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Date: October 21, 2017
Location: Sylvan Park, Redlands, CA
Check-in 8:00 am
The Board of Directors of the Orange County Wheelmen fully support all efforts by the county, city and law enforcement to take immediate steps to make the Santa Ana River Trail safe for bicyclists. The route is the county's premier non-stop bicycle path linking North Orange County with the beach community. The current situation allowing the homeless to encroach on the flanks of the trail have led cyclists to exit the trail and ride on city streets to skirt around the tent city that has developed. Our club members do not feel safe riding on the parts of the trail where the homeless have taken up residence.
Our position does not offer a solution to finding a safe, sanitary alternative location for the hundreds of people now lining the bike path. That is up to the county and city to work with mental health and social professionals to find some means to help these people from having to live beside a dry river bed with no sanitary facilities. We do support allocating the necessary resources to opening homeless shelters that can offer these people dignity, respect, and safety with the ultimate goal of making them self sufficient.
The current situation is intolerable and we need to give the Santa Ana River Trail back to bicyclists.
There have been several inquiries from members about what can be done about the state of the Santa Ana river trail. We have a list of the OC supervisors and a generic letter that you can use to contact them and voice your concerns.