Rancho Palos Verdes has some of the best coastal cycling in Southern California. Due to its proximity to the coast it’s usually cooler than any inland areas during the summer months. It has relatively light motor vehicle traffic and bike lanes on the busier roads.
The day of the ‘die-in’ was cold and windy; cyclists carried signs, bikes, and bloodied shirts as they made their way on to the grassy knoll at Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes. Around forty cyclists gathered together at 3:55 pm on Tuesday, pulling white, blood-splattered shirts over their head as they began to lay down on the grass.
Residents and members of cycling groups such as Big Orange Cycling have been attempting to work with city council and community members to get proper bicycle signage installed on Palos Verdes Estate city streets reading “Bicycles May Use Full Lane”(BMUFL).
Cyclists in bloodied t-shirts and bicycles will be sprawled across the grass of Malaga Cove Plaza on December 13th, staging a “die-in” protest,to impress the urgency of effective signage needed for cyclists along city roads that read, “Bicycles May Use Full Lane.”
As usual, we start the show with announcements, news, and events. Topics include climate change, updates to the 2017 WorldTour, and Palos Verdes cyclists advocating for BMUFL signs to save lives.
Participants were more likely to recognize cyclist’s rights when seeing the “bicycles may use full lane” sign. The study was conducted by George Hess at the Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University.