The good news is, we’ve figured out what caused the problem with email notifications for new posts. Now that the tech supports are back from their annual conference, maybe we can get it working again.
One detail was left out in previous stories about the limp slap on the wrist given Rachel Hill in the Moorpark distracted driving deaths of cyclist Maciek Malish and motorcyclist Jesse Cushman last year.
In addition to 300 days in county jail and three years probation, Hill had her driver’s license permanently revoked, according to the Moorpark Acorn.
Not suspended. Revoked.
The paper says she can apply for a new license at some point down the road. Which suggests that permanently doesn’t really mean permanently.
Still, that’s a stiffer penalty than most killer drivers receive.
And something that should be required following any traffic fatality where the driver is found at fault. Particularly if he or she flees the scene.
This is the cost of traffic violence.
Cycling in the South Bay relates the horrifying tale of the aftermath of a drunk driving collision, and a cyclist’s shattered ankle that refuses to heal.
And the Daily Bruin offers an update on UCLA triathlete Nako Nakatsuka, two and a half years after she was seriously injured in a collision, then seriously screwed by the legal system when she was forced to pay for damages to the car that hit her, as well as her own medical expenses.
You should always get a good lawyer to review your case if you’re injured in a wreck; there shouldn’t be any cost to you unless you receive a settlement.
Today’s common theme is bike infrastructure.
Tempe AZ cyclists get their first bike box.
Philadelphia opens a mile long, two-way protected bike lane; it had been the largest city in the US without one.
Kansas City installs a new bike signal to give bicyclists a head start.
The news is not all positive, however; a bike rider complains that Berkeley’s protected bike lanes only result in greater confusion, and fail to employ best practices from around the world.
CiclaValley offers an up-close look at the Encino Velodrome’s Ride the Black Line.
Friends of fallen cyclist Alan Deane met at his Pasadena ghost bike on the fifth anniversary of his death to call for safer streets and tougher sentences for killer drivers. Thanks to Complete Streets Pas for the heads-up.
Megan Lynch forwards word of the latest crackdown on bicycle and pedestrian safety violations, this time in El Monte on Tuesday.
Santa Monica Spoke will host a Handlebar Happy Hour at the Border Grill this Wednesday.
Cyclists can expect to see safety improvements along PCH in the Capistrano Beach area, as plans call for a two-way protected bike lane along the highway.
A Ventura bike rider tried to defend himself with a stun gun when he was punched by three people as he rode on a beachfront bike path, who then pepper-sprayed him and stole his bike and cellphone.
The Sacramento Kings’ new arena features 100 bike racks, as well as a free bike valet, but no safe way to get there. And you’ll have to do something with your bike helmet, since they aren’t allowed in the arena.
A new bike helmet comes complete with built-in Wi-Fi, action cam, speakers and microphone. But no word on whether it will save your skull if you fall off your bike.
Forget air cartridges and bicycle pumps; fill your next flat simply by pedaling, as long as you don’t mind a lot of extra hardware.
Someone is using upholstery tacks to sabotage a new Seattle cycle track; local bike shops report over 30 people have come in to have flats caused by tacks repaired. And that doesn’t count all the people who may have fixed their flats themselves.
Bike advocates around my hometown remind drivers and bicyclists to watch out for each other.
An Iowa economics professor says it’s just not fair that bike riders don’t have to pay to use the roads, especially since some bikes cost “well into four figures.” Although you’d think an econ professor would understand the economics of bicycling a little better.
Iowa cops recover a boy’s stole bicycle after it had been dismantled. So they made the thief put it back together before they returned it.
The New York Times questions why phone manufacturers don’t cut off texting drivers, when they have the technology to do it. Damn good question. And let’s include car makers in that, too.
Washington’s two senators both oppose legislation that would allow mountain bikers into federal wilderness areas, as do two of the state’s leading bike advocacy groups.
South Carolina authorities rule the death of a pregnant woman in a collision with a bicyclist was an accident, even though the cyclist was riding without lights after dark; he faces a fine of just $232.50.
A New Orleans writer says cycling in the Crescent City is still dangerous, but getting better.
Four Americans stop in British Columbia on an 8,000 mile ride to call attention to the dangers of distracted driving.
A new documentary tells the story of an aboriginal youth who helped build world-famous mountain biking trails in the Yukon.
A Winnipeg professor calls for making cycling in the city safe for everyone.
A 19-year old British man competed in triathlon two years after he was paralyzed for three months in a fall off the top of a concrete velodrome.
Police are looking for a road raging driver who repeatedly bumped a Brit bike rider as he waited for at a series of red lights, then ran over his rear wheel when he finally got off to protest.
A former British cabinet member denies sabotaging a Welsh mountain bike trail, insisting he was trying to clear it instead. Sure, let’s go with that.
Volvo introduces a new bicycle and pedestrian detection system for buses, starting next year on European bus systems.
A cyclist from the United Arab Emirates embarks on a three-day, 310-mile journey through Belgium and France to dispel myths about Islam following the recent terrorist attacks.
A Pakistani extreme cyclist says she rides to break stereotypes that limit the sports and professions women can participate in.
And forget doping; how about a little scrotal Botox instead?