Tag Archive for Bill Davidson

Morning Links: Worldwide war on bikes, and suicide prevention fundraising team honors SD advocate Bill Davidson

Let’s start with a few dispatches from the war on bikes raging on our streets.

Streetsblog recaps Sunday’s horrific Petaluma hit-and-run in which a pickup driver apparently rammed four cyclists on purpose before speeding away. As they point out, this case is a reminder why it’s so important to ride with a bike cam if you can afford one.

A road raging British driver is on trial for tackling a female triathlete as she rode her bike; afterwards, he sort of apologized, telling her he thought she was “a bloke.”

After an angry Chicago bicyclist broke the rear window of a van following a dispute, the driver returned the favor by smashing the rider over the head with a drum. Thanks to J. Patrick Lynch for the heads-up.

As the late Rodney King said, can’t we all just get along?


Brian Nilsen forwards news of a fundraising walk for suicide prevention, and the Ride on for Bill Team that’s raised over $6,000 in honor of well-known San Diego cyclist and advocate Bill Davidson, who took his own life last year.

If you have a few extra dollars you can spare, I can’t think of a better cause.


Reports indicate the man who killed pro cyclist Michele Scarponi last April was watching a video on his smartphone when he ran the Italian rider down.

That didn’t last long. Alberto Contador’s retirement from pro cycling lasted a whole month, as he comes back to compete in a Chinese crit at the end of the month.

LA’s Phil Gaimon answers the nine things you’ve always wanted to ask a pro cyclist, and reflects on why he doesn’t miss the sport; his new book Draft Animals gets released today.

Reverting to form, Lance doesn’t miss a chance to get back at the Irish sports writer who helped uncover his cheating, after the journalist receives a well-deserved backlash for writing a character reference for a friend who had been convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year old girl.



A writer in the LA Times complains about all the traffic on Angeles Crest Highway, never seeming to recognize that he’s part of it, despite jamming on the brakes to avoid running over cyclists.

Streetsblog looks at Sunday’s Heart of LA CicLAvia.

A Skid row activist and reformed street robber uses his custom, handmade low-rider bicycles to call attention to his cause.

Important topic from SoCal Cycling, offering advice on what to do if you suffer a head injury while riding.



While everyone else was struggling to evacuate from a fire in the Anaheim Hills, one man made his escape by ebike, passing out masks and water bottles to stranded residents.

Only one percent of San Diego city employees bike to work on a regular basis; 81% drive.

Streetsblog offers a wrap-up of last week’s Calbike California Bicycle Summit.



Bicycling is set to get a new parent company.

Dirt Rag talks with mountain biking legend Gary Fisher.

Bike Sob explains how to find cycling bliss, which mostly seems to involve finding excuses to stop for food and drinks along the way.

A Portland driver was still legally drunk 17 hours after he killed a bike rider while street racing, even though he told police he’d only had two drinks.

The Seattle Times offers advice on how to be seen now that the days are getting shorter. Although sometimes it seems like the best way to guarantee that every driver sees you is to ride through a stop sign or commit some other traffic infraction.

An Idaho driver whines about whining, freeloading cyclists. You know, the ones who pay more than their share in taxes to maintain the roads, even though they only get a tiny fraction of dedicated road space and cause virtually no wear and tear on the streets.

Sad news from Colorado, where triathlete Dan Hohs died after he was bitten by a rattlesnake while hiking in the mountains; he had written recently about how he was saved from his bi-polar disorder by endurance sports.

A Detroit woman was abducted while riding her bicycle in broad daylight; it’s the second time a woman has been abducted while riding a bike in the city in just over a week.

Passes for the Pittsburg transit system now include free use of the city’s bikeshare system.

A New Jersey non-profit raised enough funds to give 130 bike and helmets to kids this holiday season.

A Philadelphia paper asks if bicycles parked in handicapped spaces should be towed. It’s pretty damn jerkish behavior to leave a bike or anything else in a handicap space.

Louisiana property owners are blocking access to construction crews hired to build a bike path along the Mississippi River levee.



Chances are, you will never ride around the world in 78 days. But you can own the bike that did.

Guardian readers offer breathtaking photos of their favorite rides from around the world. Thanks to Jon for the link.

Paris’ famed Velib bikeshare system is getting competition from a home-grown dockless bikeshare system.

Unlike some countries we could name, it’s actually hard to get a driver’s license in France. And not cheap, either. Thanks to Steve Katz for the tip.

After introducing the world to dockless bikeshare, several Chinese cities are putting the brakes on further expansion.



Don’t ride salmon if you’re carrying crack cocaine on your bike — and put a light on it, already. How to get that healthy glow when you ride.

And if you’re going to make fun of bicyclists while discussing haute couture bike shorts, at least spell pedaller right.


Morning Links: Leading San Diego bike advocate dies, CA bicycle car license plates, and 2017 Tour de France route

Heartbreaking news from San Diego, as one of the city’s leading bike advocates has passed away.

The news came this morning that Bill Davidson, a passionate fighter for the rights of bicyclists, had died earlier this month of undisclosed causes.


Bill was a reader of this site, and had contributed to it in the past. And he was quick to shoot me an email if there something he thought we should know, or to correct any perceived mistakes.

While I didn’t always agree with him, I always listened to him and respected his opinion. And more than once he managed to change my mind through his detailed and impassioned reasoning. Or at the very least, get me to see things in a different way.

The California bicycling community will be much poorer without him.

Services will be held at 4 pm today.

He was only 53.


David Drexler forwards a photo of a bicycling automotive license plate from Oregon, and asks how we can get something like that here in California.

Oregon Share the Road License Plate

Actually, Calbike is already on it.

Even if their webpages aren’t loading properly, for some reason.


The Tour de France unveils its route for next year’s edition of the race. The Telegraph says it’s designed to break the dominance of Chris Froome’s Team Sky, while the Guardian says it’s designed for sprinters like Froome. Reuters says it will favor aggressive riders.

Bike racing returns to Colorado following the collapse of the USA Pro Challenge, with the four-day Tour of Colorado stage race; the race is part of the UCI Americas Tour, along with another new four day race in Richmond VA.



Streetsblog’s Joe Linton looks at Sunday’s CicLAvia, and the changes LA has seen in the six years since the first one.

In a rare moment of wisdom, the LA County Board of Supervisors votes to bring all the various interest groups together to craft a single, unified master plan for the LA River; hopefully, that will include bicyclists.

KNBC-4 reports on the call to ban bikes from the LA River bike path in Elysian Park. There’s almost no chance of an actual ban, but it’s yet another reminder to always ride safely around people who are walking.

Evidently, we have a budding bike racer in the making, as Pink’s five-year old daughter takes third in her first BMX race; her father is former motocross champ Corey Hart.

Pasadena’s Gooden Center will host their fourth annual Richard Selje Ride for Recovery on Saturday the 29th, with rides of 100, 62 and 25 miles benfitting Pasadena’s oldest non-profit recovery center.

Someone stole three bikes worth $1000 each in a smash and grab burglary from the ElectroBike store on Main Street in Santa Monica.

Serious Cycling in Agoura Hills is hosting a SoCalCross Happy Hour Tour this evening, ending with a few cold beers at Ladyface Ale after the ride.



A Costa Mesa man dropped his bike and fled onto the 405 Freeway to avoid a drug bust, shutting the freeway down for ten minutes early Tuesday morning.

Police seek witnesses after a 92-year old Newport Beach bike rider suffered major injuries in a crash Monday night.

Irvine’s ARB Cyclery is holding a shop ride, followed by a screening of a new documentary about Ride 2 Recovery a week from tonight.

San Diego beach communities continue to fight against bikeshare stations, while the owner of a bike rental business claims the city’s bikeshare system has cost him $120,000 over the past two years.

Apple Valley will begin work on a 2.75 mile multi-use path along the Mojave River next week.

Calbike honors the founder of Santa Barbara’s Bici Centro with the organization’s 2016 Dreamer Award.

Sad news from Kern County, where a bike rider was killed in California City Monday morning.



A new bike helmet will monitor your heart, signal your turns, allow you to communicate with other riders, and send a text alert if you fall off your bike; no word on whether it will actually protect your skull.

The historic Colorado casino town of Black Hawk, which famously — and unsuccessfully — tried to ban bicycles a few years back, is now trying to lure mountain bikers by building 12 miles of singletrack in the mountains above town. Which is not the same as welcoming bicyclists on the main street through town.

Once again, a bike was a getaway vehicle, as Kansas grocery store was robbed by a man with a mask who made his escape by bicycle.

A St. Louis man is alive today because his heart rate monitor warned he was having a heart attack while he rode. And the first person who came along after he got off his bike just happened to be a doctor.

A Chicago cyclist won the title as the fastest bike messenger at the North American Cycle Courier Championship last week.

Chicago advocates call for an unbroken, 27-mile long bikeway along both branches of the city’s eponymous river.

A road raging Connecticut driver faces charges for assaulting a bicyclist and throwing his bike across the road after he right hooked the rider, who had responded by yelling what “may” have been a swear word.

In a bizarre case from upstate New York, a woman committed suicide by handcuffing herself to a mountain bike and riding into a lake.

New York hopes more protected bike lanes will help the city close the cycling gender gap. Meanwhile, an editor for Gear Junkie takes a white-knuckle ride with a bike messenger through the city’s streets.

A South Carolina teacher starts a crowdfunding campaign to give all 650 students in her school a new bicycle for Christmas; GoFundMe tossed in another $10,000 for winning the company’s competition for the most successful school crowdfunding campaign.



Vancouver business leaders oppose construction of a permanent separated bike lane on a busy commercial street, citing stats saying only seven percent of shoppers arrive there by bike. Which is kind of like saying don’t build a bridge because only a handful of people currently swim across the river.

Many cyclists ask motorists to give them at least an arm’s length passing distance; a Montreal man will settle for a pool noodle. Thanks to Megan Lynch for the link.

Caught on video: A London bike rider is knocked on his ass when a scooter rider cuts directly into him.

A new short film from Apple shows Rapha designers crafting their new line on iPads.

The award for learning Gaelic goes to an Italian cyclist.

A Kiwi cyclist was saved by his fellow riders when he suffered a heart attack during a crit while medical staff were occupied with a crash.

Even in extremely auto-centric Australia, the city of Adelaide decides future streets will be built to favor pedestrians and cyclists while reducing vehicular traffic; naturally, one city councilor complains that it’s social engineering.



Anyone can lead police on a car chase; it takes skill to lead police on a 20-minute bike chase because you don’t want a ticket for an open container. Clowns may be creepy, but they’re not bike thieves.

And once again, don’t ride your bike over another man’s Lamborghini.


Thanks to everyone for your kind words yesterday. It’s been a rough 24 hours, but I’m glad to be back at work.


San Diego hit-and-run nearly carried live on local TV

TV stations in San Diego just missed broadcasting a hit-and-run that appeared to leave a cyclist seriously injured as it happened on Thursday night.

San Diego cyclist Bill Davidson sends word that San Diego’s XETV-6 reported the collision occurred just before 10 pm as news vans were gathered to report on flooding from a broken water main in the parking lot of this shopping center at Rosecrans and Cauby Streets.

Multiple news vans were on the scene BEFORE the collision because there was flooding in the area. They were parked in the shopping center maybe 50 yards inside the driveway. The news crews were still in their vans preparing to do live coverage of the flooding at 10pm when they heard a loud thump. They called 911.  EMT’s on the scene in approximately 6-7 minutes.

Victim appeared to be in his 50’s or 60’s.  He had lights and a reflective safety vest. He was alive and conscious but obviously seriously hurt. No helmet.

Two witnesses. California plate 717229, sliver truck. Mirror on the truck broke off and was lying in the road.

Davidson adds that the reporters said they didn’t hear skidding before the collision, though the heavy insulation on the trucks could have masked the sound. The victim’s bike was resting just steps away, directly in the entrance to the shopping center.

Unfortunately, the story hasn’t been posted online, and there doesn’t seem to be any update on the condition of the victim or whether the driver has been apprehended.

If anyone has additional information, let us know.


Friday’s breaking news kept me from updating this weekend’s events.

However, the big weekend bike news is Carmageddon.

Not that the end of the world is nigh, as cars will once again be banned from from the 405, but that bikes are taking over the streets presumably abandoned by motor vehicles. Streetsblog has all the information you need on the weekend’s three remaining major rides, while ARTmageddonLA starts on Saturday.

And if you’re bold enough to brave the freeways, the 2012 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships will be taking place all weekend at the Home Depot Center VELO Sports Center.

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