Bicycling Advocates Asking for Community Help in Funding Program

December 22, 2012,

Bicyclists in the area are coming together and have already gathered more than $75,000 to help to improve road conditions for two-wheeled travelers in Newport Beach. Still, they're asking for more help.

According to the Newport Beach-Corona Del Mar Patch, members in the community created the Newport Beach Bike Safety Fund after the fatalities of 2 local bikers. Both died in separate accidents in September. The organization recently held a silent auction and were able to generate roughly $10,000. With the help of other fundraisers, like Share the Road Memorial Ride 2012, they've been able to collect about $75,000.
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"The totals have far exceeded my expectations," April Morris, an event organizer, said. "I am honored that the entire community has come together in such a meaningful way."

Our Costa Mesa bicycle accident lawyers understand that the City Council pledged to hand over $3 for every $1 raised by the community up to $450,000. This pledge was made back in October. Organization leaders are saying they're far from done though as they're still asking the community for support and donations.

If you use Amazon.com for your shopping needs, you're asked to get to the site through newportbeachmemorialbikeride.com. This is going to help to raise even more money because officials with Amazon said that they would contribute anywhere from 4 to 10 percent of the purchase prices to the fund.

If you don't use Amazon but you still want to help out, you can check out the following locations to donate to the bike safety improvement fund at donation jars:

-Balboa Island: Hershey's Market

-Westcliff Drive: Haute Cakes

-17th Street: Sea Schwinn

-Costa Mesa (17th Street): Newport Beach Training Zone

-Westcliff Drive: Kean Coffee

-Corona del Mar: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Zinc Coffee

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 615 bicyclists killed across the United States in 2010. These fatalities accounted for roughly 2 percent of all of the traffic fatalities reported. In addition, more than 50,000 were injured.

Believe it or not, California is the most dangerous for these kinds of accidents. In 2010, we saw close 100 bicyclist fatalities throughout the state. That's more than any other state in the country.

There are a number of reasons as to why we see such a high number of these accidents. First, we have the largest population in the country. We also are blessed with such beautiful weather, allowing year-round bicycling conditions. We are also cursed with roadways designed solely for vehicular traffic making it tough (and dangerous) for other travelers to get around. Everyone is asked to travel cautiously and to keep an eye out for one another to help ensure roadway safety. It's an effort that requires participation from all. Help to make California a safer place by becoming a more courteous driver today!

If your or a loved one has been injured in a traffic collision, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925.

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