This “no bicycles in street” sign on Fernleaf Avenue in Newport Beach, CA community of Corona del Mar illegally directs bike riders to walk their bikes on the adjacent sidewalk. Update: After action by local cyclists, the city said they’ll remove the sign and replace it with a warning.
Similar signs were in place since the 70s, removed more recently after construction, and replaced after some neighbors brought the dangerous conditions of this hillside road to the city council’s attention. People who drive on Fernleaf say this road is too narrow, too steep, and has too many blind turns for cyclists to ride safely, so they take up the White Man’s Burden and teach road safety to infantile bike riders, even while violating California state law, which prohibits local governments from banning bikes from the road. Specifically, CVC 21 mandates a uniform traffic code for the entire state.
Newport Beach bike rider Frank Peters mentioned this sign in his column in the local paper and received plenty of anti-bike backlash from his neighbors, who all acknowledge they pilot multi-ton death monsters but put the onus of safety not on those who operate the more dangerous machines, but on their potential victims. In an ideal world, power is tempered with responsibility; in their world, might makes right and hoary folly totters on in her mad careenings, crushing cyclists into the dust.