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Fear mongering at its finest, events & weekend links

Seriously, they should know better.

On KABC Channel-7’s 5 pm Friday news broadcast, they teased a report on the then-upcoming L.A. Critical Mass by urging viewers to find out “what police are doing to keep it from becoming violent.”

So let me get this straight.

After a week of police and cycling community leader’s efforts to get CM riders to stay on the right side of road, not block intersections and stop for stop signals, the take away for one of the city’s leading news stations was that the LAPD was concerned about the ride becoming violent.

And with one 5 second tease, they managed to plant the suggestion that L.A. cyclists are aggressive thugs hell bent on rioting and/or assaulting innocent motorists.

So the next time a motorist cuts you off or runs you off the road, just remember he’s only acting in pre-emptive self-defense.

And you have KABC to thank for that.

The actual news report — which wasn’t available online as of midnight — was only slightly less biased, focusing on asking drivers if it was okay for cyclists to block intersections. And goading them into a negative response when most didn’t seem too concerned about it.

I have no idea what they said after the ride, or if they even covered it at all on the 11 pm news, since I decided to opt for a little less fear mongering with my nightly news. And switched to KNBC Channel 4, who said it turned out to be a smooth ride, after all.

And evidently, one without violence.

Despite what some other channels might have implied.

Update: Thanks to Aaron for providing a link to KABC’s 11 pm story on Critical Mass; to their credit, it was a much better report than their earlier efforts to frighten the driving public.

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LADOT Bike Blog interviews two of the driving — or in this case, non-driving — forces behind the upcoming CicLAvia on 10/10/10.

And the L.A. Weekly makes clear that their days as a credible alternative publication are long past, as they demonstrate a surprising windshield bias against the upcoming CicLAvia. As a number of the comments point out, an event held on secondary streets — on a Sunday, no less — is highly unlikely to contribute to the city’s gridlock, despite the Weekly’s exceptionally negative take on it.

Maybe fear mongering is contagious.

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Jure Robič, five-time winner of the ultra-endurance Race Across America, was killed in a collision with a car on Friday while on a training ride in his native Slovenia. The 45-year old rider was the winner of this year’s RAAM, as well as other ultra-endurance events and a holder of the world 24-hour endurance record. Thanks to Zeke for the heads-up.

Meanwhile, Riverside County officials released the name of the rider killed in Wildomar on Wednesday; 53-year old Lake Elsinore resident Peter Anthony Zupan died at the scene after being hit by a pickup while crossing Mission Trail.

And still no official confirmation on the rider who died after a collision on Mulholland Highway and Cornell Road in Agoura Hills last weekend.

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In upcoming events:

Bike Talk airs Saturday at 10 am; listen to it live or download the podcast from KPFK.

Volunteers are needed for the Glendale bike count on Saturday the 25th.

The annual Abbot Kinney Festival takes place on Abbot Kinney Blvd between Venice Blvd and Main Street this Sunday; expect massive crowds and scarce parking, so take advantage of the bike valet.

Hearings for the proposed bike plan are scheduled for September 25, 29, 30 and October 2, with a noontime Webinar scheduled for Wednesday the 29th.

The second Folk Art Bike Ride rolls on Sunday, October 3rd at 12:30 pm, starting and ending at the Craft and Folk Art Museum at 5814 Wilshire Blvd. The easy, 6.5 mile route stops at several restaurants, galleries and cultural centers along the way; the first one got rave reviews, so don’t miss this one.

The Long Beach Green Port Fest takes place on Saturday, October 2, with bike valet and guided rides to the event departing every 45 minutes, as well as a guided pre-event bike tour beginning at 9 am.

Visit the Events page for more upcoming happenings, including CicLAvia and Santa Monica’s ciclovía on 10/10/10 and Tour da Fat on Oct. 23rd.

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Gary says ridership is up 11% in Santa Monica, but bike collisions are up 78% — even though other cities tend to show a corresponding decrease as more people ride bikes. Tim Robbins bikes through Venice. Must be some kind of trend — Berkeley police crack down on stop sign running cyclists, Boston cracks down on rule breakers and Park City police let a stop-sign running rider off with a warning. Forgiving distracted drivers won’t keep anyone safe. Bike Snob says it’s okay to keep riding in the off-season. Salem OR removes a traffic lane to improve congestion. Independence MO bans harassment of cyclists, runners, pedestrians and roadway wheelchair users. It’s not the press who oppose the first Critical Mass in Aurora IL, it’s other riders. Kentucky authorities are looking for a driver intentionally targeting cyclists with his pickup truck. A Flying Pigeon spotting in Boston. An arrest has been made in the murder of a DC cyclist last month; the shooter — just 16-years old at the time — shot Eric Foreman as he rode by, then walked over and shot him twice more after he fell from his bike. Five reasons why your neighborhood cyclist hates you. A Google contest donates $1 million for a recumbent operated monorail system; Reuters says there must have been 149,996 stupid ideas if that was one of the five winning suggestions. The Department of DIY Toronto branch strikes again, graphically asking where’s our bike lane? Fixie-riding cyclists introduce polo vélo to Parisiens. Evidently, Barclay’s isn’t winning many friends for sponsoring London’s bike share program. Cycling England, the agency behind the Bikeability program to teach British children to ride safely, is rumored to be on the chopping block; instead of cutting it, how about exporting it? A promising young Belize cyclist is killed in an apparent hit-from-behind collision.

Finally, courtesy of our Kiwi correspondent the Trickster, comes a two part video tour of Australia’s World Championships course hosted by Robbie McEwen. And Aussie police tell cyclists not to run red lights or ride four abreast — even if they are training for next week’s World Championships.

Think they’ll enforce that during the race, too?

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In case you were wondering what was in that big box last week...

The hits keep coming, the drivers keep running, the media keeps snoring

The sad thing is, it isn’t even really news anymore.

A bicyclist was hit by a car at the intersection of Avalon and 51st streets over the weekend, the driver becoming just one more in a long line of local motorists to flee the scene.

Evidently, only one news outlet thought it was worth reporting. And even they didn’t think it was worth getting the facts right.

Or at all.

According to KABC Channel 7, the rider was crossing the street when he was hit. Which street he was crossing or what direction he and the car that hit him were traveling, God only knows.

Then again, just when the collision occurred seems to be a state secret, as well. The article doesn’t say, and doesn’t indicate when it was posted, other than sometime Sunday, August 8.

Judging by the single photo that accompanies the six sentence report, it appears to have been taken at night. And since the only comment on the article was posted Sunday morning, my best guess is that it happened sometime Saturday night.

Though you’d think mentioning exactly when the collision occurred would be kind of helpful to the police in searching for witnesses who might have seen a mid-sized, light colored car fleeing the scene — which pretty much describes a large percentage of the cars in L.A.

However, if you did happen to notice one that fits that description in that area sometime over the weekend, or have any other information that might help identify the driver, call the LAPD at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).

Fortunately, the article says the unidentified rider is expected to be okay.

I love to criticize KABC for such a lousy job of reporting. But considering that they seem to be the only news outlet who bothered to report the story at all, I feel compelled to hold back.

And yes, this is me holding back.

So let’s just hope the rider makes a complete recovery. And that the authorities have more luck finding the driver than they have with the killers of Robert Painter and Ovidio Morales.

But based on the description and the lack of information provided, I wouldn’t count on it.

Thanks to the LACBC’s Allison Mannos for the heads-up.

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One important item I left off last weekend’s long list of upcoming events — the L.A. Bicycle Advisory Committee will be meeting tonight at the Hollywood Neighborhood City Hall Community Room, 6501 Fountain Avenue.

According to BAC Chair Glenn Bailey, they have a packed agenda, including discussion of the new bike plan, the Mayor’s planned Bike Summit and a report from the City Attorney about the proposed anti-harassment ordinance. And the CA has come up with a very interesting twist on how to protect L.A. cyclists.

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The LACBC will be unveiling the first phase of a new bike safety campaign soon, and is pushing the Mayor to do a Public Service Announcement on the subject. San Diego businesses band together to offer discounts to people who arrive by bike. A 73-year old grandmother is the victim of a hit-and-run Central Park cyclist. Riding home from the bar in New York, where there’s no law against biking under the influence. Could you forgive the driver who killed your love one? Arrested for running a teenage bike chop shop. The U.S. military could be funding research into the next generation of bike doping; maybe they’re trying to stay a step ahead of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s latest crackdown on elite riders. Correction: that Colorado Tea Party candidate doesn’t hate bikes, just the UN agency he thinks is behind them; meanwhile, the revolution will have 27 speeds and a cute little bell. A cycling family suffers serious injuries in a collision, and they weren’t even riding their bikes. After completing a Los Angeles to NYC bike tour, a seasoned cyclist is killed while riding through North Carolina on his way home to Phoenix. Charlotte drivers and cyclists unhappily share the road. Salt Lake cyclists say the bike lane should be the safest place to ride, and it isn’t. A Louisiana driver has nightmares about running down weaving cyclists. A man claims to be riding cross country to prevent teen suicide, but may not be telling the truth. A South Bend cyclist suffers from Copenhagen bike lane envy. Despite decamping for Florida, the NBA’s King James hosts his annual fund-raising bike ride in Akron OH; thanks to George Wolfburg for the NY Times link. George also points our attention to HuffPo’s report on the new iBike — or rather, the comments that follow. For a new cyclist, riding past the sewage plant is as good as Disneyland. Police are on the lookout for bike bombs in India; evidently, that’s not as strange as it seems. The hottest thing for Japanese families: three seat bicycles, with or without electric assist; a DIY version rolls through Santa Barbara with dog up front, daughter in back. Considering the bicycle as a solution for Nairobi traffic. The story of cyclist’s obsessive worldwide search to build the perfect bike. Cambridge encourages cycling by cutting the speed limit Downtown to 20 mph.

Finally, how would you respond if a nearby bike started getting cheeky?

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