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Friends support CV Link at the Palm Desert Council Chamber

CVAG -the Coachella Valley Association of Governments—is presenting and discussing the final CV Link Environmental Impacts Report in the council chambers of Palm Desert.

Meeting Details

May 15, 2017 —Monday night— at

6:00 p.m.

73-510 Fred Waring Drive

Support the building CV Link, which has 50 miles planned from Palm Springs to Coachella, except for links in Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells.

Bike Rally

Before the meeting, leisure bikers, sport cyclists, and anyone else on bicycles will gather and voice their support of CV Link. Walkers, hikers, runners, mobility-assist users, LSEVs welcome too!

5:30 in the area

in front of Council Chambers

Support Placards will be available in the parking lot, beginning at 5:15.

Directions

Map of Palm Desert city hall and council chambersFrom Highway 111 and Monterey Drive,

  • North on Monterey 1/2 mile to Fred Waring Drive,
  • East on Fred Waring 1/2 mile to San Pablo Avenue,
  • North on San Pablo 600 ft to Civic Center,
  • From parking lot, the Council Chamber is in the round building in the southwest corner of the complex.

Make Your Voice Heard

Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) will present details about the CV Link project and the Environmental Impacts Report, which is the last regulatory document needed before construction can begin. CVAG is the lead agency for the project funding, construction, operation, and maintenance.

Public comment will be accepted. Short statements of support (2 to 3 minutes) are needed from walkers, runners, wheelchair users, mobility assist device users, leisure bike riders, sport cyclists, and drivers of  low-speed electric vehicles (LSEV, which includes neighborhood electric vehicles—NEVs—and golf carts).

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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to hand out literature and answer questions in our booth at upcoming events throughout the valley. Commitments would be a minimum of 2 hours during the event. Please use our Contact Us page if you are interested.


Coming Events

Visit our booth at:

Tamale Festival Dec 3-4

Tour de Palm Springs Jan 20-21

Monthly FCVL Group Rides
2nd Sunday each month — 8:30am
From Moguel & Kaya Auto Detailing
(unless otherwise announced on Facebook)
No-drop rides — distance/pace TBD at start


CV Link information Booths Schedule

SEPTEMBER

9/28/16 – Go-Human Bike Safety Workshop 6-8pm
CVAG Meeting room 115, Palm Desert

OCTOBER

10/2/16 – Y Be Fit Palm Desert Challenge 5:30am-12noon
Palm Desert YMCA
10/22/16 – Desert AIDS Walk 7am-12noon
Hard Park, Palm Springs
10/21-22/16 – Patriot Ride 12-7pm
Southwest Church, Indian Wells

NOVEMBER

11/5/16 – Coachella Valley Heart Walk 7am-10am
PD Civic Center Park Amphitheatre
11/5/16 – 2nd Annual Dia De Los Muertos 5K 5am-8:30am
1515 6th St, Coachella
11/26-27/16 – Italian Festival 10am-4pm
Rancho Mirage Community Park

DECEMBER

12/3-4/16 – 25TH Annual Tamale Festival 9am-8pm
Hwy 111 & Indio Blvd, Indio

JANUARY

1/21-22/17 – Tour de Palm Springs 11am-8pm/9am-5pm
Downtown Palm Springs


June Bike Ride

Bicycle Ride
June 5, 2016
Show-up 6:30am   –   Roll-out 7:00am

Start/Finish from “Link Stop” parking lot
2-hour no-drop ride
Part on CV Link route – short sand section (walk)
Some sidewalks – mainly roads with traffic
Road or Mountain Bike – HELMET REQUIRED
After ride refreshments

Friends of CV Link Ride — June 5th — show time: 7:30, roll-out 7am; start from “Link Stop Coffee Shop” parking lot on east side of Cathedral Canyon Dr., just south of the wash. Plan on a no-drop 2 hour ride. Refreshments provided at “Link Stop” after ride.

The ‘Link Stop’ is connected to Moguel & Kaya’s Auto Detail shop at 35688 Cathedral Canyon Drive in CC.  The parking lot is on east side of CC Drive just prior to going through the wash dip when heading north.


Indio Sunrise Rotary invited Friends of CV Link

Thank you” to Indio Sunrise Rotary for inviting Friends of CV Link to share our perspective and thoughts on CV Link. The following is from their newsletter.
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The Sunbeam News of indio Sunrise Rotary 5/3/2016
Posted by Joseph Daily on May 03, 2016
Service Above Self
We meet Tuesdays at 6:45 AM
Heritage Palms Country Club
44291 Heritage Palms Drive South
Indio, CA 92201
United States
On May 3 our Flag salute was led by Dorian Inzunza, our Invocation by Pastor Stephen Sloat and the 4 Way Test led by Stacy Pfiefer.

Our program was presented by Gary Lueders from “Friends of CV Link.” Gary lives an active lifestyle and began riding bicycles in the early ‘70’s for sport, pleasure, and errands. He has ridden in Europe and many cities in the U.S. and quickly realized that off-street bike trails are much safer than riding with cars.

His advocacy work began when serving as president of the local Desert Bicycle Club by encouraging Coachella Valley cities to improve cycling by installing bike lanes and better signage.

He served as a board member on the Coachella Valley Community Trails Alliance since 2007 and has been instrumental in the changeover to the nonprofit Friends of CV Link. He is also a member of CVAG’s Citizens Advisory Group for CV Link; served on the CVAG Trails Management Sub-Committee; and was a board member on the Desert Trails Coalition.

Gary was a USAF pilot in Vietnam, is a retired American Airlines Captain, lives in Rancho Mirage with his wife Shirley, and has 2 children and 5 grandkids.
In 2010, the entire Coachella Valley non-motorized transportation plan was completed. Because of the many golf courses in the valley, many local cities allowed golf carts to operate on sidewalks and certain low-volume streets. A year later, civic leaders realized that a multi-use trail connecting all the communities would provide a safer way to travel. In addition, the use of non-polluting electric vehicles, bicycles, and walking would create a cleaner environment.

“We do not see the trail as a conflict between low-speed electric vehicles and bicycles. In fact, it will increase the value of the trail by providing more people the opportunity to get out and enjoy areas that they would never see in a car. Plus the improved air quality will help all citizens. All users will recognize that it is a multi-use trail and the concept of sharing the trail and common courtesy will prevail.”

Having realized the main mission of CVCTA had been accomplished, the decision was made to ‘morph’ CVCTA into Friends of CV Link. “As the trail is developed, we will promote and encourage visitors and local citizens to use the trail and enjoy the many benefits it has to offer. We will develop volunteer groups to assist where needed. In addition, “Friends” will develop a donation element to provide individuals and companies an opportunity to contribute to this valuable asset. We hope you will enjoy CV Link as much as we will when it is completed.”
Contact: gary@friendsofcvlink.org

Friends of CV Link's photo.

 


Friends of CV Link Ride

 

Bicycle Ride
May 22, 2016
Show-up 7:30am   –   Roll-out 8:00am

Start/Finish from “Link Stop” parking lot
2-hour no-drop ride
Part on CV Link route – short sand section (walk)
Some sidewalks – mainly roads with traffic
Road or Mountain Bike – HELMET REQUIRED
After ride refreshments

Friends of CV Link Ride — May 22nd — show time: 7:30, roll-out 8am; start from “Link Stop Coffee Shop” parking lot on east side of Cathedral Canyon Dr., just south of the wash. Plan on a no-drop 2 hour ride. Refreshments provided at “Link Stop” after ride.

The ‘Link Stop’ is connected to Moguel & Kaya’s Auto Detail shop at 35688 Cathedral Canyon Drive in CC.  The parking lot is on east side of CC Drive just prior to going through the wash dip when heading north.


CITIZENS for CV LINK in RANCHO MIRAGE

Many citizens in Rancho Mirage are outraged with the negative direction the City Council has taken toward CV Link.  The general public has very little knowledge of the benefits CV Link will bring to the Coachella Valley.  On April 12th, citizens will have a chance to vote on 4 measures related to CV Link.  These biased, slanted, and poorly written measures are designed to convenience the uninformed electorate that the trail is somehow bad for the city.
We ask Rancho Mirage citizens and ALL citizens, to be informed, find out the positive benefits of CV Link and how it will benefit the Coachella Valley now and for future generations.
For Rancho Mirage residents, the Committee Against Measure 1 and For Measures 2,3, & 4 urges you to read every part of this website: http://www.buildthetrail.org/


CV Link Trail Cleanup – Sunday Feb. 28th – 8am

What: CV Link Trail Cleanup

When: Sunday, Feb. 28th at 8am

Where: Cathedral City paved trail next to the wash

What part: Between Cathedral Canyon Dr. and Date Palm

Directions: Parking lot next to businesses on Cathedral Canyon Dr. just south of the dip that goes through the wash.  If driving north on Cathedral Canyon, turn into parking lot on right just prior to going through the dip. That entrance is not for drivers heading south.   If driving south on Cathedral Canyon, after going thru the wash dip, go past the above mentioned entrance and take the next left turn entrance, then go toward the wash.

Support: The very 1st CV Link business to declare their support for CV Link is located there.  Moguel and his wife Kaya have an auto detailing business and have set up a coffee shop with restrooms for CV Link users.  Kaya is a pastry chief.  Coffee & goodies will be available.
They plan to add photos and CV Link info to their website:
http://www.moguelkayaautodetail.com/

Mark your calendar and plan to attend.   Spread the word.  Arvin, any chance making contact any of those high school students you talked about?  I will post info on Facebook and send Fred text for website.

Again, the date is Sunday, Feb. 28.  Great timing as there is a planned news conference  the week before and a CVAG meeting the next day.


Palm Desert Clean Up

PalmDesertHighSchoolJoin Friends of CV Link in Palm Desert for a Clean Up of the bike trail that runs just north of the Palm Desert High School on Sunday December 6th from 8-10AM.  All are invited to clean up any trash, sweep, and help beautify this area.  Clean up bags and some tools will be provided but we ask that you bring gloves and any push brooms or other clean up tools that you may wish to use.  It’s a fun event with refreshments and good company so please invite anyone you like to help out.  You MUST sign a waiver form with us the morning of the event and if you’re not riding your bicycle, we recommend you park your car on the Cook Street entrance to the High School & turn right, The school is at 74910 Aztec Dr. Palm Desert, CA  92260