Recent Accomplishments

As should become obvious, CABO provides it’s activities with volunteers – though we do pay for part-time assistance for keeping up with State legislation. That’s why this page is not nearly up to date. I would like your (someone’s) help for investigating and reporting CABO accomplishments while others are of us are busy making accomplishments. Interested? Contact

  • Through communications via our GoogleGroup, CABOforum, we recently (November 2013): (1) got a construction zone brought to MUTCD specification to better accommodate bicycling on Alton Parkway; (2) brought to attention of Caltrans District 7 bike coordinator and HQ Traffic Ops advisor of inappropriate signing that had confused the traveling public at the Lindero Canyon Road bridge over the US 101 freeway; (3) intervened to assist with bicycling limitations being applied in State Parks; (4) provided answers to several bicycling issues and questions – bike light requirements, slow moving vehicle codes, etc.
  • Worked with then Senator Kehoe to reconvene the Statewide Bicycling Committee (now titled a Task Force), dormant since the 1970s, for several meetings to review and recommend improvements to aid bicycling as a desirable form of transportation. Tasks include: review California Highway Patrol training regarding bicycle related vehicle codes (CVC) corresponded with League Cycling Instructor led training, reaffirmed that local jurisdictions are to adhere to State law and not attempt to impose unlawful restrictions on bicycling, encouraged addition to Police Officer Standard Training for traffic law enforcement personnel – especially CVC 21202, etc.
  • Representing the needs of bicyclists as an organizational member of Caltrans’ statewide California Bicycle Advisory Committee (CBAC) since 1992. Also, many CABO Area Directors represent the needs of bicyclists in local Caltrans district Bicycle Advisory Committees.
  • Trained hundreds of Caltrans staff members and local agency professionals across the state with the 8-hour “Understanding Bicycle Transportation” course that covers bicyclist behavior, and how to design for bicyclists by following state laws and standards for roads and bikeways. Delivered a city specific version of the course to the City of Long Beach.
  • Through CBAC and local Caltrans District Bicycle Advisory Committees, such as District 7 and District 4, as well as those Districts without BACs, CABO has secured access to bridges, such as the separated bike path that is now a required part of the $1B Gerald Bridge Replacement connecting the City of Long Beach to Terminal Island and the ports of LA and Long Beach.  The current aging bridge has no dedicated bicycling facilities requiring bicyclists to share narrow travel lanes with high levels of fast commuters and port truck traffic.
  • CABO, through work on the District 7 BAC, has secured development of continuous bike accessible shoulders on the $200M Schuyler-Heim bridge replacement, which was designed to have no high speed ramp crossings by bicyclists by a Caltrans designer who completed the Understanding Bicycle Transportation course provided by CABO Directors, and credits the course with helping him to better accommodate bicyclists on this bridge and future designs.
  • The current Schuyler-Heim bridge is closed to bicycling, so the replacement bridge is a new access point for cyclists to reach Terminal Island at the Port of LA/Long Beach by bicycle.
  • In key Districts, CABO has also voiced bicyclists’ concerns about, rumble strips, most recently with the proliferation of centerline and shoulder rumble strips on state highways with narrow shoulders. For example, in District 7, the CABO representative has assisted Caltrans staff with site visits leading to significant safety and routing improvements on Pacific Coast Highway at key bridges over the San Gabriel River (SGR) and at Marina Pacifica.
  • Worked extensively with the California Traffic Control Devices Committee (CTCDC) on technical details to implement AB 1581, the legislation requiring bicycle and motorcycle detection at all new and revamped traffic signal installations.
  • Encouraged Caltrans to provide a statewide/significant legal opinion that supported the use in California of the just-approved (CA MUTCD) sign stating, “BIKES MAY USE FULL LANE”, including applications combined with the use of sharrows.
  • In addition, CABO endorsed two individuals for non-motorized representative membership to the CTCDC, one, John Ciccarelli was admitted as a member, and the other, Dan Gutierrez (CABO District 7 Director) will serve as John’s alternate for a two year period beginning in 2012.
  • Submitted over 30 specific modifications for the 2011 DMV Driver Handbook to move the document toward more comprehensive acknowledgement that bikes will be in traffic and how motorists are to deal with us. And, there’s more to do!
  • Worked with local bicycling organizations to fight illegal bicycling bans, most recently when the City of Dana Point attempted to ban bicycle traffic from Pacific Coast Highway and mandate use of a narrow two way sidepath. CABO also recently worked with local advocates to overturn citations based on an illegal local two-abreast ordinance.
  • Opposed attempts by local jurisdictions to unlawfully require permits for using the road for group bike rides or organized events, or to prohibit such events from using particular roads.
  • Working to ensure that bicycle facilities be designed and maintained to the same standard of care as roadways. This includes work with Caltrans and Cities to ensure that designs are reviewed, so that new bike lanes and sharrow installations, follow improved practices to route cyclists away from door collision hazards. CABO also supported the legal appeal in the Prokop case, in which a bicyclist was injured due to improper path design/maintenance and could not collect from the responsible agency.