About Jim Baross
I bicycled across the USA from East to West in 1976 leading groups of bicyclists for the “Bikecentennial ’76 “event and again in 2007 riding this time from West to East with my two sons.
I was first certified as an Effective Cycling Instructor in 1986 by the League of American Bicyclist and have been an active League Cycling Instructor for the League since then. In 2002 I gained acceptance as a Cycling Instructor Trainer and since then have conducted 11 training seminars for certification of League Cycling Instructors held in San Diego, San Jose, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Sacramento, Morgan Hill, Fairfax, and Palo Alto.
I completed the San Diego Police Bicycle Skills Menu Course in 2003 and I have been an expert witness for bicycling crash incidents.
I presently serve on several bicycling advisory committees and advocacy organizations.
Chair - Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Working Group for the San Diego regional association of governments since 1995
Vice Chair - California Bicycle Advisory Committee for the State Dept of Transportation, a member since 1992
President - California Association of Bicycling Organizations
Board member - California Bicycle Coalition
California State Ambassador – League of American Bicyclists
Co-Chair California Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Challenge Area 13, Improving Bicycling Safety
Conferences, seminars and similar events at which I have attended and presented bicycling safety information and training include the following:
Speaker/Presenter, Calif. Office of Traffic Safety, Summit “What to do about all these bicycles in Traffic”, 2009
ProWalk-ProBike Conference, Seattle WA., 2008
Attendee/Speaker, League of American Bicyclists, Bike Education Conference, Wisconsin and New York City, 2002 & 2007
Velo Mondial, Amsterdam. 2000
Speaker/Presenter, Calif. Office of Traffic Safety’s Summit “A Vision for Roads to Traffic Safety”, 2000
Speaker Autovation conference, San Diego 2005
Chair, California Strategic Highway Safety Plan, #13 - Improve Bicycling Safety
Presenter, California Strategic Highway Safety Plan Summit, 2008 Anaheim
Attendee, League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Summit, Washington, DC, 2006 & 2008
Presenter, Walk/Bike California Conferences, Oakland 2003, Ventura 2005, Davis 2007
Speaker, Making the Connection International Trails and Greenways Conference
Presenter, Safety N Kids, Conference, “Children Learn Best by Good Examples From Those They Trust”, 2006
Speaker, ITE Conference 2006 Dana Point, Calif., “Engineering for Bicycling, From a Bicyclists Point of View”
Exhibitor/Speaker, Lifesavers, National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, 2004
References familiar with my bicycling background and experience include:
Kathy Keehan, Exec Director San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, Ph: 858-487-6063, Email: email@example.com
Stephan Vance, Chair Calif. Bicycle Coalition and SANDAG Senior Planner, Ph: 619-595-5324, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken McGuire, Chief Bicycle Facilities Unit, California Dept of Transportation, Ph: 916-653-2750, Email: email@example.com
Preston Tyree, Director of Education, League of American Bicyclists, 1612 K St., NW, #800, Washington, DC 20006, Ph: 202-822-1333 x 227, Email: Preston@bikeleague.org
>CABO is acting to support this latest version despite controversy about its likely effectiveness.
I’m not aware of any “controversy” about effectiveness. As I understand the bill, it is about raising awareness about the need to pass safely, and attempts to quantify what is a general safe-passing margin. Where that margin is impractical, it defaults to a judgment. And the penalties are quite modest. Most importantly, the bill creates a violation for bodily injury arising from safe passing. Where’s the controversy?