BikeWalk Oceanside volunteers assisted with traffic control, rider escorts and maintenance support for the 2015 RAAM. A great day for the riders and the volunteers. Special thanks to Jim Schroder who got us great photos like the one below of the Oceanside team at the start. Also great service by Steve Tisdale, Cerina DeSouza, Andrew Zharias and Sandy Lockwood managing the very busy Strand and Surfrider intersection. As in past years Brenda Miller and Foxy ensured the riders got safely onto the San Luis Rey Recreational Trail. Paul Bash, Kathryn Fox, Howard Pippen, Bob Shelton, Paul Nevins and Art Bierle kept the riders on course and Mark Castro provided maintenance support. Our own RAAM champion Pete Penseyres handled the rider escorts. The year was one our best efforts and greatly appreciated by RAAM and the RAAM riders.
2014 was another success year for Bike the Coast. Over 2,000 riders enjoyed good weather and great food after the event. Set new record for bike parking by valeting over 1800 bikes. Great group of volunteers made this the best event ever. Nest year the event will be held on Saturday, October 10th. This is one of the best organized and fun rides in California with great ocean views and delicious food afterwards. Be prepared to sign-up soon.
LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS BEST EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Steve Clark, League’s Bicycle Friendly Community Specialist, announced Oceanside has the best education program for children and adults of the fourteen cities he recently toured.
Oceanside’s educational efforts supported by Angel Ayala (on far left) and Brian Nygren (far right) of Trek, with instructors Steve Tisdale and Howard LaGrange to the left of me (wearing the League jersey!)
League representative Steve Clark stated “No city has more educational programming for kids and adults than the City of Oceanside”. Pete Penseyres, Karl Rudick and Howard LaGrange teach TS101 for adults monthly. Bike Safety Rodeos are conduced throughout the school year. BikeWalk Oceanside provides volunteer support.
Sign-up now for our adult bike education class. We can only accept 30 students per month and the class usually fills up two weeks in advance. Come learn how to safely integrate with motorized traffic and feel comfortable riding your bike anywhere. Learn how to fix a flat and how to avoid that car that turns right in front of you.
Next Public Meeting
Thursday, June 26th Library Community Rooms 5-7PM
The City is currently analyzing the traffic element of the Coast Highway Vision Plan. A steering committee of local residents has been formed to recommend the highway configuration. We need to ensure the selected option ensures that all users can use this important thoroughfare. Configuration options range from keeping the highway as it is currently to having one travel lanes north and south with class 2 bike lanes and wider sidewalks. Replacing the signalized intersections with roundabouts is also an option.
Our committee strongly supports reducing the lanes from four to two with roundabouts. This configuration will provide enough room for bike lanes and wider sidewalks. We need to have our option heard by the Council. A short e-mail to council would be appropriate. Go to the web page header “Contacts” for Council e-mail address.