A busy bike weekend; the penultimate — and possibly deciding — ToC stage hits L.A.

This weekend’s bike calendar:

Saturday, the iCycle Bicycle Festival takes place at the Santa Monica Public Libraries. Head over to Culver City for the Culver City Family Bike Ride. Will Campbell continues his series of May Saturday rides with the 65 mile Two Rivers Ride. CityLites Inner City Sports Festival and Health Fair includes 23 and 5 mile bike tours. The Amgen Tour of California hits Downtown L.A. with a lifestyle festival and time trail that will probably determine the final results; Blog Downtown suggests prime viewing locations. Saturday evening, make your way over to the Bikerowave for Bikeside Speaks! with L.A. Council Member Bill Rosendahl and 36th Congressional District Candidate Marcy Winograd.

Sunday, choose from Flying Pigeon’s Dim Sum Ride, sponsored by Design East of La Brea, and Tubesteaks Under the Stars at the Bicycle Kitchen. And the ToC wraps up with a final stage in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills.

If you want to plan ahead, the L.A. Chapter of Food Not Bombs is hosting an alleycat race in association with Bike Town Beta on May 29th; the race starts at 3 pm at the southeast corner of Pan Pacific Park. There a $5 entry fee, with all funds going to L.A. Food Not Bombs.


Rookie rider Peter Sagan wins his second consecutive stage of the Amgen Tour of California and stands in third overall, 9 seconds behind leader Michael Rogers; Dave Zabriskie is in second, 4 seconds back, with Levi Leipheimer in striking distance 14 seconds behind the leader. Saturday’s Time Trial should decide the winner.

In the Giro D’Italia, Manuel Belletti wins Friday’s 13th Stage in a 17 rider breakaway; Richie Porte holds on to the overall lead with a margin of 1:42.

Meanwhile, former Floyd Landis supporters turn on the disgraced cyclist after he outs himself, while cycling’s governing body stands firmly behind their “falsely accused” officials in the Landis affair. I’m sure they’ll issue a statement supporting Armstrong, Leipheimer and Zabriskie, et al, any day, right?


The L.A. County Cycling Collaborative is looking for a Bike Wrangler. Bike Date looks at Bike Week LA — and a hipster’s butt — while riding Downtown; LADOT samples Bike to Work Day; Damien Newton offers a photo tour. San Clemente approves a bike rental program. Four House Republicans cross party lines to support Ray LaHood’s bike-ped proposals; well, not really since he’s a Republican working in a Democratic administration. The New York Times offers advice on buying a bike helmet. Lawrence KS chooses bike maps over ghost bikes. A Bicycle Second Line will take over the streets of New Orleans on Saturday. Traffic school for red light-running riders in Mad City. A cyclist encounters the aftermath of a fatal bike collision. Instead of encouraging alternative transportation, Florida cracks down on all cyclists to punish a few. A driver in Fairfax VA loses control and strikes two young riders on a nearby bike path, killing himself and a 17-year old cyclist. The European Union investigates adding sounds to electric cars to warn cyclists and pedestrians. The BBC uses a rider’s video of a car hitting him as an excuse to bash cyclists. A New Zealand army vet denies kicking the bike of an elderly cyclist after drinking, claiming the rider just happened to fall over and die.

Finally, Bostonist lists five ways drivers piss cyclists off.

Only five?

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