Dodging bicycle traffic
Dear Editor:I just wanted to share a safety heads-upwith Claremont residents who frequent theVillage. Recently, my husband, who is re-covering from surgery, stepped out of abusiness onto the sidewalk and was dealt aglancing blow by a cyclist who was speed-ing by. She stopped immediately and apol-ogized profusely but it was still a scare.A few days later, he was sitting outsidethe same business, where a bicycle wasparked on the sidewalk. Another cyclistgoing by tapped the parked bicycle and itfell over onto my husband, a friend’s dogand the table we were sitting at.Also, a fragile senior citizen narrowlyavoided injury as a bystander shouted awarning to stop in the doorway as a skate-boarder was speeding directly towards her.Curious about traffic restrictions in theVillage, I sent an email to the Claremontwebsite and Chief Cooper has responded:“There are no local ordinances or Vehi-cle Codes prohibiting riding a bicycle onthe sidewalk in the Village or anywhereelse in the city. Skateboards are prohibitedin the Village area whether they are on thestreet or the sidewalk. There are also no‘parking’ restrictions on bicycles, otherthan section 21210 of the Vehicle Code,which states, “No person shall leave a bi-cycle laying on its side on any sidewalk, orshall park a bicycle on a sidewalk in anyother position so there is not adequate pathfor pedestrian traffic. There are numerousbike racks throughout the Village that rid-ers are encouraged to use, but nothing inplace that legally forces them to utilizethem.”Bottom line: Be careful and watch forcross traffic when you step out of Villagebusinesses. Look both ways! Cyclists,please park your bikes at the bike racks.Let’s be safe.
Where’s the beauty?
Dear Editor:Come on, Claremont. What is going on?I am all for conserving water, but let’s do itright. What has happened to our beautifulcity? The city of trees, our quaint littletown? Where I used to see beautifully well-kept homes, I now see overgrown plants,“drought resistant” weeds, front yards cov-ered in mulch and very poorly maintainedgardens.If you feel the need to let your lawn dieand go with a drought-resistant landscape,please do it right. Make it look nice andkeep it that way.In the old days, I would see letters fromthe city posted on doors of homes wherethe yard maintenance was not up to Clare-mont standards. Haven’t seen any of thoselately. Seems like Claremont is okay withthis. I certainly am not. It makes me sad todrive around town and see how the beautyof Claremont has declined.Let’s not allow this to happen to our lit-tle treasure. Please folks, let’s make Clare-mont beautiful again.Thanks for letting me vent.
First Baptist Church
Dear Editor:According to an ad in the WednesdaySeptember l9 COURIER, a new church isbeginning at the corner of Harrison andMountain Avenues in Claremont. This isthe property of the First Baptist Church,which meets each Sunday for traditionalworship at 9:30 a.m.We are alive and well. The “new”church is renting space to use after ourworship service.
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, September 22, 2012
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