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Your Turn to Weigh in on Commuting by Bicycle

The Orange County Transportation Authority is holding a bikeways roundtable in District 5 to seek public input and plan for the county’s transportation needs.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

From the Orange County Transportation Authority:

The Orange County Transportation Authority is holding a bikeways roundtable in District 5 to seek public input and plan for the county’s transportation needs. 

The roundtable is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 28 at the Laguna Hills Community Center, Heritage Room C, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. 

The public can join OCTA, Orange County Council of Governments, Caltrans, County of Orange and other participating agencies for a discussion on efforts to improve regional connectivity for bicycling in southern Orange County. 

Participating agencies in attendance will include: Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and the Transportation Corridor Agencies. 

During the meeting the public will be able to give feedback and provide comments in regards to bikeway connectivity projects. 

Community members are encouraged to participate in an online survey. The survey asks for public input so OCTA can better understand bicycle transportation in south Orange County. 

The district 5 roundtable is part of the  Regional Bikeways Planning which is a countywide effort involving OCTA, the Orange County Council of Governments, local jurisdictions and bicycle stakeholders. The goals of the effort are to build consensus on key bikeways corridors and to assist local jurisdictions with project development. 

For more information on the roundtable and to take the survey, visitwww.octa.net/bikeways.

KC May 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM
Honestly, the only reason I don't bike to work (even though I am close enough) is that the drivers here cannot be trusted. I've seen way too many ghost bikes marking where cyclists have been killed by cars. Yes, I know there is a shared responsibility but a 3 ton car vs bike is not a remotely even match.
Brainwashed_In_Church May 24, 2014 at 09:30 PM
Cycling to work is great for the 0.0001% of the general commuting population. For other [whatever] percent it's either too far, too time consuming, too difficult, too dangerous, or too affected by weather or there are no showers. It's also a hassle because we often run errands in out of the way places. If your time is worth $5/hour then cycling is great deal too.
Miles Harris May 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Laws in the U.S. are way to lenient on driver who hit cyclists. Many times just probation or a few months in jail. In a few cases the driver have sued the family of the cyclist for emotional stress. In Ireland the laws are much more harsh and you see many more cyclist getting more respect from cars. A cabbie in Ireland once told me that one month of the year they should have "open season" on cyclist! No wonder some people would rather drive a car!
george gregory May 25, 2014 at 10:29 AM
as a pedestrian id rather face a bike than a car , as a bike rider id rather face a pedestrian than a car , so why are bikes forced to ride in traffic with cars , san clemente keeps squandering opportunity's for better bike ways , the coastal trail could have been much more friendly to bikes and kept many bikes off el camino real but its surface is not all weather and its restrictions are many and confusing enforced with fines id like to point out that Metro link and buses have bike rakes that can cover the large distances in ones bike adventure have a good ride every one (-:p
Brainwashed_In_Church May 25, 2014 at 01:07 PM
These are great ideas. Too bad nobody has an extra couple hundred million dollars to implement them.

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