Arizona Road Cyclist News

October 5, 2011

News for those who bicycle Arizona's streets and roads
Editor, Jack Quinn

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I’m writing this issue late Tuesday afternoon, and I hope to get it out on schedule on Wednesday without passing up my Wednesday morning bike ride with the Wheezers and Geezers. Due to time pressures, I have not been able to cover all of the upcoming cycling events. I’m particularly sorry to have not had time to discuss the various cycling events in Tempe surrounding the Tour de Fat and other cycling events that will take place in Tempe in October. However, the Tempe Bicycle Action Group has a list of these events on its Website, which you can view by clicking here.

I’d like to thank those readers who sent in articles on upcoming cycling events that I could paste into the news letter with little editing. Articles written by readers are in italic type. Sending me a well-written article about a cycling event greatly increases the chances that I will be able to include it in the newsletter.

I also planned to do an article on the recently-released ADOT study on bicycle/motor vehicle crashes, but it will have to wait until the next issue. If you want to peruse the study for yourself, you can do so by clicking here.

In order to get this issue out on Wednesday (I want it to be published before Thursday morning’s Scottsdale City Council Trails Subcommittee meeting on Hidden Hills), I will also have less time than usual for proofreading. I therefore apologize in advance for the fact that this issue is likely to have even more errors than usual.

In this issue:
     Hidden Hills Public Meeting Wrap-Up
     The 100 Ride for Jim Stenholm – October 22
     Sonoita-Patagonia Time Trial – October 9
     Tour de Paradise – October 15
     Sedona Metric Centuries – October 15 & 16
     Heart of Arizona Century – November 5
     Cave Creek Bicycle Festival – November 11, 12, & 13
     GM Classic 2011 Omnium – November 5 & 6
     Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – November 11
     ABC Granada Park Breakfast Ride Destinations
     Feedback – Our Readers Respond
     About Arizona Road Cyclist News

Hidden Hills Public Meeting Wrap-Up

An informational meeting about the proposal to “temporarily” close the easement in Hidden Hills to cyclists was held last Thursday evening in the Via Linda Senior Center in Scottsdale. I put the word “temporary” in quotation marks, because the Hidden Hills Homeowners Association made it clear that it will vociferously oppose any attempt to reopen the easement if it is closed. Its spokespersons view temporary closure as an intermediate step towards permanent closure.

The meeting, which seemed to be attended by roughly even numbers of residents of Hidden Hills and cyclists, threw more heat than light on the subject. After a short presentation, the microphone was made available to attendees to “ask questions.” The question period turned, of course, into a comment session, where both residents and cyclists expressed their views.

Most of the cyclists who spoke sought a compromise with the residents that would keep the easement open. In sharp contrast, most of the residents who spoke were vehement in their opposition to allowing cyclists to enter their gated community under any circumstances. The speakers exhibited a visceral dislike of the cyclists and made it clear that they want them gone – permanently! They are not interested in compromising, in improving cyclist behavior, nor in coexisting with cyclists.

It was evident that those residents started from the point of view that they want the cyclists gone and then came up with arguments to give their emotional dislike of us a veneer of logic. Their stated reasons for finding cyclists intolerable did not make sense. Their arguments were mostly untrue, exaggerated, or consisted of anecdotes presented as general truths. I will not go into all of those arguments in detail here, as I think they are irrelevant to the real issue, although I will present some selected examples.

Several residents said that the cyclists are a safety hazard, even though the safety record of cyclists in the community is excellent. Another pointed out that workers’ trucks are often parked along the street, “which are difficult for cars to navigate, let alone bicycles.” She seemed to not know that bicycles are much more maneuverable than cars and can much better navigate obstacles. A third complaint involved cyclists exceeding the unofficial 20-mile-per-hour speed limit, an issue that has validity but would be much more persuasive if almost all of the residents didn’t travel at least as fast in their SUVs as the cyclists travel on their bikes.

At the end of the meeting, someone asked if the residents would accept the cyclists if they all behaved well. There were a few murmurs of assent, which were drowned out by a chorus of nos. This attitude explains why none of the improvements in cyclist behavior have been acknowledged by the residents.

Several speakers made it plain that if the easement is temporarily closed to cyclists, they will fight any attempt to reopen it. One of them said that if the decision of the City of Scottsdale goes against the residents, he would have the easement permanently closed to cyclists in defiance of the City’s decision and the matter would have to be settled in court. This illustrates what was stated above: To the people who control the homeowners’ association, there is no room for compromise. The cyclists must go!

Many cyclists ride Hidden Hills, and not all of them behave as they should. It is logical that many residents would regard so many cyclists as an annoyance, but we are an annoyance that they signed a contract to tolerate when they purchased their homes. Why have they turned a minor annoyance into a major issue? I have no answer to that question.

The Trails Subcommittee will meet on the subject tomorrow, October 6, at 9 a.m. in the Arizona Room in the Public Safety Building, 8401 E Indian School Road in Scottsdale. If I understood correctly, attendees will have an opportunity to speak, but their time will be strictly limited to three minutes. I plan to speak on behalf of cyclists, and three of us have jointly submitted written arguments in favor of keeping the easement open.

Finally, the Transportation Committee will meet on the matter in Kiva City Hall, 3939 North Drinkwater Boulevard in Scottsdale on October 20 at 6 p.m. to make a decision on the closure.

Of course, it will help our cause enormously if cyclists behave well when they ride Hidden Hills. Be friendly and respectful to the residents, even if some of them are hostile to you. Obey the speed limit. Do not impede traffic, and above all, do not ride on the sidewalks to avoid the speed humps (cyclists who ride on the sidewalks were one of the major gripes). Try to ignore motorists who pull out in front of you from driveways and side streets in an attempt to create an incident. We need to show the City of Scottsdale that we are reasonable, well-behaved citizens of the community, which most of us are.

The 100 Ride for Jim Stenholm -- October 22

This is the third year of the 100 ride in memory of Jim Stenholm, a Phoenix police officer and bicycle racer who passed away three years ago. Each year we hold a ride in his memory and to raise money for the 100 Club, a club that helps the families of deceased and injured police officers and fire fighters. This ride is special to many people with whom I ride, not only because Jim was such a great man who died far too young, but also because he raced for the Phoenix Consumer Cycling Club, the same team that I (occasionally) race for. Because details about the ride have been late in getting out this year, I want to make sure that everyone is aware of it.

The Wheezers and Geezers chow down on free food after last year’s Stenholm 100. You editor is the goofy-looking guy in the center in the red jersey with his arms on his knees.

The ride starts on Saturday, October 22 at Desert Horizons Park, 16002 North 56th Street, at 8 a.m. The park is located just a bit less and ½ mile north of Greenway or just over ½ mile south of Bell Road.

Riders are requested to show up between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. to register. Registration is $30 and is conducted onsite. Because the race is run by volunteers and much of the food fed to the riders is donated, most of that money goes to its intended cause.

The ride is theoretically 100 kilometers or 62 miles, but don’t look too closely at your cycling computer, or you may find that the route is a few miles short. The ride will have a police escort that will block traffic at intersections so that the group can roll from SAG stop to SAG stop unimpeded by traffic lights and stop signs. The SAG stops themselves feature delicious homemade cookies as well as lots of other goodies, and after the ride, riders will be well fed at the park.

Here is the description from the ride’s organizers:

The 100 is a ride for fun. It’s a ride with friends. It’s a ride for remembrance. And it’s a ride that has raised $15,000 for the 100 Club of Arizona, an organization dedicated to helping first responders and the families of first responders who are fallen or injured. And whether you rode it once or twice or this will be your first, we’re looking forward to seeing you ride for Jim Stenholm and everything he stood for on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

·         Where? -- Departs and Returns to Desert Horizon Park 16030 N. 56th Street (on 56th St. at Paradise Lane, between Bell & Greenway roads) The Course Map is attached and follows the same route as in 2010

·         When? -- Ride departs at 8 a.m. and returns at Noon-ish Onsite registration begins at 6:30 a.m. (Online registration is not available) All riders need to be ready to leave by 7:45 a.m.

·         Cost? -- We hope that you’ll have such a great time that you’ll give $30 to The 100 Club of Arizona and Off the Back: The Jim Stenholm Foundation. Both are not-for-profit organizations dedicated to supporting first responders and their families. Donations accepted during registration.

·         Ride Rules? -- The 100 is a group ride, not a race. The 100 will have a Phoenix Police Department motorcycle escort – twice as many as in previous years for traffic control – and support vehicles will follow. For those unable to complete the full course, you can call the phone number provided on the course map to be picked up. All riders that have not reached the second SAG stop by 11:30 will need to be picked up and returned to the starting point.

·         Parking? -- Parking is first come, first serve at Desert Horizon Park and must also accommodate general public use. Additional parking is available on surrounding streets. Carpooling is encouraged. Please park according to street guidelines.

·         Lunch? We’ll provide the food and beverages but you’ll need to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets, or do what your newsletter editor does and sit on the grass.

We’re wrapping up the final details and we have a few “asks” of you …

·         Share The 100 on Facebook
  www.facebook.com/RideforJimStenholm<http://www.facebook.com/RideforJimStenholm> – with your friends and family. You can “Like” the official community page on Facebook to receive updates and see pictures of the ride long after it’s over and you can RSVP directly to the event, which is linked on the left side of the page. You never know, there might be an awesome picture of you in spandex.

·         If you aren’t riding in The 100 this year, or even if you are, we hope you’ll check out Spencer and Avery Stenholm’s ride for their Dad at www.crowdrise/com/spencerandaveryridethe100<http://www.crowdrise/com/spencerandaveryridethe100>. Someday they’ll ride with you, but for now they are riding a total of 62 miles on their bicycles between September 22 and October 22. They love their bikes, just like their Dad.

See you in three weeks. Don’t forget your bike. And your $30 donation. Because we know you’re awesome. Just like Jim was.

Email 100forJim@gmail.com<mailto:100forJim@gmail.com> with questions. To RSVP for the ride on Facebook go to https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=101090446655586

I’ve uploaded the ride’s flyer and the route map to the Arizona Road Cyclist News Website in PDF format. To view the flyer, click here. To view the route map, click here.

Sonoita-Patagonia Time Trial -- October 9

The Sonoita-Patagonia Time Trial is a short, fast individual time trial with an elevation loss of 700 feet. The winners usually average well above 30 miles per hour over that course, and all riders who break the 30-mile-per-hour barrier will receive a “Minimum Speed 30 mph” T-shirt. In addition to normal time-trail bikes, there will be categories for recumbents.

Registration is $3 for juniors and $20 for others. Riders must be licensed by USA Cycling. Day and annual licenses will be for sale at registration.

As the race name implies, it starts in the town of Sonoita with parking at the Sonoita Fairgrounds. Registration is onsite from 8 to 9 a.m. the day of the race with the first rider off at 9:30. Riders can pre-register the night before the race from 4 to 8 p.m. at Lerua’s Mexican Restaurant, 2005 East Broadway Boulevard in Tucson.

To view the race’s Web page, click here.

Tour de Paradise -- October 15

The Tour de Paradise (shouldn’t that be el Tour del Paraíso?) is a fund-raising ride to benefit Duet, a non-profit organization that helps homebound seniors with chores such as getting groceries and rides to the doctor’s office. In order to participate, all riders 17 years old or older are required to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges. Registered riders can create a Webpage online to help them obtain their pledges. Riders 16 years old and younger are not required to obtain pledges, but those youngsters who do obtain pledges of at least $100 are eligible to win prizes.

The ride itself starts at Moon Valley Park, 502 West Coral Gables Drive in Phoenix. There are three distances: a 62-mile metric century, a 30-mile ride, and an 8-mile family fun ride. Check-in is at 6:30 a.m. with the first group of riders departing at 7:30.

In addition to raising pledges, riders must pay an entry fee of $35 for adults and $15 for youths. A ride jersey may be ordered at the time of registration for $59.

For more information on the Tour de Paradise, click here.

Sedona Metric Centuries -- October 15 & 16

Here’s a chance for the macho among you to do back-to-back metric century rides on two consecutive days. If you don’t feel up to putting in 124 miles over the weekend, there are also 40-mile options both days.

All rides start from the Big Park Community School in Sedona. Things get under way at 6 a.m. Saturday morning with registration and packet pick-up for preregistered riders plus a continental breakfast. The metric century will ride from Sedona to Jerome and back, a route that includes a challenging climb half way up Mingus Mountain. The 40-mile ride will go to Page Springs and back. After the rides, there will be a Bar-B-Que from noon to 2 p.m.

Sunday’s activities again begin at 6 a.m. with packet pick-up. Both rides will proceed to Montezuma’s Well, where a pancake breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. After breakfast, the 40-mile ride will head directly back to Sedona, whereas those doing the metric century will ride to Page Springs before returning to Sedona.

The registration fee is $50 for one of the rides or $80 to ride both Saturday and Sunday until October 8. After that day, there will be an additional $10 late-registration fee. The fee includes a T-shirt. Early registration is online.

To connect to the ride’s Web page, click here.

Heart of Arizona Century -- November 5

The Bull Shifters' Heart of Arizona Century Ride (just over 100 miles) and brevet (extend the ride to 125 miles) is one of the toughest one-day rides in Arizona. It takes place in the hilly country generally north of Wickenburg and features lots of climbing. If you would like to finish off the season with a tough one-day ride, this is it!.

The Heart of Arizona Century starts at a wide spot in the road called Congress, Arizona, which is northwest of Wickenburg. The ride starts out innocently enough with a 6.4-mile, mostly-level ride out to US Highway 93, also known as the Joshua Tree Forest Parkway.

The 22 miles on US 93 is the only section with a traffic problem. Drivers on their way to Las Vegas cruise along well in excess of the speed limit, and most of this stretch is two lanes wide with occasional sections of four-lane road. There is a shoulder, but it is narrow and separated from the road by a very rough rumble strip. I find that the best tactic for riding this stretch is to ride in the traffic lane and use a mirror to watch for cars coming up behind. When traffic approaches, I cross the rumble strip and ride the shoulder at a slower pace. After the cars and/or trucks pass, I re-cross the rumble strip and ride in the traffic lane, where I can again pick up the pace.

The first SAG stop is at the Santa Maria River at the bottom of a long descent. The good news is that just up the road, the route leaves US 93, and from there on the route is not only beautiful, there is only an occasional motor vehicle, and most drivers are not in a hurry and are glad to share the road with bicycles. The bad news is that the climbing is about to begin.

The next 16 miles to the next SAG stop are deceptive. They consist mostly of rollers, but the general tendency is uphill. Riders who are doing that event for the first time are likely to think, “If this is what they call climbing, this isn’t so bad.” Hang onto your cleats, because after the next SAG stop comes the killer climb. Oh, at this point the brevet riders get to take a detour up the hill to the left to the town of Bagdad and then turn around and come back. Be sure to top off your water bottles here, because you will drink every drop you can carry before the next stop.

After SAG stop #2, there is a six-mile descent back to the Santa Maria River. This section seems like a piece of cake. But then the road starts to trend uphill. The climb doesn’t seem that serious at first, but it goes on and on for 10 miles. If you’re not keeping track of the millage you’re going to be repeated disappointed by the series of false summits. It seems that you’re at the top, and then the road goes around a turn, and a new section of road comes into view heading up into the sky. Thankfully, there is usually a Bull Shifter at the side of the road about 2/3 of the way up the climb handing out bottles of water to those need it, and almost everyone needs it. If you manage this section without stopping, you can feel superior to the riders you see stopped on the side of the road, leaning over their bikes, and panting.

From the next SAG stop, the ride is mostly rolling with a few thrilling short descents until Kirkland Junction. This part of the ride is beautiful, and it feels good to be at the top of the ride’s worst climb, but the elation is interrupted every 20 feet or so by another bump in the road. The bumps are not serious enough to make a rider slow down, but they are irritating.

From Kirkland Junction, the ride should be easy, right? There are only a bit more than 20 miles left in the ride, and 9 of those miles are downhill. Better yet, from Kirkland Junction, the route starts out slightly downhill. Don’t get too elated, the road soon starts uphill again. I don’t know the elevation gain, but there is a significant climb all the way through the town of Yarnell to the top of Yarnell Hill with seldom a chance to let up on the pressure on the pedals. There is almost always a strong headwind to add to the pain.

When you reach the top of Yarnell Hill, the pain is over. The descent through the switchbacks down Yarnell Hill is thrilling. For nine miles, you won’t have to turn a pedal if you don’t want to.

At the bottom of Yarnell Hill, there are a few very short uphill sections, but if you’re like me, you’ll believe that you already smell the hot dogs and hamburgers that the Bull Shifters have cooking back at the start/finish line, so the ride to the finish will be easy.

When you reach the finish, you may swear that you’ll never be dumb enough to put yourself through such torture again, but as you set around the table, munch on your well-deserved lunch, and swap lies with the other riders, you’ll already be planning your strategy for conquering the ten-mile hill next year.

The Heart of Arizona Century costs $40 for members of the Bull Shifters, the Arizona Bicycle Club, GABA and RUSA (a club for long-distance cyclists – www.rusa.org) and $45 for others until October 30. After that date, add a $10 late fee.

To view the ride’s Website, click here.

Cave Creek Bicycle Festival – November 11, 12 & 13

Hi Jack,

Glad you’re back! I love the local news you provide…THANK YOU!

This year, I hope to catch you early enough to ask you if you would be so kind as to include a mention of the 3rd Annual Cave Creek Bicycle Festival in your e-news letter?  We did this for our inaugural event, I was too late last year…

Check out our evolving website + Facebook page, too.  We are in the final planning stages for this year, with so many exciting things coming together I can hardly contain myself!  For the Sake of Open Space

www.cavecreekbicyclefestival.com

·         The Mountain Bike Race Ride is a 22 mile loop through the foothills in Cave Creek, which has spawned a healthy-loyal following on various rides throughout the week…this is a spirited event taking on some major roots!

·         The Bella Fondo Road Ride, 30 & 50 mile options, takes in the best routes the north valley has to offer, right off our door steps in “The Creek”….

·         Our most hysterical event is the Kids Kriterium event which starts kids < age 4 on kick-bikes, through age groups up to 14…these monsters take cycling seriously!!!  We have the local Fire Company start each age group race with a cycle lead-out…guaranteed to have you cracking up, I’m just sayin’…

·         Not to forget the Alley Cat Race, the Ride-in-Theatre…complete with the Huffy Toss contest, even packet pick-up & registration takes on the festival of fun~~~

As advocates for all kinds of cycling, all things considered BIKES, we consider our event a family affair, getting the youth of our communities accustomed to cycling along with the rules of the road + trail at an early age.  We like to think this will propagate a healthy knowledge about our sport & the healthy lifestyle it encourages.

Just this summer, leaders of the CCBF have developed an official advocacy alliance, the Cave Creek Bicycle Association, which is currently working to promote proper trail building in our area, and in conjunction with the Town of Cave Creek, has obtained a grant for the development of bike lane through town, border-to-border.  We held a movie screening of “Pedal Driven”, introducing to a collective audience what we hope to accomplish through appropriate channels, the preservation of our Open Space for future generations. 

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the need for willing volunteers.  Our website offers an easy opportunity for folks to log-in with their preferences for contribution to our fabulous bike-fest.

With the best of regards, RIDE ON!

Ann Patsy

GM Classic 2011 Omnium -- November 5 & 6

In recent years, the Arizona road racing season has begun in January, and by the end of spring, the bulk of the mass-start races for the year have already been held, with little on the schedule during the rest of the year except time trials and hill climbs. It is therefore a boon to cyclists looking for a late-season race that the Yuma Bike Club is holding a two-day race in November, when the temperatures are still perfect for riding hard.

The first stage of the omnium, held on November 5, is a 7.62-mile individual time trial to be held on the oval banked road of the General Motors test track. The course is flat and should be very fast. The first rider will start at 7 a.m.

Day two on November 6 is a road race with different distances for different categories of riders. The exact distances are a bit hazy. The ride’s Web site reads that the race is “33/66/99 miles,” whereas on the registration page the distances are listed as 27 miles for juniors, 81 miles for pro, category 1 and category 2 men and women, and 54 miles for all other categories.

The time trial entry fee is $10 for juniors and $30 for adults. The road race costs $20 for juniors and $50 for all adult categories. Online registration is available until noon Eastern Time on November 1.

To connect to the race’s Web page, click here.

Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – November 11

Hello there!

Thank you for doing this terrific newsletter every month. Would you mind adding this information in your next edition?

Register now for the Second Annual Cystic Fibrosis Cycle For Life on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

http://www.cff.org/Chapters/arizona/index.cfm?ID=18283&blnShowBack=True&idContentType=1239&Event=18283

Two routes are available beginning at Heritage Park in Florence, Arizona—75-mile route and 35-mile route. This charity event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and offers a great route for those preparing for their first metric century. It’s flat, fully-supported and will feature a BBQ, beer and a live band at the finish for the riders, the volunteers and families.

Get a taste of the ride by joining the group for a free ride on Saturday, Oct. 15, from BJ’s Brewery and Restaurant. SAG support will be offered, breakfast foods, rest stops and a free lunch. Plus, those who wish to register for the November ride may do so for only $20 (plus fundraising minimum of $100).

To sign up for ride updates click here:

http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=0011QHrsLot1-em1_geF8bttw%3D%3D

Register now for the Fourth Annual Women-only Girls Gone Riding bike ride on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.

http://www.active.com/cycling/gilbert-az/allwomen-girls-gone-riding-bike-ride-4th-annual-2012

Four routes are available beginning at Higley High School at 4605 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert, AZ, 85296.

Ride 15-miles; 34-miles; 62-miles or complete your first 100-mile century! A charity event that benefits multiple Phoenix charities: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; National MS Society; Phoenix Women’s sports Association and Not One More cyclist Foundation, the Girls Gone Riding bike ride features breakfast, lunch, fully-supported rest stops, SAG, and opportunities to earn the annual jersey by raising money—all while enjoying a ride with like-minded women through Gilbert, east Mesa and Chandler.

Registration is $30 right now through November.

For the Girls Gone Riding newsletter click here: http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001Md2lQvja6UDLbXDpJVylvw==

Register now for the 4th Annual Girls Gone Riding All-Women's Bike Ride

http://girlsgoneriding.blogspot.com

http://www.examiner.com/cycling-in-gilbert/sheryl-keeme

Thank you,
Sheryl Keeme
Sheryl@girlsgoneriding.org

ABC Granada Park Breakfast Ride Destinations

Here are the Breakfast Ride destinations for the Granada Park Chapter of the Arizona Bicycle Club for the remainder of the month of October. The ride leaves Granada Park, Twentieth Street and Maryland, at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. The ride divides into several speed groups, and there is a group for almost every level of cycling from the casual Cruiser pace to the race-speed of the Pacers One.

·         October 9, First Watch #5, southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.

·         October 16, Wildflower Bread Company, 4290 East Indian School Road

·         October 23, Mimi’s, Metro Center

·         October 30, Deer Valley Airport Restaurant, 702 West Deer Valley Road

Feedback – Our Readers Respond

Hi Jack,

This comment has nothing to do with particular circumstances surrounding the tragic death of the Tucson cyclist at the hands of a hit-and-run criminal...

"while riding in a bicycle lane near East Escalante Road and South Calexico Avenue in Tucson"

There is no bicycle lane there (there are practically no bicycle lanes in all of Tucson). There is nothing more than an edge line. I'm not sure why people, including supposed professionals (Tucson Police Dept press release), insist on pretending that shoulders are bike lanes but there you have it.

And AGAIN, to reiterate, this has nothing to do with this particular incident -- it is more of a huge public perception problem of confusing bike lanes (which are engineered to be be ridden on by bicyclists) with shoulders (which may OR MAY NOT be appropriate to ride on).

TPD press release: http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/files/police/media-releases/fatal_collision_-_escalantecalexico.pdf.

As far as i know the Pima County Bikeway map is accurate, hardly any orange (Bike Lanes); and the map veritably bleeds red (red being "Bike Route with Striped Shoulder"): http://bikeped.pima.gov/Publications.html

You might be surprised.

Ed Beighe

[I did take the statement that the cyclist was riding in a bicycle lane from the police department press release without verifying it, although I know that police officers and others often mistakenly call the road shoulder to the right of the white fog line a bicycle lane. To be clear, a bike lane is designated as such by signs next to the lane and by the stick figure of a person riding a bike painted on the pavement within the bike lane. (Some older bike lanes may have a diamond in place of the stick figure.) Thanks for the correction, Ed. – JQ]

Hello Jack!

It was nice meeting you last night at the meeting. It was an interesting discussion. Obviously, both sides are very far apart. It was clear to me that the cyclists want to keep the VL Hill [Via Linda Hill, aka Hidden Hills – JQ] open, since it truly is a "training run" and even more than that - the VL Hill is a popular "destination" for many of the cycling people/groups. It is a good turn around point, and people like myself JUST LIKE IT.

It was also clear to me that the residents just do not want cyclists riding in their neighborhood... PERIOD. It does not matter if people are well behaved or not. They just do not want to SEE any cyclists behind the gates. That is what I got out of last night's meeting. There will be no compromise - was my take-away from listening to everyone speak last night.

I think it is important to get the email addresses of the TRAILS SUBCOMMITTEE people - and the TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION people - whoever these people are.... I think it would be VERY HELPFUL if those emails could be put out there in your newsletter. AND if you could inform people about last night's meeting - and explain the importance of them emailing these committees and also showing up at the meetings. Just my opinion - but I also think it would be helpful if cycling people wear their jerseys or bike tees to these meetings so the committee members can see how many people are "WITH" the cyclists. Last night I did not know who was on which side... unless people spoke.

Since you already have a forum for disseminating information - I think what I have said in this email might be very helpful. Let me know what you think.

Have a good one.
Jill Feldman

[Thanks, Jill. Partly due to your urging, I did send out a bulletin last week telling readers where they could send their comments.]

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