Monday, March 24, 2014

SMART CYCLING CLASS IN HUNTINGTON BCH



BIKE SMART CONFIDENT, SAFE & LEGAL
Take a “Bicycling Street Skills” TS101 Class at JAX BICYCLE CENTER, HUNTINGTON BEACH, Thurs. April 3, 6 to10PM and Sat. April 5, 9AM to 2PM.                   
 FOR ALL BICYCLE RIDERS 18 AND UP                                    
SEPARATE FACT FROM FICTION: Identify the risks and how to avoid them. LEARN: Cyclists Legal Rights and Responsibilities, Effective Cycling skills, and Rules of the Road. RECEIVE ON-BIKE COACHING: emergency maneuvers, basic bike checks, bike fit, street cycling, intersections, bike lanes, and paths. 
BIKE with skill and confidence wherever you need to go.
Register at JAX BICYCLE CENTER, 401 Main St., Huntington Beach, or on-line at  www.jaxbicycles.com. Class fee:$19. Bike and helmet required for Sat. on-bike session. Minimum age: 18 years. League of American Bicyclists Certified Cycling Instructors.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bike Plan Approved by HB City Council

On Monday, 18 November, 2013 the Huntington Beach City Council approved the Huntington Beach Bicycle Master Plan.

Thanks to all the bicycle advocates that contributed to the plan or just showed your support. 

Now lets try to help the good plans to be implemented.

Jim

Sunday, November 17, 2013

BIKE PLAN UP FOR APPROVAL ON 11/18

This is important
 
Our Bicycle Master Plan will be reviewed, discussed and voted on by the City Council Monday,  November 18, at 6PM in City Hall Council Chambers, 2000 Main Street, HB.
 
I believe its a very good plan and deserves approval from the City Council to validate it.  It includes bicycling improvements to our streets,  bicyclist and motorists safety education, more police enforcement for bicycling safety, cycling encouragement programs and plans for future bicycling needs.  You will find a copy of the Bicycle Master Plan on the City website, www.surfcity-hb.org., select GOVERNMENT, then DEPARTMENTS, then PUBLIC WORKS, see the bike plan at the top of the list.
 
We need your support at the meeting.  Please attend and show that our bicycling community wants improvements to the Huntington beach bicycling environment.
 
You have the opportunity to voice your support or opposition to approving the plan by speaking at the meeting; or by simply being there.  Just being there will show your support. If you wear a bicycle oriented shirt it will make your bicycling support more visible.
 
You'll find speaker request cards on a table inside the entrance to Council Chambers.  Fill one out if you would like the chance to voice your support or your opinion( Time limits are typically three minutes per speaker).  Submit the card to the attending police person or directly to the Clerk.  You'll then be called up prior to your speaking time slot.
 
Remember, being visibly there is the most important way of showing your support.
 
Jim
 
Jim Powers
HuBBA

Monday, July 15, 2013

ANOTHER REWARD OF CYCLING

 “ … You have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”   ~ Ernest Hemingway

SANTA ANA RIVER BIKEWAY DETOUR UPDATE


The Santa Ana River Interceptor Line (the SARI Line) Project is a large-scale brine and sewer pipeline project. The project is located in the south embankment of the Santa Ana River between the San Bernardino/Orange County boundary to SAVI Ranch. The SARI Line project required a temporary detour of the Santa Ana River Class I Bikeway to allow for the installation of the new pipeline. The detoured bikeway (located between Gypsum Canyon Road and Coal Canyon) remains open to the public during construction.

At different times during the day, project construction vehicles must cross the bikeway. During those times flagmen are provided by the contractor to briefly stop bikeway users until the vehicle(s) can safely cross. Recently, a few bikeway users ignored requests by construction staff to stop at a vehicle crossing. Although no collisions between cyclists and contractor vehicles have occurred, we need your help to encourage the bikeway community to comply with the following:

  1. Watch for vehicles at all construction crossings of the bikeway  
  2. Come to a complete stop when requested to do so by construction staff
  3. Limit speed to 10 miles per hour

Should you have any questions regarding this request, or have any comments or concerns about the bikeway detour, please contact Ms. Michelle Tuchman at 949.854.1443 (O), or 949.689.3056 (C). You are also welcome to email or call me at 714-647-3937. Feel free to forward this email to anyone else who may be interested.

Thank you,

Jeff Dickman, Trail Coordinator
County of Orange, OC Public Works

Friday, June 7, 2013

PUBLIC REVIEW DRAFT OF THE HUNTINGTON BEACH BICYCLE MASTER PLAN

 REVIEW THE LATEST AND POSSIBLY FINAL DRAFT OF THE HUNTINGTON BEACH BICYCLE MASTER PLAN.

See the link below:
 Huntington Beach Bicycle Master Plan - Public Review Draft

Submit comments before July 3, 2013.   Reply-To:  Huntington Beach Bike Plan <comment+p68uvre0rilrwkh5wqrv6@comment.wordpress.com>

For more information on the Draft Plan, contact the Huntington Beach Public Works Department at 714/536-5431

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rules of the Road From the League of American Bicyclists

 The League's six Rules of the Road will prepare you for a safe and fun bike commute no matter where you are riding. For more educational resources, sign up for a Smart Cycling class.

1. Follow the law.

Your safety and the image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.

2. Be predictable.

Make your intentions clear to motorists and other road users. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.

3. Be conspicuous.

Ride where drivers can see you; wear bright clothing. Use a front white light and red rear light and reflectors at night or when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with drivers. Don’t ride on sidewalks.

4. Think ahead.

Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other bicyclists will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and utility covers. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.

5. Ride Ready.

Check your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release wheel levers are closed. Carry repair and emergency supplies appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.

6. Keep your cool.

Road rage benefits no-one and always makes a bad situation worse.

Go to Bikeleague.com and click on Education to find more good bicycling tips.