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Monday, August 27th, 2012
The time is NOW for San Clemente residents & users of the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route
to engage and comment on our City's DRAFT Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. For a
detailed explanation of what this is all about, see my
Speaking of Spokes Blog post.
Please spread the word by forwarding and sharing on Facebook.
Thursday, June 28th, 2012
In its June 28, 2012, edition, the San Clemente Times wrote a very nice cover story
about San Clemente's efforts to plan for multi-modal transportation. Senior Editor Stacie
Galang went the extra mile to provide thorough coverage of the issue, interviewing several
City Council members, City Transportation Engineer Tom Frank, Victor Becerra, Programs
Director at UC Irvine's Community Outreach Partnership Center, and San Clemente's own Pete
van Nuys, the Executive Director of the Orange County Bicycle Coalition.
The manufacturer of the cargo bicycle, Xtracycle, picked up the same story and featured
it on their company blog dated July 23, 2012.
Brenda P.S. Yes, that's me on the cover with my dog, Foxy.
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
The City of San Clemente is, once again, stepping up to take a leadership role in its
advocacy for non-motorized transportation. Last Friday, I alerted the Council and City
Manager to the Federal Transportation Conference Committee that is reevaluating the
Transportation Bill that expires at the end of June. One point of concern among the
non-motorized transportation advocates is that the negotiations may remove local
discretion as to what type of transportation projects would be funded, with bicycle and
pedestrian uses possibly being shortchanged.
Time is of the essence in such matters. So, I drafted a letter asking Federal leaders
to preserve local decision-making and elaborated a bit on how San Clemente is becoming the
bellwether town in Orange County: the County's first-ever Complete Streets Resolution
passed unanimously in January and our Council, staff, and GPAC members who spent a
Saturday in March touring downtown Long Beach by bicycle.
The letter was received
enthusiastically by our City Manager, George Scarborough, and his assistant, Laura
Ferguson, with Mayor Evert providing the final touches and his signature. Senators Dianne
Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Congressman Ken Calvert received the letter today.
San Clemente leadership is really on the ball when it comes to its advocacy. I can't
say enough about their willing ears and open minds, as we all work to make our
town a shining example of the value of working together. Kudos to all!
Click here to view the letters, as officially submitted by the City to California's leadership in the U.S. Senate and House.
Saturday, March 10th, 2012 San Clemente Council, City staff, and GPAC bicycles downtown Long Beach
Members of our City Council, staff, and General Plan Advisory Committee bicycled 11.5
miles in downtown Long Beach, Calif., to get up close and personal with Complete Streets.
We all pedaled, pondered, and probed the possibilities of a bicycle-and-pedestrian-friendly
Spanish Village by the Sea.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 The City of San Clemente Makes Orange County History
The City Council voted unanimously to support multimodal transportation in the updated
General Plan. They are the only City in Orange County to make such a declaration. Introduced
by Councilman Baker, the motion passed with consensus (5-0) opinion and stated the
"San Clemente's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan shall be fully integrated with the
City's updated Circulation Element so as to comply with the letter and spirit of
California's Complete Streets Law, thereby creating a balanced multimodal transportation
system for all."
Looking toward the future, Councilwoman Lori Donchak said, "I really view this as San
Clemente's Complete Streets Initiative. We have a tool before us to ensure we'll take the
Complete Streets legislation seriously and that, ultimately, we'll end up with a superior
Circulation Element . . . It would be a true salute to the fact that we want multimodal
experiences in San Clemente."
I sense that 2012 will be a great year for San Clemente, the Spanish Village by the Sea.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
The City of San Clemente has agreed to release the INITIAL DRAFT of our
town's first ever Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.
Keep in mind that this INITIAL DRAFT was not likely to be released until after the
holidays. As such, there likely are grammatical & other errors. If you'll keep a log of
comments based on page number of the document, that will help PEDal and City staff focus
attention where needed. You can email your comments to me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and/or to Principal Planner Jeff Hook (HookJ@san-clemente.org).
I'd like to pay thanks to the San Clemente City Council and City Manager for their willing ears–which may
still be ringing as a result of all my phone calls–in hearing my pleas in favor of early
disclosure, even if the document has some flaws at this time.
In the interests of transparency of process, I advocated for early release of the document
so a public dialogue could begin. I'm hopeful that with increased access and time to
ponder its contents, a better Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will result.
Your comments and corrections will ultimately shape the Plan's final form. This is our
Plan, just like it's our Future. Our children and their children will be impacted by
our input in making this document relevant. Carpe diem.
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
At Tuesday's City Council meeting dedicated to Long Term Financial Planning, our
pedestrian advocacy was able to garner a unanimous vote from the City Council. The vote
authorized City staff to prepare an analysis of the costs necessary to create a formal
City sidewalk policy. That policy would dovetail with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master
Plan, now under way, and would provide guidance to City officials as they decide where and
how to create sidewalks that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The research conducted by staff will be presented to the Council later this spring as
elected officials decide whether to allocate money to create the policy. The spring budget
meetings will also include discussions of how to satisfy the substantial need for
sidewalks usable by everyone. Policy details would be created at some date in the future.
They were not part of Tuesday night's meeting. Stay tuned.
I'd also like to thank the 3 PEDal members who, in addition to myself, waited more than
3 hours to speak in favor of creation of the sidewalk policy. Those members are Larry
Culbertson, George Gregory, and Rose Velasquez of Orange County Human Relations. I'd also
like to recognize the work of City Engineer Tom Bonigut for his professionalism and
willingness to engage San Clemente's non-motorized transportation advocates. A job well
done by all!
Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
At Tuesday's City Council meeting, the Council voted 5-0 to do two things:
San Clemente residents WILL have a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan--an historic event of which we should all be proud.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans will be part of the General Plan Update and so will be a legally binding policy document.
Thank you City Council.
Thanks to all the PEDal people who have written letters, spoken at Council meetings,
and spent more than 200 hours volunteering to count bicycles and pedestrians in our town.
Having numbers to document existing activity by bicyclists and pedestrians likely played a
key role in demonstrating the need to create an official Plan that will integrate
non-motorized transit within the existing circulation system.