That was fast.
Just eleven weeks after Tomas Brewer was killed by a drunk driver, the man who killed him has pled no contest to vehicular manslaughter.
Twenty-three-year old Cruz Tzoc was driving at an estimated 60 mph on Burlington Ave in LA’s Rampart District on April 23rd when he struck a parked car and spun around, sliding into Brewer as he rode on Temple Street, before slamming into a tree.
Tzoc was arrested at the scene with an alcohol level over two times the legal limit. A police sergeant had spotted Tzoc’s speeding car prior to the crash, but was unable to stop him before it was too late.
He had faced up to ten years in state prison, but was sentenced to just six years after pleading to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
He’s likely to get out in half that time.
But his decision to get behind the wheel after drinking ended the life of a budding screenwriter, and sentenced Brewer’s loved ones to a lifetime without him.
Formerly bike-unfriendly Palos Verdes Estates continues its surprising turnaround, as the city’s Traffic Safety Committee voted to replace the hated signs reading “Bike Laws Strictly Enforced” with “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” and signs promoting the three-foot passing law.
Cycling in the South Bay’s Seth Davidson describes the meeting in his own inimitable style.
Meanwhile, a Tustin councilmember explains four reasons why bicycles may use the full lane. But forgets the primary reason — bike riders are allowed to take the lane anytime the lane itself is too narrow to be safely shared with a motor vehicle.
Today’s common theme is bikeshare, in LA and elsewhere.
Downtown News explains everything you need to know about LA’s new bikeshare program, while CiclaValley crashes the launch party. And the LACBC, which was instrumental in bringing bikeshare to LA, celebrates with photos.
San Diego’s bikeshare system is struggling, as the city’s transit officials refuse to cooperate.
Palo Alto plans to replace its failing bikeshare system with a new smart bike program. But it will still likely fail if they don’t install more than five docking stations.
And Portland informs bike owners that those handy little docks at convenient locations around town are not bike racks.
Drivers often argue that cyclists don’t pay for the roads, but if road users were charged for the damage they actually cause, we could pay our share with pocket change.
London Bridge is falling down, and so is the inflatable arch cyclists are supposed to ride under, not into, at the Tour de France.
Belgian race leader Greg Van Avermaet holds a nearly six minute lead in the race, but will probably fall back in the standings when they reach the mountain stages. British riders dominated the first week of the Tour, while Mark Cavendish says Africa will produce a TdF contender in ten years.
Specialized says you don’t know Jacques about the Tour de France. Thanks to Mike Wilkinson for the heads-up.
Bicycling takes a look at how the race takes a toll on even the fittest riders.
And the peloton came up clean in the Tour’s first unannounced thermal imaging scan for hidden motors; former Lance whistleblower Frankie Andreu says cycling has come a long way, but the sport may never be fully clean.
Marina del Rey’s stinky Oxford Basin gets a much needed makeover, including a new bikeway connecting to the beachfront Marvin Braude Bike Trail.
CiclaValley looks at the movement to fix LA’s crumbling Forest Lawn Drive, which we mentioned here — and misspelled as Forrest Lawn — the other day.
A moving company wants tips on how to avoid LA traffic. Everyone who says “use a bicycle” please raise your hand.
Huntington Beach police are asking for the public’s help to identify a bike and barbeque thief.
As expected, the parents of a 12-year old Oceanside boy killed while riding his bicycle to school last October have filed suit against the driver, as well as two businesses alleged to have contributed to the crash; a lawsuit is expected against the city, as well.
Sixty-six cyclists from the University of Texas rode across the Golden Gate Bridge on their way to Anchorage AK to raise funds for the fight against cancer.
San Francisco’s new bicycling state Assembly member keeps a bike at home by the Bay, and another in Sacramento.
Not surprisingly, the US is falling behind other countries when it comes to traffic safety.
Bicycling says you’ve been pumping your tires all wrong. Wait. You mean I have to take that little cap off first?
Vogue lists five surprising ways bicycling is good for your mind and body.
A Portland bike rider is suing after being clotheslined by a Comcast cable that was strung over a roadway.
Hats off to my alma mater, which became the nation’s first high school to be honored as a Bike-Friendly Business.
That former Illinois congressman who tweeted what sounded like a threat to the president and the Black Lives Matter movement after the Dallas shootings is one of us; he successfully campaigned for his only term in office by riding his bicycle.
In a widely watched case, a Michigan driver faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to fleeing the scene after plowing into a cyclist on an organized group ride.
A bike-riding writer for the Columbus Dispatch offers a well-reasoned analysis of the SUV driver in last week’s Doo Dah Parade who, in effect, threatened to kill cyclists unless they obey the law; he says what concerns him most is the public’s lack of concern.
A Massachusetts boy was impaled with a branch after veering off a trail and slamming into a tree; fortunately, he appeared to be in stable condition at a local hospital.
Bicycling under the influence is legal in Massachusetts, though not always the best idea. I know some may argue, but I’d still much rather see a drunk on a bike than behind the wheel. Although the best choice is neither.
New York police find the murder weapon used to intentionally run down a bike rider.
A Toronto paper offers advice on how to get over your fears and bike to work.
A Canadian Steely Dan fan nearly missed their Detroit show after paying the toll, then illegally riding through a tunnel across the border; US custom agents were amused, but searched and detained him for two hours anyway.
A mentally ill driver who fatally stabbed a popular British bike advocate following a minor traffic collision has been sentenced to ten years to life in a medium security mental hospital.
Friends and family remember a 75-year old London time-trialing legend who passed away following a May bicycling collision.
Caught on video: A jerk cyclist clips a London bike rider with a far too-close pass, nearly sending him under the wheels of a large truck. Pass another rider at the same distance you’d expect from a motor vehicle, or at arms-length at the very least; if that’s not possible, slow down and announce your presence before passing. Or you could just wait until it is safe.
An Irish business executive pleaded guilty to knocking a cyclist off his bike, then beating and strangling him, for the heinous crime of riding on the sidewalk.
Hiding under your jacket after stealing a pair of bikes will not make you invisible to Chinese police.
Suddenly, your bike shorts are fashionable — assuming you’re a woman; guys, not so much. Why walk on water when you can pedal?
And you can thank a mountain pine beetle for your next wall-mounted bike rack.
As an added bonus to get your weekend started off right, David Wolfberg forwards the latest video from Colombian superstars Shakira and Carlos Vives, for their new song La Bicicleta (Or The Bicycle, for the Spanish-challenged, like me).
I am so upset to hear about the ruling on Tom’s case. Only 6 years and likely to only be in prison for half that? That’s a slap in the face to him, his family, and his friends. My friend is dead and this horrible person will walk free in a few years.
Justice continues to not be served. I just pray that Tom is resting easy and karma will serve this man the justice he deserves.
If it’s any comfort, six years is a very long sentence for the LA DA’s office. They usually negotiate down to a couple years, if that.
Let’s hope the driver in this case learns from his mistake, and spends his life trying to atone for what he’s done once he gets out.
That streets.mn chart is a rescaling of a similar chart I did back around 2009. They even used the same description of the bicycle I used, fat guy on a ridiculously heavy bike.
Do you have a link to that chart? You should get credit for creating it if it was copied by someone else.
I certainly do. https://opusthepoet.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/the-costs-of-bicycles-on-the-roads-vs-the-costs-of-motor-vehicles/ Not chart, more of a list in a paragraph. And I can’t seem to find the original version.
The pumping tires article made me laugh. Until last year I worked at Stanford University. Stanford has a program to keep up with abandoned bikes that is reasonably elaborate. From the tagging process to donating to a nonprofit for repair or parts. Some of the better bikes are sold to departments, staff and students. One day I went over to the bike registration and payment area and there was a young Asian lady trying her best to get air in the tires.
I helped to see if that could be done but the tubes were toast. Then she asked how much air she should put into the tires. So I tried to show her on the sidewall what the pressure would be.
No PSI rating. No bar rating. the only thing was Kilo/Pascals….. What? I haven’t seen Kilo/Pascals since HS physics… She was delighted and said ‘I know what that is, about 50-80 PSI…..’. I just shook my head and gave her directions to the campus bike store.