Tag: California

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: https://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: https://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 …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2013/10/16/bike-friendly-davis-ca-lowers-fines-against-bicyclists/

Parents of bicyclist seek maximum penalty for drunken driver after fatality in California

The parents of a nursing student killed by a drunken driver as she rode her bicycle home from the library at Chico State University in California wrote the following heart-felt letter.

It shows how the irresponsible actions can have far-reaching consequences.

“The body of our daughter, Kristina Chesterman, lies upstairs at Enloe Medical Center waiting to be used to help other patients in need of organ donations. ….

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2013/09/26/parents-of-bicyclist-seek-maximum-penalty-for-drunken-driver-after-fatality-in-california/

Gov. Brown signs bill: Giving 3 feet for bicyclists will be the law in California — in a year

California became the 22nd state to require that motorists give bicycles 3 feet of clearance after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on Monday.

It was the third time that a 3-foot passing bill had landed on Gov. Brown’s desk. He vetoed the earlier two measures for various reasons.

The bill was submitted …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2013/09/23/giving-3-feet-for-bicyclists-will-be-the-law-in-california-in-a-year/

30 states require motorists give 3 feet or more when passing cyclist

Update: Sept. 13, 2013 — Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia require that motorists give bicyclists at least 3 feet of clearance when passing.

Bicycle advocates in California are waiting for Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. to make their state No. 22.

The state legislature passed a 3-foot law (AB 1371) in August. The bill is sitting on Gov. Brown’s desk awaiting his signature.

This is the third time that a 3-foot passing bill …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2013/09/13/20-states-require-motorists-give-3-feet-or-more-when-passing-cyclists/

Bicycle path opens on new Bay Bridge span in Oakland

Complete SF Bay crossing for bicycles still years away

A bicycle-pedestrian path on the newly opened east section of the Bay Bridge over San Francisco Bay opened on Tuesday, holding the promise of a cross-bay bike route in the future.

At present, however, it’s kind of a bike path to nowhere as it stops short of Yerba Buena Island in the middle of the channel because of a design snafu.

The bike path opened at noon Tuesday …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2013/09/03/bicycle-path-opens-on-new-bay-bridge-span-in-oakland/

Wife looking for Good Samaritan who helped husband after bike crash

With all the news of hit and run motorists crashing into bicyclists, it’s good to hear about someone in California who stopped for an injured bicyclist.

It was another cyclist.

Elizabeth Roehrs wants to locate and personally thank the woman who stopped to help her husband, Steve, after he crashed into a tree a couple …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/12/10/wife-looking-for-good-samaritan-who-helped-husband-after-bike-crash/

Californians remember two bicyclists killed in traffic; fund drive open

More than 1,200 cyclists took to the streets in Newport Beach on Sunday in a memorial bike ride for two bicycle riders killed in separate crashes in September.

The two, Dr. Catherine “Kit” Campion Ritz and Sarah Leaf, were struck on their bikes and killed in a period of under 24 hours.

Ritz, 57, a …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/10/29/californians-remember-two-bicyclists-killed-in-traffic-fund-drive-open/

California governor rejects 3-foot bill for second time; applauds effort for bicycle safety

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. vetoed a bill for the second time on Friday that would require motorists give bicyclists a 3-foot gap when passing.

This time, Brown objected to a provision that allows motorists to cross a double-yellow line if there’s no room to give 3 feet of space.

Currently, there are 21 states that require drivers to give bicyclists and pedestrians a gap of 3 or more feet when passing (Pennsylvania is 4 feet). …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/09/28/california-governor-rejects-3-foot-bill-for-second-time-applauds-effort-bicycle-safety/