By day, he’s planning a greener future for California’s cities; on weekends he rides with some serious cyclists and once a month he contributes as a member of the Newport Beach Bike Safety Committee.
For the interview we’re in his office; it’s like a museum, the walls are covered in photos and vintage Tour de France posters.
Meet Tony Petros, perhaps one of the more professional members of the committee, based on his profession – he manages transportation projects at LSA Associates, Inc. in Irvine. He covers state, county and city agencies, public transit agencies and a couple of ports and airports thrown in for good measure. This all adds up to a comprehensive perspective when it comes to adding bike lanes and other safety improvements.
Although he’s an avid cyclist, he describes the pros and cons of implementing Sharrows in Corona del Mar. Do the legal issues relating to Hwy 1 and the fact of the prevailing conditions, i.e. the traffic volumes, preclude the City from making any changes to this thoroughfare? “We could be raising expectations that cannot be met.” Listen and make up your own mind.