As we’ve discussed before, Santa Monica’s Breeze bikeshare system officially kicks off with a grand opening ceremony this Thursday.
What we haven’t mentioned is that it’s free that day; just register online for a free one-day trial membership.
So I’m splitting lanes in heavy traffic on Melrose Blvd and I time a red light so I enter the intersection as soon as it turns green while maintaining my speed.
LAPD: I’m pulling you over because you ran that red light.
Me: No I didn’t, I timed it perfectly.
LAPD: YOU RAN IT RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME.
Me: I may have rolled into the crosswalk but I had it timed. I watched. [takes ID, writes me a ticket]
LAPD: And you have to ride as far to the right as possible.
Me: I was passing, I’m allowed to do that.
LAPD: YOU MUST RIDE AS FAR TO THE RIGHT AS POSSIBLE.
Me: I was going around the cars in the right lane, safely.
LAPD: Don’t talk to me about safety- you shouldn’t have been doing that.
Me: Oh so I’m getting a ticket because you didn’t like I was splitting lanes and timed the light?
LAPD: I’M NOT ARGUING WITH YOU. YOU DON’T KNOW THE LAW.
Me: Actually, I do. And I was riding safely.
LAPD: You’re lucky I’m not giving you two tickets!
Me: I can pass right?
Me: [Ride away, splitting lanes, with a $400 ticket in my pocket]
Sad that some cops still don’t get it.
Today’s common theme is attacks on bike lanes and the people who ride them.
More anti-bike insanity from Coronado, as a writer says bike advocates need to learn from animal advocates. Except she thinks bicyclists a sense of entitlement rather than a legal right to the road, she doesn’t get that police don’t always get bike law right (see above), and she doesn’t have a clue how traffic safety works.
A British Columbia writer says bike lanes are a waste of money and bikes belong on the sidewalk. Oh, and bicyclists don’t pay for roads, taxes or insurance, either.
Apparently desperate for click bait, a UK paper offers one story saying cyclists are a menace and should be banned from the roads, and another saying motorists should ask for more bikes on the road instead of complaining about them. Meanwhile, a writer for Cycling Weekly deconstructs the former, calling it the most ridiculous anti-cycling column yet. Thanks to Mike Kim for the link.
The vitriol isn’t limited to road bikes, either. In a piece that reads like it belongs in The Onion, a Berkeley Ph.D. suggests we’re corrupting the youth of America through high school off-road racing, saying introducing children to mountain biking is criminal. Speaking of criminal, his hatred of mountain biking goes back to at least 1997; he was arrested in 2010, tried and convicted of assaulting a pair of riders with a hacksaw and slicing one on the chest. And his previous posts to a mountain bike forum were replaced with a Seussian Ode to a Usenet Kook (scroll to the bottom for the final entry). Thanks to Mark Ganzer and Patrick Traughber for the heads-up.
The Amgen Tour of California will make a stop in South Pasadena on its way north.
Build traffic skills with a family friendly ride to Trader Joes followed by a picnic in Silver Lake Meadow on Sunday.
Find out where recently elected CD4 City Councilmember David Ryu stands on transportation issues when he discusses the LA Mobility Plan with LADOT GM Seleta Reynolds at the Autry Museum this Monday. Be sure to ask him why one of his first acts on the council was an attempt to exempt some streets in his district, including the long-promised 4th Street bike boulevard, from the plan.
Seriously? Monterey’s annual Sea Otter classic will now offer e-bike races.
SFist says there’s a plague of bike thefts at San Francisco State University and college officials don’t seem to care.
Here’s a dream job for any bike advocate who doesn’t mind moving to the Bay Area. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is looking for a full-time Campaigns Director to “manage and direct the 44-year-old organization’s organizing, policy and political campaigns.” Then again, you probably can’t afford to live there, and you might have to become a Giants fan, which could be a deal breaker.
This is why people continue to die on our streets. A suspected drunk driver is arrested after a high-speed chase in Santa Rosa, despite having already lost his license after five previous DUI convictions and 12 license suspensions. Taking away the license doesn’t keep some of the most dangerous drivers off the roads; we’ve got to find another way to keep them from driving.
Despite appearances, that Redding cyclist who suffered major injuries when he was hit by an 88-year old driver wasn’t a transient; he was collecting recyclables to donate to his church. And friends say he wasn’t one to just turn in front of a car.
A new online bike marketplace promises that you won’t encourage bike theft by buying a stolen bike.
Toyota is investing $1 billion in artificial intelligence in the US. Which is probably a good thing, since there seems to be so little of the real thing on our streets.
Seattle residents vote to tax themselves to build a 50-mile protected bike lane network, along with a 60-mile network of neighborhood greenways.
Disappointing, but not surprising, as popular Colorado-based pro cyclist Tom Danielson’s B sample comes back positive for an anabolic steroid.
A Wyoming cyclist won’t face charges for killing a decorated former military dog; he claimed he shot the dog with the handgun he keeps strapped to his bike after it attacked him.
Once again, a car has been used as a weapon, as a Houston man accuses another man of intentionally running him down as he rode his bike following a dispute, then jumping him and attempting to drown him.
A Cleveland cyclist was shot in the chest after being asked for a cigarette at 3 am.
A New York cyclist captures photos of law breaking drivers, while admitting that he doesn’t always follow the law himself; meanwhile, a barely recognizable Katy Perry takes a spin around the city on her Trek.
Good read from the New Yorker, which blames the seemingly never-ending conflict between bicyclists, drivers, and pedestrians on old-fashioned egocentricity.
Bloomberg looks at the next generation of bespoke bike builders.
A cyclist from Colorado has been found safe after being missing from a three day stage race across Costa Rica.
Canadian authorities are looking for a driver who drove over a cyclist’s leg, asked if he was okay, then just drove away.
A British road safety advocate calls for a left-handed equivalent to the Idaho stop law.
A writer considers the lessons learned from a family bike tour in France, where he was accepted by more experienced riders with open handlebars. His term, not mine.
An Indian professor says bike riders are normalizing bicycling as a way of life, and recreational cycling in Mumbai should not be seen through the lens of class conflict.