Last year, Metro proclaimed that every lane is a bike lane, to the applause of many in the bicycling community.
Unfortunately, they seem to have forgotten to tell some of their drivers.
In an all too common complaint, Twitter user topomodesto posted video of a close pass and brake check by a Metro bus driver apparently attempting to punish him for riding exactly where he was supposed to in the middle of the lane.
Personally, I had no idea bus drivers had been deputized to enforce their own mistaken interpretation of the law. Or that at least some seem incapable of remembering the message that was proudly plastered on the backs of their buses such a short time back.
Topomodesto reports he’s filed a complaint over the incident. But also notes that he and other riders have never heard back after filing similar complaints in the past, so he has no idea how seriously Metro takes them.
Unfortunately, no one outside of Metro does.
Complaints against drivers are considered personnel matters, so no one other than the driver and his or her supervisors are ever told the resolution of the matter.
Or if it was ever resolved, period.
Short of filing legal action — and this would appear to be a perfect test case for the city’s bicyclist anti-harassment ordinance — there seems to be no way to find out.
Which really needs to change.
Because we have a right to know if something, anything, was done in response to a deliberately threatening driver. Even if they don’t actually identify the driver.
And Metro’s well-intentioned attempts to promote bike riding will be meaningless if we have to ride in fear of self-appointed vigilante bus jockeys.
Before you ride to Thursday’s public forum on the North Figueroa road diet and bike lanes with the Bike Oven and the Eastside Bike club, catch up on LADOT’s presentation on the subject from last month’s community meeting.
Meanwhile, it turns out the LA Fire Department did not determine that the North Fig bike lanes would slow response times, despite what a fire captain suggested last month. In fact, it wasn’t even studied by the department.
So why did he imply it was — and would?
The LAPD is looking for bike riders to start a volunteer bicycle patrol team in the northwest San Fernando Valley.
A West San Fernando Valley website looks at last weekend’s COLT ride.
KPCC’s annual Olympic Day considers the rise of bicycling on June 23rd; free, but RSVP required.
Despite what this story says, Santa Monica is already designated as a Bike Friendly Community, but they’re trying to certify more Bicycle Friendly Businesses.
A reporter for Marketplace completes the AIDS Lifecycle Ride.
Evidently, it’s not just LA. The Voice of San Diego looks at that city’s hit-and-run epidemic.
A Bay Area bike safety instructor is recovering after being rear-ended by a distracted driver.
Sacramento police nail a butt ugly bike thief with a bait bike.
The bike industry wants tariffs reduced on imported bicycles since bikes have a positive effect on the environment.
A Massachusetts cyclist luckily lands in the back seat of a convertible after being hit by the turning car.
Unbelievable. A new three-foot passing law is approved in West Virginia, which also requires motorists to give an audible signal when passing a rider. Yes, they want every driver who passes a bike to honk or shout, which is about the most distracting and dangerous thing they could do.
Velonews says loyal Lance lieutenant George Hincapie’s new book rationalizes his doping choices; I’ve often wondered why the still popular rider seems to get a free pass on the subject.
The price of that $20 cardboard bike rose to $295 before dropping to $95 plus shipping, then nothing as the business collapsed.
Caught on video: A London cyclist is searching for the rider who crashed into him in a bike-on-bike hit-and-run.
A tragic reminder that bike-on-ped collisions are dangerous for both parties, as a UK scientist is killed when her bike collides with a pedestrian.
One third of all Czech cyclists blamed for traffic collisions had been drinking; no word on how that compares to the rate of drunk driving collisions in the country.
And no. Just… no.