LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has been reappointed for another five year term.
It was Beck who worked with cyclists to establish the department’s bike liaison program and bicycle task force when he was first appointed five years ago, resulting in a training module to teach patrol officers the rights and responsibilities of cyclists.
And helping to make the LAPD one of the most progressively bike-friendly police departments in the US.
They may not always get it right.
But things are a hell of a lot better than they used to be.
A wrong way driver crashed head-on into a group of cyclists on San Diego’s Fiesta Island, sending six riders to the hospital with undetermined injuries; two others declined to be transported. Reports are as many as 16 riders hit the pavement trying to avoid the car.
Not surprisingly, the driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Meanwhile, Riverside hit-and-run victim D’Andre Sutherland remains on life support as police looks for suspects.
The latest round in the battle over bike lanes on Santa Monica Blvd in the Biking Black Hole takes place on Thursday, August 21st at 8 am as the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce takes up the debate.
It seems like the whole world is mourning the unexpected death of Robin Williams. But the loss may be hitting a lot of cyclists a little harder than most.
Because, as Cyclelicious notes, he was one of us. And he’s got the photos to prove it.
Williams never hid his love of riding, even going so far as to describe himself as a bike-sexual.
Red Kite Prayer notes he was a customer of Santa Monica’s Bike Effect and City Cycle in San Francisco; I saw tweets Monday saying he was favorite customer of I. Martin, and had stopped by the Bicycle Kitchen at least once to buy T-shirts.
The mere fact that someone like Robin Williams had even heard of the Kitchen — let alone stopped by to support it — speaks volumes about who he was and how important bikes were to him.
He was even stopped by police in New York for riding on the sidewalk. And let go with a warning as soon as officers realized who he was.
As for myself, I had one wordless, non-bike interaction with Williams when I worked in a jewelry store in Denver’s most exclusive hotel back in the 80s. The one where everyone who was anyone stayed when they passed through what was still an oil and cow town.
And where I met celebrities ranging from politicians and religious leaders, to the day’s leading movie stars and models, rock stars and blues immortals.
I was polishing rings in the back room, which faced a secluded hallway often used by hotel guests to escape the press and hoi polloi.
I looked up to see Robin Williams coming down the hall in the company of a woman. And was startled to see his stricken, almost fearful expression when he realized I recognized him, as if begging just to be left alone.
So I nodded, and he looked back at me with a half-smile and a look of relief, clearly grateful to retain a brief moment of privacy before disappearing out the door.
And I learned a lesson that has served me well in my life here in the figurative, if not literal, Hollywood. That being famous shouldn’t mean a loss of privacy, and that even the rich and famous have a right to be left alone.
Robin, you will be missed.
LADOT expands their Bicycle Friendly Business program throughout the city.
Downtown bike shop Just Ride LA forms a new cycling club.
An online petition calls on the DA to prosecute the sheriff’s deputy who killed Milt Olin on Mulholland Highway. Personally, I’m less concerned with prosecuting the driver than holding the department responsible if it can be shown that their policies, official or otherwise, put us all at risk.
The new LA Times new publisher is one of us; former assistant mayor Austin Beutner suffered a serious biking injury while riding in the Santa Monica mountains a few years ago.
Wolfpack Hustle calls on everyone who cares about safety to write city officials to demand buffered bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the soon-to-be rebuilt Hyperion Bridge.
Bid on a one-of-a-kind 8-speed Linus + SeaVees bike, and all the proceeds will go to benefit the California Bicycle Coalition.
Paso Robles votes to install a four-block bike lane.
A 14-year old Fresno-area bike rider riding with his father is killed in a collision with an 82-year old driver; needless to say, the driver insists the victim inexplicably swerved in front of him.
The leader of the state’s most successful bicycle advocacy group, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, will leave at the end of the year.
Here’s an idea. Keep a bike on both ends of your commute, and you never have to take one with you on the train.
Thirty-six bike share programs throughout the US, resulting in a combined 23 million rides — and despite the panicked predictions, not a single fatality.
After a Spokane man steals a bike when his gets stolen, the internet helps bring him to justice.
A DC blogger says the Post’s bike-hating columnist may have ridden a bike, but he didn’t learn much.
A Belizean cycling legend is executed during a rash of gun violence in the Central American country over the weekend.
A new app could help design bike lanes in Germany’s most bike-unfriendly city.
Bike share is booming in Poland.
Even the trees are out to get us, as a Brit rider barely survives a falling branch. Athens GA police chase a drunken, lightless bike rider.
And two German artists finally claim credit for the white flags that appeared on the Brooklyn Bridge last month, and led the Manhattan DA to subpoena the Bike Lobby parody account.