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July Bike Safety Meeting

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Coast Hwy Crash victim Mark Goodley

He’s grown a beard because he can’t shave; it hides the scars where the plastic surgeon stitched his face together after the crash. Mark Goodley and his wife Susan attended last night’s Citizens Bicycle Safety Meeting at the Library to contribute details of their bike/car crash last month in Corona del Mar.

“I knew of the Bike Safety meetings and I thought about attending, but something would always come up,” but he was there last night and I expect to see him each month from now on — safety on the roads isn’t something Mark takes for granted any more.

I picked him up at his home and drove him to the meeting; it was the first time we’d met in person. He’s not riding his bike; it was destroyed. He can’t shake hands or do much with his right arm still; he got banged up pretty good on Sunday June 10th when a motorist making a left turn across Coast Hwy at Iris hit him.

On the way to the meeting Mark had many questions about Sharrows, the safety feature coming soon to this same stretch of road in CdM. It will take awhile, but the intent is to alert both motorists and cyclists that the narrow travel lanes and the proximity of the parked cars means that cyclists can and should ride in the center of the right lane as they move through town.

At the end of the meeting my wife heard Susan Goodley say, “See you July 10th.” That’s when the City Council takes up the issue of Sharrows. Want to learn more about this safety feature? Watch the video.

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Frank Peters

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