Tag: California

Caltrans clears way for Route 66 bike route

The Adventure Cycling Association will be able to route bicyclists all the way from Chicago to LA on its soon-to-be released Bicycle Route 66 Map Set after Caltrans agreed to open portions of Interstate 40 to bicycles. Last month, Adventure Cycling reported that its proposed Route 66 bike route was stalled at the California border …

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Proposed Route 66 bike route stalls at California border; contact Caltrans

The song says Route 66 “winds from Chicago to LA, more than two thousand miles all the way. …” The Adventure Cycling Association’s bicycle route version of that famous highway corridor, however, doesn’t make it to LA. It’s stalled at Needles, California. That’s because Caltrans won’t give bicycles legal access to use a 144-mile stretch of Interstate …

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3 states consider bicycle bills requiring 3-foot passing; Nebraska considers ‘changing lanes’

State legislatures in Indiana, Wyoming and South Dakota are considering bills this year that would require that motorists give bicyclists a 3-foot gap when passing. (March 19, 2015 — Other states considering passing laws — Alabama (SB 4 — 5 foot passing law passed Senate, goes to House; Massachusetts Bill H.3073 names bicyclists as vulnerable users and requires …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/22/2-states-consider-bicycle-bills-requiring-3-foot-passing/

3-foot passing buffer for bicyclists becomes law in California today

If bicyclists in California feel they have a little more space when cars pass today, that’s no accident.

Give Me 3

The state of California on Tuesday became the 24th state to require motorists give bicyclists and pedestrians at least 3 feet of space when passing.

The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last September, became effective Tuesday after more than a year of preparation. Brown had vetoed two earlier versions …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/16/3-foot-passing-buffer-for-bicyclists-goes-into-effect-in-california-today/

Southern California bicycling advocates ask: Are police above the law?

Bike ride and vigil scheduled Wednesday evening

Last December, Milton Olin was enjoying a bicycle ride along the shoulder of Mulholland Highway in Calabassas when he was struck from behind by a car and killed. Investigators learned the driver was texting on a mobile device in the car and didn’t see the cyclist.
Sounds like an open-and-shut case of distracted driving.

In this case, however, the car was a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrol car and the driver was an on-duty Sheriff’s deputy. At the time of the crash, he was typing a message …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/02/southern-california-bicycling-advocates-ask-are-police-above-the-law/

Hypothermia greets California cyclists on high-elevation century

Emergency personnel treated some 40 cyclists for hypothermia after a fierce rainstorm swept across the course of the Tour de Big Bear in Southern California on Saturday. The cyclists were riding at between 7,000 and 8,500 feet of elevation to reach Onyx Peak when the storm hit. The showers lasted about 90 minutes as the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/08/04/hypothermia-greets-california-cyclists-on-high-elevation-century/

West Virginia protects bicyclists with 3-foot passing law

West Virginia has become the 22nd state to require motorists give bicyclists 3 feet of space or more when passing, as the bicycling safety measure continues to gain approval in legislatures across the US. The law passed in West Virginia during the 2014 legislative session and was signed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on March 21. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/09/west-virginia-protects-bicycles-with-3-foot-passing-law-virginia-law-awaits-signature/

Closed road through California’s Devil’s Slide reopens as bike trail

We’ve all heard about rails to trails. How about roads to trails? That is what happened to the old Highway 1 through the scenic Devil’s Slide overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The state last year moved Highway 1 (aka Cabrillo Highway) up the slope and through a set of tunnels. San Mateo County restored the old …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/02/closed-road-through-californias-devils-slide-reopens-as-bike-trail/

Bicyclists in Ohio and Virginia seek safety in 3-foot passing law

Bicyclists in Ohio and Virginia are working to enact bills that would require motor vehicles to give bicyclists 3 feet of clearance when passing. Currently, 22 states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books with the 3-foot or more requirement. California became the 22nd to enact the law last year; it goes …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/14/bicyclists-in-ohio-seek-safety-in-3-foot-passing-law/

Bike friendly Davis, CA, lowers fines against bicyclists

Bicyclists who run stop signs in Davis — the first platinum level Bicycle Friendly Community — can expect police to issue more tickets soon.

The increased enforcement comes after the Davis City Council reduced fines for stop-sign violations from $202 to $50 for bicyclists.

Apparently police in the college town in California were “hesitant to issue citations for bicycle violations, fearing a significant level of animosity …

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