Bike Safety Advice,
By Frank Peters
I was a member of the prior Bike Safety Committee and although I’m not participating as a member of the new committee, I do have a few suggestions:
It doesn’t take a genius; no, obviously, if I made the cut anybody can find a way to contribute, but every issue in bike safety has already been solved. You just have to match a problem in Newport Beach with a solution that’s already been documented in the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030, or the Los Angeles Bicycle Plan, especially the 2010 LA Bicycle Plan Technical Design Handbook. Many of the previous committee’s proposed solutions to create safer intersections along Coast Highway can be found in the LA Handbook.
Create a sense of urgency. While biking with former Bike Safety Committee member Dan Murphy recently, he proposed this concept: although you have a whole year to your term, you’ll have to create a sense of urgency or else the forces of city government will want to study the issues to death. That happened to the previous committee; there is little to show for the many months of effort we put in identifying problems and possible solutions. Dan’s advice: get right to it; implement some quick improvements, like…
Bike racks. Really, how much money, how much analysis is required to placing modern bike racks around the city? The previous committee identified locales that need them, (can you believe there are none at Big Corona?). Show that this committee can do something quickly and get some bike racks (the right ones, please, see Genius) out in the community.
Paint more sharrows. Montreal loves them. San Francisco has them all over the City; I get the feeling that if they find a street that would benefit then they get out the stencils and start painting. What’s a sharrow? See this video regarding Long Beach’s implementation through Belmont Shores. You say Belmont Shores reminds you of Corona del Mar? It did for us, too. Sharrows would make cycling through the village much safer and the safer you make it the more cyclists will appear and a virtuous cycle begins; pun intended. Long Beach put themselves on the map as a forward thinking, bicycle-safe community with their sharrows. San Francisco has moved way beyond the “think about it” stage. Let’s muster up some courage and implement sharrows in CdM.