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Morning Links: Performance Bike liquidation, car-focused street design in San Dimas, and LAPD gots ebikes

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I’m not a fan of liquidation sales as a rule, which feels like picking at the bones of a failed company.

And even less when it comes to national and online retailers that can undercut local bike shops. Especially when those sales are timed for the holiday season, which most bike shops count on to stay in the black and remain in business.

So I’m a little reluctant to relay the news that Performance Bike is offering a liquidation sale at all their locations — even the ones that won’t be closing.

But most of us can use a little extra savings this time of year. Just make sure anything you buy really is a bargain.

Before I went into advertising — and long before I began work on this site — I spent several years in retail, and got a first-hand look at liquidation firms in action.

And can attest that while you may find some decent bargains, there’s a good chance your LBS may offer you a better deal, especially in the long run.

Meanwhile, here are the Performance locations that are currently on the chopping block.

Let’s hope yours isn’t on the list. And that everyone who works for them will land on their feet.

Hint to bike shops: If you could use a few new employees, this is a great time to start looking.

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What’s wrong with this picture?

Everything, according to Claremont Senior Bike Group member Robs Muir.

The newly rebuilt Golden Hills Road in San Dimas, long a popular route for bicyclists, appears to have been designed without giving people on bikes a single thought.

Here’s what Muir had to say about it.

Brand-new road (Lower Golden Hills) which is very popular with cyclists… No legal bike lanes, no signage to indicate that ‘Bicycles may use full lane’, no sharrows, completely unnecessary Botts’ dots across the entire road (very dangerous for narrow tires), Botts dots lining the center lines, no pedestrian sidewalk on south side of road, and double solid yellow lines which restrict vehicles from crossing over the middle of the road—preventing safe passing distances when overtaking bicycles.

Someone needs to hire a professional, knowledgeable, and responsible traffic engineer and get the developer to cough up the money to design a safe roadway appropriate to the year of 2018. This is pretty awful.

So much for California’s Complete Streets requirement.

But maybe they didn’t use any state funds for this. Or maybe they just didn’t give a damn about anyone who’s not in a car.

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LAPD’s got ebikes, as seen in this clip of bike cops from Sunday’s CicLAvia.

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Sometimes, you can hear it coming a mile away.

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Now that’s a close call.

One blamed on bad road design that puts bike riders and motorists in conflict.

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‘Tis the season.

A short 10-mile holiday toy ride could raise more than $450,000 and collect over 8,100 bikes for Southern Nevada kids in need.

A Detroit group refurbished over 1,100 bicycles to give to kids whose families can’t afford one for the holidays.

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Local

CicLAvia has announced the date and location of their next open streets event, to be held March 3rd of next year in Culver City, Palms and Mar Vista, with the exact route still to be determined.

Writing for Streetsblog, Carter Rubin says Metro is preparing to pour more gasoline on our climate change fire by spending $400 million in new roads projects after cancelling plans for the 710 Freeway extension. Meanwhile, a former climate change skeptic explains why he was wrong, and why other conservatives should admit it, too.

The new Spectrum News 1 channel reports on Santa Clarita’s new pilot program testing an app to trigger green lights on bike trails when the regular bicycle detectors don’t do the job.

 

State

The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is hosting a Holiday Joy Ride in Balboa Park on Thursday. Note to CBS8: Seriously? It’s not exactly solid reporting when you get the group’s name wrong not once, not twice, but five times in five paragraphs — especially when it’s in the Facebook post you embedded in the story.

Santa Maria is nearing approval of a multimodal streetscape plan to “better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians while also balancing the needs for vehicular and truck traffic.”

 

National

Former pro mountain biker Mark Weir describes surviving the the deadly form of heart attack known as the widowmaker, and the warning signs he ignored. That same type of heart attack was seconds away from killing my wife a few years ago.

A writer for Forbes offers a reminder that bike helmets lose their protective qualities over time, and should be replaced every three to five years.

A Utah bike co-op is offering 18 kids as young as eight years old a chance to earn a bike by learning how to repair it.

A Streetblog writer discusses staying joyful riding a bike despite Chicago’s harsh winters. Which should be a lot easier here in LA, where winter’s worst just means a little rain. Okay, maybe a lot of rain. 

A Kentucky man has developed a business selling refurbished bicycles through Instagram, Facebook and eBay.

As Atlanta approves a new transportation intended to re-align the city away from cars, advocates demand action on its previous commitments to bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users.

After cancelling the city’s mandatory bike registration program, New Orleans is developing a new, voluntary registration system to combat bike theft in conjunction with Bike Index. Which serves as yet another reminder to register your bike for free as part of the nationwide Bike Index database.

A Tampa newspaper lists the city’s most dangerous intersections for bike riders, most of which are located in lower income areas where many people don’t drive.

Lime has introduced dockless ebikes in OrlandoThat may offer a hint of what could be in the wings for LA once Lime receives official approval to begin operations in the city.

Evidently, Florida is challenging Southern California as the hit-and-run capital of the world, as two bike riders were killed in separate hit-and-run crashes in Central Florida less than four hours apart. Thanks to Frank Lehnerz for the heads-up.

 

International

A program to offer bikeshare to disadvantaged people in Glasgow, Scotland at a reduced rate has been a success, with 4,700 trips so far this year.

A 21-year old Scottish cyclist says he was on the brink of suicide before charity work saved him.

An Irish physiotherapist suggests that bicycling, or other forms of exercise, can help cancer patients overcome chemotherapy.

Wellington, New Zealand, has embedded 19 bicycle counters in city streets to gather accurate data on bicycling rates, with another three to come. Which compares somewhat favorably to LA’s zero counters. And explains why the city has no idea how many people ride bikes in Los Angeles, or where.

Now that’s an adventure. A group of Nepalese bicyclists ride gravel roads to Lo Manthang, the land beyond the Himalayas that served as the inspiration for the mythical Shangra-La.

 

Competitive Cycling

Bicycling has more on the unexpected death of longtime cycling commentator Paul Sherwin, who partnered with Phil Liggett to broadcast the Tour de France for 33 years, after competing in it for seven. Cycling Tip’s Neal Rogers discusses why his death hurts so much.

Columbian cyclist Esteban Chaves will be back to racing next year after missing eight months due to the Epstein-Barr virus.

Writers for VeloNews debate whether Annemiek van Vleuten or Anna van der Breggen should be their female cyclist of the year.

The German cycling federation named Kristina Vogel as its Cyclist of the Year in an emotional return to the track, six months after she was paralyzed from the waist down in a training crash.

Forget a road race or triathlon. If you really want to test yourself, try a single-stage race through the wilds of Kyrgyzstan.

 

Finally…

No matter how hard it rains, SoCal riders hardly ever need studded tires for their bikes. Is it progress when even mob hitmen choose a bike as a getaway vehicle?

And clearly, restaurants should be required to wear helmets and hi-viz.

Morning Links: Bad news isn’t the problem, a Breeze-y day in SaMo, and bikes aren’t a priority in Beverly Hills

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Writing for Bicycling Retailer, Rick Vosper discusses what he says is a nationwide decline in bicycle sales, and places the blame in an unexpected place.

Press coverage of bicycling fatalities, which he says has driven down the rate of bicycling in this country by scaring people off their bikes.

Even though his own stats show bike sales increased 13% from 2000 to 2012.

His response is that, taking inflation into account, retail sales at bike shops actually dropped 9% over that same period when measured in constant dollars.

However, that fails to consider a little thing called the Internet, which became the go-to place for many shoppers over the same period. Just ask local book stores what effect online sales had on their business.

If you can find one.

It also fails to account for the Internet’s role in facilitating used bike sales, which have boomed over the same period.

And sales have been affected by the drop in prices for many items, as improved manufacturing techniques and overseas manufacturing have driven down the price of everything from carbon frames to high-powered bike lights, even as high-end bike prices have skyrocketed.

He goes on to argue that the perceived drop in sales is driven by a 37% decline in the number of bike riders in the US from 2000 to 2014, as 7.5 million Americans have stopped riding their bikes.

In fact, according to Vosper, just 11% of people in this country rode bikes in 2014, down from 15% in 2000, and 21% in 1995.

Except no one else seems to believe that.

In fact, by every appearance, ridership is booming in this country. And not just anecdotally.

The Statistica website traces a rise in bicycling from 47.16 million people who had ridden a bike in the previous 12 months in 2008, to 67.33 million in 2014, before dropping slightly to 66.72 this past spring.

Meanwhile, the 2012 National Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes and Behaviors reported that 18% of Americans over the age of 16 rode a bike at least once that summer.

People for Bikes cites even higher numbers from a benchmarking survey taken last fall.

According to their study, over one-third of all Americans over the age of three rode a bike at least once in the previous year. That’s 100 million people.

Hardly a decline by any measure. So whatever forces may be limiting bike shop sales, it’s not due to a drop in ridership.

However, even if the numbers don’t support his conclusions, he still raises a point worth discussing.

When I started writing about bicycling fatalities in 2010, it was because no one else was doing it.

Too many times, the loss of a rider’s life wouldn’t merit more than a few lines in the local press, if that. And too many times, the victim was blamed when the circumstances pointed to a different conclusion.

So I set out to shine a light on these tragedies in order to memorialize the victim, shame the press into doing a better job, and hopefully force our governmental leaders to do something to stop the carnage on our roads.

It can be argued that those last two goals have been met, at least in part.

The press is finally paying attention. Maybe too much attention, by Vosper’s account. Most, though not all, fatal bicycling collisions are now reported in the press, though there’s still not enough focus on the person who was killed in the crash.

And with the commitment to Vision Zero currently spreading across the country — including right here in Los Angeles — our leaders are finally committing to ending the deaths, not just of people on bikes, but everyone who travels our roads.

So maybe we don’t have to shine that light anymore. Or at least, not as brightly.

I know these stories are hard to read. Trust me, they’re even harder to write.

It’s worth thinking about, and a discussion worth having as we move forward.

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The Breeze finally blew into Santa Monica today, as the city’s new bikeshare system officially opened; Streetsblog offers some great pictures of the grand opening.

However, the LA Times notes that the system may not work seamlessly with Metro’s coming system, while Streetsblog’s Joe Linton says that doesn’t really matter.

And hopefully, users won’t ride them down a flight of stairs.

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Just incredible.

Better Bike’s Mark Elliot explains that after four years of failed promises, Beverly Hills has finally admitted that updating the Biking Black Hole’s nearly 40-year old bike plan just isn’t a priority.

Then again, it never has been, since none of it was never implemented.

It will be interesting to see what happens when scores of foreign tourists take to the city’s bike-unfriendly and largely infrastructure-less streets when the Santa Monica bikeshare system expands to the city.

It may be a good thing it’s just a straight shot down the road from Cedars Sinai.

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You may need to rethink your riding plans for the weekend. Both Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge Road in the Angeles National Forest will be closed all weekend due to high winds.

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Local

Nice gesture from the East Side Riders new ESR Bike and Skate Shop, as they replaced the bike stolen from an 11-year old boy by a man who pushed him off the bike he’d just won in a raffle.

Good to see the LACBC’s blog make a comeback, with a detailed explanation of LA’s new Mobility Plan 2035 and what you can do to support it. Meanwhile, UCLA’s Daily Bruin takes an in-depth look at the current state of the plan. Although I’d expect better from former LA County Commissioner Zev Yaroslavsky, who says the plan was “cooked up in an ivory tower” and rushed through the political process; evidently, an over five-year public process wasn’t good enough for him.

KPCC looks at the new Go Human campaign that puts a human face on traffic safety.

Bicycle Retailer continues their tour of LA-area bike shops.

Santa Monica parents are pushing for crossing guards at dangerous intersections to protect children walking and biking to school.

 

State

A San Diego captain offers advice on how to prevent bike theft for the marina crowd.

A new Palo Alto bike and walking trail would form the spine of a Bay to Ridge Trail running through the Stanford campus.

Here’s your chance to get involved if you live in San Francisco, San Mateo or Santa Clara counties, as Caltrain is looking for bicyclist representatives for their advisory committee.

San Francisco messenger bag maker Timbuk2 offers a new line of bike bags for women.

Natomas cyclists now have a shiny new bike fix-it station.

Advice on how to safely share the road and pathways from the active transportation coordinator in Davis.

 

National

Amtrak expands bike service to the New York to New Orleans Crescent Line this week, even if it does bypass bike-friendly Anniston AL.

A Seattle-area paper argues that shifting to bikes would be a big benefit to the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing climate change; a new study shows a shift to transportation cycling could save cities $25 trillion — that’s trillion, with a T — while reducing CO2 emissions 10% by 2050.

Kentucky senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul may enjoy riding his bike, but thinks federal funding for bike lanes belongs in the same category as turtle tunnels and squirrel sanctuaries. But at least he’s skilled at alliteration.

Maybe we’re making progress, as New Yorkers don’t complain about a proposal to remove a traffic lane and parking spaces to make room for a protected bike lane.

The Washington Post looks at why bike lanes have become heated symbols of gentrification, in the wake of a dispute over a planned bike lane in front of an African American church; leaders of the church have claimed it would violate their freedom of religion by removing parking. Thanks to Allyson Vought for the heads-up.

 

International

A British man who stabbed a bike rider to death in a random attack has been sentenced to an indefinite term in a psychiatric hospital for treatment of schizophrenia.

London’s Telegraph offers 11 rules for commuting by bike. It may be a sponsored post, but the first 10 tips aren’t bad.

An English driver has pled guilty to killing a cyclist during a road rage dispute.

Someone stole a Brit triathlete’s $17,000 Trek.

A Philippine professor says the way to reduce congestion in the country is to get people out of their cars and onto bikes and feet.

A Singapore taxi driver gets nine months, and a 10-year ban from driving, for the DUI death of a bike rider after falling asleep, crashing into a parked car, then backing into the cyclist.

 

Finally…

Presenting the perfect bike lock for people who are all thumbs. The real winner of a British cycling sportive will be whoever figures out how to hold two versions of the same race at the same time in the same place.

And world road champ Peter Sagan got married in Slovakia over the weekend in a ceremony that involved a top hat, tight rope and a chainsaw.

 

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