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Cyclist Fatalities in Newport Beach, California

I made this list in November of 2013, after the death of Paul Lin, when a neighbor asked how many other cyclists had been killed in Newport Beach. When I went to answer, I was saddened that the community doesn’t know who these people were and I’m sure it’s not for lack of caring – it’s just too many to believe.

Not that any single one of these deaths shouldn’t have shocked the conscience of our town.

The following is a list of cyclist fatalities following collisions with automobiles in the City of Newport Beach, California since 2005. The list is not exhaustive. We are aware there were others during the same period and in the past. If you are aware of others, please let us know in comments. We will add them to the list.

It is important to remember these cyclists…

(last updated August 11, 2016)

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Conversation with the HOA about bikes…

You know, you should be able to get in and out of your neighborhood without gates. But some people want gates. OK. But the gates should open for bikes, as they do for cars. Our gates don’t. Sometimes they used do, but then you had to know exactly where to put your wheels and it didn’t always work. Sometimes, when there were sunspots or it was too humid or whatever the cause was, you had to wait for a car to come up behind you and trigger the in-ground sensors, like so many left turn sensors in Newport Beach that will have to be upgraded with bicycle-friendly detectors as equipment is replaced. And that didn’t always happen at convenient times. Like when your kid’s trying to get to school on time.

My family knew where to put the tires, based on trial and error, but a week ago they were repairing the gate and somehow left the sensors completely inoperable by bikes. Nothing. You truly have to sit there and wait for a car to come up behind you. Or, dismount, climb the curb and go through the pedestrian gates. Or worse, and this is probably what kids do, go out the entry gate when a car comes in.

I have written the HOA before, to no avail. No response.

So I am addressing the issue again. Here’s the email chain, which I will add to as it progresses.

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Everything Old is New Again

Some vintage bicycle safety messages from decades ago. One is amazingly accurate, almost prescient (Drive Your Bicycle). The other (One Got Fat) is downright troubling. Not because of the safety message, but, well, you'll have to see for yourself. Just…

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