Corona del Mar Today: Cities won't co-host cycling event

July 16, 2011

The Newport Beach Bicycle Safety Committee won't pursue plans to co-host a ciclovia event with Costa Mesa, members decided at a Monday meeting.

The idea for the event, which was first discussed in a May meeting, included joining forces with Costa Mesa to close 17th Street for a few hours to vehicular traffic to promote bike riding for all ages, and to bring business to the community.

Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Gardner asked cycling activists and Jim Fitzpatrick of Costa Mesa to float the idea to see if Costa Mesa city officials had any interest. At Monday's meeting, Gardner told the committee that he had talked to Costa Mesa staff members and one major business — with negative results.


"Staff was very hinky about it," Gardner said. "And the business was, also."

Instead of a ciclovia, Gardner proposed holding a Newport Beach cycling event to coincide with next year's Bike Week, traditionally held in May.

"Let's hold a bike-to-work day, a bike-to-school day," she said. "Let's have a really huge bike rally, on say the Sunday, and end up with a picnic or barbecue or something."

The committee also could work with the Restaurant Assn. to create a "Bike to Eat" event with specials offered to cyclists who ride to Newport Beach restaurants.

The committee members said they liked the idea and would begin making preliminary plans to present to city staff this summer in order to see what costs would be involved.

In other committee news, Brad Sommers, a Newport Beach senior engineer, showed a map of alternate bicycle paths through Corona del Mar and promised to have plans by the group's August meeting for dealing with dangerous intersections.

Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Officer Spencer Arnold gave a report on cycling accidents for June.

There were six reported cycling crashes, he said, none with serious injuries.

Of the six crashes, four were the fault of the cyclist, one had no known cause, and the other was caused by a vehicle, he said.

The group's next meeting will take place in August.


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