Bicycle Panel Gets to Work

The discussions that led to the committee stretch back for months; at one workshop, members discussed how to improve bicycle racks.

 

Several members of Coronado’s new Bicycle Advisory Committee noted Monday that they can learn from strides other cities have made: They singled out Davis and Long Beach as examples.

“We’re just newbies. Davis has been doing this for four decades, we can learn from them,” said Bruce Johnson, who was elected vice chairman of the committee.

At its inaugural meeting, the committee also named a chairman, Larry Hoffsteter. Neither he nor Johnson faced competition and both were elected unanimously.

The committee was formed to help the bike-mad city implement recommendations made in the Bicycle Master Plan developed last year by an ad hoc committee. Members Johnson and Dan Orr both served on that committee.

That plan’s mission and goals serve as a template for the committee to draw and expand on.  

Councilman Mike Woiwode, who can often be spotted riding his bike around town, pointed out that the city already has begun to work on key elements of the plan, such as a scenic loop envisioned around the village.  

But he hoped that the committee would “help the city solicit funds, supply ideas and help Coronado advance the cause of biking.”   

Funding for bicycle projects was a main reason for establishing the committee. Many grants are only available to cities with a standing bicycle committee, Jim Newton, the city’s principal engineer and staff liaison to the committee, pointed out. He asked members to “keep an eye out for grant opportunities.”

Some of the projects that will need additional funds are: 

  • Expanding the shoulder on the Bay Shore bike path
  • Adding bike signals on traffic lights along the Silver Strand
  • Installing bike racks at key spots, such as the Tennis Center, Village Theater and Nicky Rottens restaurant.

Besides an existing master plan, the committee will have other resources to draw upon.

Representatives from the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition were on hand to welcome the new committee  and offer any help or resources. “We’re excited to partner with you,” said Andy Hanshaw, the coalition’s executive-director.