California Assembly member Das Williams, representing portions of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, introduced ACR 58 to honor long-time bike advocate Ralph Fertig by naming a bike path after him.
Fertig was well-known among bike activists throughout California for his persistent and consistent advocacy work. Those of you stuck on 101 as you drive along the coast between L.A. and the Bay Area can thank Fertig for prioritizing local transportation needs over inter-regional highway plans. As a co-founder of Grassroots 101 in the early 1990s, for example, he successfully stopped a Highway 101 widening project in Santa Barbara. The funds for that project were instead used for local transportation improvements: a widened North Jameson Lane in Montecito, specifically for bike lanes, and and a Class I bike path over Ortega Hill.
He attended Caltrans planning meetings for a Highway 101 widening project in Ventura County, lobbying successfully for the bike path between Rincon and Mussel Shoals.
Fertig passed away on July 18, 2014. ACR 58 will designate the Highway 101 bike path in Ventura County the “Ralph Fertig Memorial Bicycle-Pedestrian Path.” ACR 58 will also name a pedestrian crossing under Highway 101 in La Conchita the Peter Douglas Coastal Access Way, after the former Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission who passed in April 2012. The author of this Concurrent Resolution, Assembly Member Williams, is himself a fixture among Santa Barbara cyclists and regularly shows up at bikey events along the Central Coast.