Every year, we mention the countless bike giveaways held across the US during the holiday season.
But we usually never learn the backstory.
Like how the people behind the giveaway came to get involved. And what struggles they had to overcome to see those smiles on children’s faces.
Writing for Cycling Tips, Peter Flax looked into the story of one bike giveaway involving mountain biker Amanda Batty and a Bay Area ebike maker that put 208 needy children on two wheels in Albuquerque NM.
The holiday’s may be long over.
But this story that could put that smile back on your face.
Photo taken from the Cycling Tips story.
A much-needed bike lane may finally be coming to the eastern part of Malibu on PCH.
A Malibu radio station reports that a Caltrans press release announced that they will begin striping a bike lane from the tunnel to the Malibu Civic Center next week.
Which came as a surprise to city officials, who understood that they would merely restripe the fog line.
So evidently, we’ll all find out once the paint dries.
Thanks to Warren Bowman for the heads-up.
When Chicago drivers wanted to avoid a traffic backup due to a highway crash, they turned an offroad bike path into a roadway.
But sure, let’s talk about those entitled cyclists again.
Thanks to J. Patrick Lynch for the link.
The author of a new Rapha-sponsored book on bicycling in the Los Angeles area offers three practical tips on riding in the city.
UCLA says the reason Metro ridership is down is because more Angelenos are buying cars. When they should obviously be buying more bicycles instead.
New rules for establishing neighborhood councils could keep UCLA students from splitting with the bike-unfriendly Westwood NC.
CiclaValley captures some great photos of the popular Nichols Canyon Ride.
A new La Colombe coffee shop is opening in Frogtown within sight of the LA River bike path. Because few things go together as well as coffee and bikes.
Claremont looks forward to the year’s first CicLAvia on April’s Earth Day.
The LACBC visits LA’s Little Ethiopia on their popular monthly Sunday Funday Ride this weekend.
Bike advocacy group BikeVentura teamed with Newbury Park’s Giant Bicycles to donate 120 bicycles to victims of the Thomas Fire, with 80 more left to give away.
Somehow we missed this tragic story earlier in the week, as a Kern County man was killed in a hit-and-run as he was walking alongside a roadway, just a week after surviving another hit-and-run as he was riding his bicycle.
If you live in the Bay Area, here’s your chance to ride with the mayor of Mountain View.
Two years after an Idaho woman was paralyzed from the waist down, and her riding partner killed, when they were hit by a driver while riding to the Oregon coast with Bike & Build, she plans to finish the 780-mile ride using a handcycle.
A writer complains about the fears elderly New Yorkers have of being run down by bike delivery people on ebikes, while contending that bike riders have a “sense of superiority about being bicyclers.”
Two different unlicensed truck drivers, two tragic crashes involving Brooklyn bicyclists, two different legal outcomes. And neither one beginning approach the severity of the crimes.
The LA Times looks at the success of Vision Zero in New York. Which should be a model for Los Angeles, but won’t be without the political backing their department of transportation has enjoyed.
People for Bikes looks at how bicycles have helped the people of Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria, and whether they will continue riding after the island gets back on its feet.
Britain’s Cyclist reviews the new documentary MAMIL — Middle Aged Man In Lycra, which features the Eastside Bike Club and Stan’s Bike Shop in Azusa. And which will have its US premier in Alhambra later this month.
A West London borough will try lowering the speed limit to 20 mph following the death of a bike rider in a traffic collision. Compare that to Los Angeles, where speed limits of 45 mph or more aren’t unusual. And then ask why traffic fatalities are so high here.
An Aussie bicyclist got off with a suspended sentence for plowing into a pedestrian crossing the road, leaving her with severe head injuries.
New blue bike lanes in Kuala Lumpur have turned into de facto parking lanes thanks to a lack of enforcement.
A Singaporean writer says he has the solution to abandoned bikeshare bikes.
And yell at the train that nearly killed you all you want, it’s probably not going to hear you.
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