Maybe bike lanes on North Figueroa aren’t dead after all.
According to the LACBC, discussions with Councilmember Gil Cedillo’s office have yielded a number of safety improvement options for a five block stretch of the roadway — including a possible road diet and bike lanes.
Of course, a five-block bike lane unconnected to a longer bikeway, let alone a network of lanes, won’t do anyone much good.
But at least it’s a step in the right direction, and it opens the possibility for further improvements.
That is, assuming the councilmember is sincere in working with bike riders, after giving cyclists the cold shoulder after taking office and accusing bike advocates of bullying in an open council session.
And leaving them feeling jerked around — if not stabbed in the back — during the process of needlessly examining, then killing, what was already a fully approved, funded and shovel-ready project.
Meanwhile, it looks like bike lanes on Santa Monica Blvd survive for another day.
As usual, local advocacy website Better Bike offers the most complete recap of the day’s events, as well as reviewing local coverage of the story — including a highly biased piece from the Beverly Hills Courier that should have been printed on yellow stock.
Or maybe toilet paper.
Allyson Vought forwards word of a bike rider who was assaulted by a pedestrian on the San Gabriel River bike path in Seal Beach earlier this month.
The man reportedly stepped into the pathway and punched the cyclist in the face hard enough to knock him off his bike, then proceeded to pummel him severely before casually walking away. The victim was discovered by another rider crawling up the rocky embankment leading to the river, bleeding from the face, head, arms and legs.
Disturbingly, police never showed up in response to the 911 call, even though riders followed the attacker for over 20 minutes.
Once again, you can win a ride with Laemmle Theaters president and LACBC board member Greg Laemmle.
Just explain why you want to ride with Greg, and you could win free entry to the 2015 Climate Ride, and $2500 towards your fundraising requirements, along with an Unlimited Laemmle Movie Pass for the rest of this year.
Not a bad deal.
When is it too muddy for cyclocross?
When parks officials in Austin TX, home of this year’s national championships, decide to postpone the final day’s events because of wet conditions; stunned riders who refused to leave the park were threatened with arrest.
Donations are being raised for competitors who hadn’t budgeted for the extra day.
The New York Times looks at Baltimore’s allegedly drunken and texting hit-and-run Bishop; thanks to George Wolfberg for the link.
Meanwhile, a local letter writer says shock does not excuse the moral depravity of refusing to stop after hitting someone. Well put.
The Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition offers a questionnaire for candidates in the city’s mayoral race; they’re also participating in a forum for mayoral candidates on the 14th. The LACBC should have a questionnaire for candidates in LA’s council elections soon.
Milestone Rides hosts a session on Bike Touring 101 at Stan’s Bike Shop in Monrovia on Saturday the 17th.
San Diego’s bike share program is about to put 1,500 bikes on the streets.
Davis police recover 69 stolen bikes, but need to find the owners so they can press charges.
Sadly, a Folsom fireman is fighting for his life after being struck from behind by a bike rider while out running on a pathway.
A Portland cyclist says bicycling won’t change the symptoms of menopause, but it does make it more fun.
Bicycling contributes over $3.1 billion — that’s billion, with a b — to the economy of Washington state.
You’ve got to be kidding. An Oklahoma City councilman proposes a three-foot passing law — except this one requires cyclists to keep three feet from motor vehicles.
A Tulsa man dedicated the last two decades of his life to the belief that every kid should have a bike; sadly, he passed away last week.
A Chicago cyclist explains why bicycling tends to be less popular among African Americans. And how it helped rescue his own life.
Bad enough when a cyclist is killed in a collision; even more heartbreaking when a 74-year old PA man dies nine months after he was hit by a car.
The Washington Post offers a thoughtful examination of why cyclists break traffic laws, which basically boils down to trying to stay safe on roads that weren’t designed with us in mind. Thanks to LACBC board member Patrick Pascal for the heads-up.
A Canadian study shows helmet use doesn’t impact your overall risk of injury while riding a bike, since they only protect against head injuries. The study, evidently conducted by Obvious University, concludes the biggest injury risk factor cyclists face is… wait for it… getting hit by a car.
A Brit cyclist is convicted of punching another rider in a fit of bike rage, then doing it again to someone else just nine months later.
Increasing cycling rates could save at least 80 lives a year in Stockholm.
The seat and handlebars vibrate on a new bike from the Netherlands when fast moving objects get to close; on most LA streets, that could make it a virtual mobile sex toy.
Firefighters pedal bikes to the blazes in Varanasi, India. But do they get to make siren noises when they ride to the rescue?
The debate over scofflaw cyclists rages on, even in the UAE.
New Zealand’s national women’s cycling championships was nearly decided by a poodle peloton pile-up.
And if you thought playing Jingle Bells on a bike was something special, how about a veritable bike orchestra?
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