The 2011 Bike Ride for Bike Lanes along Bear Valley Road from Victorville to Apple Valley went smoothly this afternoon, thanks to organizers Pat and Chuck Hanson, with the able assistance of Apple Valley town councilmember Barb Stanton.
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The powers-that-be behind the proposed High Desert Corridor (HDC) held another community-outreach meeting last night at the Apple Valley town hall to report on the progress being made in this, the environmental impact, portion of the project.
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The Victorville Daily Press (Sunday, April 30th) reports that James A. Woody park re-opened Saturday after remodeling the facilities there to allow BMX bike riding. Congratulations to the local cyclists that kept after the Town Council until this got done, and thanks to the Town of Apple Valley for making this a reality.
According to William Furmage, who has been pushing for this change for years:
On July 2005 my sons and 12 other BMX Freestyle riders were in the skateboard-only section of James A. Woody Park in Apple Valley. Undercover police and Code Enforcement showed up and impounded their bikes for 30 days and fined them. Being an original BMX Freestyle Vans member from the 1980s and riding BMX bikes in all the So-Cal parks in California since the late 1970s, I saw those fines as an injustice to all BMX freestylers who wanted to do their tricks in the skateparks. So I started attending A.V. Council meetings — over 125 in a 5½ year period. I would not stop until they made a change for our youth and others interested in BMX Freestyle. I attended the Adelanto meeting when I heard they were building a skatepark there, to tell them that they needed to allow bikes, too. As a result, bikes were cool in Adelanto from the start. I also attend meetings in Hesperia and Victorville to ask for a BMX part for those kids, too.
Although they started calling them skateparks in the 1970s, BMX Freestylers ride them too. For the first couple of years, the council would just give excuse after excuse for not letting the bikes ride there. I wouldn’t go away and stand for their excuses because of my history with the sport and knowing what I know about skateparks and BMX Freestyle history in skateparks.
Clearly, a lot of work went into gaining BMX access to the skate park, but unfortunately this is the way things usually get done: Without evidence of community interest and support, even supportive local governments aren’t going to act unless we help them decide to do so.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and CalTrans will be holding a meeting April 13 from 6 to 8 PM in the Council Chambers of the Town of Apple Valley to update everyone on the High Desert Corridor (HDC).
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There’s now a new deadline of March 17th to submit letters in support of the new bike lane. Here’s a sample letter:
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