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Chip Seal Petition

posted Sep 26, 2013, 11:07 AM by JPL Bikes

The PAA Bicycle Club Board moved to develop a petition and formal response to the recent chip sealing of Angeles Crest Highway. Earlier this week it was also learned that another very popular stretch of roadway for local cyclists - Mt Baldy Rd - received the same treatment. 

Please take a moment to let Caltrans and our local state officials know that safer alternatives should be used moving forward by signing our petition here: Chip Seal Petition at Change.Org.

3 Foot Passing Rule Signed by Governor

posted Sep 26, 2013, 11:00 AM by JPL Bikes

As seen in various media sources, the law requiring a three-foot minimum passing distance for cyclists was finally signed by Governor Brown, and goes into effect September, 2014.

LA Times Article


What to do after an accident...

posted Sep 5, 2013, 2:51 PM by JPL Bikes

What To Do After an Accident When the Police Fail to Respond?
by Farid Yaghoubtil

This article originally appeared on the LA Streets website, and this is in no way an attempt to intentionally rob them of viewers, we’ve placed it here just in case the link breaks in the future.  Please read it at their website:

Further Clarification on Traffic at Oak Grove/Berkshire

posted Feb 1, 2013, 2:36 PM by JPL Bikes

Right up front: Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger!

Following the changes to the right turn lanes, traffic and bicycle signs made by the City of LaCanada to the southbound intersection of Oak Grove with Berkshire, a number of questions were raised by members of the club as to what the traffic engineer's intent for bicycle travel and car avoidance.  Here is the official response:

"...the short answer is that the southbound bike lane ends at the beginning of the right turn pocket for Berkshire Place.  That means that a bicyclist must enter the traffic lanes like any other vehicle, and other vehicles have to share the road with you.  You can’t pass other cars on the right side.  If you want to go straight, you have to go into the #1 lane (through lane), not follow the curb.  However, if you are making a right turn onto Berkshire Place, you can follow other cars around the turn in the right turn pocket.  Furthermore, vehicles are not allowed to pass you either if you are in the lane.  This makes it important that the bicyclist use the full lane, not just hug the curb."

The bike lane white painted striping has been painted over with black paint for about the last 100 feet approaching the intersection, indicating there is no more bike lane at this point.  As noted above, cyclists continuing south on Oak Grove should occupy the left lane while traveling through this intersection.

Oak Grove/Berkshire Intersection Update

posted Jan 2, 2013, 3:05 PM by JPL Bikes

Traffic/bicycle safety at the southbound intersection of Oak Grove Drive and Berkshire has been a frequently discussed topic on the JPL Bike Club email list, and a significant business item at Club meetings.  Briefly, here is the current status:

  • The City of La Canada repainted the lane on the southbound intersection to so that the right-hand lane is for right turns only, and the left lane allows for vehicles to either go straight or turn right on Berkshire.
  • At least one injury-accident involving a JPL cyclist has been reported, and several close calls have been reported.
  • Motor vehicles making right turns from the left lane are OFTEN unaware of cyclists traveling straight through the intersection from the painted bike lane on the shoulder.
  • La Canada’s city engineer reported that signage would be installed to warn motorists of the hazard; the new sign is now up (pictured below).

Cyclists traveling through the intersection need to be aware:

  • Although the sign requires vehicles to yield to bicycles, you should never assume they will.  BE AWARE of traffic approaching from behind, they may cut in front of you regardless of right-of-way.
  • The approach to the intersection does not afford a clear view of the sign from much distance down the road.  Trees obscure the sign until vehicles are within approximately 100 feet.

Be cautious; although the law is on your side, physics favors a two-ton motor vehicle over a cyclist in a collision.

Caltech BikeLab Christmas Light Ride

posted Dec 3, 2012, 7:06 AM by JPL Bikes

Caltech BikeLab Christmas Light Ride on Dec 11!
Date: Tuesday December 11, 2012
Time: 7:30 PM

The Caltech BikeLab is leading a bike ride to go see the Christmas lights around the neighborhoods near Caltech and Pasadena. We'll meet at the Bike Lab (see map), head north to Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena, with very impressive christmas displays, and other displays along Altadena Dr and Allen Ave.

Following that, we'll head back to Caltech, where we will have cider and hot chocolate.

Please bring your bike lights and a helmet since we'll be doing our riding after dark! Everyone is welcome. Join us!

Questions? Contact us at bikeshop AT caltech DOT edu

Bike Train!

posted Oct 30, 2012, 10:30 AM by JPL Bikes   [ updated Oct 30, 2012, 12:56 PM ]

Based on feedback from a survey sent out last week, the Bike Train dry run will be this Thursday 11/1/2012.

Survey Feedback:
Route: Arroyo  Blvd
JPL Arrival Time: 7:30 AM
Bike Train route in Google Maps

Ride Leader: Charles Dandino, 626-318-3201
Style: Commuter ride at a moderate to slow pace, great for MTB and Road Bikes.

** Riders can join at any point **
Route Details
6:50 AM – Meet Arroyo Blvd and W. Colorado Blvd.
7:00 AM – Arroyo Blvd and Everts St.
7:06 AM – Arroyo Blvd and W. Howard
7:13 AM – N. Windsor and W. Woodbury Rd
7:17 AM – N. Windsor and Figueroa Dr
7:22 AM – N. Windosor and Ventura St.  (top of east lot)
7:27 AM – Arrive at East Gate
7:30 AM – Arrive at respective office, Lab, etc.

If riders have any questions, they can email
Also, for ride updates, follow us on Twitter @JPLBikeTrain

Group Ride from JPL to Caltech for BBQ

posted Oct 23, 2012, 3:18 PM by JPL Bikes

The Caltech Bike Lab is hosting their annual Bike BBQ and Social this Friday evening (October 26) from 6-9:30pm.  The JPL Bike Club is organizing a group ride from JPL to Caltech for this event.  We'll meet on Friday at 5:30pm on the mall and leave for a leisurely-paced ride to campus.  Here is a link to the route we will take:

For anyone arriving separately, the BBQ will be held at Broad Cafe on campus.  Here is a link with a map showing the cafe:

We are asking for a $5 cash contribution from each JPL attendee, with all of the funds being donated to the Bike Lab to support their operations.  Please bring cash to give to one of the group ride leaders. 

Attached is a flyer with a bit more information.  Feel free to post or distribute this flyer to encourage your friends and colleagues to attend.  The weather forecast looks to be improving later in the week, so come on out to this fun event!

Chris and the JPL Bike Club

Bikes and Barbecue

posted Oct 10, 2012, 7:28 AM by JPL Bikes   [ updated Oct 23, 2012, 3:19 PM ]

Join the Caltech Bike Lab and JPL Bike Club for a bike, BBQ & maybe a beer.

Friday, October 26
6 - 9:30 pm
Broad Cafe Patio
Pasadena, CA

Bike Club Survey and October Meeting

posted Oct 9, 2012, 2:36 PM by JPL Bikes

The survey indicated the main areas of interest are group rides and advocacy for biking.  Morgan suggested the next meeting should have a focus on advocacy.  Those who  are specifically interested in bike advocacy please attend so we can brainstorm and discuss specific steps and actions that the club can possibly focus on in the next year.  Room 303-211 is reserved for October 18 from 12-1pm for this discussion.  

Also, as time permits, we might take some time to discuss group rides.  Maybe a consistent cycle of after work (2 & 4th week) and during lunch (1st & 3rd week)  as both those times sounded popular?  Volunteers for group ride leaders please attend.

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