Lessons from a European Bike Ride

Many of you already know me.  For those of you who do not, my name is Marissa Christiansen.   I am the Initiative Director for the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan.  As our project gains momentum, I will be making regular posts on this forum. Having recently returned from a European vacation with my husband through Belgium and the Netherlands, I thought I would share some simple, yet overlooked lessons I learned from these titans of bike planning.  My husband and I heavily relied upon our fire-engine red rented Mac Bikes to traverse the City of Amsterdam.  It was a cold, wet and amazingly entertaining experience. While the demography, density and general culture of this bike-centric port town is a far cry from our own beach-centric South Bay suburbs, I realized their transportation culture does not have to elude our own streets.  Numerous studies have already told us that bike-friendly cities have safer streets, and now I can attest to this from personal experience… I...
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SBBC Helps With Another Hermosa Beach Bike Corral

On Saturday, November 13 in support of the Grand Reopening of Pier Avenue the South Bay Bicycle Coalition once again teamed up with the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Hermosa Cyclery to offer a free bike corral for bike riding visitors to the event. Hermosa Beach Mayor Peter Tucker dropped by the location to say hello and lend his support for a more bicycle friendly Hermosa.  Here he is with Steve Collins of Hermosa Cyclery ...
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South Bay Bike Counts – 65 Locations!

After months of government outreach, city resolution adoptions, and consultant interviews and contracts, the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan recently celebrated its first technically-based accomplishment: bike counts. A bike count is basically a peak traffic study tailored specifically towards bikes.  It provides valuable baseline data that will inform the plan's new bikeway proposals. With 65 volunteers covering 65 locations across two days last week, the South Bay Bicycle Coalition and their grant partners now have the necessary basis for prioritizing new bikeways. The volunteers that committed three hours of their time to gathering this information showed a great deal of dedication and enthusiasm and it could not have been done without them.  The cities of El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale and Gardena all offered paid staff to assist in the effort, as did Hermosa Cyclery. The South Bay Bicycle Coalition plans to do another round of these counts next year, so please sign up for our email list to stay involved!  Check back soon...
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November 16 SBBC Meeting is a Cocktail Mixer @ Union Cattle Company – Join Us!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 will be our last members meeting of this exciting, groundbreaking year and we invite you to join us for a special no-host bar Cocktail Infused Social Mixer from 7pm to 9pm at Union Cattle Company, 1310 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach - http://www.unioncattlecompany.com/ Please come and bring your bicycle-riding friends to have a drink with our SBBC Board, get to know your fellow bike advocates and enjoy a casual, fun celebration of our work on the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan, our successful bike valets, our 10-10-10 PedalPalooza, our just concluded bike counts and the coming together of the South Bay bicycling community. We won't have any formal program but we'll talk, we'll laugh, we'll drink and we'll bond. We hope to see you there and we look forward to a terrific evening together! Bike On!...
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What I Learned at the Great South Bay Bike Count of 2010 – from Redondo Beach Patch.com

When I bought my first bike as an adult back in 1991 the salesman at the bike shop asked me what kind of helmet I wanted."Oh, I don't need a helmet," I told him. "The bicycle and other accessories are already costing me enough." The salesman smiled and nodded and said, "Sure, no problem.  What did you say you do?" "I'm a writer and a creative director," I proudly told him. "Oh, so you use this," he said pointing at his cranium. "To make a living." It only took me about a millisecond to get it and say, "Show me where those helmets are." Read the rest of the story on Redondo Beach Patch.com...
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