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Old 01-03-07, 04:04 AM
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This was forwarded on to me and I figured that this was the best place to advertise it... Thank you for your time!

Hi,
I hope this e mail finds you well and that your Christmas was wonderful and your New Year will be also. I am a member of the bicycling club The Orange County Wheelmen. Our club is proposing to the State of California and the Department of Motor Vehicles a "Share the Road" license plate. This plate will not increase taxes. Each special license plate sold would provide funding to support the Share the Road Education Fund in making roads safer in California.
There is a online petition that has started in order to get the ball rolling on this license plate. You know how excited and passionate I am about cycling and your signature on this petition would mean a lot to me. It really is no skin off your back at all, it just supports bicycle education to help decrease the number of bicycling/runner related deaths caused by motor vehicles. Please click the link and read the petition, then decide if you would like to sign.
Colorado is in the same process. Check out their proposed plate

Please sign the petition at the following link.
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Old 01-03-07, 07:09 AM
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You really don't ever sleep, do you? Thanks, I'll check it out.
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Old 01-03-07, 10:27 AM
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Already signed it. It's a good idea.
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Old 01-03-07, 10:49 AM
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Thanks for the link, Phil!
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Originally Posted by Extort
This was forwarded on to me and I figured that this was the best place to advertise it... Thank you for your time!

Hi,
I hope this e mail finds you well and that your Christmas was wonderful and your New Year will be also. I am a member of the bicycling club The Orange County Wheelmen. Our club is proposing to the State of California and the Department of Motor Vehicles a "Share the Road" license plate. This plate will not increase taxes. Each special license plate sold would provide funding to support the Share the Road Education Fund in making roads safer in California.
There is a online petition that has started in order to get the ball rolling on this license plate. You know how excited and passionate I am about cycling and your signature on this petition would mean a lot to me. It really is no skin off your back at all, it just supports bicycle education to help decrease the number of bicycling/runner related deaths caused by motor vehicles. Please click the link and read the petition, then decide if you would like to sign.
Colorado is in the same process. Check out their proposed plate

Please sign the petition at the following link.

signed. Thanks Phil
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Old 01-03-07, 11:14 AM
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Let me applaud all of the efforts that are made to make bicycle riding safer and I mean no disrespect to anyone or their efforts, but I will offer some comments on my own experiences.
  • Internet petitions have very little clout. All it ends up being is a list of names, however manufactured. If the subject is meaningful, it may get your assembly person’s attention. But the list of names, really doesn’t add to the interest.
  • How many of you that have responded to this petition have contacted their assembly person regarding bicycle issues (laws or funding)? If you individually contact him/her, it will have much bigger impact. You normally will be contacted by staff, but they will listen to your concerns and do their best to forward them. If having difficulty locating your representatives, start here https://www.assembly.ca.gov and click “Find my District” on the right. My representative is Audra Strickland and she has been very helpful. Here is a good question, “how much money is allocated to bicycle projects in your district and how is the money spent”. Some research I have done showed that some money earmarked for bicycle projects went to sidewalk wheelchair ramps.
  • You generally will have more impact if the nature of your cause is safety. However, California is really remiss about some items. e.g. Assemblyman Pedro Nava’s (D-Santa Barbara) Bill 1942 mandating a 3 foot distance between a bicycle and passing car never made it out of committee. If you indicate that you are a bicycle commuter, their ears pick up a bit more than if you are an enthusiast. Starting out with “I wish to commute to work but….” is better than “On my Saturday group ride ….”. Yes, I know, it should not make a difference.
  • For city issues, contact your City Council and let them assign the task of research to staff. If you contact staff directly, you will not get as thorough a consideration. If it is a state highway (even running through your city) you will need to contact your state assembly person, the city has no control. Unincorporated areas go through the County Supervisors.
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Old 01-03-07, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by thomson
[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Let me applaud all of the efforts that are made to make bicycle riding safer and I mean no disrespect to anyone or their efforts, but I will offer some comments on my own experiences.
Good points to consider, Jim.
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Old 01-03-07, 08:07 PM
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+1 to most of Jim's comments. Also, I'm surprised that OCW is going it alone, rather than working with the statewide cycling advocacy organizations, who would have a better chance of having the right contacts with the legislature, Caltrans, and the CHP.
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Old 01-05-07, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by LCI_Brian
+1 to most of Jim's comments. Also, I'm surprised that OCW is going it alone, rather than working with the statewide cycling advocacy organizations, who would have a better chance of having the right contacts with the legislature, Caltrans, and the CHP.
I agree. Think of how many signatures we could get if all CA clubs were involved.
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