Late breaking news as this goes online.
According to the Orange County Register, a 55-year old bike rider was critically injured when he was hit by a car on Coast Highway near Emerald Bay in Laguna Beach around 7 pm Tuesday. Despite initial reports that the driver had fled the scene, he actually stopped a short distance away and waited for authorities.
No word yet on how the collision occurred; a satellite view of the street shows a wide parking lane or shoulder, but no bike lanes.
The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a full and fast recovery.
The only real question is why they waited so long.
Not surprisingly, the family of fallen cyclist and former Napster executive Milt Olin has filed a lawsuit against LA County, the LA Sheriff’s Department, and the deputy behind the wheel when he was run down from behind while riding in a Mulholland bike lane last December.
According to the LA Daily News,
The family “suffered a profound loss, a loss of a wonderful husband and father, and actually a wonderful human being, as all his friends will tell you,” attorney Bruce A. Broillet, who is representing the family, said Tuesday. “We believe the sheriff (deputy) was operating his vehicle negligently, inappropriately and this never should have happened. We will be seeking to hold the county, the sheriff (deputy) and the Sheriff’s Department accountable for the death of Milton Olin.”
The claim seeks an unspecified amount in damages for loss of love, care, protection, moral support and financial support, among other things. It also seeks more than $30,000 in damages for medical, burial and funeral expenses.
Meanwhile, the DA’s office is still reviewing the Sheriff’s Department’s self-described unbiased investigation of their own officer nearly a month after the results of the five-month investigation were turned over to them.
No word on what conclusions they reached, if any, or when or if the DA will announce whether charges will be filed.
Or whether it was an official or unofficial departmental policy that resulted in Olin’s death, as many suspect.
In response to Metro’s advice for cyclists on how to share the road with buses, Streetsblog’s Joe Linton offers his own five astute points on how Metro can better interact with us.
The LACBC will be providing free bike valet at the Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo.
Claremont is sponsoring a free bike safety class for children and adults this Thursday.
Santa Clarita sheriff’s deputies arrest two men for a string of armed bike path robberies.
The Coronado Historical Society is hosting a series of guided bike rides around the island this summer.
A sharp-eyed Sacramento-area man spots someone riding this daughter’s stolen BMX bike.
Speaking of RAAM, the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay looks at Dave Zabriskie and his four-man Legends of the Road team.
Momentum Magazine examines the next great bicycling cities; shocked! shocked! am I that LA failed to make the list.
CLIF Bar teams up with People for Bikes to get more people on bikes.
A writer for Crain’s Chicago Business says we all have to get along, no matter how many wheels we travel on.
A bike shop in the Windy City installs a 24-hour bike parts vending machine.
Memphis turns half a divided highway into a two-way biking and walking path along the Mississippi River.
The Alabama man who posted videos of himself running cyclists off the road pleads guilty to reckless endangerment. And gets off with a mere loving caress on the wrist.
An Irish man learns not to honk and swear at a group of cyclists. Because they might turn out to be off-duty cops.
Forty-one amateur riders prepare to ride the entire 2014 Tour de France route.
Caught on video: a bike riding Japanese schoolgirl learns the hard way to stop at the stop sign and look both ways before crossing an intersection
Repeat after me: When you’re carrying six bags of meth and wanted on outstanding warrants, stop for the damn red light — but don’t do it directly in front of a pursuing police car after trying to flee.
And it takes a real schmuck to steal a 9-year old’s bike at gunpoint.