Tonight the Newport Beach City Council unanimously approved the Bicycle Master Plan.
In process since 2009 when Councilmember Nancy Gardner started the Task Force on Bicycle Safety and continuing through Councilman Tony Petros’ final push to get the Plan prepared, the City now has a comprehensive document to address bike safety issues.
There’s a lot to do and it will take years. Many people have contributed, but due for some special recognition is Public Works’ Brad Sommers who has risen to the occasion; he understands the challenges and knows what must be done.
It will take money to implement, but the Plan opens the door to funding from state and regional sources. I’m guessing that the oft quoted $20 million to deliver the Plan will be found sooner than most people might think.