Lots of news today, so grab some coffee, limber up your clicking finger and settle in for a good read.
Popular LA cyclist Jo Celso is hospitalized in San Diego after suffering serious injuries while riding at the San Diego Velodrome Tuesday night. Donations to defray medical expenses can be made through PayPal.
The driver in the San Diego crash that sent eight cyclists to the hospital was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and drugs, possibly including meth; she has a history of petty crime dating back to 2006.
One of the victims reportedly couldn’t feel his legs following the crash, while the Times says one of the injured — most likely the same rider — suffered a major vertebral fracture; sounds like prayers or good wishes are in order.
And BikeSD calls for charges against the driver.
A Santa Maria TV station confirms the rumors that the passenger in the truck that killed Chula Vista randonneur Matthew O’Neill was the 18-year old son of former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado. Nicolas Maldonado was also a passenger in another fatal collision involving his mother two years ago.
According to the same rumors, the 16-year old driver who killed O’Neill is also a member of the Maldonado family.
Meanwhile, Stacy Kline offers a moving remembrance of her friend and riding companion.
More on our fellow cyclist Robin Williams, his big heart and his love of bikes.
First up, noted bike rider Conan O’Brien relates how Williams tried to cheer him up following O’Brien’s dismissal from the Tonight Show by giving him an outrageously silly bicycle.
Then there’s the story told by Bay Area comic Johnny Steele, who said Williams bought him a custom-made bike and became his regular riding partner after Steele told him he didn’t ride because he couldn’t afford it. And all because Williams liked his joke about 65-year old men on $6,500 bicycles.
Meanwhile, a bike shop owning friend of the comedian says Williams told him cycling saved his life after kicking cocaine.
And the Wall Street Journal relates how he once met famed Italian bike builder Dario Pegoretti, and how Williams said he loved riding because it’s a close as you can get to flying.
I think we can all relate to that one. I’ve said the same thing myself more than once.
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is hosting a fundraising Firefly Ball the day before Halloween, honoring Andy Leeka of Good Samaritan Hospital, Long Beach’s Suja Lowenthal, and legendary BAC founder and bike advocate Alex Baum; tickets start at $250.
Meanwhile, the LACBC is holding a workshop on fundraising for bicycle advocates next Thursday.
Attend a live recording of the Bike Talk podcast at the Levi’s pop-up store this Friday with hosts Nick Richert, Melissa Balmer and Maria Sipin.
The Daily News takes a look at LADOT’s new Bicycle Friendly Business program.
Streetsblog’s Damien Newton offers advice for walking or biking back to school.
California lists 147 projects that could get funding under the state’s new Active Transportation Program, including several in Southern California.
Calbike offers their monthly update.
New bike lanes are approved near Corona del Mar High School.
A 23-year old Big Bear rider competes in his first year as a professional cyclist.
Even the feds want you to take a bike tour.
Once again, a foreign tourist riding across the US is killed by a drunk driver, this time an Australian woman who was killed in Indiana just 500 miles from her destination.
Once again, the NYPD cracks down on the victims of traffic violence, rather than the cause.
Toronto cyclists win a fight for protected bike lanes.
London cop hops on a stolen bike to chase down a wanted bike thief.
Poetic justice, as a drunken Brit bike thief breaks his ankle when the bike he’s trying to make off with falls on him.
Kids, don’t do this at home. A Kansas driver pulls into a parking lot to confront a bike rider, who promptly pulls out a gun and shoots him in the face; the rider was taken into custody nearby.