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Thank you to trail volunteers, road reports, & rain next week?

20 people showed up last Saturday to clear the Guadalupe River Trail under Montague Expressway. Thank you so much for your efforts. Thanks to your help, the Mid-March San Jose Bike Train can roll Wednesday morning from Bel Bacio Cafe at 8:15 A.M. I and hundreds of other people can now enjoy the trail for read more » Continue reading »

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Caltrans bike & ped plan San Jose workshop: Online only due to flooding

Update: Bike coalition San Jose team meeting also cancelled due to flooding. Details below. Due to flooding near downtown San Jose, California, Thursday’s scheduled workshop to discuss the California Bicycle / Pedestrian Plan is now an online forum only. The planned in-person meeting at the MLK Library has been cancelled. To dial into the meeting read more » Continue reading »

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California legislation: Far-to-the-right law; Idaho stop; and more!

Last Week, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) introduced AB 694, a bill to recast California’s far-to-the-right law to clarify cyclists’ right to control a lane where necessary. CVC 21202 California Vehicle Code 21202 is the state’s “shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway” law. The read more » Continue reading »

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Caltrans releases draft statewide Bicycle and and Pedestrian Plan

Caltrans announced a draft of “Toward An Active California,” their first ever statewide California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and invite public comment at cabikepedplan.civicomment.org. A series of public meetings have also been announced. Northern California: Tuesday, February 23 , 10:00am – 12:00pm. Dr. Martin Luther King Library, Room 225, 150 E San Fernando Street, read more » Continue reading »

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California 2017 driving manual revisions

California’s DMV 2017 edition of its driver handbook will contain numerous revisions related to driving around pedestrians and cyclists. The only thing nobody seems to know anything about is “Added bicyclists to the Tailgating section,” but I guess we’ll find out the new driving manual becomes available Any Day Now. New content: Yield Lines (Shark’s read more » Continue reading »

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ATOC 2017 announces routes for women’s and men’s stage races

The Amgen Tour of California announced the courses for the May 2017 women’s and men’s stage races. The women’s four stage race begins Thursday, May 11, 2017 in South Lake Tahoe, and ends Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Sacramento, immediately followed in Sacramento by the start of the men’s seven stage race. The host city read more » Continue reading »

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California bike update January 2017

Good morning, all. I anticipate a busy year on the legislative and political advocacy front so let’s get under it and lift while we can. California Bicycle Coalition Legislative Priorities for 2017 At the end of 2016, the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) announced their 2017 legislative priorities. They are: Build the infrastructure. This includes better read more » Continue reading »

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SF Bay Area, Monterey Bay Region approve transportation self-help taxes

Voters in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties approved sales tax increases to provide local funding for transportation, while Contra Costa County voters rejected their county’s proposed tax to fund transportation improvements. With declining gas tax revenues and a history of the state seizing certain local revenues to cover state funding shortfalls, 11 counties read more » Continue reading »

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Caltrans studies bicycle crash risk

Alert: Wonky stuff ahead. Although the absolute numbers of bicycle crashes in California have long been available through the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), evaluating crash risk has been difficult because of poor exposure data — we don’t track the number of miles people ride on a daily basis like we do for automotive read more » Continue reading »

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Clovis CA investigates fatality initially dismissed as “just an accident.”

The call came in to the California Highway Patrol dispatch at 6:12 A.M. on the morning of Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Patrick TeNyenhuis was riding his bicycle in the shoulder of Shaw Avenue in Clovis, CA when he was hit from behind and killed by the driver of a Toyota Camry.

1179-Trfc Collision-1141 Enrt 8501 E Shaw Ave, Clovis, CA 93619, USA (Bicycle Involved) https://t.co/Wr1wsCGDkB

— CHP Bike Incidents (@chpbike) April 20, 2016

The story should be familiar to you: The driver stayed at the scene, cooperated with the investigation, no criminality, no charges filed. The Clovis PD statement, however, that the driver of the Camry “accidentally bumped” TeNyenhuis outraged the cycling community in Fresno County. How can a death on a wide open road where the cyclist did absolutely nothing wrong be an “accident”?

Apparently these local cyclists were able to encourage the District Attorney and Clovis PD to do more than a cursory investigation. According to the Fresno Bee, the DA has hired an “expert witness” of some kind to determine what, if any, felony charges can be filed against the Toyota Camry driver.

It should be interesting to see where this leads. Prosecutors in many California counties routinely ignore traffic fatalities involving vulnerable road users because they consider such cases unwinnable. A notable case in Santa Clara County, for example, involved a man driving with a suspended license who tested positive for methamphetamines; Luis Felipe Hau allegedly drove his Nissan Quest minivan into the bike lane occupied by a 12 year old boy on a bike. Cindy Hendrickson from the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office said at the time, “We could not find a single case where similar driving was found to be ‘reckless.’”

Santa Cruz County is a notable exception; Attorney Greg Peinado routinely (and successfully) prosecutes drivers who maim and kill pedestrians and cyclists.

Via the usual excellent collection of bicycle-related news over at Biking In LA.

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