Kudos to Newport Beach for grinding out the bike lane signage on Irvine Blvd across from Newport Harbor High School. They must have realized that the bike lane was extremely misleading and quite dangerous because of the parking allowed…
Newport Beach Police Department Enforcement Campaign Targeting Vehicle, Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety The Newport Beach Police Department will be conducting a specialized Bicycle Safety Operation on March 17th and 24th, 2012. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented…
I had a meeting today with a policy-maker, someone who wields considerable influence over municipal government. The kind of person a cyclist would be very glad to have in his corner. In the course of discussing cycling-safety issues, a notoriously…
I’ve just asked the Newport Beach Police Department to provide traffic accident and traffic violation data for the last several years.
I’m looking for numbers and descriptions of car vs. bicycle accidents, as well as enforcement details of certain California Vehicle Code and Newport Beach Municipal Code sections that motorists might think of as “No Harm, No Foul” violations. But as I explain below, they are not.
With that in mind, I have asked if the Newport Beach Police Department could provide the following:
- Historical motor vehicle vs. bicycle accident data in Newport Beach
In addition, I have asked if the Department could provide “ticketing” numbers or some other tabulation of motor vehicle code violations / infractions in Newport Beach for the last three years. The specific violations I am curious about are:
- Traffic tickets issued for violations of California Vehicle Code sections:
-21209: Driving in a bike lane
-21211: Stopping in a bike lane
-21703: Following too closely
-23123: Using a handheld phone while driving
-23123.5: Texting while driving
- Traffic tickets issued for violations of Newport Beach Municipal Code section 12.56.060 – parking in a bike lane
Not knowing how records of these traffic tickets would be kept, I understand that data may not be readily available in the format requested and so I have asked whether I need to clarify the request, and have asked the Department to let me know if there is other data that may be helpful to the effort (which I describe below).
From the non sequitur files: A few days ago, in Melbourne, Australia, Shane Warne was driving his car down a road and – depending on whose story you believe – Mr Warne either was randomly assaulted by a cyclist or…
When I talk to people about bicycling in Newport Beach, of which I do a lot, I’m usually telling them how much I enjoy and benefit from it. Yes, both the talking and the cycling.
But I am often asked why cyclists “ride on the road” as opposed to in the bike lane. There are several answers for several situations:
- The first involves the absence of a bike lane altogether. Most Newport Beach roads do not have dedicated bike lanes. And sometimes where there are bike lanes, they mysteriously and inexplicably disappear. For example, San Joaquin Hills Drive has dedicated bike lanes from its southern terminus at Newport Coast Drive all the way down to Spyglass Hill. But, at Spyglass Hill, the bike lanes disappear on both sides of the road. If you are familiar with the downhill side of the road, you know there is a white line painted on the right hand side starting a few hundred yards down the hill. Many people assume the right side of that line is a bike lane. In fact the white line on the right is the “fog line” which marks the edge of the road. The area to the right side of that line is the shoulder of the road. Cyclists are allowed, but not obligated, to use the shoulder. And as you can see in the following Google Maps link, the shoulder there is often filled with parked cars (in violation of the City’s ‘No Parking’ signs). So cyclists can’t ride in that shoulder.
- But, when there is a dedicated bike lane, sometimes it is unsafe due to hazards such as the steel plate truck ramps, sandbags and rocks seen in the next three photos and due to hazards like that described in this related article. These photos were all taken yesterday (11.16.11) on the downhill side of MacArthur Blvd, south of San Miguel, heading toward Corona del Mar: