Bad news from the ‘Bu.
I had received reports of a cyclist down on PCH, but hadn’t been able to get any information over the weekend.
Tuesday, the answer came in the form of a gofundme account asking for donations to help defray the medical expenses for Steve Striver, who was hit by a car while riding in Malibu on Saturday.
Here’s what Edie Raff Pratt, author of the page, had to say.
After being airlifted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Steve underwent 6 hours of surgery to begin to repair the damage. The surgery went well however Steve remains in critical condition in the Neuro ICU unit at the hospital.
Steve’s injuries are extensive and severe. Trauma and bleeding in his head, a bruised heart, a punctured lung, fractured ribs, left wrist fracture, right hip fracture, pelvis fracture, left femur fracture, scapula fracture, lower broken back, extensive wounds on his body and face from road rash. Honestly, there is hardly an unbroken or contusion free area on his body.
Once Steve gets past the initial hurdles in the hospital, he will have extensive and challenging rehabilitation and a long road for recovery ahead. We appreciate any prayers of healing you can provide for Steve as well as prayers of comfort for his wife Marianne and their four children Claire, Tim, Sam and Jeffrey.
Steve Shriver is a husband, father, son, brother, friend to many, artist, musician, cyclist, surfer, gentle soul and one of the best people to ever know.
As you can imagine, the medical bills ahead will be mounting. This page and fundraiser is set up by friends of Steve & Marianne Shriver and family, so that we may raise money for the medical bills and expenses related to them. All monies will go directly to the Shriver family.
As of this writing, the fund has raised a little more that $15,000 of the $250,000 goal in the first 18 hours.
Thanks to Adam Ginsberg for the heads-up.
We’re less than one month away from the annual Ride of Silence to remember bike riders who’ve lost their lives in the past year.
This year’s ride will take place on Wednesday, May 18th, the evening before LA’s Bike to Work Day.
And for the fifth year in a row, the Anthony Martinez Jr. Memorial Bike Ride will be held in Oxnard to remember victims of traffic violence. The ride is named for a six-year old boy who was tragically killed while riding his bike on Thanksgiving Day in 2011; his father is now a tireless advocate for bike safety.
The Irish Times goes all in on bicycling, with a series of stories looking at riding from almost every conceivable angle.
- Bicycling has become cool again, rising to become Ireland’s third most popular sport, in addition to thousands of bike commuters.
- A writer explains why he’s now a middle-aged amateur bike racer.
- A team of road safety officers visit schools and colleges all over the country to teach the dangers and demands of road safety for those on two wheels.
- A cyclist is campaigning for a 1.5 meter passing law — the equivalent of five feet — in response to recent fatalities.
- Why motorists and cyclists should be friends, and how a little basic courtesy from both sides can reduce the risk of road rage.
- The head of Ireland’s Road Safety Administration says a reduction in speed limits would save lives and improve health by encouraging more walking and bicycling, and even boosting tourism.
- Bicycling can help you feel like a newly independent kid again, while giving you an excuse to shop.
- Dublin’s bikeshare system has been a runaway success.
- What you need besides a bike and how to get it at a reasonable price.
- How to deal with the challenges of Irish roads, from obstinate sheep to Kraken-hiding potholes and decomposing badgers.
As long as we’re doing bullet points, let’s keep it going with a look at bikes in the news.
- Architectural Digest reports on five of the most innovative new bikes on the market. Which would seem to have little to do with the topic of their publication, but maybe that’s just me; thanks to joninsocal for the heads-up.
- A crowdfunding campaign is underway for a cool looking $4000 electric bike built for commuters.
- Maybe you’d prefer an urban ebike with a built-in boombox.
- Or how about a $28,000 ebike built to military-grade standards that can do over 40 mph. Except in California that makes it a motorcycle, rather than a bicycle, requiring an operators license and a helmet.
- Then again, doesn’t everyone need a bike that can store an entire bottle of whiskey in the down tube, and dispense it from a spigot near the bottom bracket? Perfect for taking a break on those long rides if you want to ensure you won’t make it home.
- And going the clickbait route, Outside Magazine says these eight products are the future of bicycling. Or not.
Not only will we be getting a protected bike lane on Los Angeles Street, it will also be LA’s first curb-protected bike lane. Maybe that will actually be enough to keep the LAPD from parking their patrol cars in it. We can hope, right?
Taylor Swift may be one of us, as she keeps what looks like a three-wheeled pedicab stashed outside her Beverly Hills home.
Santa Clarita is hosting an open house tonight to discuss the future of pedestrian and bicycle trails between Saugus and the Santa Clara River trail.
Long Beach photographer John Montich opens a new exhibit looking at unrideable bicycles.
Unbelievable. The multiple cities in southeast LA County that make up the Gateway Council of Governments propose spending exactly zero on active transportation projects if the planned transportation sales tax measure passes. Yes, nothing.
You’re invited to a costumed Tour de Phat People bike ride visiting some of their favorite Highland Park watering holes this Saturday.
So much for equity on our streets. Two bills in the California legislature calling for equity in transportation funding and accessibility for low-income communities die lonely deaths for lack of support.
A San Diego cyclist is injured in a collision with a homemade three-wheeled “Star Trike” motorcycle; the driver naturally puts all the blame on the bicyclist, even while an on-screen graphic notes the trike — and presumably, the man riding it — has been involved in eight previous wrecks.
Murrieta police bust three transients and recover several stolen bicycles after responding to a burglary at a bike shop and spotting a man ghost riding another bike.
Santa Barbara planners approve plans for a 2.6 mile bike path. Or maybe it’s a bike lane; the story isn’t clear.
A 19-year old Napa man is busted after being spotted riding a $9,000 stolen bike.
People for Bikes says protected bike lanes can actually reduce the cost of building new roadways by lowering the cost to manage storm runoff.
Chicago cyclists can finally take their bikes on commuter trains, though few turn out to take advantage of it.
Streetsblog says everyone loses in the ridiculous bikeshare fight between Hoboken and Jersey City.
Caught on video: A New York cyclist offers a high-speed look at his ride to work, catching nine traffic violations by motorists on a single 12-minute commute.
Aussie model Elyse Taylor is one of us, as she rides her retro-style bike through the streets of Gotham in her high-waisted jeans.
A DC church is hosting a bicycle blessing next month to try to mend fences between cyclists and churches that fought over bike lanes.
Turns out pro cycling’s Dr. Dope was caught up in the Panama Papers scandal, hiding over $1 million in offshore accounts.
The Oxford Mail asks if we’re all riding the wrong bike, except for maybe for roadies, closet and otherwise.
The Telegraph asks why British courts show remarkable leniency to drivers who kill bike riders.
A new British study says nearly half of all hit-and-run drivers wouldn’t have fled if they only knew it was illegal. To which I politely respond, bullshit.
Caught on video 2: A pair of Brit thugs wrench a bike from the arms of a 13-year old special needs kid the day before his bar mitzvah.
Caught on video 3: An Edinburgh cyclist posts video of the taxi driver who attacked him last year after they exchanged words following a too-close pass; the driver was fined after pleading guilty to careless driving and assault.
A new photo book captures the agony and the ecstasy of the Tour de France dating back to 1939; one of the photographers involved calls Lance an arrogant prick.
Former heavyweight champ and current mayor of Kiev is now one of us as he rides his folding bike to work, to the ambivalent reactions of his constituents.
Ride your ebike on the sidewalk in Tel Aviv, and face a $70 fine.
And if you put a statue of Johnny Cash next to a bike trail named for the late singer, tourists will park in your driveway.