Category: Sports

New Bike Law Designed to End Fatal Trend

Big Bear City, CA, September 18, 2014 – It’s long been encouraged, but now it’s the law. As of September 16, California drivers are required to give bicyclists a three-foot margin as they pass them on the road. Our state isn’t the first to take such measures: According to the website 3footrule.com, 20 other states have some version of the law already on the books. Three other states have laws or codes requiring vehicles to maintain an unspecified “safe distance” from cyclists. If a law enforcement officer witnesses a violation, violators could get at least a $35 fine, or a $220 fine if a collision occurs. Allowances are made, however, in cases where there’s not enough room for a driver to give three feet; in that case, they must slow down to safely pass. There has been a small but steady annual increase in the number of fatalities over the past decade. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2012, 726 cyclists lost their lives in crashes with motor...

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Death at Dock is Under Investigation

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 3, 2014 – The Labor Day Weekend boosted the local economy by bringing plenty of tourists into town, but the holiday was not without its accidents. On Saturday evening, the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a body in the lake off Waterview Drive, between Boulder Bay and Metcalf Bay. Deputies found a 51-year-old deceased male in the water near a dock. The Coroner’s Office recovered the body but will withhold the victim’s identity  until the next of kin has been notified. The circumstances of the death are still under investigation. On Monday afternoon, a mountain bike accident at Snow Summit was serious enough to require an airlift for urgent medical treatment; no word on the extent of the cyclist’s injuries. The last holiday weekend saw one serious incident on the mountain: On the morning of July 4th, a 54-year-old Valencia resident fell off his mountain bike while riding a trail. He was not breathing when found and was airlifted to the Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries the next morning. The Big Bear Municipal Water District reported no watercraft collisions over the three-day period between August 30 and September...

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New Festival Secures Big Bear Lake Status as Cycling Mecca

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 18, 2014 – The Big Bear Cycling Association (BBCA) has announced the inaugural Big Bear Cycling Festival, running July 26 through August 3, 2014. The festival will celebrate all riding levels and disciplines–whether road, mountain or recreational. BBCA President Craig Smith points out the uniqueness of this kind of event in the U.S.:  “There is no other festival or event that positions itself as celebrating all types of cyclists and provides nine days of competitive races, long-distance rides and family-oriented opportunities.” Two race events will open and close the Big Bear Cycling Festival with a splash: the Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo & Grizzly 100 on July 25 and Tour de Big Bear on August 2. Tour de Big Bear is an organized and supported road ride that for the 5th year will provide more than 2000 cyclists the option to ride 25, 50, 70 or 100 mile distances in and around the Big Bear Lake valley. The Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo & Grizzly 100 will offer four supported distances, including the 100K, 70K, 30K and a lift-served 20K recreational mountain bike–all over a combination of Forest Service fire road and single track. In between these bookends, the Festival will offer plenty of free rides and family-friendly activities, an evening sunset ride with post party at local area micro-brew, an afternoon at the Snow Summit Bike...

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“Safe Boating Week” Focuses on Life Jackets

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 16, 2014 – With warmer weather, people gravitate to the cool shores of Big Bear Lake, and want to play in the water. Families should keep in mind, however, that accidents are possible. Too often both experienced and inexperienced boaters have a false sense of security and don’t wear life jackets. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in almost three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities, and that 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. California ranks No. 2 in the nation for boating accidents and boating fatalities, with boating mishaps causing more than 49 deaths in the state in 2012 alone. In preparation for the summer boating season, the National Safe Boating Council kicks off its national Wear It! campaign promoting safe boating and life jacket wear with National Safe Boating Week, which runs from May 17-23. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-12 will support this campaign by offering a life jacket trade-in at the Carol Morrison East Ramp (41911 North Shore Drive) on May 17 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. While supplies last, the public can bring in their old life jackets to exchange for a free new one, courtesy of the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways....

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U.S. Ski Team Welcomes Big Bear Lake Teen

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