Morning Links: Justice for San Diego thrill kill victim, Griffith Park feeder ride, and CD4’s Ryu finally responds

Sometimes there’s justice after all.

Even if it takes awhile.

When a bike rider gets shot, it’s almost always gang involved in some way. The 2011 death of San Diego cyclist Jordan Hickey was the exception.

The developmentally disabled man was just minutes from his home while riding back after visiting his girlfriend when he was gunned down for no reason.

Or more precisely, just for the hell of it.

Two men were allegedly driving around just looking for someone to kill when they spotted Hickey on his bike, and one leaned out of the car window to fire the fatal blast from a shotgun.

On Wednesday, the driver, Juan Ignacio Gomez, was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder; he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Humberto Emanuel Galvez, the accused shooter, faces a possible death sentence when he goes on trial in May.

Which is exactly what he’s accused of sentencing Hickey to, without a trial.


A feeder rider to tonight’s Griffith Park Advisory Board meeting will roll out from Sweet Salt in Toluca Lake to protest plans to open Mt. Hollywood Drive to cars to placate Beechwood Canyon homeowners, who are tired of being overrun by tourists looking for the Hollywood Sign.


While I wasn’t looking, CD4 city council candidate David Ryu finally responded to the LACBC’s candidate survey; turns out like most bike riders, his remains in the garage most of the time. Carolyn Ramsay, his opponent to replace Tom LaBonge in the May 19th runoff, submitted her response back in February.



LADOT offers up a Pico Blvd bike love story with a happy ending.

Hollywood’s Amoeba Records is holding a charity auction hosted by comedian Kurt Braunohler on April 4th; proceeds will benefit the kids ride and activities at the LACBC’s River Ride in June.

Expect rolling closures on PCH in western Malibu for the next two days as work continues on the highway’s Bike Route Improvements project.

A Burbank writer looks back on Sunday’s Valley CicLAvia and asks what effect a similar event would have on the city.

Ride for a great cause, as the Bear Claw Classic rolls this Saturday in Westlake Village to raise funds for Ride 2 Recovery.



Clear registration stickers from California’s Anti-Theft Dots could help recover your bike if it’s stolen.

Once again, the CHP rules harm, but no foul, as a driver escapes responsibility for taking his eyes off the road and seriously injuring a cyclist when his vehicle drifted to the right. Evidently, drivers are no longer required to pay attention and maintain control of their cars and trucks in California.

Sad news from Sacramento, as a bike rider becomes the latest victim of a fatal hit-and-run.

A San Jose writer provides a first-person account of simple solo fall with a not so simple result — multiple broken bones, collapsed lung and nearly a half million dollars in medical bills.

San Francisco supervisors want more bike education classes in their districts.



AAA Distracted DrivingDashcam video in a new PSA shows texting teen drivers swerving off the road; as the BAC’s David Wolfberg asks, how much of teens’ distracted driving behaviors did they learn from watching their parents?

Denver prosecutors throw the book at a driver who nearly killed a bike cop while having a seizure; he faces up to 32 years in jail for crashing into the officer after hiding his medical condition when applying for driver’s license.

A Houston website says it’s open season on bike riders in the Texas city following a horrific hit-and-run that left a cyclist critically injured.

Good news from North Dakota, as bike collisions are down 50% in Rapid City.

A 70-year old man who collapsed on the street can credit his life to the quick actions of a couple of Chicago bike cops.

Whether a protected bike lane on a busy Boston street is a good thing or a bad thing depends on who’s telling the tale. Meanwhile, a Boston city councilor bemoans the loss of revenue from the 73 parking spaces that will be removed to make room for the cycle track, evidently valuing money over the lives of people on bikes.

Baltimore plans to add up to 100 miles of bike lanes over the next 15 years; the question, as always, is whether the plan will be funded.

A Florida driver faces up to 30 years in prison for the death of a bike rider; he was reportedly doing at least 102 mph at the time of the impact.



The UK’s Cycling Weekly reminds us all why we got on a bike to begin with; however, they forgot to mention the most important reason. It’s fun.

Formerly anti-bike Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson rides off on one after being fired by the BBC for punching a producer; he faces possible criminal charges, as well.

Caught on video: A first person view from the hero cyclist who chased down three British bike thieves.

Dubai develops a specialized six-wheel ambulance — including bike rack on the front — to rescue cyclists injured while riding in the desert.

An Indian official sets out on a “bicycle march” to end injustice, lawlessness and corruption in the country. Although he disappointed his mother, who wanted him to get married first.

A Bangkok writer calls for his countrymen to stop using the term accident to refer to crashes, saying most, if not all, are preventable. You’re preaching to the choir, dude.



After riding 5,000 from Los Angeles to Miami, then up to Charleston, a cyclist gets a ticket for unlawful passing — just one hundred yards from his final destination. That silly looking German adult balance bike is now a real thing, for no apparent reason.

And how many times has this happened to you?


  1. Goldy says:

    please consider adding a second link to a translated page version of the balance bikes website for the good of those of us who will tell you why you should of in greater depth once you have beyond saying in suggesting you do the work -of googling such a link to drink for us to in English drinkfromthat the added value is worth it

    • Goldy says:

      sorry for the mangled text my keyboard is more flustered then normal with the bonded broadband hookup, personally i can not wait to rent a fat tire version for deep sand beach use!

    • Goldy says:

      without the isolated link even if you notice it actually viewing the crowd use is to hard, so for my final feedback here it is, and i think we all know why we wear out shoes faster on fixies then on foot lol
      Fliz bike concept: is the youtube title, app only provides a signed tracable link for sharing, dam those apps, but easy enough to google and there shoukd be a channel etc. i saw some other most intriguing feet gadgets as well just now scraping this one up, or attempting to…..

  2. Goldy says:

    from app paste is best i can do
    FLIZ ride page
    The concept FLIZ is an extension of urban mobility for different users
    . The starting point was is the study of the walking machine by Baron Karl von Drais, the
    Forefather of bike and inventor of automobility. The most natural way of transportation – the
    human gait – is taken up and through the impeller concept FLIZ current requirements
    adapted to mobility.
    FLIZ drive diagonally forward
    Form of development it comes out of hand laminated glass and carbon fiber frame that
    ergonomically and visually different from the bike. Which in combination with the 5-point harness
    he with the rider’s body, creating a completely new driving experience creates a unit. Also
    Buckle up and hang up the luggage on the two horizontal transverse frames is possible.
    Are aware of proven components of a bicycle such as steering, hydraulic brakes and wheel base
    been retained, so that no relearning of driving is necessary. For the intuitive handling
    a bicycle is maintained and safe driving stability is ensured.
    FLIZ free page
    The framework serves as damping, the adjustable strap system offers optimal
    “Run Freedom” – a very gentle way of transportation. The joints are relieved
    and body weight is distributed over a larger area. Thanks to these properties before
    especially the use in the field of rehabilitation or exercise therapy possible. People with
    restricted movement patterns remain able to enjoy the mobility of a bicycle
    and facilitated by the running leg muscles to gently strong. Bracing with
    Feet on the ground at any time – even while driving legs and feet with
    Help the narrow passages are relieved at the rear dropout.
    3 Details
    3 Development
    The prior aim of developing FLIZ what to bring a completely new driving experience to everyone. Based on the very first bike – the “wheel” – we created a velocipede concept of healthy, ecological mobility in overcrowded urban space. Its laminated, innovative frame with 5 point belt system Provides a comfortable, ergonomic ride between running and biking. The frame Integrates the rider and due to its construction it works like a suspension Both and like a top carrier whereas the belt replaces the saddle and bestimmt your position.
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    Yuri Spetter

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  3. Seriously, that guy that killed the cyclist in SD was a real stupid git, all he needed to do was hit the cyclist from behind and either claim he “swerved outta nowhere” or that the cyclist was invisible (I didn’t see him) before the wreck, et voila random murder without consequences beyond a little sheetmetal work and a new paint job paid for by insurance. But no, he had to pass the cyclist, stop and get out and shoot the cyclist with a shotgun, the idiot.

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