OB Has Mixed Reaction to ‘CyclOBias’ Day

by on October 22, 2018 · 11 comments

in Ocean Beach

It was supposed to be the day in OB without cars. But from the looks of some of the comments in recent posts here at the OB Rag, Ocean Beach had a mixed reaction to “CyclOBias”

Or did it?

We’ve seen complaints of cars being towed. Of other frustrations. Plus an attitude among some locals that ‘hey, OB is one of the most pedestrian-and-bike-friendly neighborhoods around, and we don’t need others telling us we can now “enjoy” our own community …’

We don’t know.

What was your reaction or response? Were you into it or you were more peeved?

Here are photos taken by our good friend Wayne Starker of what some did during the event. In the early hours of the event.

Got your own photo you’d like to share? (send to obragblog@gmail.com)

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Avatar Tyler October 22, 2018 at 2:18 pm

There are certainly pros and cons. From my experience:

Pros
1. What a treat to see no cars parked on Bacon, Voltaire, Newport
2. Hanging out on Newport was the standout for me. A street skating area, plenty of room to roam. For all of us wondering how Newport would operate as a promenade, it was a great taste.
3. I saw a lot of families riding by my house on Bacon with their kids on tiny bikes, etc. I just don’t see that on normal days – I can only imagine how tough it is to safely ride bikes in OB with small kids.

Cons
1. While I don’t have complete sympathy due to the completely obvious signs for weeks, it was pretty lame to see some people have their cars towed even though they were available to move them, but towers had already been called. Saw 3 separate instances of this on Bacon between Muir and Cape May. I also don’t understand why we all had to move our cars by 6 AM but nothing was even remotely done infrastructure wise until ~830-9 AM.
2. Some of the volunteers were being the most erratic. I was making a left hand turn, using my hand to signal as much, to ride into my alley off Bacon. As I started to turn left, someone literally started screaming at the top of their lungs behind me. Turns out, one of the volunteers in their yellow tie tye shirts was blazing by me at a high rate of speed, but was trying to pass me on the left illegally beyond the double yellow. He had some choice words… is that who you really want being the face of your event?
3. Clean up afterwards was non-existent. They just threw the objects used to make the traffic circles in front of my neighbors house afterward.

At the end of the day, it certainly drew awareness to what our communities can be like with a little less auto traffic and a more pedestrian friendly environment.

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Avatar triggerfinger October 29, 2018 at 2:38 pm

It is against the law for a tow company to remove a car or charge a fee if the owner is present to remove it. Even if it’s hooked up on the truck.

Of course, the tow company won’t tell you that.

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Avatar Vern October 22, 2018 at 4:21 pm

CyclOBias – kinda lame.

OB and PL – already walking communities – been for years and years.

Head east for CycloSanteeas.

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Avatar Michael October 22, 2018 at 6:04 pm

I was skeptical but it turned out to be a great event. I have a spot though so that colored my attitude.

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Avatar Chris October 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

Kinda bummed I missed it this year. Be interesting to see what neighborhood it will be in next year.

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Avatar Judy Collier October 23, 2018 at 8:52 am

We only saw the last 2 hours. It was fun walking in the middle of Voltaire, hearing the band at Tikiport, and seeing longtime OB residents keeping time to the music. As we walked down Bacon and up Santa Monica, they had already started the pickup of signs. That brief experience felt more like something that was being to us rather than by us. Outsiders took over our streets so that other outsiders could bicycle through our streets. Maybe I missed the memo: there was little publicity about this event other than the no parking tow away signs. Maybe more publicity and more community buy-in would produce a happier event.

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Avatar Val October 23, 2018 at 11:45 am

LOVED IT.

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Avatar ron October 24, 2018 at 9:24 am

no line @ Hodads around 11:30 on a Sunday! Loved the event just hope it doesnt hurt business. It would be cool if they did this every weekend.

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Avatar Geoff Page October 24, 2018 at 4:36 pm

It did hurt business, Ron. I had breakfast at Margarita’s today and I asked them. They said they did really badly that day. These events do not bring in business to the locals as one might expect. The no line at Hodad’s was a clear affirmation of that.

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Avatar ron October 28, 2018 at 12:23 pm

Aggh…too bad I was hoping that would not happen. In an ideal OB world the locals would come down ( not by car) and shop enough to make up for the non local ob customers….unless they too can non car into the village.

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Avatar ZZ October 25, 2018 at 1:54 pm

I rode my bike up and down the whole route twice. It was amazing, I would love to see cars out of OB streets on a permanent basis. Or weekly, monthly, annual, whatever I can get.

Go down to the many areas of Europe that have pedestrianized, and ask the people: do you want to go back to having cars on this street? They’d look at you like you proposed opening a coal plant there.

The really long car-free route on Bacon St was the best part, so many happy people enjoying themselves.

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