Good morning, all. I anticipate a busy year on the legislative and political advocacy front so let’s get under it and lift while we can.
Make America great for East Coast road racing again!
Who remembers the Tour de Trump, which was going to be even greater than the Tour de France?
Believe it or not, when race organizer Billy Packer proposed naming this bike race after Donald Trump, Trump initially refused because he was worried about the media reaction. We can blame pro cycling for the development of Trump’s apparent narcissism.
The winner of the inaugural race in 1989 was Norwegian Dag Otto Lauritzen racing for 7-Eleven. Greg Lemond, racing for Z-Tomasso, would win in 1992, by which time the race was called the Tour DuPont. Lance Armstrong, racing for Jim Ochowicz’s Motorola, won the final two editions of this race in 1995 and 1996.
We’re giving a lot of attention to the national 2016 election in the United States, but local decisions can have a more immediate and greater impact than those at the Federal level. Elections for five of the ten city council seats in America’s third largest city take place in June.
Most candidates focus on three key issues at the local level: public safety, housing, and traffic congestion. The focus I’ll have on our candidates here at Cyclelicious will be on transportation, and primarily their views on improving cycling for San Jose residents and visitors.
Happy Giving Tuesday, you all. California Assemblyman Henry Perea (D-Fresno) has long made it clear that he wants his Central Valley constituents to give their health and well-being in exchange for healthy profits for Perea’s oil industry sponsors.
Happily, Perea announced his resignation today, effective a full year before he terms out of his seat in the California Assembly, telling reporters that he’s taking a once-in-a-generation opportunity to become a professional lobbyist for an as-yet unnamed interest.
California State Senator Jim Beall, the powerful head of the California Senate Transportation Committee who happens to represent most of Santa Clara County (aka “Silicon Valley”), is well known around these parts for his long-time friendliness to bike advocates going back at least 20 years to his time serving as a Santa Clara County Supervisor. The California Bicycle Coalition gave Senator Beall a 100% score in their recently released legislative voting record report, huzzah.
Senator Beall’s contribution to the on-going Special Legislative Session for Transportation Funding is SBX 1-1, which calls for $4.3B in new taxes to mostly pay for road maintenance, but also contributes $300 million to the California Trade Corridor Improvement Plan. Beall has said specifically would like to see lanes added to the freeways serving the Port of Los Angeles using these funds. This won’t make him popular to Angelenos living along the Long Beach Freeway corridor.
California Assembly Bill 208 passed both the Senate and the Assembly and currently awaits a concurrence vote before heading to Governor Jerry Brown for his veto. The intent of this bill is to clarify the existing slow-moving vehicle law so that bicycles along with any other slow moving vehicle must pull over whenever five or more vehicles are piled up behind the cyclist on a narrow two-lane road.