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November 27, 2004

Harbor Blvd.: Riding Thru the Heart of Orange County

11/21/04:

As I stand with my bike on Harbor Blvd. and Whittier Blvd., at Constitution Plaza, La Habra, the whole of Orange County is spread out before me to the south.

When folks from the North ( Los Angeles County ) venture into this territory, on street level, they do so by way of 3 entrances:

1. Hacienda Blvd. (Rd.)/ Beach Blvd.

2. Fullerton Rd./Harbor Blvd.

3. Brea Canyon Rd. (Brea Blvd.) to State College Blvd.

All 3 take you on a journey through the North County, and 1 goes all the way to the beach itself.

But only 1 goes straight down the middle, and penetrates the beating heart of the OC itself, Costa Mesa.

Come with me as I take you for a ride....

The staging area: La Bonita Park, in La Habra, on Idaho St. between La Habra Blvd. and Whittier Blvd.

The official start of the ride: Whittier Blvd. and Harbor Blvd.

Getting there:

By Car:

From LA COUNTY:

1. The routes I mentioned. Then you head east or west to Idaho St., accordingly

2. Whittier Blvd.

3. Various Freeways that will bring you eventually to Beach Blvd. so you can travel north to Whittier Blvd.

By Bus and Bike:

From LA COUNTY:

1. Foothill Transit #285 to Beach and Whittier, then a short pedal east to Idaho.

2. Metro #684 from Pomona/Diamond Bar to Brea Mall, transfer to OCTA #29 to La Habra and Idaho, and then a short pedal north on Idaho.

3. Coming from the south, west, or east, you can connect with OCTA #29 on Beach anywhere from PCH northward by using any number of busses.

4. OCTA #'s 47, 53, 57, 59, all go north to Brea Mall, and connect with the #29.

The #43 goes north the full length of Harbor, even connecting with the #29, all east/west busses, and the Foothill Transit Bus, but you will want to save riding it for the return trip to the park, especially if you came by car or Bus.

The ROUTE:

From the staging area at the park ( restrooms can be found on south side of Parking Lot ) ride the short distance north to Whittier Blvd., turn right and head to Harbor Blvd. ( Distance 1.65m )

START: Harbor Hlvd. and Whittier Blvd., in  La Habra.

END: Harbor Blvd. and Newport Blvd., in Costa Mesa.

Approximate Distance: 21 Miles

The RIDE:

Harbor Blvd. begins in the foothills of La Habra Heights, the offspring of Fullerton Blvd. in the city of Industry over the hill, and the ride through La Habra itself is a ride past strip malls and apartment complexes with occasional glimpses of cities to the east.

The wind is blowing heavy at my back as I pass between the Albertsons Distribution Center, and the Beckman Coulter complex, heading south toward the 1st, and waht truned out to be the only challenge on the whole route.

From Imperial Highway the rider must wind his way through the foothilss of north Fullerton.

The leisurely ups and downs of this stretch take me past entrances to several well to do neighborhoods, the Brea Dam, and a huge hill known as Camp Hillcrest.

Riding the few blocks through downtown Fullerton I am treated to a glimpse, in all directions, of an eclectic mix of old and new buildings, and established, and newer businesses, and shopping opportunities.

I admire the stately Springfield Banquet Center Building, and the worn down, yet still majestic, old Fox Theater ( Recently saved from the wrecking ball ).

Home to colleges, museums, eateries, antique stores, Farmer's Markets, and a major Transit Hub, the downtown area is well worth exploring on foot, or bike.

As I leave Fullerton I pass the Metro Center Shopping Complex, and the 1st group of strip malls anchored by Big Box Retailers that are numerous along the length of Harbor.

I stop, over looking the freeway, to enjoy the view, to the east, of the Mountains of the Cleveland National Forest, covered by an overnight coating of Snow.

When most folks think of Anaheim they think of Mickey Mouse, Disneyland, the Angels, and occasionally the talented Mighty Ducks of the NHL, but the 1st thing to greet the visitor traving south on Harbor is the huge sign on the northern end of La Palma Park:

Wilkommen in Anaheim 1857

The fancy stuff is further south. For now I just enjoy the view of the park.

For the next half mile I pass what is the only purely residential stretch of Harbor Blvd.

On what must surely be a coveted bit of Prime Real Estate are block, after block, of modest, old wood frame homes with shingle roofs, and homes of a bit more recent ( but not by too much ) materials, another park, and the grounds of St. Catherine's Military School.

They are the inner lines of some of the oldest residential sections of the city, and as I ride along this narrowed highway the well kept lawns provide a quiet contrast to the hustle, and bustle, of what's to come.

Shortly, Harbor opens wide again, the better to gobble up all the traffic from tourists, and those who cater to them in the large area surrounding Disneyland.

Over the next mile the homes give way, grudgingly, block by block, to small businesses, and small motels, until I pedal over Interstate 5 to behold......

a Tourist Mecca spread out before me.

Straddling the Interstate I turn around to look back toward La Habra, and then take another look at the mountains to the east.

To look to the south is to look directly into the belly of the Beast known as America at Play, and America on Vacation ( the world, too, for that matter! ):

Disneyland Resort.

On my right are the parks themselves, with the Old Matterhorn thrusting proudly toward the heavens defiantly daring anyone to deny its right to still exist amid all the change of the last 50 years.

On my left are block after block of hotels, motels, shops, and eateries.

Unseen from this vantage point, but glimpsed on my way through, are more of the same to the east, west, and south of the main Blvd., and attractions.

Even after the Parks close down for the night this whole region is alive with people, and traffic, as workers, and tourists, come and go.

Outside of Disneyland Resort, itself, the busiest places are parking lots, and the Transit Hub off Harbor Blvd. and East Shuttle Lane.

Bus, after bus, after bus, from those connected with the resort ( even Cast Shuttles ), the hotels, and the city to the various Mass Transit, and Tourism, Agencies, pick up, drop off, and shuttle around the enormous numbers of people in town on any given day.

You can stand on the corner, here, all day, people watching, and never be bored by what you see, and maybe over hear.

And yet.... amidst all of this excess is a small reminder of the agricultural heritage of this area:

Near Convention Way, and Harbor Blvd., is a large open field, well tended, and cultivated, and the popular Fujishige Farm Produce Stand, with its fresh fruit, and veggies for sale.

I had to smile, and laugh out loud, at he the contrast.

Fantasia finally gives way to reality again, at Chapman, as the Crown Plaza Resort Hotel, on my right, passes the baton to the Target store on my left, and I enter the city of Garden Grove.

There is nothing much to this stretch as I pass small stores, fast food joints, strip malls, trailer parks, empty lots, and a small, dingy looking, night club that claims to be a Humdinger ( Hey, that's the name on the building. Honest! ).

As I leave Garden Grove I begin to see the 1st of the big Auto Dealerships that make the last leg of Harbor so famous.

The next legs of the ride are thru areas shared by both Fountain Valley, and Santa Ana.

I guess one didn't want to give up its place at cash generating table that is Harbor Blvd. to the other, and so they share.

Santa Ana gets a handful of Auto Dealers, several strip malls, and a huge Shopping Center with a Wall Mart as its center, and Fountain Valley gets a couple of auto dealers, a couple of strip malls, a Smart and Final, Taco Bell, Sizzler, and Subway.

They both get a number of Mexican, and Asian, eateries as well.

Everyone is happy, including the merchants, and their customers.

Leaving Fountain Valley, for one more short ride through Santa Ana, I cross over the Santa Ana River and its popular Bike Trail, near Warner.

The ride continues past Business Parks ( actually several neighborhoods grouped together for blocks on either side of Harbor ) before entering Costa Mesa, the heart of Orange County.

And, boy, what an entrance!

As I head toward the 405 Frwy., on the left I see Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, National University, and Ikea., and on my right the grounds of the Whittier Law School, after a few more Business Parks.

The next few miles are a blur of Auto Dealerships broken up by 5 large Shopping Centers anchored by Target, and Asian Market, Home Depot, K-mart, and Office Depot.

Oh, and I can't forget the Hospital for the Mentally Disabled, and the Public Golf Course that are next door neighbors!

The end of the ride is dominated by 1 huge decades old Shopping Complex.

It is called Triangle Square, and its design is majestic, and sits on a plot of land bordered on 3 sides by !9th Street, Harbor Blvd., and Newport Blvd., with the start/end of the 55 Frwy. just off the south east corner.

The place is not as dead as it looks when you go there to shop, and is slowly making a comeback after years of being ignored by many shoppers.

Its current tennants include an Edwards Theatre, a Barnes & Noble,  The Gap, Niketown, and a Virgin Megastore, and there's a Borders across the street as well.

Oh and, the new kid in town, a hugely popular Night Club.

People from all over Southern California come a lot to the Sutra Lounge.

Judging by the number of of Stretch Limos, parked each night in the parking lot of the empty shopping center across the street, the place is not just hip, but expensive, too.

And Loud!

I can hear the music, and the chatter, from a half block away as I pass by each night on my way home from work.

If you are on a budget, and looking to mingle with a crowd of young to middle age, though supposedly less hip folks then across the street are the The Goat Hill Tavern, The Helm, or Mimi's Cafe, plus the El Matador, and Cafe Ruba afew blocks west on Newport.

Your wallet will thank you!

This bike ride, non-stop, would take about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

For obvious reasons it took me 4 1/2. :-)

There is a lot to see if you choose to make a day of it so don't be afraid to do so.

For your return, depending on how you got there are several options.

You can ride your bike back up Harbor, or you can go half a block north of 19th to catch the northbound OCTA #43 or #55.

The Southbound #55, west on 19th, will take you to PCH, or your can also ride west on 19th about a mile and a half to Placentia Ave. to catch the Northbound #47 or take the east bound #71 on Newport, at 19th.

With proper planning getting home will be no problem.

November 27, 2004 in Riding Orange County | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 22, 2004

When the Distance is not What You Think

It's a simple fact of my riding life that I plan, and take, my rides not knowing until I complete them how far the route actually is, the exact make-up of the terrain, and what I will find along it in the way of sights to see, explore, and write about.

It makes for interesting adventures, full of suprises, to say the least.

Todays ride was different in one respect: I've travelled the route often by bus, over the past 2 years.

Today I learned exactly how many miles the route is, and that it was an easier trip than I thought it would be.

I've taken many rides over the years, and have a backlog of over 80 routes written down in the late 90's when I cobbled them together while reading some books, and flipping through Thomas Guide Map Books.

The ones I've travelled have taken me through rural dairy country, urban areas, coastal areas, and mountains, and some proved longer and more challenging than anticipated.

Especially during the times when I had only a Mtn. Bike to ride, and not my current Trusty Steed.

Why the back log?

Life got in the way of being able to do frequent rides.

Anyway, I'll be writing up my excursion today, and will post it sometime this week.

November 22, 2004 in Life, The Bike Trail, and Everything | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 21, 2004

A Beautiful Day for a Ride

I was going to go on a posting spree today, and even begin adding back some links, and save my return to long bike rides for Thanksgiving Day, but its cloudy, cool,  and windy as all hell outside.

In other words, perfect Bike Riding weather. :-)

I've got the urge to do something big this afternoon, so pardon me while I fill up my Camelback, and hop the Bus to my starting point. :-)

Details will be forthcoming tonite.

November 21, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

LA. Man Rediscovers Bicycling After 30 Yrs.

It is stories like this that give us long time cyclists the Warm Fuzzies. :-)

Rob, of Crab Apple Lane, caught my attention by linking to my last entry, so naturally I decided to wander on over to see why.

On Friday he revealed to his readers the following:

"I was told by my orthopaedic surgeon after my arthroscopic surgery to exercise but avoid high-impact activity ( running is high impact ). Walking is OK and I like to do that but I think I’ll enjoy cycling more. I haven’t been on a bicycle in 30 years. They say you never forget. I guess we’ll test that theory."

Friday Stuff.

Well, yesterday he goes shopping and returns to his blog to show off a picture of his new Bikes ( Yes, he bought 2 ).

Rob, and the wife, braved the rain for a ride, and discovered they hadn't forgotten how to do so.

Saturday Cycles.

Welcome back Rob, and may you enjoy many fun, and interesting, rides!

November 21, 2004 in Blogging Cyclists | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

November 17, 2004

AZ. Town Developes 1st Bike and Ped Plan

Gilbert, Arizona, is in the process of becoming more Bicycle friendly.

Hoping to strengthen alternative transportation modes and overall mobility within town, Gilbert is in the midst of developing its first bicycle and pedestrian plan.

When completed, the plan will tie into the town's overall trails system improvement plan and provide bicyclists with route alternatives through a system of sidewalks, bicycle lanes and canal crossings.

"The goal is offering options beyond having to go out on the arterial (streets)," said Deputy Town Manager Tami Ryall.

A plan is being developed, and will then be presented in February.

Public meetings were held to get the community involved.

By establishing the bicycle and pedestrian plan, Gilbert officials said they hope to encourage residents to use alternative transportation more frequently.

Ryall said the town is focusing on the people who travel short distances, such as to the store, library or school. Gilbert's large 18-years-and-under population - 53.2 percent of town households have someone younger than 18, according to census data - was also a factor, she said.

The story: The Arizona Republic: Town's 1st bike, pedestrian plan in works by Mike Walbert.

The Arizona Republic even gave its editorial approval of the project.

Modes of transportation for long-distance commutes across the region include the automobile and the bus. For shorter distances, commuters still might choose those methods of transportation, but a more practical approach to reaching point B can include the bicycle and, of course, the pedestrian...

Imagine the benefits to the neighborhoods in Gilbert

Rather than loading up the roadster, paths will provide alternate means of transportation for residents who want to bypass congested arterial streets as they set out for jaunts to local destinations. Outdoor enthusiasts can use the pedestrian or bicycle paths for trips to neighborhood markets, visits to a neighbor's home, outings to the community clubhouse or to participate in recreational activities at municipal parks or at neighborhood schools.

In addition, the system will promote healthful habits for residents, including numerous teenagers, and encourage them to leave the automobile at home and jump-start an alternative means of mobility that involves physical activity.

The Arizona Republic: Commend Gilbert on transit plan.

November 17, 2004 in Cycling News Network | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Short Rail Trail May Come to Wichita

Yet another Rail Trail is in the works, this time in Wichita, Kansas.

By next fall, bicyclists and walking enthusiasts could be riding on a 1 ½-mile path that would cut through Wichita's Midtown neighborhood.

Work is scheduled to begin next summer on a 10-foot-wide concrete path that would run from about Central and Waco to 15th and Broadway.

The route was once a Union Pacific Railway line. The tracks were removed in 2000.

The District 6 Advisory Board last week endorsed the project, which will go next to the Wichita City Council for approval. No date has been set for the council to see the plan.

The design is being developed, and the project is part of a Downtown improvement project.

The story: The Wichita Eagle: New path will cut through Midtown area by Joe Rodriguez.

November 17, 2004 in Cycling News Network | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Retiring NJ Official Promoting Cycling

Upgrading a New Jersey Towpath for use by Cyclists is the focus of a story in a Princeton, New Jersey, newspaper.

With the retirement of Executive Director James C. Amon, the end of an era is unfolding at the Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission.

His work, however, will continue long after he moves on, most immediately in his plan to construct a more formal path along the west side of the Delaware and Raritan Canal in Lambertville.

The path will run from the Riverhorse Brewery on Lambert Lane up to the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead on Route 29 just south of the entrance to Route 202...

When the formal path on the west side becomes a reality, Mr. Amon said he expects it will alleviate some of the strain that exists between pedestrians and bicyclists who now use the eastern side of the towpath simultaneously.

The mingling of the two groups recently resulted in the accidental collision of a bicyclist and an 80-year-old woman who had been walking the towpath.

The senior citizen was "knocked flat," according to Mr. Amon, although she sustained no serious injury. "It was a startling experience for her," Mr. Amon said Monday as he talked about the benefits of a west-side path. "My observation is, there is at present a conflict between bicyclists and pedestrians."

The possibility of crashes between high-speed cyclists and pedestrians could be lessened if the cyclists take to the west side after the path is constructed. And Mr. Amon said he believes that's what will happen naturally, although no formal separation of the two groups is planned.

The full story: The Beacon: Amon wants formal towpath in city by Linda Seida

November 17, 2004 in Cycling News Network | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 16, 2004

Socialist Rag Attacks Cops Over Critical Mass

The famously Socialist/Communist publication Workers World is in high dudgeon over New York City Police again making the streets safe from Critical Mass.

What stuck out like a sore thumb in their article is something I've said before, but no-one who supports CM admits ( see last line of quote ):

New York City police have again used mass arrests to break up a ride of bicyclists. On Oct. 29, they arrested 33 people taking part in the monthly Critical Mass bike ride, which promotes environmentally friendly forms of transportation.

More than 1,000 bicyclists were on the ride, many dressed in Halloween costumes. They had started out at Union Square and headed north on Park Avenue. Police turned out in force.

The city had gone to court trying to stop the ride, but just the day before the mass arrests, a federal judge ruled that the Critical Mass event did not need a permit and that the city could not seize bicycles unless riders were charged with a crime or violated the law. This didn't stop the police.

Matthew Roth, an organizer and one of those arrested, said riders were targeted from the start.

Yup! The event had an ORGANIZER!

Just like the RNC CM event had one.

New York City police have again used mass arrests to break up a ride of bicyclists. On Oct. 29, they arrested 33 people taking part in the monthly Critical Mass bike ride, which promotes environmentally friendly forms of transportation.

[ Except when the ride is used as an excuse to promote Political Agendas not related to bicycling. ]

More than 1,000 bicyclists were on the ride, many dressed in Halloween costumes. They had started out at Union Square and headed north on Park Avenue. Police turned out in force.

[ No word on what the ride was about, if there was a prescribed route it was agreed to follow, or how many "organizers" were on hand to keep the mob under control for their, and everyone elses, safety. ]

The city had gone to court trying to stop the ride, but just the day before the mass arrests, a federal judge ruled that the Critical Mass event did not need a permit and that the city could not seize bicycles unless riders were charged with a crime or violated the law. This didn't stop the police.

[ Why wouldn't a ride that large need a permit? Just becasue it's suposed to be "spontaneous" or something? Marches need permits afterall. No word on what, if anything, the arrested cyclists might have done to get themselves arrested. ]

The "Organizer" had this to say:

"There was an air of intimidation," he told Newsday. "There was a van projecting a recorded voice saying that riders must follow a certain route and if they deviated, they would be arrested."

Is this an indication that there WAS a route the riders were supposed to follow?

Just like at the DNC Event I was at, the Cops would be justified in arresting folks for going off route.

Not justified in an over-exuberant use of force to accomplish their mission, but still justified in stopping the riders.

As for the "intimidation": Well, excuse me, of course a huge Police presense is intended to send a message.

What? Did he expect them to be carrying flowers?

They were there to maintain order, and ensure public safety, and as long as the ride was problem free they should leave you alone, regardless of their misgivings.

The agenda of the writer of this article is clear by this contradiction to her earlier lines about the purpose of CM:

Critical Mass, which describes itself as an "event" rather than an organization, inspires bike tours on the last Friday of each month in 250 cities across the globe.

In San Francisco, Critical Mass cyclists showed up Oct. 29 to support locked-out hotel workers.

She goes on about that event without commenting on the fact it had nothing to do with Bicycling, or environmental issues.

After bringing up the Patriot Act, and the police killing of a Red Sox fan in Boston, she ends her report this way:

In a time of unpopular war, drastic climate change and growing economic problems and uncertainty for millions of workers, it is not surprising that the police see gatherings of young people as threatening to "order." It is their job to protect a capitalist order that is increasingly destructive, degrading, oppressive and hated. The more they do their odious job, the more they antagonize the youth and propel them into struggle to uproot the system.

Bull Shit!

I don't see her, or any of her other Comrades, eager to buy a plane ticket and move to a European Union country, or to Russia, anytime soon, if this country is so terrible a place to live in.

While I have a few issues with the Patriot Act, I wouldn't mind seeing it continue with some adjustments.

As for her other complaints I'd just suggest that if you, dear reader, want to read alternative reporting, and commentary, on all the issues she brings up then visiting many of the links on my other Blog would be worth your time.

What the Police see as threatening is the anarchic agenda, and behavior, of those co-opting CM as an excuse to spread an anti-American, anti-freedom, anti-capitalist, anti-democracy world view.

The "youth", at least the overwhelming majority of them, in America, even Liberal ones, are so much more intelligent than folks like her, and others on the Far Left, give them credit for.

On Nov. 2 the majority of Americans who voted proved the same thing.

It is a shame that more people, especially those going innocently on CM rides, don't understand how they are being manipulated by people with frightening agendas, and that CM events, especially those with trouble, feed on the anger and mistrust many car drivers feel toward bicyclists.

The full article: Police find new target: bicyclists -- By Deirdre Griswold.

To learn more from the Newsday reporting of this story one must pay for a Premium Memebrship to their Website, but a search of the website Archive brought me to these Blurbs for 3 recent articles:

Victory for Bike Riders: October 29, 2004
BY PETE BOWLES / STAFF WRITER.l

Participants in the monthly Critical Mass bicycle ride do not need a parade permit but should coordinate their routes with police, a federal judge ruled yesterday. U.S. District Judge William Pauley III denied an injunction sought by the city to bar...

Cycle of Arrests Goes On
October 30, 2004
BY LUIS PEREZ AND ROCCO PARASCANDOLA / STAFF WRITERS

More than 700 bicyclists, fresh off a victory in federal court, hit the streets of Manhattan Friday, with police making 33 arrests and accusing riders of a "breach of faith that posed unacceptable safety hazards." Police, who escorted the bicyclists from...

Bike Ride Leaders Critcize 33 Arrests: November 1, 2004
BY SUMMIE HAZLEWOOD AND BRYAN VIRASAMI / STAFF WRITERS

Critical Mass bicycle riders had some critical words for the police department yesterday, saying the agency was overzealous in its enforcement efforts during last week's ride. A handful of organizers joined civil rights attorney Norman Siegel to blast...

November 16, 2004 in Critical Mass | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 13, 2004

With Election Over My Cycling Resumes

My apologies for my absense.

The recent election, and its aftermath, kept me excessively pre-occupied for the last 2 weeks.

Even though my guy won I am SO glad it's all over with for another 4 years.

I am now able to focus my attention on other things, including this Blog.

I will continue re-integrating my collection of links back into their proper places.

News reporting, site reviews, and visits to Bike Blogs will resume.

Most important is an ambitious Bike Riding Program for the remainder of this year, and for 2005.

I have a wide-ranging agenda that I hope to work on.

It all starts with resuming regular morning jaunts around the nearby Newport Bay Bike Trail.

1. Exploring the FULL length of the Santa Ana River Bike Trail from the Coast in Huntington Beach to the Mountains east of Redlands, in San Bernardino County.

2. Revisiting a  66 mile ride I"ve written about here before, from Santa Monica to Malibu, and back.

3. Re-visiting the San Gabriel River, and Los Angeles River Bike Trails.

4. Exploring the nature ride, in the heart of South County Suburban Wealth, that is the Aliso Creek Trail from Laguna Niguel East to the Mountains.

5. Santiago Canyon Rd. from Orange, south through the mountains, and down El Toro Rd. to the beach in South County.

6. The Wine Country of Temecula.

7. Lots of urban rides in the OC.

All of this riding will be part of an effort to strengthen myself for more ambitious explorations:

A. Oceanside south, through San Diego, to the Mexican Border.

B. Malibu, north to beyond Santa Barbara.

C. Exploring the open spaces of Simi Valley, and Ventura County,

D. Route 66, from the beach in Santa Monica, to the Desert around Victorville.

E. Eventually riding around portions of Riverside, and San Diego Counties.

You see my purpose is to show that not having a car to ferry you to and from your rides is no impediment to enjoying wide ranging explorations on your bike.

All it takes is planning, and knowing how to use all availbale Mass Transit options to get yourself from place to place.

For the last 15 years I have done more than use my bike for commuting to and from work, and other short rides, and it has brought much pleasure to my solitary life.

It is my hope to bring to life, on this Blog, the joys of Cycling, and share it with you, my readers.

November 13, 2004 in Life, The Bike Trail, and Everything | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 01, 2004

CABO VP Campaigns for Kerry


The Ca. Ass. of Bicycling Organizations (CABO)
is a fine organization when it comes to advocating for cycling, and cyclists, and I subscribe to its Forum on the TOPICA website to keep abreast of what it is up to when I'm not visiting the website.

In fact I've been remiss, for lack of time, and other reasons, in not covering them more on my Blog THE CYCLING DUDE.

As their website says:

California's bicycle clubs organized into a state federation in 1972 to protect bicyclists' interests statewide and to encourage, maintain, and improve bicycling conditions.
CABO fosters and promotes a favorable climate for bicycling in California by (1) serving as a forum and information clearing house for bicycle clubs and other bicycle groups, (2) representing the interests of cyclists before the appropriate governmental bodies to protect their rights and promoting laws, policies, and actions that treat cyclists equitably, (3) and any other activities not specified in (1) or (2), but which reasonably relate to the purpose.

What I did not expect to find in my e-mail was a posting, in its entirety, of an editorial by THE GUARDIAN, of Great Britain, in support of John Kerry for President.

My problem is that it had absolutely NOTHING to do with Bicycling, and therefore had no business being posted on the Forum, especially by the Vice President, Jim Baross, of San Diego.

It didn't sit well with me and, so, believing that an opposing viewpoint should be heard I wrote a reply, and I posted it on my other weblog, SNEAKEASY'S JOINT:

Improper Campaigning on a Bicycle Forum

November 1, 2004 in Cycling News Network | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack