Maybe they care after all.
Or maybe they were just stunned by the outrage.
Just days after the LA City Council’s Budget Committee zeroed out funding for Vision Zero in the city’s proposed budget — while saying they had no intention of doing exactly that — the full council passed a final budget allotting $27.2 million for Vision Zero over the next year.
Which is still nearly $53 million less than LADOT GM Seleta Reynolds says is needed to meet the mayor’s goal of reducing traffic fatalities 20% by the end of the year.
Let alone eliminating traffic fatalities entirely by 2025.
Surprisingly — and not surprising — the vote was unanimous to adopt the budget; not surprising, since the council usually votes in lockstep, but surprising that safety curmudgeon Councilmembers Koretz, Cedillo and Ryu went along.
It’s just a fraction of the amount New York spends on Vision Zero each year — let alone the additional $400 million in Vision Zero funding the city will spend over the next six years.
But it’s a start.
Only a start.
Demonstrating what Los Angeles could — and should — be doing, New York’s infamous Boulevard of Death has gone two years without a traffic fatality after being selected by the city as a Vision Zero Priority Corridor.
NYC added bike lanes, increased space for pedestrians and slowed traffic on Queens Boulevard, choosing to save lives at the risk of slightly inconveniencing drivers.
Meanwhile, as Chicago increased bike infrastructure 135% over the past decade, crashes dropped 54%, deaths and serious injuries fell 60%, and ridership jumped 167%.
Now that’s how Vision Zero is supposed to work.
Just in time for Bike Week, the Bike League announces two new Bicycle Friendly Businesses in California, including one in Los Angeles.
The Sacramento Bee celebrates local rider Evan Huffman’s breakaway victory in Wednesday’s 4th stage of the Amgen Tour of California, while Thursday’s Big Bear stage ended in a surprising sprint finish after nearly four hours of climbing.
Bicycling looks at how Toms Skujins’ Cannondale team reacted to his crash in the Tour of California.
After surviving this year’s election, CD1 Councilmember Gil Cedillo thanks voters and touts his accomplishments, barely hinting at the raging discontent that nearly cost him his seat. Meanwhile, defeated challenger Joe Bray-Ali swears to hold his nemesis accountable “…for every misstep, every false move, every idiotic proposal…”
The Daily News looks at Wednesday’s North Hollywood Ride of Silence.
LA’s Fox 11 discovers it’s Bike Month after nearly three weeks.
Burbank residents took to their bikes for Thursday’s Bike and Walk to Work Day in the city; no word on whether more people strapped on their sneakers.
Nothing like inciting a little panic about Pasadena traffic due to a confluence of events in the city, including the finale of the Tour of California; the Pasadena Star-News shows it’s possible to take a more measured tone.
Long Beach is collecting unloved and unwanted bicycles this Saturday to help find them a new forever home.
Bike Month puts the spotlight on bicycling in Solano Beach, thanks to the local advocacy group.
Thousands of San Diego residents took advantage of the 100 Bike to Work Day pit stops in the county.
A Santa Barbara chiropractor says wear your darn helmet, already.
A candidate for the Olympic track team was injured in a collision with a trash truck in Santa Barbara while he was riding his bicycle; he was riding, rather than running, due to an ankle injury.
San Francisco’s Ride of Silence was longer this year to remember the too many people killed while riding their bikes in the city.
Clean Technica says no, 80% of private cars will not disappear from American roads in the next 13 years.
Bicycling talks with long distance cyclist Brody Levin about how to have the ultimate bikepacking adventure.
Pro wrestler Dean Ambrose is one of us, as he talks about crashing his mountain bike a week before Wrestle Mania.
A Portland man is suing the police department claiming that he was just trying to ride his bike home from work when a cop stopped him, knocked him to the ground and arrested him, apparently for the crime of riding while black.
Seattle has the right idea. Instead of Bike to Work Day, they celebrate Bike Everywhere Day. Meanwhile, a Seattle bike rider writes a thank you note to everyone who came to her aid following a collision on Monday.
Forget toilet plunger protected bike lanes. A Texas bike club designed and built their own four-ton steel truss bike and pedestrian bridge.
An Arkansas newspaper looks at the annual Remember the Removal Bike Ride, a 950-mile bike tour following the route of the 1830s Trail of Tears that devastated the Cherokee Nation.
A Chicago woman is suing the police department, claiming that she was struck by an unmarked police SUV while riding her bike, and the officer falsified the report to blame her for the crash.
Caught on video: Columbus, Ohio drivers are using an off-road bike path to bypass heavy traffic.
That’s more like it. A Pennsylvania man gets five to ten years behind bars for causing the chain reaction crash that led to the death of a woman on her bike; he was driving despite a suspended sentence and had synthetic marijuana in his system.
The war on bikes continues, as four Virginia bicyclists were attacked with a paintball gun from a passing car.
A Florida doctor somehow feels the need to point out that pro cycling is dangerous before offering safety tips for bike riders. Just like you should always point out how dangerous F1, NASCAR and IndyCar racing is before telling drivers to buckle their seatbelts.
Caught on video too: This is how quickly a dooring happens. And how close it can come to disaster.
Bike Radar offers six reasons you should leave your headphones at home on your next ride.
Political campaigning was suspended in Wales after former First Minister Rhodri Morgan collapsed and died while riding his bicycle.
Once again, a bike rider is the hero, as a Scottish man riding his bike home from work rescued a fawn drowning in a canal.
Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden remains in extremely critical condition in a Milan, Italy hospital with severe brain damage.
And this is what happens when you get your bike too close to a crossing gate.