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Lancaster Mayor Parris challenges Palmdale Mayor Ledford to a bike race

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Last night, at the Lancaster City Council meeting, after discussion and approval of the Plan for Bikeways and Trails, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris issued a formal challenge for Palmdale Mayor Ledford to compete in a bike race against each other. For real. I was there. I heard it with my own ears.

On the video of the council meeting, you can hear it at approximately 1:19:41. (The link is not direct, but takes you to a page where you can select the video.)

The idea for a race between mayors was originally proposed by High Desert Cyclists’ President Paul Avila, who is also the organizer of SoCal Cyclocross High Desert Cyclocross races on Sunday, January 15, 2012.

I think it’s a wonderful idea that would promote cycling in the Antelope Valley and generate excitement for the Tour of California in Palmdale in May.

Now the ball is in Mayor Ledford’s court. I hope that in the spirit of fun and the promotion of healthy lifestyles in the AV that he will accept this challenge


Lancaster Bike Plan Released and Tour of California returns to Palmdale

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Lancaster has placed it’s new Draft Master Plan for Trails and Bikeways on the City of Lancaster website for the public’s review. It is quite thorough — 559 pages.

Next, the plan heads to the Architectural and Design Commission on the First Thursday of this month 5 p.m. in Council Chambers. You are invited to attend that meeting and voice your thoughts about the plan at that time.

There is a 30-day review period for the plan that started on October 31, 2011, and will end on November 30, 2011.

Send your comments on the plan to Elma Watson, City of Lancaster, Planning Department, 44933 Fern Avenue, Lancaster, CA 93534 or email Ms. Watson at ewatson at cityoflancasterca dot org. Or you may send her a fax at 661-723-5926.


Exciting news!!!

Stage 6 of the 2012 AMGEN Tour of California will start on May 18, 2012 in the City of Palmdale.

According to AV High Desert Cyclists President Paul Avila, “I have spoken with my contacts at the City of Palmdale and there will be some exciting events leading up to the race. This will put Palmdale on an international stage for cycling!!”


Final draft of the Lancaster Bike Plan moves towards approval

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Dear Readers:

I owe you all a big apology for allowing my lazy nature to take over for the past 2 weeks and taking a long siesta from writing. I’ll try to make it up to you today with several posts.


On Tuesday evening, Rich Maine of the Caffe Racers, Dave Burrell of the AV High Desert Cyclists, and I went to the Final Community Workshop for Lancaster’s Master Plan of Bikeways and Trails which was held at Lancaster City Hall.

The final draft of the plan has been completed. In the next few weeks, City Staff will upload all 600+ pages of the plan to the City of Lancaster website for citizen review.

Ryan Snyder

Ryan Snyder presents the Lancaster Master Plan of Bikeways and Trails.

Ryan Snyder of Ryan Snyder Associates went over the highlights of the plan and presented a brief video that displayed the vision Lancaster’s leadership has for biking, running, walking, and equestrian activities within the city.



Lancaster Bike Plan Workshop, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The City of Lancaster is developing a new Bike and Pedestrian plan on which much progress has been made at previous meetings and walk audits.

A Public Workshop with updates on the plan and asking for more input from the public will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Mariposa School, 737 West Avenue H-6, Lancaster.

The flyer about this and other upcoming events in Lancaster says:

Come review recommendations for bikeway and pedestrian improvements, and learn more about safe bicycling and walking in your neighborhood.

According to Elma Watson, Assistant Planner for the City of Lancaster:

Ryan Snyder will present the status of the planning process, with a focus on the Draft Recommended Bikeways, Trails, Pedestrian, and ADA improvements. These maps contain the information gathered from the workshops last fall and we want to continue to solicit the community for their input to further improve the Master Plan for Trails and Bikeways.

Not only do we want you to join us at our upcoming workshop, but we also want you to help us spread the word. Ask your friends, family, co-workers or club members to come with you to our workshop…this effects road safety and connectivity for all!

I understand that a contingent from the Cycology ride will be riding to Mariposa School for the workshop. I’m planning to ride there myself.

Please be there and let your voice be heard about the bikeway improvements you’d like to see funded and implemented in Lancaster!

Don’t forget: Wednesday night, June 29, 2011, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Mariposa School, 737 West Avenue H-6, Lancaster.


Upcoming Biking/Wellness Events in Lancaster

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

The City of Lancaster will have the following events during the summer months of June, July, August, and September.

Bicycle Master Plan Public Workshop. Date: Wednesday, June 29. Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Bikeway and pedestrian improvement recommendations will be reviewed. If you missed the previous workshops and walk-audits, now is the time to come and speak up. Let the City of Lancaster know what changes you’d like to see in bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

LanCoaster Bicycle Experience. Dates: Wednesdays, June 8, July 13, August 10, and September 14. Ride times and locations: 6:30 pm Lancaster City Hall, 7:00 pm Lancaster City Park. Lights required.

Open House at Mariposa Wellness Home. Date: Thursday, July 14. Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Walk through the neighborhood.

Trailhead Bingo Event. Date: Saturday, August 13. Time: To be determined. No details at this time.