Law abiding ride-around and civil obedience

Now that the Palos Verdes Estates city council has voted down BMUFL signage against the recommendations of its own traffic safety committee, traffic engineer, and outside consultant, it’s apparently necessary that they be reminded why signage got on their agenda to begin with: Three cyclists have died on the peninsula this year and blatant, over the top harassment of cyclists who dare to abide by the California Vehicle Code.

Moreover, the city has sent a clear message to cyclists by voting down signage: It’s okay to terrorize cyclists at will. And cyclists now report a scary uptick in harassing behavior, such as this dick move by the person driving CA license plate number 6USG423.

And from an even scarier view …

At 6:30 PM this Tuesday, October 25 (THAT’S TOMORROW), some cyclists will, as part of traffic, ride through Palos Verdes Estates and ride in and around Malaga Cove Plaza, while doing exactly what the residents have demanded: Fully obey all traffic laws and come to a complete stop at every stop sign. The idea that some residents have made, and that the city has bought into, is that PVE should not consider safer streets (five BMUFL signs) because all cyclists don’t stop at every sign, every time. The city council needs to see again how this faux demand has nothing to do with safety and is a deflection from the real issue: Cars terrorizing bikes and the city’s caving in to the howls of an angry and unrepresentative minority that wants to exclude nonresidents from cycling in PVE.

After riding in and around the plaza as normal traffic, cyclists also plan to attend the PVE city council meeting at 7:30 PM, held in the council chambers just across from Malaga Cove Plaza. During the period for public comment on matters not on the city’s agenda, cyclists will each speak for their three minute allotment, reading from the NIH study that shows signage makes roads safer for bicycles. The council failed to read this document at the last dog-and-pony-show that voted down BMUFL signage, even though it was provided to them in their materials.

If you are a cyclist who is concerned about safety on the PV Peninsula, you should come to this 100% public meeting, read for three minutes from the NIH study (a copy of the study will be available, I’ve heard), and then leave as soon as you’ve read your three minutes; no need to stick around or waste an entire night at the rest of the meeting. You won’t have to stick around for hours as at previous meetings.

Some riders have said they will be convening twice a month to ride and to publicly comment at every council meeting until the city puts the signage back on the agenda and votes to install BMUFL signage and sharrows. The more cyclists who show up and take their full three minutes to read from the NIH study or otherwise advise the council of the need for BMUFL signage and sharrows, the sooner we can expect the city council to vote to put these critical matters back on the agenda and vote to have them installed.

The city has shown that as long as the vocal anti-safety residents gnash & howl loudest, they will not vote for human lives. You should consider spending a few minutes of your time to come to the meeting and oppose such a horrible position.

Democracy only happens when people show up.



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18 thoughts on “Law abiding ride-around and civil obedience”

  1. Seth,

    ‘talked with the VP of OC Wheelmen last week. They do a car/bike on PV a couple times a year, and “everyone loves riding up there.” I think he can send a delegation, not tomorrow, but next meeting. Is that going to be Nov. 8?

  2. Seth, thank you for your advocacy. One question, though: why does it appear that everyone in the video rides like a pack of wild squirrels instead of an organized paceline? Kind of embarrassing to watch, to be honest.

    1. It’s a group of about 90 riders on a very narrow, winding, uphill public roadway. Don’t know how you’d turn that into a paceline. The group stretches out several miles up the road when the road tilts up more.

    2. It’s what the ride is like if you are average. Dog forbid you ask some of them nicely to relax and ride a bit more predictably. Or, you know, split up a little. It’s their own Tour DAY Fraance.

      Wanky has the luxury of riding near the front. It’s much calmer there.

      Wanky is right too… It’s narrow and windy.

  3. Is this the “NIH Study” that was referenced? [insert www. in front of URL]
    “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” Signage Communicates U.S. Roadway Rules and Increases Perception of Safety”

    The article is “open access” and _not_ behind a paywall.

  4. I posted a link to the NIH article but it didnt show up? Maybe because it included an embedded URL?

    Interested readers can Bing or Google the title and it should pop up:

    Bicycles May Use Full Lane Signage Communicates U.S. Roadway Rules and Increases Perception of Safety

  5. Donut video was sketchey, riders 4 wide blowing stop signs. Sat morning ride in Portland ME has 60+ riders and we obey traffic laws and don’t hog the road.

    1. Good for you. I guess those stop signs justify the near-murder. And you noticed he ran it, too.

  6. Holy shit!!
    I just realized that crazy Donut attacker (silver Toyota Scion, Lic# 6USG423) is the SAME CAR that pulled behind skiergirl and me, on Catalina Ave (Redondo Beach) last Saturday!

    I still have the rear camera footage.

    We were riding in # 2 lane, the same crazy dude starts honking behind us, then he pulls up along side and tracks us for a couple blocks.

    I thought he would pop a brain blood vessel. He was cursing, ranting, spraying spittle, and was totally unhinged.

    What would you advise I do? It was in Redondo, not PVE.

  7. Our club has about 300 members with about 80 showing up on our Saturday rides. They are divided into groups of no more than 12.

    A riders are racers, there would be as many B groups as necessary, and then there are C groups which are a mix of recreational riders or new to the club. All groups have at least two ride leaders, with kit that is marked as such.

    Every member of the club must take skills training provided by the club to ensure they have the bike handling skills to ride with the club.

    We ride two abreast only, and switch to single file when traffic conditions require it. In groups of 12 this is easy to manage.

    When I look at that video, I have to say that I understand the drivers. There is only one lane each way, and the drivers have to cross into the oncoming lane for quite a while as the group stretches out that long. That’s not safe for the riders or the drivers.

    Why not break the large group into smaller ones? That’s the least that can be done to resolve a lot of these issues, When we ride on our club rides, we are all going the same route, except for the C riders who do a shorter route.

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