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A Plea from PEDal’s Brenda Miller


Just a few days short of the 1-year anniversary of the gruesomely tragic deaths of two female bicyclists, yet another bicyclist, this time Debra H. Deem, was killed on Newport Beach’s racetrack-inspired roadways. Debra passed away last week from injuries suffered a few days earlier.

Not coincidentally, Newport Beach is creating its first Bicycle Master Plan, a policy document that will set the priorities for how the City allocates public right-of-way among the different modes of travel.

According to California’s Office of Traffic and Safety, Newport Beach consistently ranks as one of the 5 worst cities of its size for bike/pedestrian safety. The only way to change this statistic is to shift the priority from minimizing motorists’ delay to protecting bicyclists’ and pedestrians’ lives. 

Your voice is needed to send a loud message to decision-makers, staff, and consultants that you’re no longer willing to accept the risks resulting from prioritizing motor vehicle speeds over the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians.

WHAT: the Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee’s monthly meeting 
WHEN: 5PM Tuesday, September  3 
WHERE: Community Room at the Newport Beach Civic Center  
Link to agenda: here
Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan Website

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Brenda Miller is a San Clemente-based bike advocate. Visit her blog and Facebook page.




David Huntsman

Husband, father, cyclist, lawyer

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