It’s perfect bike weather in LA.
And the tourists are gone, most of them, anyway. Which means it’s relatively safe to return to our usually over-congested bike paths.
So tell your boss you’re coming down with a bad case of bike flu. And hit the road to show your bike some much needed love for a few hours.
Work will wait.
And so will today’s post. I promise we’ll still be here when you get back.
As for my bike, it’s still sitting in the corner of my office feeling neglected, waiting sadly for the day I can get back on it.
And so am I.
Governor Brown signed two new bike bills, one permitting protected bikeways — which are currently considered experimental under state law — and another allowing voters to add a $5 fee to car registration on a local basis to fund bike infrastructure.
AB 1193 directs Caltrans to develop standards for protected bike lanes, while at the same time allowing cities to use guidelines included in the NACTO guide, rather than rely on Caltrans, which tends to be overly conservative and decades behind the times.
SB 1183 allows local governments to impose an additional $5 fee on car registrations to fund bicycle networks. However, it requires approval by a two-thirds majority. And getting two-thirds of voters, almost all of whom are drivers, to tax themselves to pay for bike lanes seems pretty damned unlikely.
Under the heading of they just don’t get it, West Hollywood authorities consider removing crosswalks and increasing traffic speeds to improve pedestrian safety. No, really.
Maybe someone can explain it to them.
Very sad news from Portland, as Kerry Kunsman, a League Cycling Instructor and board member of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, is critically injured in a rear-end collision while on border to border bike ride. The SDCBC asks for your prayers for his recovery from a severe brain injury.
Update: The news gets even sadder, as I’m told Kerry Kunsman passed away this morning. My deepest sympathy and prayers for him and for all his family and friends.
According to the New York Post, bikes kill; a bike-hating writer for the paper calls even average cyclists assassins on wheels — neglecting the fact that cars kill roughly 5,000 times more people than the average of six people killed in collisions with bicycles in the US each year.
Bike racing’s governing body will try out on-bike cameras and real-time GPS positioning at this week’s road cycling world championships.
And pro cycling’s God of Thunder calls is a career.
Hats off to the LACBC, which filed a public records request with the LA County DA’s office for information on the Milt Olin case.
A Glendale letter writer says bicyclists should pay a “fairness fee,” failing to realize that cyclists and other non-drivers subsidize our streets for the benefit of motorists; what would be fair is giving every bicyclist, pedestrian and transit user a refund on the portion of their taxes spent on roadwork.
Orange County opens another two-mile segment of the planed OC Loop, which will eventually create a continuous 66 mile bikeway through the county.
A Fountain Valley woman barely avoids falling debris from a crippled airliner as she rode along the bike path in Huntington Beach.
A helmetless San Diego area cyclist suffers a fractured skull in a solo fall. This is one of the rare instances when whether the victim wore a helmet is actually worth reporting, since relatively slow speed falls are exactly what bike helmets are designed to protect against.
Yes, you’re required to pull over when five or more vehicles back up behind you and are unable to pass, just like any other slow moving vehicle. But only when it’s safe and there’s space to do so.
A survivor of the horrific 1970 plane crash that killed most of the Wichita State University football team plans to ride from the school’s football stadium to the site of the crash in Colorado.
Delaware is the nation’s second most dangerous state for cyclists on a per capita basis.
What will it take to make Macon GA safe for cyclists and pedestrians?
The oldest Tour de France stage winner in the post-war era passed away in Belgium on Saturday at age 92, 51 years after he won he race’s ninth stage.
An Aussie take on exploring The Hague by bike.
Explore Israeli history by bike. Though you might want to wait until things settle down just a tad.
British bike advocacy group Sustrans applauds an Australian state’s consideration of bike safety reforms. But why does even a bike website think the Idaho stop law is radical?
And caught on video: a Russian bike rider barely avoids becoming collateral damage in a traffic collision — twice.