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By Malcolm Read | November 21, 2012
Don't making cycling more dangerous. "The recent deaths of two women cyclists have shocked the entire community", stated the Newport Beach Citizens Bicycle Safety Committee in the fall edition of the Corona del Mar Residents Assn. Newsletter. "We all mourn this tragic loss, but the planned solution will increase danger to cyclists rather than making them safer. " The newsletter says parked cars represent a hazard to cyclists — explaining that if someone opens a car door without looking, the cyclist gets "doored.
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September 26, 2012
Re. " State report: Newport rates high in bike accidents," (Sept. 22): As a motorist, I would like to make a few comments. Since one of the cyclists killed last week was my beloved doctor of 30 years, this is a subject near to my heart, but in no way is meant to imply that she was anything but an innocent victim. However, cyclists in general need to take some of the responsibility for the increased amount of accidents. The very long article on this subject had but one very brief mention of cyclists having some training before getting a license.
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By Brittany Woolsey | October 29, 2012
More than 1,000 cyclists pedaled near Fashion Island on Sunday in memory of two riders who died last month after being hit by cars. The 1-mile ride, which started on the northwest corner of Santa Rosa and Newport Center Drive at 8 a.m., aimed to spread awareness about and raise money for bicycle safety, as well as commemorate Dr. Catherine "Kit" Campion Ritz and Sarah Leaf. Riders of all ages participated. "I'm a cyclist, and I see a lot of need for safety around Irvine, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach," said Kurt Bahneman of the OCC Food Riders Club.
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By Lauren Williams | October 11, 2012
Less than a mile from where a woman died in a cycling accident last month, resident group Speak Up Newport met to discuss the future of and progress made in bicycle safety in Newport Beach. Addressing the residents who attended the meeting at the Newport Beach Yacht Club Wednesday evening, were City Council candidate Tony Petros and Police Chief Jay Johnson who spoke of lesser-known rules of the road for motorists and cyclists. About 50 people were in attendance, according to George Schroeder, who is on the group's board of directors.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | September 28, 2010
Nine Newport Beach residents were named nominees for the Citizen's Bicycle Safety Committee at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. The possible appointees named in a city staff report are: Scott Bergey, a retired American Airlines captain; Thomas Croxton, general manager with Circle Automobile Group; Barbara Danzi, chief information security officer for Garda, a cash logistics company; Former Mayor John Heffernan; Denis LaBonge, a former member...
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By Brianna Bailey | December 31, 2009
Repainting the right lane of some roadways to remind drivers that they must share the road with bike riders, and using radar signs to remind cyclists and drivers to slow down are a few of the ideas a new task force on bike safety in Newport Beach is tossing around. Experimental bike lanes called sharrows that would be painted with bright colors or distinctive arrows could help in some areas of the city, like Corona del Mar, where the roads are too narrow for separate bike lanes, task force members said.
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By Jill Cowan | September 26, 2012
While Newport Beach City Council members disagreed Tuesday night about various aspects of the Balboa Village Master Plan - including its name - there was one idea floated in it that they were all willing to let sink: recreational vehicle parking in the Balboa Pier parking lot. The council voted 5 to 1 to accept the 289-page document with the caveats that the half-page item suggesting an off-season-only RV parking program be scrapped, and that it...
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By Jill Cowan and Lauren Williams | September 21, 2012
As the Newport Beach community mourned two cyclists killed within two days, concerns about cycling safety have resurfaced with fresh intensity. But while city officials and advocates said infrastructure improvements are important, changes must start with an attitude shift away from a cars-only mentality. "What we almost need is to hire a psychological facilitator, and we could all hold hands in the dark and sing 'Kumbaya,'" said Frank Peters, a member of the Newport Beach Citizens Bicycle Safety Committee.
NEWS
October 3, 2012
Sharrows are coming to Coast Highway through Corona del Mar, Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner announced in a letter. The road markings, which remind drivers and cyclists to share the road where there is no visible bike lane, will be installed in late October and early November, she wrote. The sharrows do not create new laws or rights-of-way for cyclists, according to the letter. The sharrows are intended only to note that cyclists can take up the full lane — though they still must follow all existing traffic rules.
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May 4, 2000
-- Andrew Glazer More than 40 intrepid cyclists pedaled from Costa Mesa to San Diego last weekend, raising enough money to allow 50 abused children to go to summer camp. All of the riders are members of the Newport-Mesa Christian Center. The cyclists raised roughly $14,000 to benefit the Royal Family Kids' Camp. Each summer, the camp provides a week of sports, camping and arts and crafts for more than 100 children removed from abusive households.
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By Jim Beauchamp and By Jim Beauchamp | April 22, 2014
On Friday, the Daily Pilot reported the death of a female cyclist on Adams Avenue in Huntington Beach ("Bicyclist dies after being struck by car " ). The accident occurred where Adams, a three-lane, 45-mph road, transitions from having a bike lane to no bike lane. On the same front page is a story about the Newport Bay Conservancy having concerns about the safety of Back Bay Drive and suggesting that runners and cyclists be banned from traveling south on the road. Such a ban would force cyclists to ride south on Jamboree Road, which has three lanes of heavy traffic, a 55-mph speed limit and no bike lane.
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November 5, 2013
A 44-year-old Costa Mesa resident suffered major injuries after being run over and trapped under a car while bicycling on Newport Boulevard early Monday morning, authorities said. A Costa Mesa man, 48, was driving eastbound on Bay Street toward Newport Boulevard shortly before 5 a.m. The driver turned right onto Newport Boulevard when he heard a loud noise. He stopped the vehicle and discovered that Michelle Lounsbury was trapped underneath his car, according to a news release. Fire officials used emergency equipment to lift the car and rescue Lounsbury, who was transported by ambulance to the Intensive Care Unit at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. She is being treated for a broken right arm, facial and chest trauma.
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By KTLA News | September 25, 2013
A 39-year-old Irvine woman was arrested on suspicion of killing a cyclist while driving under the influence of prescription drugs, authorities said Wednesday. Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti had been detained after her car collided with cyclist Eric Billings, 54, killing him, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The collision occurred on March 15 on Santa Margarita Parkway south of El Toro Road, near Trabuco Hills High School, the sheriff's department said.
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August 28, 2013
A bicyclist who was critically injured in a Newport Beach traffic collision earlier this week died Wednesday, police said. Debra H. Deem, 58, of Laguna Beach, was riding a bicycle west on East Coast Highway when she and a white minivan collided just east of Newport Coast Drive, according to a news release from the Newport Beach Police Department. She was wearing a helmet but suffered major head trauma in the crash, said police, who received a call about the incident at 4:27 p.m. Tuesday.
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August 27, 2013
A female bicyclist was in critical condition Tuesday after a collision with a Toyota Prius at Newport Coast Drive and East Coast Highway, police and fire officials said. Emergency personnel responded to the incident at 4:30 p.m. and transported the cyclist to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, according to Newport Beach fire Capt. Dan Chapman. He said no other vehicles or people appeared to be involved in the accident. Police are investigating the collision and did not issue any citations or take anyone into custody at the scene, Newport police Lt. Jay Short said.
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By Bradley Zint | February 2, 2013
They came back to their hometown on Saturday afternoon to remember the good days when Jonathan "Johnny" Coontz was just another blond-haired Newport kid who had throngs of loyal friends, loved the ocean and surfed like a pro. Those were the care-free days near the sea, they said, before Coontz's life turned for the worse, before he succumbed to forces that left him - once a universally renowned, "top 5" of Newport surfer - among the Orange County...
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By Steve Smith | January 24, 2013
In Washington, D.C., reducing the massive U.S. deficit is now the top priority, as it should be. While the U.S. drowns in red ink, Costa Mesa has a challenge every city would love to have. Today, Costa Mesa has a budget surplus of $2.5 million. The challenge is that there are a lot of people with a lot of ideas on what should be done with the money. Ask a city employee and you will get one response. Ask an out-of-work construction worker and you will get another. Then there are Facebook friends, who often have valuable input on issues.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
A motorist hit and severely injured a cyclist in Costa Mesa on Monday, police said. The 26-year-old driver, whose identity is being withheld, in a 2009 Toyota Corolla hit the 40-year-old cyclist from behind in the 1200 block of Victoria Street about 6 p.m., said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. David Makiyama. Both the driver and cyclist live in Costa Mesa. The cyclist suffered major head trauma, Makiyama said. As of Tuesday afternoon, police described his condition as critical. Witnesses or those with information are asked to contact Traffic Investigator Rick Cummings at (714)
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By Jill Cowan and By Jill Cowan | January 7, 2013
Newport Beach cycling activists were cautioned against letting approximately $300,000 in Bicycle Safety Improvement Funds burn a hole in their proverbial pockets during a Citizens Bicycle Safety Committee meeting Monday. The money was generated through fundraising efforts tied to an October memorial ride for two cyclists killed in Newport, with three-to-one city matching. "That's a lot of money," Councilman Tony Petros told the small group gathered in the central library's Friends Room.
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By Malcolm Read | November 21, 2012
Don't making cycling more dangerous. "The recent deaths of two women cyclists have shocked the entire community", stated the Newport Beach Citizens Bicycle Safety Committee in the fall edition of the Corona del Mar Residents Assn. Newsletter. "We all mourn this tragic loss, but the planned solution will increase danger to cyclists rather than making them safer. " The newsletter says parked cars represent a hazard to cyclists — explaining that if someone opens a car door without looking, the cyclist gets "doored.
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