long Beach — for the Midnight Drag Race: Codename “The Final Effin Sayso” as single speed cyclists race through Downtown’s famed 2nd Street tunnel. Sign-up starts at 10:30 at 2nd and Hill Street, with the first heats beginning at 11 pm.

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s new Civic Engagement Committee at 6:45 pm on the last Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, July 31st, at Pitfire Pizza at 2nd and Main in Downtown L.A.. Email bikinginla at hotmail dot com to be added to the email list.

The 4th Annual California Tour de Dreams 2012 will take place August 9th through 19th as cyclists will ride 540 miles from UC Berkeley to UCLA to educate communities about the passage of the California Dream Act and advocate for passage of the Federal Dream Actregister online by May 31st.

The Antelope Valley’s High Desert Cyclists hosts a series of monthly Brunch Rides on the second Saturday of each month. The comfortably paced 15 to 20 mile rides will visit a local restaurant or coffee shop for brunch before returning to the starting point; organizers promise no rider will be left behind. The next ride is scheduled for Saturday, August 11th; details to follow.

Registration has opened for the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s fourth annual Cause for Creativity: Tour da Arts on Sunday, August 19th, featuring an art focused bike tour and other bike centric artistic activities and exhibitions. Be sure to sign up early, because the free bike tour always reaches capacity long before the event.

Bikes are normally banned from the famed San Diego – Coronado Bay Bridge, but you can ride it on Sunday, August 26th, during the 5th Annual Bike the Bay, to benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.

The Eastside Bike Club invites you to join them on the Dodgertown Bike Ride on Saturday, September 1st. The ride begins with a rally starting at 3 pm at El Arca, 3839 Selig Place before riding to see the Dodgers play the Arizona Diamondbacks, with game time starting at 6:10 pm. Buy your tickets in advance on the Dodgers website.

Sunday, September 2nd marks your chance for fixed gear glory with the Lord of Griffith IV, a climbing, three lap track bike/fixed gear race in and around Griffith Park.

The Arthritis Foundation’s California Coast Classic invites you to ride down Highway 1 to raise funds for a cure. The ride rolls 525 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles from Sunday, September 9th to Sunday the 16th; a two-day option is also available on Saturday, the 15th and Sunday the 16th.

Early registration has opened for the national Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conference to be held September 10th through 13th in Long Beach. The 17th annual conference is sponsored by the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, and Project for Public Spaces.

This year’s Tour de Fat will take place on Saturday, September 15th at Los Angeles State Historic Park — and this time, it’s not scheduled on the Jewish high holidays, so everyone can attend.

Celebrate the return of Carmagedon on Saturday, September 29th as Wolfpack Hustle — yes, the cyclists who beat a Jet Blue jet from Burbank to Long Beach — invite you to ride your bikes from every point in the city to meet on the L.A. River bike path for the biggest ride ever with the All City LA River Ride; details to follow.

There’s a new date for the next CicLAvia, which has been moved up one week from October 14th to 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, October 7th. The route has also been changed, with new spurs extending from Expo Park  in South L.A. to East L.A. and Boyle Heights.

Now here’s a great idea for a ride. The Arthritis Foundation is teaming with one of the L.A. area’s favorite Cuban bakeries and cafés to offer the first ever Tour de Porto’s starting at 8:30 am on Sunday, October 28th. The ride starts at Porto’s in Glendale, travels a short distance to the Burbank Porto’s, then down the L.A. River Bike Path to the restaurant’s Downey location. If the entry fee includes a Cubano or Medianoche, count me in.

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  2. KARL says:

    Although you transition with “next up” the fact that we have to choose which event to goto as there nearly the same time not just different locations could be emphasized more.

    I didn’t know driver and deceased in one of the unfortunate contacts are both teens. I hope some of the drivers people are there to point out he didn’t design, build, etc. the car and the road. Putting teenagers in prison for what they do with other teenagers dates back to Romeo and Juliet and is never more salacious then over car abuse.

    IN the last bookstore I read pages of abook about a lawyer who defended men so successfully in at least one occasion he was hired to prosecture the reeal guily parties in the case subsequently.

    That teenager had help.

    He has us now being silent of our complicity- and not in a good way.

    If he thinks it’s unfair his lifei is thrown away just because he happeend to not just be behind the wheel but ran when he killed someone he’s right.

    But darkly and brightly must we usher him however slowly, and us, out of this night.

    He has now experienced something that too many of us barely give lilipservice to- owning a car is not necessary and it is so evil there is nothing we can possibly ever to do exhonerate our sselves.

    Cars kill- unlike guns it doesn’t take recklessness or criminality- they kill in the hands of the ordinary and the innocent especially the sober.

    We presently don’t count the lost lives in any calculations- unlike airlines the autoindustry is allowed to sacrifice our youth- in this case two of them, like walmart used to put it’s employees on food stamps.

    I’m reeling after being forced to rely upon gossip at a123′s site there corporate content being offline having been hacked all night long.

    It says though that there stock price has seen investors shift funds to poloroid simulators and are owned by people upset there using them to build factories.

    But it’s our community that needs there product more then any others. We need to care more about mobility then grilling burgers! If every site that had a cage with 5 gallon propane tanks allowed us to swap a half dozen laptop sized battery stack every trip to and from work the cities first to adopt would get something for there cars rendered useless- deadenders would see them turned into tree planters at best.

    Does anyone else care to stop the carnage enough to speak such truth with me? I say people, many and most most definitely, do love each other.

    It is that love of the deceased or scapegoated that can set us free of roving death machines- of tires heavier then our newborns- each- of utter folly and madness because till few decades ago you had to print shit on paper to pass informatino around unless you owned a more modern station.

    Now it’s true the printing presses are owned by those policing what gets on kindle- and they are not friends- there people like Mr. Gates who is more then rumored to not have a clue when it comes to entities like Monsanto- but we can overcome.

    We can move to vacant land and build our own towns car free.

    This is trivial. Anyone want to start with say an online college village? A few years ago I was going to set one up just on the other side of the sandiego border- for those just deported for being in essence slaves, born of aliens, daring to be caught. Obama punishes us for having sat on our laurels about that- and that doesnj’t mean we can’t find people who are cursed with citizenship toso move teh world.

    Because some of us knwo the slain. Loved them. See more then the fact we survive- understand that even if we are not next that tdoes not make it ok.

    WE can thrive in towns free of avoidable catastrophies. Where everyone can afford big screen tv’s and love the way they manage topay bills.

    And sell the rights to the show to make us all wealthy enough to after ayearof so of proving the conceptretire inthe unlikelyhood we have any interest in that- which is doubtful,b ecause there is a world of madness to curtail and nothing feels better then that tail!

  3. KARL says:

    re
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Diego%E2%80%93Coronado_Bridge

    [so far]

    obviously if bikes paid enough and we got the toll booths restored the suicides would end. It should not be easier to kill yourself on a bridge then bike over it.

  4. KARL says:

    From what I can tell the toll booths are what kept bikes off of it- and maybe the best way to getthemm back is to not accpeet on eride a year being satisfactory but take that bridge fa rmore often.

    I’ve never heard ofsuch a thing as this and assumed correctly it was atgoll bridge- bu it’s not been one for man yman yyeasr!!!!

    THey have a spare c enter lane, where i grew up we called such lanes the “suicide lane”, and the cost of the 50 employees htat collected the money better for it’s regulatory effect by propertya nd income if not sales taxes couldof instead supported a shuttle/car sharing program- you share your car with people on your side of the bridge if you must drive t oit and share in turn someone elses or a rental accept for it’s low/subsidised cost on the other side while on the island in essence.

    Such ‘transit’ would free up maybe even two of hte existing five lanes for bikes. When broken down car(s) plugs the primary car lane either hte spare oreven one of hte bike lnaes cold be used.

    Keeping or tryhingto keep carfs off just ot have redundent lanes so that cars dont’ have to be sc uttled if there drivers are crazy enough to drive them unreliably onto it is stupid.

    Insurance companies are happy to buy safer more reliable cars for those of us whose cars get scuttled (tossed over the side to clear the road and later extrractedfrom the water beneath).

    The bicyclists would just as a amatter of law have to pool until in sufficeint number ot lift lift and heft the car over whatever barrier prevents them from accidentally being liberated to the bottom of the bay.

    As I recently noted just as this fifth lane variesi in direction for its’ demand for many hours cars don’t need more then one- and it can become oteh passing lane for cars if they can’t wait till they crossa nd are willing to risk head on collisinos with the outer lanes bike only- every day, multiple times per day perhaps- probably at least three times per day as rush hours and lunch could require car only use.

    but the rest of th etime? why no bikes? It doesn’t take labor to police this bridge- courts recognise that such tyranny is unsustainable and will only prosectute us by jury at least sussesssfullly ifwe are unwilling ot wait until after lunch or after or before work rush hours or mabye weekend madness retreats to cross.

    the modernised the toll boooths for a car commercial. amazing.

  5. KARL says:

    “•Except for the one side of the bridge we cross, the route will be open to all traffic so riders must share the road and avoid impeding other traffic as much as possible. ”

    not instead, but in addition, despite it being in huge numbers far more then if so open to the public all the time.

    Cars keep this bridge because they roll to kill us or convince us they will if we dare treat it as public. I’m sure a proper challenge to this rule can be brought- they can regulate speed, regulate limiting the number of spare seats on a vehicle, regulate anything effecting other the the regulated individuals interest, but they can’t criminalise the use of a public road because its’ obscene to be shown doing so only beneficially disruptively- only because it’s less expensive, possible to be identified only by ones face or bike not ones ‘tags’.

    People kill themselves because only those trying to kill themselves are in the air there. Otherwise pull over and step out of your car you’ll find a roar, a beckoning, a countless times proved lethal impetus to step over and be done. It is a nuisance, this naked display of evil doers staring you down, wanting nothing from you but to dissappear, to clear the road, be gone faster. And none of us making eye contact instead. Gently deccelerating with an intriguing question, an offer of our cell phone, there’s likely having a dead battery or just disconnected for exceeding some secret activity level in a ploy to limit unsecured debt as if we have prepaid accounts when our credit is perfect but we upgraded early to enjoy a light on our handset again anddidnt know the offer to putu it on our bill would have it shut down the next day to get us to pay or whatever proves the final straw not long enough to pull a trigger but to drive and in the old days make eye contact with a civil servant without tearing up, without mumbling or mutterin gsomething so clear they kindly offer to park our car and find someone for us to talk to. If bikes could now just run this bridge, peopel would bike there just to talk people down, even if they had to do so a dozen or times before saving someones life, and sometimes only to see someone jump for being minutes late if somehow this bridge didn’t have a rider every couple minutes, often enough to have it very hard to findthe time to proceed in unchecked despair over the edge.

    This bridge is our middle finger to those who die. It’s blaming them, ignorantly, and I am ashamed. I do not know how many go a year, month, or week- it didn’t say? But 3rd in thecountry in paradise…. paradise but for cars able to go back and forth all day long for free.

    A ride.

    The cost of this free ride? Clowns. Death. An annual ride the attendance of which is clearly condoning if not in resistance as well this contempt for life and sanity and denial cameras allow tollls to be paid without slowing down etc.

    Does someone really have to be a terrorist to finance license plate scanners if it’s not too late? How bout letting people cross for free ten times a year? Only then, when the 90 plus percent who congest it so bad remain, should we charge them for the ongonig maintenance cost as that will so c hild the free riders they’lll join us on bikes even though the savings isn’t the point- they’ll do it because it’s an excuse and they won’t regret it at all- and some ofthem will be the ones who othewise would of jumped.

    THat is a statistical certainty.

    (from
    http://www.bikethebay.net/rideinfo.html
    )

  6. KARL says:

    Correction: substitute “Jokers” for “clowns” my fear had me recall him wrong

  7. KARL says:

    Do you have less then three and a half minutes? I dare you to spend it on this:

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