Greetings from Hollywood, home of the great Best Picture fiasco.
More political news in the run-up to next week’s local elections.
If you’re still on the fence about how to vote on Measure S, an Op-Ed in the LA Times says prohibiting dense development doesn’t prevent traffic, it makes it worse by creating sprawl. Meanwhile, another writer says it does nothing to help South LA, either.
The Times reports on bike shop owner Joe Bray-Ali’s surprisingly strong challenge to anti-bike incumbent Councilmember Gil Cedillo in LA’s 1st Council District. And let’s not forget that Cedillo was for bike lanes on North Figueroa before he was against them — a change that came shortly after he took office and didn’t need our votes anymore.
The West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition offers responses to their candidate questionnaire from six of the ten people running for WeHo city council.
And if you didn’t catch it in our weekend update, Bike the Vote LA co-founder Michael Macdonald says there’s been too much talk and too little action from Mayor Eric Garcetti when it comes to improving safety on our streets.
A video from an Indiana state trooper explains how a incredible safety feature found on every car can help drivers avoid crashes while also being courteous to others on the road.
It’s called a turn signal.
Which, judging by the cars on LA streets, is probably news to California drivers, as well.
Then again, every bike rider has a similar feature, which can be deployed just by sticking their arms out. And usually goes unused, as well.
Peter Sagan won Sunday’s Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne one-day classic.
Lance Armstrong’s all-star team of fellow former dopers came in third at a recent mountain bike race, beaten by a team of Arizona high school students.
Tragic news, as the search for a missing 14-year old San Fernando boy apparently ends with the discovery of a body in the LA River near the Alex Baum bike bridge over the LA River; a bicycle was also found nearby.
An Eastside photographer went for a bike ride, and came back with beautiful photos of the area’s many murals.
San Diego’s Uniton-Tribune talks with the owner of a National City bike shop that also focuses on giving back to the community.
Porterville police accuse bike-riding teenagers of causing chaos in the central California town. Sort of like Marlon Brando in The Wild One, but younger. And on bicycles.
Palo Alto considers a smart bike-equipped bikeshare system.
A guest columnist for a Monterey paper calls plans for a protected bike lane a waste of $6.5 million, saying cyclists could stick to a popular bike/ped path, or zig zag through quieter streets instead. Funny how no one ever suggests that drivers should weave through residential streets instead of taking the most direct route.
The driver who shot a Redding bike rider claims the victim provoked the shooting by pounding on his window and reaching into his pocket as if he was going for a non-existent gun; however, police have found security footage that may show the shooting.
A report describes how a Colorado cyclist survived an avalanche that killed his snow biking partner earlier this month.
Smart move. Officials in La Crosse WI are attempting to increase alternative transportation in an attempt to avoid building an expensive highway project.
Six candidates for mayor of St. Louis discuss bike lanes with the local paper; once again, other candidates couldn’t be bothered to respond, claiming there were more pressing issues facing the city.
In a disturbing story from Key West, a drunken scooter rider chased a pair of men riding their bikes, calling them gay slurs and saying “You live in Trump country now” before running into one rider and knocking him off his bike, and threatening to cut them up if they called police.
Your next bike lock could lock itself. And unlock with a contactless card.
Bike Radar offers advice on how to be a successful vegetarian cyclist.
A Toronto report says businesses shouldn’t worry about the loss of on-street parking, since only a small percentage of the people who parked on a street actually shopped there, and people who arrive on bike and foot are more faithful customers.
The Guardian looks at the best and worst bikeshare systems around the world, ranking Hangzhou, China and Dublin, Ireland at the top of the list.
English actress/model Elizabeth Hurley is one of us, going for a ride on a private island.
A British driver insists that bike trailers are dangerous and kids belong in cars. Never mind that far more kids are killed in cars than on bikes, and serious collisions involving bike trailers are exceedingly rare.
Clearly, parking in bike lanes is not just an American phenomenon, as an English paper reports on the problem.
A Good Samaritan bought a new bike for a 10-year old British boy who serves as a caregiver, along with his two brothers, for his mother who suffers from fibromyalgia, after the bike he was given by his late father was stolen.
Apparently, you don’t want to mess with bike riders in Malawi. After a bicycle taxi operator was stabbed in the leg, an angry mob chased down the perp and set him on fire.
An Australian grandfather was forced to play dead to survive an apparent random shooting as he rode his bike along a trail.
Caught on video: In a truly bizarre attack, a road raging Aussie pedestrian leaps into the street and attempts to kick a passing bike rider; when confronted, the man simply said “slow down and fuck off.” As if the speed of the cyclist somehow affected the man as he stood on the sidewalk.
In the wake of the recent massacre of eight teenage bicyclists, a Malaysian writer says it’s time to stop the blame game and ask what can be done to prevent another. Meanwhile, authorities detained three men simply for calling for a public rally to protest the killings, and arrested seven teenagers for the crime of riding their bikes near the site of the planned rally, which never materialized.
More proof you can carry anything on a bike, as long as you’re willing to balance it on your head. What to do when an adorable marsupial wants to give your Go Pro a hug.
And Ohio accidently passed an Idaho Stop Law. For cars.
I find that drivers around here to do not respond to hand signals. Perhaps they are unfamiliar with them or more likely they are zoned out (socal roads are designed to make driving an absent minded experience) or are not capable of registering the cyclists who should be visible but don’t because we are not a part of their idea of what a road should contain. When I’m in other parts of the country I feel like I can use them and communicate with drivers but southern california drivers appear to be brain dead princesses.
I wear flouro-green reflective gloves, seems to help a little.;)