Are Helmets Enough?

          As bicyclists, we’ve all heard of other riders who were involved in an accident with a vehicle. Perhaps you’ve even had experience with aggressive drivers or a dangerous road condition first-hand. Because these incidents are all too common, we know how important it is to wear helmets. However, rarely do we hear about an equally important need; the need to be adequately insured. Most people are unaware that many of the coverages on your automobile policy extend to provide you protection while you’re on your bicycle. Hard to imagine? Let’s look at an example. Tom was an extremely cautious bicycle rider, always wearing a helmet and obeying all the traffic laws. However, one day, he was involved in an accident with a hit and run driver. Tom had extensive injuries that required a several months stay in the hospital and extensive physical therapy. Due to his injuries, he was also unable to work for a year and a half. Fortunately for Tom (and...
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Q & A with Julian Katz, SBBC Board Member

We sat down with Julian Katz, SBBC Board Member and dubbed as the "cycling king of Hermosa Beach"  for a Q & A on his thoughts on safe cycling. Q: What are some fundamentals about bike safety that every cyclist should know? A: Bike safety fundamentals include wearing a helmet, checking your bike before riding, riding to the right or in bikeways if available, being respectful of drivers and other cyclists and pedestrians.  We'll have to get you a copy of our "Share the Road" pamphlet. Q: What motivates your passion for cycling and why was it important for you to be involved in the cycling community? A: I've been dedicated to giving back to the community in the form of getting bikeways put on the streets so that others can enjoy cycling as I have.  That's true for all of us in the SBBC. Q: If there’s one thing you could encourage other cyclists to do, what would it be? A: Get involved. As my answer...
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Guess what Newport Beach City Council did within 30 days of two bicycle deaths?

After back to back bicycle deaths last year, Mayor Gardner led the Newport City Council to authorize the painting of sharrows as a first step to prevent further fatalities.  Why sharrows? Because it is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to make our streets safer for all riders whether they are going to school,  going to work, or recreational riding. "There are things we can control such as education and making basic road improvements," Gardner said. "Painting these sharrows in Corona del Mar is a part of that effort." The irony here is that Newport Beach, similar to Manhattan Beach and six other local cities that are part of the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan already had these recommendations years earlier.  Unfortunately, it required blood on the pavement before the city responded. Closer to home, Hermosa Beach had also installed sharrows as well and has reported fewer bike collisions. The benefits of encouraging residents to ride their bikes more are numerous.  Not only...
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