One quick note before we catch up on the news.
The LACBC’s Civic Engagement Committee, which normally meets on the last Tuesday of the month, will meet tonight due to a number of conflicts later in the month.
The meeting will take place from 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm on the mezzanine level of LACBC headquarters, 634 South Spring Street in Downtown LA. The agenda will include discussion of how to elect more bike-friendly neighborhood councils, as well as developing questionnaires for next year’s county elections.
UC Berkeley’s SafeTrec looks at the obstacles and advantages in promoting bicycling to airports, including our own LAX. Are LA streets designed to cause road rage? LADOT Bike Blog wants to know your favorite ride; you can find mine here. They also thank volunteers in the recent bike and pedestrian count, even though it shouldn’t be our job, while Will Campbell offers another of his great time-lapse videos of the count. Work begins on long-discussed new bike lanes on Colorado Blvd in NELA. Don’t just ride your bike to work, ride one while you work. A recent ride looks at what the Santa Monica Airport could be. CSUN student is working to make the campus more bike friendly. Bike racks are finally on their way to downtown El Segundo. Cycling in the South Bay offers thanks to those making a difference in local cycling, and says however you ride on PCH, you’ll probably survive. A cyclist is injured in a collision in Santa Clarita Valley on Sunday.
Streetsblog’s Damien Newton and Richard Masoner of Cyclelicious take a look at which bike and transportation bills passed the recent legislative session, and which will wait for next year. What cyclists and raccoons have in common; besides both washing our food, that is. Now that San Diego’s scumbag mayor has resigned, candidates to replace him are still talking bikes; link courtesy of Bike SD’s Sam Ollinger. A San Diego cyclist suffers serious head injuries in a solo fall. A local group plans to bring bike share and better safety to La Jolla; though someone should tell the local press there’s a difference between self-serving and self-service. Cyclists and pedestrians jam the new Bay Bridge bikeway even though it doesn’t go anywhere yet. Transit bus runs over a 9-year old boy’s arm in Sausalito. That’s one way to steal a bike, as a Napa Valley man tries to ride one out of Walmart, but it takes a real schmuck to steal specially made bikes from a Modesto special ed class.
Protected bike lanes benefit businesses four ways. New bike lights promise to be theft proof and indestructible; CNN says this one could save your life. A reporter learns riding to work in Portland isn’t that bad at all; well duh, it’s Portland. Seattle’s leading newspaper comes out in favor of a road diet. Ex-NBA player Richie Frahm takes up bike racing. After a cadet is seriously injured on a university-owned bike, the school buys helmets to loan students. A Philly cyclist says relations with motorists in that city are better than people say. The New York Times looks at the world’s oldest doper. After a car jumps the curb and hits five students walking to school, New York’s Department of Education orders the school principal to send a letter warning about the dangers of walking with headphones — even though none of them were; God forbid they should actually blame the driver for hitting them. Tall bike riding cross-dressing Carolina nuns. The Secret Service is buying bikes.
A writer for London’s Daily Mail manages to be sexist and anti-bike in the same highly biased column. Town Mouse looks at cycling in the UK through the eyes of a child. Despite the blame-the-victim teachings of Forester and Franklin, incompetent cyclists are a myth. Scot cyclist Graeme Obree sets a bike speed record, but not the one he wanted. A Belfast bike tour promises to show riders the worst of the city’s bikeways. Northern Italy could get a 422-mile bike path; now that’s one I want to ride. After 41-year old Chris Horner surprises the world by winning the Vuelta, will he retire, switch teams or stick with new team owner Trek? The top women’s pros abandon the final stage of the Giro della Toscana because of dangerous conditions — including traffic on the race course. Despite biased reporting, Sydney’s mayor continues to push for a bike cultural center. Fighting a ban on bicycles in Kolkata, nee Calcutta, in broken English. Singapore, where you can be caned for leaving gum on the subway, becomes bike friendly; I’d hate to see what they do to scofflaw cyclists who ride through red lights.
Finally, proof that spandex isn’t required to ride a bike, as a Massachusetts woman rides topless through a neighboring town. And repeat after me — if you’re carrying a mobile meth lab in your backpack, don’t run stop signs. Or ride without a reflector. Or carry a passenger on your handlebars.