Morning Links: CicLAvia sued over Wilshire hit-and-run; LaBonge keeps Glendale-Hyperion Bridge dangerous

Maybe you remember.

It was during the June, 2013 Wilshire CicLAvia when a bike rider was hit by a hit-and-run driver during the ostensibly car-free event.

Now CicLAvia has been sued by the rider, who suffered three broken vertebrae when an impatient motorist drove through the barricades blocking a cross street and sped across the boulevard, striking him in the process.

No arrest was ever made, making it impossible to sue the person actually responsible for the injuries. So instead, the victim’s lawyer is going after the nearest deep pockets, which is what lawyers are paid to do. Although how deep CicLAvia’s pockets are remains to be seen.

Presumably, the non-profit organization has insurance to cover cases like this, so it’s unlikely that it will affect future events. Although increased costs for insurance coverage and security are likely to make them more expensive to stage.

And don’t expect to hear CicLAvia respond to the suit. They’ve undoubtedly been advised by their attorneys not to comment publicly on the case.

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It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from erstwhile bike blogger Will Campbell, now an animal cop with the spcaLA.

Will explains that the local spcaLA is not associated with the national ASPCA, and any donations made in response to the ubiquitous ad with the sad-eyed dogs and cats won’t benefit homeless or abused animals here in the City of Angels.

He invites you to guess how many coins are in a jar he plans to donate to the society; the winner can have the donation made in their name. Or you can donate directly through the society’s website.

No, it doesn’t have anything to do with bikes.

But it’s a damn good cause.

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‘Tis the season.

A Turlock, CA group puts together 50 bikes to donate to the Salvation Army for underprivileged kids. A mountain bike group donates dozens of bikes to kids at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Grand Rapids MI volunteers give away 1,500 free bikes. Three-hundred Miami kids from needy families get new bikes, thanks in part to Walmart.

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Local

Outgoing 4th District councilmember Tom LaBonge’s insistence that no traffic lanes be removed from the soon-to-be redesigned Glendale-Hyperion Bridge force dangerous compromises to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians. The best solution may be to wait a few months until someone else sits in his seat.

The Eastside Bike Club hosts a ride on Sunday, January 4th to protest CD1 Councilmember Gil Cedillo’s misguided comments to the council that bike riders represent the 1%; let’s show him that real Angelenos — and voters — of all types ride bikes. Thanks to Jaime Kate for the tip.

Better Bike discusses how Beverly Hills fails to take California’s three-foot passing law or cyclist safety into account in a planned redesign of Santa Monica Blvd; you’re invited to discuss a new complete streets proposal for the boulevard at 7 pm tonight in the Beverly Hills Public Library. And maybe the topic of how political accountability takes a holiday in the Biking Black Hole will come up, as well.

A 26-year old Pomona bike rider was killed in a drive-by shooting. Bad enough we have to dodge cars; no one should ever fall victim to bullets.

 

State

An Irvine woman walks out of jail just hours after being sentenced to nearly a year in jail for intentionally running down an airport bike cop. If the courts won’t take a vehicular assault on a cop seriously, what hope is there for the rest of us?

A San Diego bike rider makes a remarkable recovery from an Ocean Beach hit-and-run that nearly took her life just two months ago.

A Bakersfield bike rider is killed in an early morning hit-and-run on Saturday.

Palo Alto proposes striking designs for a planned bike/pedestrian bridge over Highway 101.

 

National

Close associates of ex-six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought by ex-one-time Tour de France winner Floyd Landis, agreeing to pay the Feds $541,000.

Tucson bike ambassadors give away bike bells, arguing that the bells sound nicer than saying “on your left.” And every time one rings, an angel gets his wings.

The National Parks Service proposes allowing bikes to use a six-mile pathway in Bryce Canyon. However, a recent NPS rule change could mean cyclists could be banned from nearby roads if the bikeway is approved.

As if the state’s highways weren’t risky enough for cyclists, South Dakota expands the use of rumble strips to make them more dangerous.

Massachusetts’ state parks department approves a half-million dollar study on how to better accommodate bikes, recognizing that bicycling is a growing form of both transportation and recreation.

Pittsburgh installs a new stop box for cyclists, but fails to tell motorists what it’s for.

A North Carolina judge rules a motorist gave a cyclist enough passing distance — even though the car’s mirror knocked the rider off her bike. I’d hate to see what he thinks is too close.

It takes a real jerk to steal bikes from Florida foster kids.

 

International

Volvo announces a new safety system to provide proximity alerts between drivers and cyclists; of course, it only works if both are using the same system.

Aussie pro Simon Gerrans is out of commission for the next few months after breaking his collarbone while training.

Now that’s a big heart. A Kiwi cyclist forgives the motorist who ran him off the road and assaulted him before running over his bike.

Caught on video: A Chinese bike rider miraculously walks away after getting run over by a semi in a right hook; warning, though, you may find the video hard to take. Thanks to Richard Risemberg for the heads-up.

 

Finally…

Aussie police conduct a drunk driving crackdown over the weekend, but the most wasted person they caught was riding a bike. Lance insists he would never cheat, at least not at golf; didn’t he used to say the same thing about bike racing?

And bad enough that bike riders have to dodge dangerous drivers; not even ghost bikes are safe. I’m afraid I’ve lost track of who sent this one to me, but thank you, anyway.

 

4 comments

  1. richard says:

    The consequences of barricaded that already cost far too much being negligent are apocolyptic, going far beyond premium hike to uninsurability if greater care is not taken. So i am calling out veterans with sufficient sniper training to volunteer next time to take out drivers who get past buffer border and then lower there tire pressure to stop car sooner. No silencer can be used so participants should both wear ear protection and quickly pull to right and get on curb at sound of first shots fired. The case must also be defended vigurously eith a third party defendent being of course lapd who has not interviewed even a thousand late model toyota owners yet. If this was a car theft they would of done more investigating. It obviously wasa good popular blue lined driver. License plates are scanned on wilshire….duh.

  2. I’m in favor of using snipers to enforce traffic laws, but they will need something like the Barrett .50 against the light armored vehicles in use today.

    • richard says:

      Apparently a comment was deleted as the splash page counts 3 and i only see two. I expressed a sincere position with some not just apparent levity. If our state does not volunteer to secure the event at public expense with less then lethal force, we must, and that is a luxury we can not afford, but secure it we must, just not with kid gloveswhen it comes to adult tresspassers who risk the lives of those assured our protection. Appropriate signage and even sirens might be rented, but a driver who moves baricades to cross will not be deterred by the risk to his engine block. Only our right of self defense will adequately deter. I do not relish the likely prospect that someone will test us and die. But rather them then a smaller event, cynicism, cars and those who abuse them winning a real war with above median casualties on our side already as wars go.

      Perhaps a book can help make this transparent. Hot off the presses but not in time to prevent many friends from, being shot and some killed at a assasination in a bordering state, it documents fully the historical facts concerning former slaves trained to fight for us standing, armed, discretely, ready to shoot KKK but not police who nonviolent peers confronted for votting rights etc, many from far away.

      A network of specifically married veterans even watched over there community, rifles ready, ready to rush to crisis en masse via phone trees before citizens band radio.

      This being a civil war, necessity dictates however few stand guard so much more extreme the rules of engagement. Try to rush a base and you will be killed, many have been recently by instant solid barriers stopping there travel on less then a dimes retreat. Installed underground, not an option for us, for many reasons.

      I want these rare few hours to be safe from cars, and the message amplified as well. We mean business. This is fun for all, but not mere fun Those who pull the trigger will assess you, and if time exists to cross only kill your car. Most likely though if you try to move a barrier you will get hit in the legs before you get back in thd drivers seat if your just a punk as the last one to run us over is understood to be. Lie down then and wait for a medic. Fail to surrender and our peoples lives depend on the next round fully incapacitating you.

      Pray for crowds in your way, but some people will find a way to die on us, we can only influence who and how. Nobody on foot or bike by someone trespassing we can manage, as adults, correctly.

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