Pasadena Rose Bowl Peloton Update

[[image:peloton_mini.jpg::inline:1]]After over 6 hours, at a little after midnight, the Pasadena City Council finally made their way to the agenda item dealing with the proposed ordinance

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Published August 7, 2007 by C.I.C.L.E.

After over 6 hours, at a little after midnight, the Pasadena City Council finally made their way to the agenda item dealing with the proposed ordinance which would, “prohibit bicyclists from riding more than two abreast in any public street, where such prohibition is posted at the direction of the city council.”

While I personally could not stay for the entire meeting, as I had to attend to my father recovering from a recent surgery, I did watch the live television broadcast via Pasadena’s public access station. The council chamber offered standing room only at the start, and from the multiple-camera TV broadcast view, it appeared to stay that way–jam-packed– all the way up until about 1:15 AM.

Mayor Bogaard almost seemed reluctant to introduce a first reading of the proposed ordinance. He repeatedly made reference to the 43 (plus-or-minus) speaker cards that he ran through his fingertips in typical flip-book fashion. The City Attorney reminded the council that whether or not the proposed ordinance was introduced, the Brown Act did hold the council to hearing all of the speakers who had signed up. The council voted to limit speaker comments to 60 seconds.

One by one the speakers went up–cyclists, friends, fellow advocates. The previous drone of council chamber was now replaced with passionate words and applause. A couple of mildly-heated exchanges took place, but most of the speakers remained well composed, and focused. All, but one, spoke out in opposition to the ordinance.

Despite overwhelming public objection, the council voted to go ahead and conduct a first reading of the ordinance, with a commitment to the public, that the resolution would not be considered until Nov. 1, 2007. Several members of the council, including Mayor Bogaard, emphasized that there would be a concerted effort to incorporate a more comprehensive solution, one that also addressed the Rose Bowl joggers and pedestrians.

So it’s back to the drawing board, working towards a solution. The City Council can still use your letters. Several council members stated that they had received numerous letters, and that they are reading all of them. Keep ‘em coming!

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