City Council Announce Plans for October Cyclist Memorial Ride, Say No to Military Flyover Notification

posted: September 26th, 2012 08:36 am | 8Comments

UPDATED to correct date of scheduled memorial ride.

Bicycle safety issues were not part of the posted agenda, but the Newport Beach City Council meeting on Tuesday included updates and news on cycling safety developments in response to the deaths of cyclists Sarah Leaf on Sept. 14 and Catherine Campion-Ritz on Sept. 15.

Councilwoman Leslie Daigle announced that the city would sponsor a memorial ride at 8 a.m. Oct. 28, although the route and other details are still being determined. The ride will have a fundraising component, she said, and would benefit a fund to be created that will pay for bicycle safety improvements in Newport Beach.

Daigle said the city would match private donations using a 3-to-1 formula with a $450,000 cap on city funds. Bicycle Safety Committee member Frank Peters spoke during the public comment period and vowed to contribute $10,000.

The City Council is expected to vote on creation of the BIcycle Safety Improvement fund at its Oct. 9 meeting. Daigle said the Council also would consider at that meeting waiving any special event fees for the memorial ride.

Mayor Nancy Gardner announced that staff was moving forward with implementing sharrows along East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar. The road markings should be in place by the end of October, she said.

Jon Christeson spoke during the public comment period, urging the council to spend money to make streets safe for bicyclists.

“People are scared to death right now,” he said, “and that’s an indictment of our city.”

A representative of Speak Up Newport also spoke, announcing that the group’s Oct. 10 meeting would address bicycle safety.

Read our earlier stories here, here, here and here.

The Council on Tuesday also decided not to pursue requests for a military flyover notifications, with a 6-1 vote with Mayor Nancy Gardner dissenting .

The issue arose after a March flyover tribute to a World War II veteran startled many Corona del Mar residents, and city officials were unaware that they flyover was scheduled.

Two councilmen said flyovers were unusual, making a change in city ordinance to require notification unnecessary; read our earlier stories here and here.

8 Responses to “City Council Announce Plans for October Cyclist Memorial Ride, Say No to Military Flyover Notification”


No city funds

September 26th, 2012

The city should not be spending funds on someone's hobby. That money could pay for a new officer or extra patrols for years. Better yet if the city is flush with cash they can lower taxes. Taking the majorities money and spending it on the minority.... Hmm I thought I lived in Newport guess the city is following the federal governments lead.


September 26th, 2012

heh... so to help make things safer, we're going to create congestion on the roads Oct 30th. Awesome plan!


September 26th, 2012

The City is really going to cap a match at $400k? I really hope that is a typo. Why provide a match at all? They are providing the venue which will include police traffic control, etc. That's expensive enough. Enough with this loose attitude toward spending taxpayer dollars!

What the ?

September 26th, 2012

I thought fundraisers and donations were for charity. Real charities like the ones you can donate to in honor of Dr. Campion per the Newport Family Medicine website. Don't give your money to the City and some made up bicycle safety improvement fund. $450,000? Really?


September 27th, 2012

Wow! Tax dollars grow on trees apparently!


September 27th, 2012

I understand our council's desire to seek a positive change out of our recent tragedies. I agree with my neighbors though, that this is an inappropriate use of our funds. Does anyone know if there is a dollar amount before the tax payers have a say in where the money goes? On a related note, STOP CYCLING UP FERNLEAF BETWEEN BAYSIDE AND OCEAN!! It is... 1. Illegal - you're supposed to walk your bike on the sidewalk there (no one reads those signs, another great reason not to spend more money on signs), 2. Inconsiderate (in a car, I have to wait behind you, hoping you don't get tired and start walking, hoping you don't fall and get hurt and if you do I can stop in time, and getting honks and dirty looks from my neighbors behind me), and 3. JUST PLAIN STUPID! You could literally be killed and I worry about you!! KNOCK IT OFF!!


September 28th, 2012

(1) Bicycling is not simply a hobby. A lot of people use it as a mode of transportation. And if you want to limit road use to people who are heading to and from work, be prepared to limit use of your car on the same basis. (2) The city is spending money to increase safety for people who ride within the city. $400,000 is a pittance compared to what is spent on similar projects for automobiles. (3) What you all seem to be missing is that they are also getting PRIVATE donations to do something that should really be paid completely with public funds. When is the last time you heard of any city maintaining it's roads only with funds matched to private donations?


September 28th, 2012

Bicyclists come in at least two species. (1) Hobbyists who wear spandex and racy helmets and try to envision themselves as being in the Tour de France. (2) People who are going to work, the market, school, or other mundane destinations. Species 1 does not have to stop for stop signs, make turn signals, ride single file in bike lanes or use common sense in traffic. Species 2 knows that they are in a dangerous environment and rides in the knowledge that every other vehicle on the road may be out to harm them.

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