That’s the number of people who died riding their bikes in Southern California last year.
Which is an improvement in some ways, because it represents a significant drop from the 73 people killed in the seven-county area last year. And an even bigger drop from the 86 people killed in 2014.
But it’s still 62 too many.
LA Curbed examines last year’s deaths, including the 26 people who died in Los Angeles County last year, including my fears of what’s behind the decline.
And be forewarned before you venture into the comments there, or on Reddit.
Westside Councilmember Mike Bonin forwards word that the protected bike lanes that were installed on Venice Blvd as part of the Mar Vista Great Streets project will be getting green paint to make them more obvious to some of the more oblivious drivers and bike riders.
As we’ve noted here before, these bike lanes were installed as a one-year pilot project, with adjustments made as needed when issues arise, or opportunities for improvements become evident.
This sounds like a little of both.
A new study from UC San Francisco says riding a bike does not cause erectile dysfunction or infertility.
In fact, the study showed that not only does cycling not affect men’s sexual or urinary health, but that men who rode over 25 miles a day actually had better erectile function.
So you can spend all the time you want in the saddle and still get it up have kids.
You can’t ride on the 10 Freeway in Santa Monica, but you may be able to ride in a park over it someday.
A West Hollywood study suggests a number of safety improvements that could reduce bicycle and pedestrian crashes on Fountain Ave by 25% to 55%. However, bike lanes don’t appear to be among the recommendations; the street currently has sharrows despite the heavy, often high-speed traffic.
The bicyclist who posted video of the massive homeless camp along the Santa Ana River Trail now wishes he’d been a little more sensitive.
Ebike maker Haibike is moving to Simi Valley after relocating to Denver just a year ago.
Santa Maria considers a makeover of its downtown to create a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. Although they may discover that a $300,000 grant doesn’t go very far.
Bike Bakersfield has a new executive director.
The mayor of Mountain View is one of us, riding his bike around town and taking his helmet with him into meetings.
An armored truck hit a tree in San Francisco after driving down a separated bike lane instead of the traffic lane.
It’s always polite to fist-bump the cop who manages to chase you down on your bike before busting you for possession.
Bicycling profiles Ben Serotta as he returns to framebuilding, and examines what fear does to your body when some jerk nearly runs you off the road.
HuffPo considers how bicyclists got screwed out of their measly $20 a month bike commuting benefit in the new GOP tax bill, while drivers got to keep a $255 monthly deduction.
The people who work behind the scenes keeping dockless bikeshare working are getting screwed by the outsourcing gig economy. Or at least the ones working for Ofo.
An Idaho self-help author turns his attention advising drivers on how to coexist with bicyclists, with surprisingly good results.
Talk about a bad business deal. A Montana man is busted after buying an $1,800 stolen bicycle for $600, then pawning it for $200 three days later.
A Minneapolis paper discovers the lack of women working in bike shops — which also leads to a lack of women shopping in them.
A New York advocacy group says congestion pricing is the only way to reach zero traffic fatalities in the city, by getting more cars off the street. Something that hasn’t even been discussed in Los Angeles, where drivers would probably riot if anyone actually tried to pry them out of their cars.
This is how it’s supposed to be done. A DC-area county will build protected bike lanes for bicyclists who won’t be able to use a popular bike path during construction for a light rail line.
There’s a special place in hell for whoever stole a trailer from Florida’s Jack the Bike Man, who gives thousands of refurbished bikes to kids every Christmas.
If you build it, they will come. After Calgary built out a complete protected bike lane network in the downtown area, the percentage of women riders rose to 25%. Which is still far too low, but at least it’s headed in the right direction.
A Montreal writer pens an ode to orphan bikes, which are forced to spend the winter cold, alone and unloved.
A London art exhibit features miniature landscapes of bike routes the artist has traveled.
A woman in the UK writes about how she fell in love with riding a bike after getting on one for the first time in 40 years.
A Brit writer relates how he failed four basic safety lessons on his first day as an amateur bike rider. Which somehow implies the rest of us are getting paid for it.
British police are looking for a bike rider who pushed a 17-year old girl over as she was walking in a bike lane. Don’t do that. Ever. Period.
After an Aussie cyclist barely avoids getting sucked under a semi, she’s victimized again by abusive online comments.
The “menace” of joyriding Malaysian stunt bicyclists is spreading across the country, despite a crash last year that killed eight teenage riders, and another that killed two others last week.
A new French book suggests that Lance was doping his bike as well as his blood.
USA Today looks at the debate over testosterone testing of transgender women, two of whom are hoping to make the US Olympic cycling team, on opposite sides of the debate.
Belgian cyclist Tim Wellens says inhaler use is wrong, despite pulling out of last year’s Tour de France with breathing problems.
Sad news from the UK, where a man who had been battling depression hung himself four days after he failed to finish a 24-hour bike race.
And this is why you stop traffic before putting up the finish gate.