Last night’s city council meeting was an important one for cyclists. Call it what you want — Multi Modal Transportation, Complete Streets, Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety, Shared Infrastructure — Newport Beach is listening. Three takeaways from the meeting:
1) There will be a Memorial Ride on October 28th for the two women cyclists killed in Newport Beach earlier this month.
2) At the urging of the cycling community, the Memorial Ride will include a fund raising aspect. The City has agreed to match every dollar raised up to $150,000 on a 3:1 basis. Thus, potentially up to $600,000 will be quickly available for improvements to bicycle safety. Thanks to a contribution at the meeting from the CdmCylist, Frank Peters, the fund is off to a great start.
3) The installation of the already approved Sharrows through Corona del Mar has been moved up from “eventually” to October. This highly visible stretch of roadway will send a strong signal that Newport Beach is serious about change.
In a related note, the new City Hall was mentioned several times last night. Here’s hoping that its large price tag includes parking for City Council meeting participants that arrive by bike. This is obviously not the case with the current city hall.