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Morning Links: Another successful CicLAvia, riding the KY Bourbon Country, and all the bike news that fits

LA hosted another successful CicLAvia on Sunday, where a good time was reportedly had by all, or nearly all, anyway, at the 20th edition of what is arguably the country’s most successful open streets festival.

According to a report on KNBC-4 that doesn’t appear to be online yet, the crowd was estimated at 50,000 people. Which sounds like yet another in a long line of chronic attendance undercounts, as people come and go throughout the day.

But does anyone really believe San Antonio drew more people to their ciclovía than LA did?

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What could be better than a three day ride through the Kentucky Bourbon Country — complete with samples at the end of the day?

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Three cyclists and a race marshal were injured, two seriously, when a car stopped around a blind curve during a German bike race and the riders reportedly slammed into the back of it. Thanks to Erik Griswold for the tip.

The cobbles belong to Belgian Olympic champ Greg Van Avermaet this year. Cycling Weekly offers five things they learned from his victory in Sunday’s Gent-Wevelgem, while Finland’s Lotta Lepistö was two for two on the women’s side this week.

Spain’s Alejandro Valverde won his second Tour of Catalonia on Sunday, as countryman Alberto Contador took second.

Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins says his testimony in a British doping investigation will shock a few people. At this point, the only that that would really shock anyone would be if there wasn’t any.

That’s one way to keep your kid home. Italian cycling great Mario Cipollini’s mom cut his bike in half to keep him from riding off when he was six years old. Apparently, it didn’t stop him.

Team Rwanda Cycling technical director Jock Boyer says his goal is to make the country an elite cycling nation. Boyer was the first American to ride in the Tour de France; he also convicted of molesting an eleven-year old girl for three years.

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Local

Metro is asking for comments on their newly released guidelines on how to spend Measure M money; Streetsblog says cities are already jockeying for funding. My suggestion: Invest in transit and Complete Streets, and don’t waste a dime on demand-inducing highway projects, like the failed widening of the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass.

Speaking of Measure M and Complete Streets, you’re urged to attend Wednesday’s meeting of the city council Transportation Committee to call for LA to spend its share of the funds to make the streets safer for everyone.

Venice-based Solé Bicycles is opening a new bike shop near USC, intending it to be a gathering place for students. But that means a small on-campus bike shop will get the boot.

 

State

This is why you didn’t want to ride in Bolsa Chico State Park on Saturday.

The Tour de Palm Springs will stay in Palm Springs after Palm Desert agrees to host the ride, but not the name.

Cyclocross Magazine looks back at last year’s classic bicycle L’Eroica California in Los Robles; this year’s ride rolls April 8th and 9th.

The San Jose Mercury News says ebikes are catching on with the public; a 79-year old Aussie e-trike rider would agree.

Who says cyclists aren’t tough? A Stockton man continued riding home after hearing a loud pop, not realizing he’d been shot.

A Lake Tahoe advocacy group says it’s great that there are more bikeways in the area, but a map so they could actually find them might help.

 

National

Wired says the way to get commuters out of their cars is to pay them not to park them.

If bicycling isn’t enough fun, you can always turn it into an augmented reality game and deduct points for scofflaw cyclists.

Riding across the US is one thing; riding from San Diego to San Francisco the long way is another. A Kansas City man plans to ride 7,000 miles on a route that will take him to the Bay Area by way of Georgia, the Great Lakes and Oregon, to raise funds for victims and survivors of sex trafficking.

Seattle is finally getting around to cleaning up a homeless encampment encroaching on a bike path after a woman is attacked.

The president of USA Cycling writes to rebut the Montana senator who wants to ban cyclists from state roads.

It takes a special kind of asshole to steal a 13-year old autistic Albuquerque kid’s therapy bike.

Country singer Clay Walker is sort of one of us, hosting a Houston TX bike ride to fight MS.

A Houston Op-Ed says to function efficiently, roads must work for all users.

A horrifying story from Texas, as a San Antonio driver is under arrest for fleeing on foot after fatally running down a bike rider participating in an MS fundraising ride, then hitting and killing another rider just 80 yards down the road; as a third rider had to dive into a ditch to get away from him. Thanks to Steve Katz for the heads-up.

A Chicago study shows red light cameras really do improve safety. They were removed in Los Angeles when motorists argued they caused wrecks by making drivers actually stop for red lights.

A New York man was finally arrested nine months after he allegedly ran down a cyclist and fled the scene, then claimed his car had been stolen.

For some bizarre reason, ebikes are banned under New York state law, and NYC cops seem more than happy to confiscate them.

Caught on video: A bike cop throws his bicycle at an anti-Trump protester in Philadelphia.

An Op-Ed in the Washington Post says if car drivers made cyclists feel safer, we’d all be better off.

In a bizarre case, a Virginia man was convicted of pulling a gun off his bike frame and shooting a little twelve-pound terrier he claimed was viscously attacking him and left him in fear for his life. Because so many little ankle-biters have been known to leap up and rip the lungs out of passing cyclists, evidently.

 

International

Bike Radar offers advice on how to care for your next cut or road rash, while a Canadian cycling site offers advice on how to keep riding when you’re expecting.

David Beckham is a proud father, as his 5-1/2-year old daughter is now one of us, too.

The release of a British strategy to double biking and walking rates has been delayed due to last week’s London terrorist attack.

English police are looking for a bike-riding purse snatcher who left a woman in her seventies with two black eyes and a broken arm.

An Indian woman quit her job to ride across the country calling for gender equality.

A New Zealand study shows bicycling is no more dangerous than many other recreational activities, and safer than many. But fear of the perceived danger still keeps many people from riding.

Yes, cyclists are welcome on a Kiwi walkway. Not so fast, you mountain bike riders.

A Hong Kong clean air group says it’s time for the island to stop paying lip service to bicycling projects and get serious. The same could be said for Los Angeles — and most other American cities.

 

Finally…

First step as a secret KGB agent embedded in America — become a bike messenger. If you have to crash your car, always blame Bigfoot.

And maybe you need an overdose of cuteness to get you out of your post-CicLAvia Monday morning funk.

Morning Links: It’s the Wild West on our streets, a successful DIY plunger bike lane, and Marathon Crash returns

Just a quick note before we get started.

According to researchers from the University of Colorado, there is a 17% spike in traffic collisions the Monday after the spring Daylight Savings time change.

So use extra caution on the roads today, whether you’re walking, riding or driving. And as always, ride and drive defensively.

Because you can’t control what other people do. But you can be prepared to react in a safe and controlled manner, no matter what they do.

Besides, it’s a lot safer than playing rugby.

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A Nebraska researcher concludes it’s like the Wild West on our streets, as the behavior of both bicyclists and motorists are governed by unspoken rules of behavior that go beyond traffic laws. But even when riders break the law, in most cases they do it to avoid being injured or killed by a driver.

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That DIY lane barrier made up of toilet plungers in Wichita KS was a success, as the city was shamed into installing a post-protected bike lane by the guerrilla installation.

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This Sunday is your chance to bike 26 miles of empty LA streets, when the legendary early morning Marathon Crash ride returns for another year. Here’s what the LA Weekly had to say about it a few years back.

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This is why people continue to die on our streets.

An Oregon driver says it’s inevitable that he’ll drive drunk again after being sentenced to one lousy year in jail for his ninth — yes, ninth — DUI.

A Colorado woman will face anywhere from four to twelve years in jail after pleading guilty to the drunken hit-and-run death of a bicyclist; she was on probation for a previous drunk driving conviction at the time of the crash, and had two other alcohol-related arrests.

And the hit-and-run driver who killed an Irish bike rider had 49 prior convictions, and was on a temporary release from jail despite violating bail 18 times.

They all should be permanently banned from driving, as well as owning, renting or borrowing a motor vehicle.

Or sitting behind the wheel and saying “vroom, vroom,” for that matter.

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Here’s a spoiler-free report on the conclusion of the seven day Paris – Nice race: Alberto Contado made a hell of a finish, even if the next-to-last stage was too hard for a March race.

I want to be like him when I grow up. A 78-year old Englishman hopes to raise the equivalent of $73,000 by riding the full route of this year’s Giro d’Italia.

“Is that a bicycle pump in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?” Team Sky used Viagra to get a jump on the competition.

Evidently, motor doping is nothing new. Except the motors used to be on trains.

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Local

Get your fresh bagels by bike in Silver Lake and Echo Park.

A writer for UCLA’s Daily Bruin calls on newly re-elected CD5 Councilmember Paul Koretz to be more dynamic in his final term in office. Yeah, that will happen.

Bike thefts are up on the Cal State Northridge campus.

West Hollywood’s WeHo Pedals bikeshare program will hold pop-up Hub Days at bikeshare locations around the city to explain how the program works.

Culver City is looking at plans for a bikeshare system.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin is one of us, riding in Malibu with his son.

Bellflower has approved plans for the Bellflower-Paramount Bike Trail, which will eventually connect the LA River and San Gabriel River bike paths.

 

State

Camp Pendleton will host their Hell Fire Fat Tire mountain bike race on March 18; the race is open to both military personnel and civilians. I wonder if any of the people who had their bikes confiscated by the Marines at Miramar will risk competing on the other Marine base to the north.

Palm Springs residents are calling for a road diet on Golf Club Drive to slow speeding drivers, even though city officials say it’s not a problem.

Los Gatos approves a new bike and pedestrian plan intended to create a low-stress bicycle and pedestrian network.

San Jose’s Mr. Roadshow considers the debate over AB 1103, California’s proposed Idaho Stop Law. Speaking of which, Calbike wants your signature in support of the bill.

The bike path on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge won’t open to riders on weekdays until this summer.

A Richmond couple build a bike park and give free bikes to kids, even while they’re struggling to make their own rent.

A Redding man gets busted for walking out of a bike shop with a display bicycle after his picture circulates on social media.

 

National

An auto website says one reason our roads and infrastructure are failing is an underinvestment in pedestrian and biking options.

Salon discusses how the humble bicycle continues to set women free and be a key to women’s empowerment.

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show visits Utah for the first, and possibly last, time.

Austin TX tries out an American version of the Chinese-style freestanding app-based bikeshare systems during SXSW.

A Houston bike path comes complete with a separate lane for golf carts.

Sad news from DC, where an editor for Kiplinger’s died after she was struck by a bicycle. Bikes don’t pose anywhere near the danger to others that cars do, but as this tragedy shows, a collision with a bicycle can result in serious injuries, or worse. Always slow down and ride carefully when pedestrians or less skilled riders are around.

Hilton Head NC cyclists can’t win, getting abuse from strollers if they use a bike path and from drivers if they ride in the road.

Macon GA creates a self-guided bike tour through a historic industrial district. But for some reason, promotes it by motor vehicle.

A kindhearted Florida cop bought a new bicycle out of his own pocket for a man whose bike was stolen, after learning it was his only form of transportation.

A Florida bike ministry has provided 37,000 meals and 2,700 bicycles to the needy, who have to earn the bike by working eight hours for a non-profit organization.

City Lab asks if a winding, elevated bike path could improve safety for Miami bicyclists and kickstart a cultural change in the city.

 

International

Why bother cycling at the gym when you can just fidget your way to better health?

Bike Radar wants you to remember who got you started in bicycling, and pass it on to someone else.

The Toronto Star calls on drivers to protect bike riders from doorings.

A British writer says no, the solution to the country’s cycling problems does not include making people ride in glowing tubes in the sky.

Caught on video: A Brit rider posts videos of a trio of ridiculously close passes. This is why you have to take the lane if it’s too narrow to share; hugging the curb only invites passes like this.

A TV news presenter in the UK was the victim of a distracted driving hit-and-run while riding his bike last week.

Food delivery cyclists in France have now unionized to battle the “Uberization” of delivery services.

That solar power-generating Dutch bike path has proved so successful it’s expanding into new areas — including Kern County.

Oslo will become the first city to ban cars from the city center in 2019; the city will also build more than 35 miles of bike lanes in the next two years.

Two Vietnamese men have begun independent bike tours of the country to promote organ donation.

 

Finally…

Maybe riding a bike inside the store isn’t the best idea. When riders and port-a-potties are blowing across the road, cancelling the event probably isn’t the worst idea.

And anyone can drive a stock car at 200 mph. It takes real courage to wear spandex.

 

Weekend Links: Bike riders behaving badly, protected bike lanes coming to DTLA, and road raging in a g-string

Today’s edition of bike riders behaving badly.

A Houston cyclist spit on a driver, with her two kids in the car, after allegedly darting out in front of her car from a bike path crossing the road. Never mind that she was on the phone at the time.

Police in St. Petersburg FL are looking for the bicyclist who leaned over a woman sitting in the passenger seat of a convertible, and spit into her husband’s face. Of course, the driver swears he did absolutely nothing to antagonize him.

Funny how drivers always seem to be the innocent party, victimized by crazed cyclists who lash out against total strangers for no reason at all.

And while we’ve said this before, it can’t be stressed enough. Never get physical, no matter what a driver may have done to provoke you.

Any questions of morality aside — and yes, it is wrong, not to mention disgusting — it makes you the bad guy, and could leave you open to criminal, as well as civil, charges.

Better to get whatever they did on video if you have a cam, and let the police deal with it. Or just post it online, and let the court of public opinion have its way.

And if you don’t have one, get one.

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Bicycling’s Joe Lindsay asks if the new Colorado Classic is the race that will save American Pro Cycling.

Meanwhile, the magazine talks with the team of high school mountain bikers who beat Lance and his fellow ex-dopers.

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Local

There will be a kickoff event for the planned protected bike lanes on Spring and Main streets, now known as Main & Spring Forward, in DTLA this Sunday for anyone not attending the 626 Golden Streets.

A UCLA lecturer says bike riders will continue to be put at risk in Westwood if CD5 Councilmember Paul Koretz is re-elected.

UCLA researcher and lecturer Herbie Huff says the solution to overcrowded roads isn’t tunneling under the city, it’s putting a price on them.

The Daily Breeze talks with candidates for the Manhattan Beach city council, only one of whom even mentions bicycling.

Once again, Long Beach will open the Toyota Grand Prix course to the public for an open streets event. And once again, it will only last for an hour and a half. And it will be on a weekday when most people can’t attend.

 

State

Don’t plan on riding the bike path at Bolsa Chica State Beach on the 25th, unless you want to ride through a pro-Trump rally.

San Francisco manages to get the cars out of its new Valencia Street protected bike lane in time for the official opening.

 

National

A dog website says don’t bring your bike into the dog park unless you want to risk wiping out in a pile of poop.

A new four-wheeled e-scooter prototype promises to be a cross between an ebike and an ATV, with a 16.5 mph top speed to allow it to be used in bike lanes.

A writer for Strong Towns says it’s time to move beyond open streets events, and consider closing some streets the other 364 days of the year.

A Wisconsin appeals court reinstates a road rage charge after ruling a county judge had erroneously dismissed the case.

No, seriously. If they can put a protected bike lane on New York’s busy Fifth Avenue, they can do it just about anywhere. Even on some of LA’s busier streets.

The new director of a Charleston SC advocacy group will have the unenviable task of turning around the nation’s worst city for bicycling.

 

International

DHL is testing last-mile delivery by cargo bike in 13 European counties.

Royal-in-law Pippa Middleton offers her tips on how to dress for riding.

Life is cheap in the UK, where fatally dooring a bike rider is only worth a $98 fine.

The rich get richer, as bike-friendly Sweden and Denmark open the world’s first cross-border bike ferry.

Caught on video: An Aussie cyclist just barely avoids getting run down by a speeding, out of control driver who flipped his SUV after apparently suffering a medical episode.

China’s once-ubiquitous Flying Pigeon is once again flying high, churning out bikes for the country’s app-based bikeshare programs.

 

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The perfect tri bike for everyone who wants to rock and roll all night, and party every day. Who needs energy gel when you’ve got gummy bears?

And if you’re going to get physical with a Paris bicyclist, put some damn boxers on first.

Morning Links: No women’s French tour this year, LACBC staffer says no on S, and Pure Cycles goes electric

Let’s start things off with a long list of links from the wonderful wacky world of bike racing.

In a big step back for women’s cycling, the week-long Route de France race will not be held after getting dropped from UCI’s WorldTour calendar.

The physician for former Tour de France champ Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky claims his laptop with all their records was conveniently stolen three years ago, preventing doping authorities from being able to examine them. And he’s conveniently too sick to appear before a Parliamentary panel looking into it.

Lawyers for Brit cyclist Jess Varnish says the country’s governing body for cycling has learned nothing from its recent controversies; she had been dismissed from the team before the Olympics, and told to go have a baby.

The new Colorado Classic pro race will come complete with a three-day Denver festival, including performances by Wilco, the New Pornographers, Death Cab for Cutie, Saint Motel and La Santa Cecilia. The next to last leg of the race will run over the 8,000-foot elevation Peak to Peak Highway, which was one of my favorite rides when I lived out that way.

VeloNews says this Saturday’s Strade Bianche should be your new favorite race.

LA’s own former pro Phil Gaimon calls it the worst retirement ever, as he sets out to capture KOMS on YouTube. And speaking of Gaimon, he’s accepting preorders for his new book, Ask A Pro.

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Local

The LACBC’s Carol Feucht explains why everyone who rides a bike should vote no on Measure S.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune looks forward to Sunday’s nearly 18-mile 626 Golden Streets event, calling it an argument for a carfree LA County. Meanwhile, the Pasadena Star-News explains everything you need to know to ride from South Pasadena to Azusa.

If you’d prefer something more strenuous and less paved, CiclaValley invites you to Ryan Steers’ Birthday Gravel Feast this Sunday.

West Hollywood’s WeHo Pedals bikeshare will be free for new and existing members on election day.

Santa Clarita parks commissioner and cyclist Kevin Korenthal is packing his bikes and family and moving to Texas.

Interesting piece of advice from Cycling in the South Bay’s Seth Davidson, who says while you aren’t required to have a license to ride a bike, you do have to show a cop your ID if you’re asked for it.

 

State

San Clemente will install a nearly one-mile long protected bike lane along the coast highway.

San Diego was reminded the hard way that it’s cheaper to fix infrastructure problems than pay for it later, as a man was awarded a $4.85 million for injuries he suffered when his bike hit a seven-inch sidewalk displacement caused by a tree root. But seriously, how fast did you have to be going to fly 28 feet after hitting it something like that? Let alone on a sidewalk.

The UC Santa Barbara student government is funding nearly $127,000 worth of bike racks to deal with a chronic shortage of bike parking.

A San Francisco supervisor calls for a ban on bicycle chop shops, and authorizing police to seize any bikes or parts they find in one. We could use a law like that on a statewide basis; you can see bike chop shops operating in plain view all over Southern California.

 

National

A wine website lists the five best US cities for biking and beer; San Diego and Berkeley made the list, along with my hometown.

Bike Portland recounts the city’s journey to making Vision Zero its top transportation priority.

The South Dakota State University newspaper recommends biking to class to relieve stress and improve time management. Not to mention keeping all those cars off campus.

An Iowa writer says you should add the cross-state RAGBRAI ride to your bucket list.

Chicago Streetsblog offers a four paragraph bike helmet manifesto, saying if people in your city feel the need to wear a helmet, it’s a sign the streets aren’t safe. Except bike helmets aren’t designed to protect riders from cars, they’re made to protect against relatively slow speed falls.

This is just so wrong on so many levels. A New York community board member says a protected bike lane is unnecessary, because “Once Trump removes all the illegals… there won’t be anybody to ride bike lanes.” Thanks to Megan Lynch for the heads-up.

The Washington Post says cities around the country are embracing lower speed limits to save lives.

A North Carolina man has been arrested in the case of the scooter rider who harassed and assaulted two men in Key West, calling them homophobic slurs and saying “You’re in Trump country now.”

 

International

People will soon be able to walk or bike between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit on a multi-use path installed on the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

An English woman suffered a fractured cheekbone when a shoplifter fleeing store security smashed into her on his bike.

Caught on video: A Brit rider gets caught in a frightening squeeze play when a bus driver drifts into the bike lane he’s riding in.

Caught on video too: A Glasgow, Scotland bike rider apparently made a wrong turn and ended up riding in the middle of a busy freeway.

Berlin sees bicycles as the key to solving the city’s transportation problems.

Now that sounds like fun. Take a food and bike tour through northern Italy with the Border Grill’s Mary Sue Milliken and other chefs on the Emilia Romagna Chef Bike Tour this June.

Exploring Abu Dhabi by bikeshare.

China’s Ofo app-based bikeshare built a $1 billion business one 15¢ bike ride at a time. Although where to put them all seems to be a problem.

 

Finally…

When you’d rather hate on bicyclists than bother to understand what the hell you’re talking about. Finding the nation’s most bike-friendly city in the most bike-friendly country.

And like Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, Burbank-based fixie maker Pure Cycles goes electric.

 

Morning Links: New Colorado pro race, bikes and microbrews coming to Echo Park, and riding 30 days the wrong way

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Colorado’s USA Pro Challenge is dead and buried. Now the four-stage Colorado Classic pro race, which will include a two-stage women’s race, will rise from the ashes to take its place. Although they still seem to think women are too fragile to compete on an equal basis with the men.

Evidently, former pro Frank Schleck still likes to go fast; he’ll lose his driver’s license for a month and face five year’s probation for driving 52 mph in a 31 mph zone.

Former British world road champ Nicole Cook says the problem with pro cycling is the sport in run “by men, for men” and doping is being fought by “the wrong people, in the wrong way, with the wrong tools.”

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Local

Echo Park could be soon home to LA’s first microbrewery/bike shop.

The Radical Optimism series is hosting a panel discussion on How We Move: Getting Around the “Shrinking” City of Los Angeles tonight in Culver City.

Santa Monica’s Cynergy Cycles hosts a discussion on bikepacking tonight.

Hermosa Beach will start using bike cops in an effort to control late night partying in the downtown area.

 

State

Ventura police bust a man who jacked a bicycle at knifepoint after he’d removed it from the back of vehicle while the driver slept inside.

A San Francisco bicyclist was the victim of a hit-and-run near the city’s Pier 39 following a failed pass.

Just days after San Francisco officials stared down Chinese app-based bikeshare company Bluegogo, a US-based startup wants to bring their dock-less, app-based bikeshare system to the city.

A San Francisco native says no, cyclists, pedestrians and drivers have not always hated one another, but we should all come together to hate the people on hoverboards.

 

National

The CEO of Affirm and co-founder of PayPal is one of us, taking his bike with him wherever he travels.

Popular Mechanics gets it, saying it’s time to rethink our roads so they work for everyone, including bicyclists.

Next City talks to Motivate CEO Jay Walder, head of the nation’s largest bikeshare company, who says Donald Trump should look to America’s transit revolution for guidance on how to overhaul the nation’s infrastructure through public-private partnerships.

No bias here. Colorado considers adopting the Idaho Stop law, but one TV station says it allows bicyclists to run red lights and stop signs. Actually, it just lets bike riders treat stop signs as yields, and treat red light like stop signs. Big difference.

A Victoria TX newspaper says all it would take is a little paint to bring the city into the 21st Century by putting in some bike lanes.

Detroit police are still looking for the bicycle-riding killer of a university police officer, releasing a photo of the bike he was riding.

A Northwestern University professor says cyclists, pedestrians and drivers all have to work together to ensure safety.

Note to Boston Globe: A “suspicious device” made from a beer bottle half filled with gasoline with a rag sticking out of it, like the one found on a bike trail, is called a Molotov cocktail.

New York-based BMX pro Nigel Sylvester makes Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30, to go along with his 200,000 Instagram followers and seven million YouTube views.

A Virginia columnist says the state doesn’t need a proposed law banning bicycling while drunk, calling it a legal solution in search of a problem.

Before you detain a teenager for stealing your son’s bike, make sure it really is. A Florida man faces felony kidnapping and robbery charges because he didn’t. And it wasn’t.

 

International

James May, host of Amazon’s The Grand Tour, is one of us, but says most bike riders are a bit hopeless, awkwardly peddling badly adjusted bikes with no idea how to use their gears.

Cycling Weekly patiently explains why cyclists ride in the middle of the road. But they neglected to mention that it makes riders more visible to drivers, which is why taking the lane is taught by both the League of American Bicyclists and CyclingSavvy.

London’s Independent says forget riding down Bolivia’s Death Road; if you want a real challenge, try riding Peru’s Pichu Pichu volcano.

Bike riders are donning facemasks to deal with London’s crushing smog.

Now that’s a close call. A Brit driver just misses a bicyclist riding in a bike lane before plowing into a street sign.

 

Finally…

Breaking News: Riding at night isn’t like riding during the day because it’s dark. If you’re trying to make it home for the holidays, make sure you don’t ride for 30 days in the wrong direction.

And if NASCAR is going to be more like bike racing, does that mean the drivers will start shaving their legs?

 

Weekend Links: LA election debates, reforming CA Trans Commission, hi-viz skin, and better libidos through biking

Please forgive yesterday’s unexcused absence.

The sudden failure of a hard drive cable took my laptop down without warning, wiping out all the links I’d been saving, and leaving me without access to this site.

The good news it, it was a quick, easy and relatively affordable fix. So we’re back in business, and serving up a virtual smorgasbord of fresh, hot bike links.

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Local

Bike the Vote LA provides a list of upcoming candidate debates before the March city elections.

Streetsblog’s Damien Newton talks with Bike SGV Executive Director Wes Reutimann about better bike parking for the Gold Line.

In case you wondered, this is why many bike paths shut down before heavy rains. And if you were planning to use the protected bike lanes on the California Incline this weekend, you might want to plan another route.

Santa Monica is conducting yet another of their frequent bike and pedestrian safety enforcement days this Monday. You know the drill; follow the letter of the law until you cross back into the scofflaw loving arms of LA.

A Long Beach city councilmember says people are free to push for changes to the number and color of the green bollards on Studebaker Road, but they were put there to slow traffic and improve safety.

 

State

A bill to restructure California’s Transportation Commission would require at least one of the six members to have expertise in bicycle and pedestrian safety; two would have a background in sustainable transportation, one in mass transit, and two working with disadvantaged communities.

Calbike is looking for an administrative manager.

After starting out with ambitious plans for a Complete Street makeover of San Diego’s El Cajon Blvd, the city settles on a watered-down approach with buffered bike lanes instead of protected lanes.

Bring your rain gear. Today’s Tour de Palm Springs will roll rain or shine. Or 40 mph winds.

This is the cost of traffic violence. Thirty-three years later, a writer in Half Moon Bay still struggles with the hit-and-run death of his bike-riding father two days before his dad’s 38th birthday.

A Redding man is facing a murder charge for calmly riding away on his bike after setting a gas station clerk on fire; authorities still don’t know why, though.

 

National

Lawsuits are flying back and forth at the new company formed by America’s last remaining Tour de France winner to make low-cost carbon fiber, but not for bikes.

Bicycling explains why you should keep riding outside all winter, and how to organize a bike pub crawl.

Men’s Journal offers commuter gear every cyclist needs. None of which anyone really needs, but most of which seems pretty good for a change.

Who needs hi-viz when your skin can glow in the dark?

This is how Vision Zero is supposed to work. Oregon will build a bike path to fill a gap in a bike lane where a man was killed last year.

A Colorado man beat depression by bicycling across the US with just $600 to his name; now he’s preparing to race 5,770 miles across Russia.

The war on bikes continues, as a Montana legislator introduces a bill that would ban bikes from virtually every two lane road in the state. Which is most of the highways in the state, as I recall.

If you build it, they will come. Nearly one million people used the bike trail system in Sioux Falls SD last year, in a city of just 165,000.

Caught on video: A road raging Wisconsin driver rolls a stop sign, then repeatedly attempts to cut off a bike rider before getting out of his car to confront him, and complaining that the cyclist is taking up too much of the road. Even though the sharrows indicate he’s exactly where he’s supposed to be.

The bike-born coffee and bread deliveries must go through, even in a Minnesota winter.

When a local hotel is razed, an Indiana woman asks for, and receives, the 600 pound boulder she used to sit on to watch her late husband, a county sheriff, ride off to DC every year to honor officers killed in the line of duty.

A Michigan TV station lists three surprising benefits of bicycling, including boosting your libido. Which probably isn’t much of a surprise for those of us who do.

Amsterdam’s bike mayor is taking her act on the road in an attempt to remake the former New Amsterdam into a bike riding city.

Philadelphia police are getting serious about ticketing people who park in bike lanes.

Now that’s more like it. A Pennsylvania man gets five to twelve years behind bars for the hit-and-run death of a motorized bike rider who was on his way to see his dying father.

Life is cheap in Louisiana, where a hit-and-run driver walks after killing a cyclist; his victim wasn’t killed in the crash, but drowned in a ditch because the jerk who hit him didn’t bother to stop. Something’s seriously wrong with the prosecutors who made this deal; instead of being released on probation, he should be doing hard time on a 2nd murder conviction.

New Orleans is launching a fleet of 700 custom-designed bikeshare bikes at 70 stations around the city.

 

International

Cycling News asks if sexual abuse will be cycling’s next big scandal.

A British Columbia snow biker wants his cliff-hanging ski-bike back.

Bad British roads killed or injured 99 bike riders over a recent two year period. Meanwhile, in a totally unrelated story, the BBC asks if sidewalk riding should be legal in the country.

A Belfast woman is looking for the hit-and-run cyclist who killed her dog. I’ve had to dodge a number of dogs whose irresponsible owners let them wander across pathways on a loose leash. But, if you can’t avoid hitting a dog, human or any other animal, just stop already.

Caught on video too: Aussie police are looking for a sidewalk raging pedestrian who grabbed a 62-year old woman’s bike by the rear wheel and flipped her over the handlebars, tossing her face-first into the pavement.

A Santa Barbara couple spends three weeks riding 600 miles around Taiwan.

 

Finally…

No, bikeshare bikes don’t grow on trees. Helmets have been around almost forever.

And your next bike could actually fly. But only if you define “bike” very loosely.

 

Morning Links: BMUFL protest in PVE, Ottowa rider say au contraire, and Chinese cyclist says go full Superman

Welcome back from what was a three-day weekend for some, and just another Monday for others. Either way, I hope you took advantage of the weather, maybe took in the parade, and spent a little time on your bike.

Or maybe a lot.

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Local

KPCC reports on plans for a protected bike lane in Culver City; there will be a meeting to discuss the plan at 8 pm Thursday in the City Hall Patacchia Conference Room, 9770 Culver Blvd.

The LAPD is looking for whoever who rode a bike up to a man in a Panorama City parking lot and shot him multiple times.

Cycling in the South Bay reports on the weekend protest in Palos Verdes Estates where bicyclists held the same Bikes May Use Full Lane signs the city refuses to post.

 

State

Work starts today on improvements to the I-5 corridor through Solano Beach, including ten miles of new bike and pedestrians trails.

A man in Antelope is known for riding his motorized bike with Russian music booming from the speakers mounted on his handlebars.

 

National

Yes, Dr. Martin Luther King was one of us.

Bicycling Magazine tells you how to make a left turn.

Maui’s mayor demonstrates he sort of understands bike law, explaining that there are exemptions to the law requiring bicyclists to ride to the right, but leaving out the right to take the lane on streets too narrow to safely share with a motor vehicle, even if you do have to ride single file there.

Volunteers pitch in to bring an Oklahoma mountain bike trail back to life after it had fallen into disrepair.

A Minnesota man competed in the 200-mile Fat Pursuit fat bike race through Eastern Idaho, in whiteout conditions with temperatures down to 39 degrees below zero.

The head of Detroit’s Planning Department wants to make bicycling an important consideration in the Motor City’s infrastructure.

An Ohio woman rode 1,000 miles around Oahu to honor twelve Marines who were killed in a helicopter crash off last year, despite being born with just one hand.

The wife of a New Jersey chef has filed suit after he was killed riding his bike into a sewer excavation trench that was left unmarked and uncovered by workers.

It’s now illegal to park in a Massachusetts bike lane, although stopping in one is still legal. So the question is when does stopping becomes parking?

A Philly writer says bike lanes are key to the city’s plans for safer streets, even if some residents don’t like them. Although a spokesman for a motorist group says people are going to drive at whatever speeds they feel comfortable with, regardless of any efforts to slow them down.

A Baton Rouge LA bike rider says he feels like an urban archeologist as he sifts through the litter on the side of the road, saying “what is deplorable is countered by what is captivating.”

A Florida county has to decide whether to cancel plans for a $100 million, 75 miles bike path from Naples to Miami.

 

International

The Biking Expert website lists their ranking of the 75 most bike friendly cities in the world; San Francisco and Davis are the only California cities on the list.

Why settle for three must-have cycling apps, like we linked to yesterday, when you could have ten? And not just for iPhones, either.

Yesterday we linked to video of an Ottawa bike rider blocking a driver who kept lurching into him; the rider says the incident started when the driver kept tailgating him. And yes, he wants the driver prosecuted, despite what the police said.

You’ve got to be kidding. Police in England’s South Yorkshire say it’s not worth the effort to enforce the law against passing bicyclists too closely because not enough riders get killed to justify the cost.

The girlfriend of the bike rider doored by Britain’s transportation minister says yes, cyclists do count as road users.

Starting in March, you’ll have to wear a helmet when you ride in France — if you’re under 12, anyway.

Mannheim, Germany is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the forerunner to the bicycle.

A Chinese cyclist wants to get you out of the saddle and go full Superman on a frame-mounted fitness ball instead.

The 62-year old chief information officer of a global electronics firm is working to make Singapore more bikeable; he says the island nation needs another five years to catch up to Japan’s bicycling culture.

 

Finally…

Post-EPO Lance is still pretty good on a bike. Don’t bother riding your bike to Friday’s presidential inauguration.

And yes, we may have to deal with too many red lights and stop signs, but we hardly ever have to stop to help a pregnant cow deliver a calf.

Morning Links: The joys of winter riding, no jail for French motor dopers, and a $150 Bluetooth bike coffee cup

It was a slow weekend on the local front, but there’s plenty of bike news from around the world for your entertainment and edification.

But before we start, let’s take a moment to remember the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, with words as appropriate now as they were fifty years ago.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

A message as meaningful for our streets as for our nation, and our world.

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Local

Once again, no news is good news. Right?

 

State

High desert cities are working to keep up with road repair on their crumbling streets; a new project in Victorville will add bike lanes along with pavement improvements — whatever that means — on La Mesa Road.

Santa Rosa lost its battle to allow people to ride their bikes on a popular pathway through a private subdivision.

 

National

Vogue discusses the joys of wintertime riding and the problems of dressing for it.

Bicycling introduces you to the only female mechanic on the US pro cycling tour.

An app website lists the three best cycling apps all cyclists must have on their iPhones. Assuming they have iPhones. And for some reason, they filed it under “Hobby.”

In an update to the story of the homeless man who rode his bike from California to Wichita to build planes, because he said God told him to, a local bike shop talked him into letting them fix his bike and gave him new tires so he can ride on ice this winter.

A Madison WI columnist is surprised that motorists accept pedestrian-crossing improvements, but get mad about improvements for bike riders.

Florida’s Space Coast is working to encourage bicycle tourism through the area.

 

International

How to throw a rooster dirt spray for the camera.

A former Canadian pro cyclist is lucky to be alive after suffering sudden paralysis from the neck down when a blood vessel burst between two vertebrae; he was able to drag himself to his phone using only his chin, then had Siri call 911.

A Vancouver letter writer says there’s no need for business owners to worry about the loss of parking spaces to make room for bike lanes, because people on bikes will more than make up for it.

Caught on video: Ottawa police say no charges will be filed after video surfaces of a bike rider using his bicycle as a shield to block the path of a driver, who continually lurches into it. No word on what triggered the confrontation.

London’s mayor clarifies his recent remarks, saying he didn’t mean cycle superhighways cause pollution, but that badly planned construction of them causes congestion, which does cause pollution. That clears up everything, right?

A London cyclist discovers the joys of track cycling.

Cardiff, Wales releases a plan to double the number of bike riders on the city’s streets.

Motor doping may get you disqualified, but it won’t get you thrown into a French jail.

Donations are pouring in to buy new hearing aids for 105-year old, age-group hour record holder Robert Marchand.

A group of 21 male and female randonneurs ride 900 miles across India in five days in a spirit of junoon, which translates to an all immersive passion. Which should be something most bike riders can relate to.

The state of South Australia will pick up the tab for medical expenses after a 15-year old cyclist hits a pothole caused by a leaky fire hydrant.

A Singapore cyclist says he actually wants to pay registration and display a set of license plates just so he can get a little respect on the roads — and so they’ll know who his is when he gets run over by a truck.

China’s ongoing app-based bikeshare boom may result in oversupply, as two leading companies battle for dominance. Not to mention the bikes are getting in the way.

 

Finally…

No, seriously. If you’re carrying a loaded handgun in your waistband, don’t ride recklessly — and put some damn lights on your bike. Don’t be surprised when a road bike website chooses a road bike as their commuter bike of the year.

And honestly, who doesn’t need a $150 Bluetooth-enabled coffee cup for your bike?

 

Morning Links: Protected bike lanes in Culver City, DIY BMUFL signs in PVE, and strategically placed cycling caps

Happy Friday the 13th.

You could be one of those unlikely people trapped in their cars today. Or you can improve your day just by getting out on your bike.

Seems like that makes this a lucky day for all of us.

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Local

Los Feliz Neighborhood Council President Luke Klipp explains why neighborhood councils matter if you care about walkability, bikeability and safer streets.

Culver City considers building protected bike lanes to link the Expo station with the city’s downtown half a mile away, as well as connecting the Helms District with Culver Blvd.

The Downey Bicycle Coalition will hold a Family Bike ride tomorrow.

The Department of DIY is ready to strike in Palos Verdes Estates, as South Bay cyclists buy their own Bikes May Use Full Lane signs, and will hold them up at entrances and exits to the city this weekend.

 

State

San Diego’s CCSD is hosting two women-only cycling training camps this March in Solana Beach, and April in Temecula.

Once again a bike rider is a hero, rescuing another rider from the rushing waters of rain-swelled Los Gatos Creek, even if he couldn’t save the man’s bike.

A determined San Ramon detective tracks down a stolen bicycle that was a woman’s only means of transportation, and returns it to her in less than a week.

Richmond is asking for public input on plans to build a tiny .3 mile bike path that would connect to a planned 500 mile network of bikeways around the San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco is the latest California city to increase enforcement of traffic violations that can put bicyclists and pedestrians at risk. The question is whether they will actually enforce the laws equally, or if it’s just an excuse for yet another crackdown on the people on two wheels.

A 71-year old Anderson Valley cyclist questions whether he should stop riding on the roads and stick to bike trails — not because he’s aging, but because of the carelessness and ineptitude of many drivers.

 

National

In a victory for alternative transportation, new federal transportation rules will measure people instead of cars.

A new study shows that the availability of bikeways encourages people to ride their bikes; it also shows that women prefer low stress routes, suggesting one way to reduce cycling’s gender gap is to build more bicycle boulevards.

Maine cyclists says the state’s three-foot passing law is an effective deterrent, even if enforcement is a challenge; unlike California, riders there can use bike cam video as proof of a violation.

New York traffic fatalities hit a historic low, even as bicycling and pedestrian deaths increase.

Great idea. Charlottesville VA bicyclists will deliver scones by bike on Valentines Day as a fundraiser for a local bike advocacy group.

North Carolina drivers can’t seem to figure out what sharrows mean.

A hit-and-run driver who ran down a Florida bicyclist on New Year’s Day drank for eight hours before the crash and still smelled of alcohol when he was arrested, but hasn’t been charged with DUI.

Federal marshals seize the property of a Florida deputy, including his clothing, golf clubs and fishing poles, to satisfy a fraction of the $22.4 million judgment against him for shooting an unarmed bike rider, who is now permanently paralyzed.

A Florida bike club makes its own video to promote the state’s new three-foot passing law. Although they could have shown someone who wasn’t wrapped in spandex or riding in a paceline.

 

International

A unique new foldie raising funds on Kickstarter claims to fold small enough to fit in a carry-on bag.

A London writer explains plans to ban cars from a busy junction in the heart of the city’s financial district to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians; cyclists already make up half of all traffic at the intersection during peak hours. Needless to say, taxi drivers are against it, though advocates call their protests misguided.

New raised bike lanes in Cambridge, England resulted in a doubling of ridership.

Talk about not getting it. The British Transport Minister who failed to give his contact info after dooring a cyclist now says bike riders are not road users; former Olympian and Tour de France cyclist Chris Boardman says his “comments demonstrate an astonishing lack of knowledge.”

The UK’s Cyclist website offers the good cyclist’s guide to riding in bad weather. Although the advice would seem to apply to bad riders, as well.

Very moving piece from the Guardian, as a physician thanks all those who came to her daughter’s aid after bad fall while riding on a bike path, from the strangers who stopped to help and offered her what little money they had, to the surgeon who saved her and the nurses who cared for her afterwards.

Just days after authorities said all Russian athletes should be banned from international competition for systematic doping, a Russian website attempts a little deflection with accusations that cycling continues to scrape the bottom of the barrel.

 

Finally…

Today’s lesson: Mess with a cyclist, even a former one, and you could get shot in the scrotum. And if you’re going to pose naked to raise money for a new kit, remember, it’s caps, not hats.

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Thanks to John Hall for his generous donation to help support this site. Even though the holiday fund drive is over, donations are always welcome and appreciated.

 

 

Morning Links: No surprise in women’s ‘cross title, fewer Expo Line bike thefts, and ebike non-bombs in OC

It was a quiet weekend on the bike news front, as most riders appeared content to sit out the storms sweeping the nation.

Except for those crazy ‘cross riders competing in snowy Connecticut.

Cannondale’s Stephen Hyde overcame a bad start and last-lap flat to win the men’s national cyclocross championship. It was a good day for people named Stephens, as Colorado’s Denzel Stephenson takes the US men’s junior cyclocross championship.

And needless to say, the unbeatable Katie Compton took the women’s title, winning her lucky 13th consecutive national ‘cross crown.

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Brit sports site Rouleur has posted their entire 12-part 2014 interview with Lance Armstrong, America’s most famous disgraced athlete since Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Chris Froome says he rejected a medical exemption to use a banned drug during the 2015 Tour de France on moral grounds.

A pair of Irish cyclists hope to become the first duo from that country to finish the Race Across America, aka RAAM.

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Local

A funeral will be held on Thursday for an LAPD officer killed in an off-duty collision last week; she was one of us, serving as a bike cop before being promoted to field training officer last year.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department’s says they’ve stopped the problem of bike thefts at Expo Line stations in Santa Monica.

 

State

Bike theft is down slightly in Seal Beach, even as it goes up statewide, making up 5.6 percent of all larceny-theft.

A Palm Springs charity radiothon raised $77,000 to buy and assemble 400 bicycles for fourth grade children.

A SoCal cyclist drops the first of her three-part series on riding three bikes one three iconic rides over three years, starting with a solo climb on Gibraltar above Santa Barbara.

Fresno will pay $675,000 to settle with the family of a bike rider killed in a collision with a police cruiser while fleeing from a traffic stop; the lawsuit claimed the officer intentionally bumped his bike, then ran over him when he fell in front of the patrol car.

Now that’s more like it. The driver who intentionally ran down three Sacramento cyclists during a daylong crime spree gets a well-deserved 35 years in prison; he also struck one motorcycle rider and tried to hit another.

 

National

Ann Arbor, Michigan approves a five-foot passing law, requiring motorists to give at least five feet, not the usual three, when passing a bicyclist, pedestrian or wheelchair user.

Boston takes Vision Zero seriously, dropping its basic speed limit to 25 mph today in an effort to save lives. Now compare that to Los Angeles, where our nascent Vision Zero will have to address much higher speed limits and drivers who feel free to ignore them.

Baltimore opens a new bikeshare system in which four out of ten bicycles are ebikes.

A Charlotte NC writer tells the auto-centric county to butt out on plans for a bike lane on the Ashley River bridge that has already been approved by the city, noting that they could expect to be sued the next time someone gets hurt there.

 

International

A new Canadian study shows that walkable — and by extension, bikeable — neighborhoods result in lower rates of obesity and diabetes. Which means that safer bicycling infrastructure is a public health issue.

Life is cheap in British Columbia, where a drunk driver gets just 45 days for a wreck that left a bike rider with near-fatal injuries.

The Guardian offers a look inside the secret world of a London bicycle courier.

A British cyclist wants to apologize after taking her anger out on the Good Samaritan who tried to help her following a crash.

A Brit business site says self-driving cars could spark a cycling revolution, but only if they can overcome problems recognizing people on bikes. Then again, others have predicted a far more dystopian future for bicyclists in a world of driverless cars.

Paris will make a major investment in bicycling infrastructure, declaring 2017 the year of the bike; the city’s mayor pledges to cut the number of cars in the city center by half.

Nice. A Swedish woman spent Christmas Day and the day after riding just under 400 miles to raise the equivalent of over $2,400 for UNICEF.

Five-thousand Russian cyclists were expected to turn out in 13° below zero weather for a five mile ride along the Moscow River; however, only around 500 actually showed up.

 

Finally…

Most bike thieves at least have the decency to wait until the bike goes into production. Ebikes may offer some advantages, but calling out the bomb squad isn’t one of them.

And if you hear the bell, it may be just a tad premature to celebrate your victory.

 

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