Archive for March 30, 2019

Man killed riding bike in early morning Huntington Beach hit-and-run; driver possibly under the influence

Yet another life has been needlessly taken by a cowardly driver who didn’t bother to slow down, let alone stop as required by law.

According to multiple sources, the unidentified victim was riding in a crosswalk on Beach Blvd at Adams Ave in Huntington Beach at around 2:10 am when the driver of a BMW blew through a red light and slammed into him.

The victim, described only as a man in his 30s or 40s, died shortly afterwards.

The driver apparently crashed into a tree about a half-mile away in Huntington Beach, and fled the scene on foot. He was taken into custody about a mile from that crash scene, based on information police found in the car, and booked on suspicion of vehicular homicide.

Police are investigating whether he was drunk or stoned at the time of the crash, which seems highly likely.

Video from the scene shows a mangled cruiser bike with plastic baskets front and rear, and a large amount of debris strewn in the street, suggesting the victim may have been homeless or collecting recyclables.

However, that is just speculation at this point.

Anyone with information is urged to call Huntington Beach Police Accident Investigator B. Atkins at 714/536-5666, or Investigator A. Turner at 714/536-5670.

This is at least the 16th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the third I’m aware of in Orange County; two of those three deaths have been hit-and-runs.

Update: The victim has been identified by his mother as 33-year old Ray MacDonald, who lived in the Huntington Beach area for the past three years; he was killed the day after his birthday.

He leaves behind a daughter, and a loving family and friends.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Ray MacDonald and all his loved ones.

Morning Links: Bike rider severely injured in bizarre hit-and-run, and Garcetti swears he supports road diets

It’s been a rough few days for LA bike riders.

The LAPD is looking for the hit-and-run driver who fled the scene after seriously injuring a South LA bike rider yesterday morning.

The victim, identified only as a 45-year old man named Esteban, remains hospitalized in the ICU with severe injuries.

But in a bizarre twist, the police have found the car, talked with the owner and identified the hit-and-run driver. They just don’t know where he is.

Thirty-five-year old Jose Miguel Mendez Lopez was running an errand in his boss’ car when he ran the victim down from behind.

And despite informing his boss of the crash, he ignored her pleas to return to the scene of the crash, and is now in hiding at an undisclosed location.

Meanwhile, a young woman suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision while riding at 8th and Hope in DTLA Tuesday evening.


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti defends Vision Zero, saying it will be a decade-long effort.

Even though the chance of achieving zero traffic deaths within the decade ending in 2025 is pretty close to zero, itself.

Garcetti also swears he supports road diets, calling them absolutely necessary — when communities support them, that is.

Even though he’s done absolutely nothing to support road diets on Temple Street, 6th Street and North Figueroa, where the local communities have done exactly that.

And he hasn’t shown up at any of the many public meetings to defend the road diet on Venice Blvd, which he also claims to support.

At best, his support so far has been exemplified by benign neglect. Which in practice isn’t much better than outright opposition, allowing opponents to gain an outsized voice with the lack of any vocal support from the mayor’s office.

But who knows?

Maybe now that he’s not running for president he might actually show up for the job he was hired to do.

Meanwhile, LA Taco picks up on the failure of Vision Zero to date, focusing on three needless deaths in the city in just 24 hours.

Thanks to Evan Burbridge for the heads-up.


Congestion pricing might happen in LA.

Or maybe not.

A new study from SCAG — the Southern California Association of Governments — calls for implementing a $4 rush hour charge to drive west of the 405 through Brentwood, Mar Vista and a section of eastern Santa Monica.

Although Westside Councilmember Mike Bonin is clearly no fan of the idea.

Presumably it will still remain free to ride your bike through the area.

Although given the lack of infrastructure, and all the angry drivers upset about forking over $4 for the pleasure of driving home from work, I’m not sure if you’d want to.



A former LA city planner says the jury is still out on whether Los Angeles will stick with the status quo, ensuring an unlivable future, or adopt a real Climate Emergency Mobilization Department with the power to actually make a difference.

It looks like the very strange anti-traffic safety advocate who prints up his own twisted manifestos, then mails them to traffic and safety advocates using a false return address, is back.

ActiveSGV — formerly BikeSGV — is celebrating Earth Day a little early this year with a fundraiser on April 11th.

Call it a mini-ciclovia. With the coming return of the Long Beach Grand Prix, Long Beach will once again open the 1.5-mile course to people without motors, whether on foot, skates, bicycles, or any other form of non-motorized transportation. And once again, only for one and a half hours, in the middle of the work day, when most people can’t go.


This is the cost of traffic violence. Both members of the British indie band Her were killed in a car crash, along with their manager, while driving to a show in Santa Ana; no word on just where the crash occurred.

The father of Olympic cyclist and Stanford University student Kelly Catlin, who took her own life earlier this month, says Stanford could have done more to prevent her suicide, despite an earlier attempt and a week’s stay at the university hospital.

Sacramento approves a new bike trail, even though it will mean the removal of unused train tracks and a burned out bridge that train fans had hoped to use someday.

A 75-year old Healdsburg driver will face a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge for killing a woman on an organized charity ride when he drove onto the wrong side of the road to pass a slow moving truck, hitting her head-on.


A Las Vegas man was shot and killed as he was riding his bike with a friend after encountering a group of armed men walking in the streets; he died the night before his young daughter’s birthday.

A new survey shows nearly half of all Austin, Texas drivers want to get out of their cars.

Curbed offers a guide to biking in Chicago for your next trip to the Windy City.

An alleged drunk driver faces felony charges for intentionally ramming a Tennessee bike rider off the road after swearing at him and passing recklessly.

That’s more like it. Parking in a New Orleans bike lane will now cost you $300. Meanwhile, a New Orleans letter writer says bike lanes should be placed on slower, less-trafficked side streets. In other words, exactly where people on bikes don’t need them.

A kindhearted Florida sheriff and his deputies will give a boy suffering from leukemia a new bicycle, after the one he got for Christmas was stolen before he could even ride it.


A new pop-up bike parking trailer provides parking for eight bicycles in a single parking space. As long as someone feeds the parking meter.

A Chicago writer visits his family in Jalisco and Michoacán, Mexico, and discovers a vibrant bicycling culture woven into the rhythm of the roads.

Vancouver’s manager of transportation and planning is one of us. And he’s got the broken elbow, courtesy of a hit-and-run driver, to prove it.

A Canadian letter writer says bicyclists should be licensed and forced to pay for their share of the roads. Because evidently, people who ride bicycles don’t pay the same taxes everyone else does, which already pay for the roads he wants them to pay for. Again.

New Brunswick bicyclists say other than a recently enacted one-meter passing law — the equivalent of a three-foot law — calls to reform the vehicle code to improve safety for people on two wheels seems to fall on deaf ears.

The European Union’s decision to require new cars to carry a device preventing them from exceeding the speed limit is being hailed as a historic advance in traffic safety, akin to requiring seat belts.

Two-thirds of British drivers apparently believe in magic, somehow imagining that bicyclists just come out of nowhere. Which is another way of saying they aren’t paying attention behind the wheel, and have no idea what’s going on around them.

An 82-year old English woman suffered a serious head injury when she was knocked down by members of a university cycling team; she was collateral damage when a half-dozen riders went down trying to avoid her as she crossed the road.

An 11-year old girl in the UK has started her own hand-drawn traffic safety campaign after her mother was killed while riding her bike two weeks ago.

Sorry Lord Winston, the UK government has no intention of licensing bike riders and forcing them to carry insurance.

The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes goes on. An Irish bike rider says he was knocked off his bike after someone threw a catalog at him from a passing car. Which strains credibility, if only because no one uses a dead tree catalog these days.

No bias here. After an Aussie woman is critically injured in a collision, a local TV station only seems concerned about the effect the crash has on rush hour traffic.

Competitive Cycling

Australian cyclist Michael Hepburn was praised for his sportsmanship after he got off his bike to help his friend Zak Dempster when he fell during the Three Days of Panne race, even though they were competitors in the race.

It takes a major schmuck to stand over a cyclist laughing and filming as he lies on the ground writhing in pain after going off the road — let alone joke about stealing his bike. Portuguese pro Domingos Goncalves suffered a broken collarbone and shoulder blade in the crash, while the jerk filming him hopefully suffered massive humiliation.

Caught on video: A massive pile-up at the start of a juniors mountain bike race threatened to take out nearly half the field.


Now you can take your ElliptiGO into the woods. If you’re going to attempt to steal two bikes while riding a kid’s Spider-Man bike, at least take the training wheels off.

And now you, too, can dress sorta, kinda like Lance during his peak doping days.

Or maybe like a priority package.

Canadian man dies days after rear-ending minivan in Indian Wells bike crash

Sometimes these things just don’t make any sense.

Earlier this week, we mentioned that a bike rider was in critical condition after apparently rear-ending a stopped minivan in Indian Wells.

Unfortunately, I’ve just received word that he didn’t make it.

According to News Channel 3, the victim was riding west on Highway 111 near Province Way in Indian Wells when he somehow rear-ended a stopped minivan around 10:52 Monday morning.

An email from the Desert Bicycle Club identifies the victim as 68-year old Paul Jackson, a part-time resident from Calgary, Canada.

He’s described as a very experienced cyclist, which makes this tragedy that much harder to understand.

It’s possible that the minivan was parked and Jackson didn’t see it for some reason. Or it’s equally possible that the driver may have come to a sudden stop after cutting him off, or he could have somehow been forced into the rear of the van.

Or any number of possible explanations.

Unfortunately, we may never know unless a witness other than the driver comes forward.

A street view shows a separated lane on HIghway 111, but it appears to be a curbside parking lane, rather than a bike lane.

Anyone with information is urged to call Officer Conoway of the Indian Wells Police Department Traffic Team at 760/836-1600.

This is at least the 15th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the second I’m aware of in Riverside County; in fact, it’s the second in the county in just the past week.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Paul Jackson and all his family and loved ones.

Thanks to Victor Bale for the heads-up.

Morning Links: BOLO alert for bike-riding South Gate slasher, and man on bike attacks 85-year old SF man

LA sheriff’s deputies are on the lookout for a bike-riding South Gate slasher.

According to reports, the man attacked at least three people in the South Gate area Wednesday morning, apparently at random. One women was slashed in the face, while another woman and a man escaped with scratches.

He’s described as a dark-skinned Hispanic man in his 30s with a shaved head, and wearing black clothing. He was last seen riding a black bike with mountain bike frame and oversized wheels.


San Francisco police are looking for a bike-riding man who ripped down a banner at an anti-abortion protest, then physically assaulted an 85-year man who tried to stop him.

Seriously, regardless of your beliefs and politics, violence is never the answer.

Especially when it comes to older people who break easily, and can’t defend themselves.


Maybe those hips lie, after all.

Shakira and Carlos Vives denied allegations that they plagiarized their international hit La Bicicleta from a Cuban singer, who insisted it was too similar to his number from couple decades back.


Olympic cyclist and Bicycling test editor Bobby Lea tries out a $28 bike trainer from discount grocer Aldi. And finds it doesn’t suck.


A new video from Team LACBC says this is how we roll. But you’ll have to click the link, because the video wouldn’t embed for some reason.



Singer Hailey Reinhart is one of us, saying she does some of her best songwriting while riding on the bike path on Playa del Rey.

Cement maker CEMEX USA parked a cement truck outside the Rose Bowl for last weekend’s Bike MS to call attention to road safety, saying drivers, bike riders and pedestrians all need to look out for each other. Although only one of those actually poses a significant risk to those around them.

The mayor of Santa Clarita says the city is working to improve traffic safety, despite the deaths of a bike rider and a pedestrian just blocks apart this year.

Santa Clarita’s recent crackdown on traffic safety violations resulted in 34 citations; no word on how they were distributed between drivers, bike riders and pedestrians.


Spin is just the latest company to enter the scooter wars in San Diego, joining Bird, Lime and Razor.

Fremont drivers are tired of a 15-month construction project to create an elevated, protected bike and pedestrian lane, with six months left to go.

Sad news from Sacramento, where a 73-year old pedestrian who was struck by a man on a motorized bicycle has died.

A 24-year old Marin County woman has been charged with vehicular homicide, drunk driving, and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol for the October crash that killed an elementary school teacher as she was riding her bicycle.


Turns out Millennials are driving as much as other generations, after all. No surprise when you consider most of our cities are designed to force people to drive, for lack of any other safe, viable options.

A neighborhood greenway — aka bike boulevard — through a historically black Portland neighborhood has been moved over two blocks to appease residents who want to keep driving to local businesses.

Good question. Seattle Bike advocates are worried about the mayor’s retreat on bike lanes, while a local writer wants to know how killing the planned bike lane squares with the city’s climate goals. Probably the same way not building them in Los Angeles fits with ours.

Think of it as the ultimate open streets event. Starting tomorrow, Yellowstone National Park will be open to people on bicycles for the next three weeks; motor vehicles won’t be allowed in until April 19th. But if you want to see Old Faithful or Yellowstone Canyon during that period, you’re out of luck.

There’s a special place in hell for whoever stole a bicycle from the yard of an Ohio couple, who had kept it there as a memorial to their late son for the last 15 years; the world-class cyclist and nuclear engineer was killed in a collision 25 years ago.

Talk about victim blaming. After the NYPD charged the driver of an oil tanker who killed a bicyclist with a pair of misdemeanors — even though he drove off after the crash, which is a felony — the company he works for said it was the victim’s fault for wearing dark clothes and riding after dark. Neither of which are against the law.

Speaking of the NYPD, their officers ignored the mayor’s orders and the department’s own policies to ticket delivery riders for using illegal ebikes, rather than the companies they worked for.

An Atlanta writer says yes, it’s possible to live carfree in the city and love it.

Now that’s more like it. A New Orleans man got ten years for the hit-and-run death of a man riding his bicycle. Meanwhile, the city’s police department has agreed to increase enforcement around bike lanes, including drivers who park in them.

After New Orleans bike advocates installed temporary protected bike lanes to connect segments of the city’s bike network, traffic speeds dropped 26%, while ridership nearly doubled. And 87% of local residents wanted to make them permanent.


Bike helmet materials maker Koroyd says not so fast on those Trek/Bontrager WaveCel helmets. And give us our color back.

Cycling Tips looks at the best pocket locks to briefly protect your bike when you park in public.

National Geographic visits the original ciclovia in Bogata, Columbia.

A Toronto physician says a proposed protected bike lane is the key to a safer, more prosperous city.

The European Union is taking serious steps to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, requiring a number changes to all cars, trucks and vans sold on the continent, including speed controls, emergency braking and black boxes. Too bad we can’t expect to see something like that over here anytime soon.

Scottish stunt rider Danny MacAskill now has his own YouTube channel.

Curbed’s Alissa Walker says Copenhagen will be the first city to eliminate fossil fuels, on track to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and carbon neutrality by 2025. And US cities need to do the same, fast.

It’s true. Like Dylan at Newport, famed Italian bikemaker Colnago has gone electric.

Aussie researchers call for banning the word cyclist so drivers will think we’re human.

Shocking story from Taiwan, where a man riding a bicycle and playing Pokemon Go discovered a baby abandoned by migrant workers. The shocking part isn’t the abandoned baby; it’s that anyone is still playing Pokemon Go.

Competitive Cycling

British pro Mark Cavendish is within reach of Eddy Merckx record 34 Tour de France stage wins, if he can overcome the effects of the Epstein Barr Virus.

Former Olympic and pro cyclist Jonathan Bellis was lucky to get off with a fine for attacking his girlfriend in a drunken rage; his lawyer said he suffered a brain injury in a moped crash that causes aggression when he drinks. Which begs the question of why he drinks when he knows he has a problem.


Your next bike could be a unicorn. If you have to steal a bike, bring it back later with a note saying you’re sorry.

And if you’re going to cheat in a marathon by riding a bike, at least try to finish in under five hours.

Morning Links: LA traffic deaths going the wrong way, chaos on the streets of LA, and birth of a Long Beach bike lane

Looks like LA’s Vision Zero efforts could use a little more vision.

Or maybe a lot more effort.

According to Curbed, at least 240 people were killed in traffic collisions last year — 57 more than 2015, when Mayor Eric Garcetti called for a 20% reduction in traffic deaths by 2017.

So much for that.

An executive directive issued by the mayor at that time called for a 20 percent reduction in deaths by 2017, with an emphasis on preventing “pedestrian fatalities involving older adults and children.” Traffic deaths rose 38 percent in 2016 and have fallen just 5 percent since then.

The transportation department’s initial count, which does not yet include the final two days of the year, also indicates that 127 pedestrians were killed in crashes in 2018. That’s down slightly from the 135 pedestrian deaths recorded in 2017, but it’s the second-highest total in the last 15 years.

And nearly as many bike riders were killed in the City of Angels last year — 21 — as all the traffic deaths of any kind in San Francisco, where they actually take Vision Zero seriously.

The mayor’s office argues, contrary to the widespread perception that little or nothing has been done to implement Vision Zero, that the city has made over 1,000 safety improvements over the past three years.

Which works out to just 333 a year.

But even if we accept that total, 1,000 improvements in a city the size of Los Angeles makes a drop in the bucket look like a tidal wave.

And those improvements have represented a form of timid incrementalism. None have been the kind of bold, wholesale changes the city would need to meet that failed 2017 reduction of just 20%.

Let alone put the city on the road to actually eliminating traffic deaths by 2025.

Which ain’t gonna happen.

But still, it’s cute the city still pretends that zero traffic deaths by 2025 is possible, as if closing our eyes, crossing our fingers and wishing really hard will make it happen.

Actually ending traffic deaths will takes major changes to the streets to slow traffic, encourage active transportation and get people out of their cars.

Let alone the political courage to actually make it happen.

One other quick note on the piece.

I’m told new LACBC Executive Director Eli Akira Kaufman was quoted accurately in the piece, but misspoke.

Kaufman says building community support for road diets and other measures will take time, though he argues that making the city safer is about more than individual projects.

“Infrastructure doesn’t save lives; culture does,” he says, arguing that it’s important for people to consider the safety of others when moving around the city.

What he really meant to say, my sources tell me, was that infrastructure alone doesn’t save lives.

As the story notes, both Kaufman and the LACBC both remain firmly in the pro-infrastructure camp.

But he’s right.

If Vision Zero is ever going to have a significant impact in this city — let alone actually end traffic deaths — we have to change the culture that cars are king on the streets of Los Angeles.

And everyone else needs to get the hell out of the way.

Photo by Clifford Phillips.


A Canadian writer offers a somewhat happier perspective on LA traffic.

…Forget the “war on the car.” In Los Angeles, every conceivable form of transportation is competing against the other.

It’s chaotic. It’s messy. It’s beautiful. It’s brilliant. It is, in short, California.

Works for me.


Long Beach captures the birth of a bike lane.

Thanks to USC Cycling for the heads-up.



Curbed offers what they term the ultimate guide to Dodgers Stadium, including advice to ditch the car and ride a bike.

Bicyclists confront the Pasadena city council, blaming the city manager for reconfiguring the long-time Rose Bowl loop and the injuries one rider suffered as a result.

Speaking of Pasadena, KCBS-2 lists the Rose City’s four best bike shops.


The 20th anniversary Sharon’s Ride rolls around San Diego’s Mission Bay this Sunday to raise funds for the Epilepsy Foundation.

An Indian Wells bicyclist is in critical condition after reportedly crashing into the rear of a stationary minivan; no word on how or why the crash happened. Thanks to John McBrearty for the tip.

Berkeley struggles to match its neighbor across the bay, as San Francisco moves forward with Vision Zero. Although San Francisco isn’t getting it exactly right, either.

Evidently, the local homeowner’s association isn’t a fan of the handmade bike jump track built by a 12-year old Danville boy.

A Sacramento pedestrian suffered major injuries in a crash with a rider on a motorized bicycle.

Los Angeles NIMBYs could take lessons from a Sacramento preservation group, which somehow opposes removing abandoned railroad tracks and a burned-out bridge to install a five mile bike path.

Vacaville police use Facebook to reunite a two-year old with her lost tricycle.


Outside looks at the best bike shops in the US. But can’t seem to find one in Southern California.

Peloton pinkie swears not to use any more songs without permission.

Your next tube could be lighter, stronger — and butyl.

An Oregon bill would make it clear that bike lanes continue through an intersection, whether or not it’s actually painted.

Seattle chooses parking over safety, rejecting long planned bike lanes on a dangerous street; a local TV station looks at the bitter politics of bike lanes and parking. That last story could run in just about any US city, including Los Angeles. Okay, especially Los Angeles.

A local radio station says despite being named America’s best bike city, Seattle will never be a bicycling city, because of too any hills and too much rain.

Spokane shows an uncommon degree of common sense, suspending the city’s bike helmet requirement for dockless bikeshare and e-scooter users, since few people walk around with helmets 24/7.

Utah legalizes lane filtering for motorcyclists, allowing riders to split lanes when traffic is stopped on roads with a speed limit of 45 mph or less. The story doesn’t mention whether that would extend to people on bicycles.

A Denver woman expands a popular bike and coffee shop into the space next door to open a tandem bike-themed bar.

A Colorado op-ed suggests when you’re the mayor, you can get away with hitting a bike rider after an illegal U-turn. Especially if the victim is homeless. Thanks to Frank Lehnerz for the link.

Now that’s more like it. An Iowa woman will spend the next five years behind bars for intentionally ramming her car into a woman riding a bicycle, then getting out of her car and repeatedly punching her; she accused the woman of sleeping with her baby daddy.

Scary story from Texas, where a woman nearly lost a finger when the chain came off her ebike, and engine engaged while she was trying to put it back on; fortunately, a Good Samaritan came to her aid.

Baltimore prepares to approve new rules for dockless e-scooters, after removing a provision that called for jail time for rule breakers.

A kindhearted stranger reached out to buy a new bike for a mobility-challenged Louisiana man after his was stolen. But what will he do with it now that police have recovered his original bike from a scrap yard?


A new Canadian study confirms what we’ve already seen — people who live close to high-quality bike and pedestrian infrastructure are more likely to get the recommended level of physical activity, and to be in better health.

Eddie Redmayne is one of us, riding through London’s Notting Hill neighborhood.

A British bicyclist is planning to ride 3,300 miles across the US to raise funds and awareness for the Diana Award, after bonding with Princes Harry and Andrew when he lost his own mother in a car crash at 17.

Unlike most cities, Paris actually does something about bike theft, installing a series of locked shelters throughout the city.

Competitive Cycling

Disturbing story from a British Paralympian who endured years of vulva pain and swelling from rubbing against poorly designed saddles when she rides.

An Argentine cyclist faces a four year ban for being just the latest to get busted for doping with EPO. Seriously, if the era of doping over, why do so many dopers keep getting caught?


Even the Car Talk guys hated cars. Bikes hardly ever burst into flames, though ebike batteries are changing that.

And your next Colnago could run on batteries.

But hopefully, not burst into flames.

Morning Links: LA Times takes MyFig to task, 111-year old indoor cyclist dies, and a look at the Marathon Crash Ride

One quick request before we get started.

My nephew is in the final semester of film school, and in need of a location for his senior project.

If you know of a high-rise building in the LA area that has a long hallway with an elevator and multiple office doors, and might be open to a low budget student shoot, let me know.

You can reach me at the address on the About page.


Here’s a must read we missed yesterday.

An op-ed in the Sunday Los Angeles Times makes the case that the troubled MyFigueroa project represents everything that’s wrong with LA’s alternative transportation efforts.

At the project’s launch last August, Mayor Eric Garcetti boasted of a “safer” and “more enjoyable” way to get around Los Angeles — a harbinger of our transit-friendly, less-car-reliant future.

But when I hopped on a bike share and rode the entire south to north length of the project, I discovered the same patchwork approach to safety that governs the rest of L.A.’s infrastructure….

In isolation, and for blocks at a time, MyFig’s enhancements are worthwhile, even exemplary. But benevolently making things safer for a block or two — only moments later leaving anyone without a car inconvenienced at best, in danger at worst — isn’t enough of an improvement.

As a pilot redesign, what MyFig doesn’t do is as instructive as what it does.

Meanwhile, the paper lists what we got for our $20 million. And it ain’t pretty.

For anyone who remembers the long, difficult process getting the MyFig project off the ground, the final result comes as no surprise.

At every step along the way, compromises were made to appease business owners and drivers, from AAA, who have their SoCal headquarters on the street, to Felix Chevrolet, which didn’t want to give up free street parking.

Too many times, bike riders and pedestrians were frozen out of the discussions to resolve any issues.

So what resulted was a project that was, in effect, designed by a committee that didn’t want it there in the first place.

And not surprisingly, ended up as a very incomplete Complete Street.


Let’s all wish a heartfelt rest in peace to LA’s own Henry Tseng, who pulled himself out of his wheelchair every day and onto an exercise bike at the gym.

At 111 years old.

We should all want to be like him when we grow up.


The Los Angeles Daily News looks back at the short history of the Marathon Crash Ride, crediting “the notorious” Don Ward for its scofflaw beginnings.


This is what it looks like when a bike rider barrels onto a British country road without looking, and onto the hood of a car.

Meanwhile, another “shocking” video captures the close calls and near misses that come with riding a bike in Liverpool.

Although it’s only really shocking if you don’t spend much time on a bike yourself, wherever you ride.



Interesting work from, teasing out virtually every bike-related LA City Council file for the last six years.

The LACBC reports the Arroyo Seco Bike Path is closed to repair storm damage.

The LA Times says yes, Los Angeles will collect data on every scooter ride you take, but no, Big Brother isn’t watching.

Velo Club LaGrange returns to sponsoring a road race this June after the demise of the popular Brentwood Grand Prix, with closed course race at the Porsche Experience Center.

CD11 Councilmember Mike Bonin offers an overview of Westside Fast Forward, a series of projects designed to help reduce congestion and provide alternatives to driving, including Metro bikeshare and dockless e-scooters. Although it’s disappointing that one of LA’s most bike-friendly councilmembers didn’t even mention building out the bike plan.

Community members pitched in, along with Reseda Bicycle, to help a 91-year old woman get a new adult tricycle after her customized trike was stolen from Pierce College.

The LACBC’s April Sunday Funday Ride rolls through historic San Fernando, rescheduling a ride that got washed out last month.

The Santa Monica Daily Press identifies the victim of last week’s fatal scooter crash, recalling him as gentle, kind and helpful.


A new bill in the state legislature would transform how projects are funded and managed under California’s Active Transportation Program, allocating 75% of funds to regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations.

A woman riding a bike in El Cajon suffered undisclosed major injuries when she was struck by the driver of an SUV on Sunday.

Indian Wells continues to be dangerous for people on bicycles, as a bike rider suffered unknown injuries when he was struck by the driver of a minivan. Thanks to John McBrearty for the heads-up.

A new bike co-op has launched to provide free refurbished bikes for kids in East Palo Alto, as well as teaching them wrenching skills.

A Sacramento cyclist is back to racing after discovering a congenital heart defect at age 56.

Sonoma and Marin County bike riders feel like they’re getting the short end of the bike path, as a promised 54-mile bikeway paralleling a new train line is only one-third complete.

They get it. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat calls for making hit-and-run a felony for everyone.


The Bike League has released their benchmarking report for bicycling and walking in the US.

People for Bikes is in the market for a marketing director.

Good advice for Los Angeles. The Brooking’s Institute says stop trying to solve unsolvable traffic problem, and start building great places.

A bike parking and bollard maker lists twelve outstanding Twitter accounts for followers of active transportation. No, really. I’m sure BikinginLA was number 13, right?

Writing for Outside, Joe Lindsey calls for a truce in the bike helmet wars.

Fast Company says the scooter wars are really a hundred years old.

Talk about burying the lede. An Alaskan drunk driver drove onto a sidewalk and plowed into two kids riding their bikes, seriously injuring them. But the local paper oddly leads off with traffic news.

A Manhattan, Kansas volunteer group provides a free, privately funded 160-bike bikeshare system that rolls out every year when the weather warms up.

The Chicago Tribune looks at Black Girls Do Bike, saying it brings the physical and emotional benefits of bicycling to women of all levels.

How to write a bad headline. A Kentucky TV station appears to suggest that a man was somehow killed after a self-riding bicycle and a self-driving car collided.

Sad news from Boston, where a 71-year old man died in a collision with another rider on a bike path.

Good op-ed from the New York Times looking at how cities around the world are getting the message that streets are for people, not cars. And LOS has got to go.

Philly bike riders wisely conclude that if you’re going to ride naked to call for better bike safety, you should at least do it in a warmer month.

Turns out placing bicycles around the city as a guerrilla ad campaign for a liquor maker is perfectly legal in Philadelphia.


Fast Company examines eight cities around the world that are taking bod steps to get rid of cars. Hint: Los Angeles isn’t one of them.

Outside lists their take on the world’s 25 best bike rides right now, including May’s Belgian Waffle Ride in San Marcos.

Your next bike could be a ped-assist, reverse tricycle ebike that leans into corners to improve performance.

An Ontario, Canada bike lane becomes an instant challenger for the world’s scariest green bike lane.

A British bike club composed of porn stars vows to continue riding and raising funds for charity, despite losing official recognition.

This is who we share the sidewalks with. A woman in the UK faces charges for punching a grandmother for walking too slowly.

Amsterdam’s nine-year old junior bike mayor explains what it takes to make the city safe for kids. Needless to say, Los Angeles doesn’t have a bike mayor, junior or otherwise.

Belgium attempts to boost bike sales and increase ridership by cutting the Value Added Tax on bicycles by over 70%.

You’ve got to hand it to German officials, who somehow thought using skimpily clad models saying “Looks like shit. But saves my life.” was the best way to promote bike helmet use. And then stand by their decision in the face of well-deserved criticism.

Here’s another one to add to your bike bucket list. Rome has announced plans for a 155-mile bike path leading from the St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City to the Basilica of St. Frances of Assisi.

An Indian hit man put that line about “if you want to get away with murder, use a car” into practice, getting away with a hit-and-run that killed a bike rider for five years before police realized it was a contract killing.

Competitive Cycling

Now that’s impressive. A South African mountain bike race fielded its first all-handicapped team competing against able-bodied riders.

Six current and former pro cyclists open up about their own depression, including LA’s Phil Gaimon.


Who says you can’t move a sofa across town on a Lime scooter? Let’s hope they start making these in bike shorts.

And the message here seems to be that autonomous cars will knock your legs off.

Today’s post called on account of pain

My apologies.

Sunday was one of those days I warned about last week, when the pain and medications combined to knock me out for most of the day.

I’ll try to be back tomorrow to catch up on what we missed.

Update: Riverside road cyclist left dying in the street by hit-and-run driver

Yet another Southern California bike rider has been killed by a cowardly hit-and-run driver.

According to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Riverside police found the 53-year old victim lying in the westbound bike lane on Victoria Avenue, just west of Myers Street, around 7:45 Saturday morning, after receiving a report of a bicyclist down.

He was transported to a local hospital, where he died.

Police initially thought the man, who has not been publicly identified, had fallen off his bicycle. However, hospital officials reported his injuries were consistent with being hit by a motor vehicle.

Unfortunately, no witnesses have come forward, so there is no description of the suspect or the vehicle used in the crime.

Video from the scene shows a black road bike and silver helmet lying on the side of the road.

Screen grab from KTLA report

No other information is available at this time.

Regardless of how the crash may have happened, there is simply no excuse, ever, for leaving a crash victim bleeding in the street. The driver should face a murder charge for making a conscious decision to let the victim die, rather than calling for help and providing assistance as the law requires.

We’ll never know if he might have survived if he’d gotten help right away.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Zach Fishell at 951-826-8723, or email

Let’s hope they find the coward responsible for this crash. And that prosecutors treat this needless death with the seriousness it demands.

This is at least the 14th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the first I’m aware of in Riverside County.

Update: The Press-Enterprise has identified the victim as 52-year old Riverside resident Brian Sabel.

Despite wearing a helmet, he died of a head injury at Riverside Community Hospital roughly 45 minutes after he was found in the roadway.

No word on how long he had been lying there before help arrived.

This would appear to be his Strava profile.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Brian Sabel and his loved ones.

Thanks to John McBrearty for the heads-up.

Man riding bicycle killed after allegedly riding in front of driver in Oxnard crash

Once again, a bike rider is dead after somehow magically appearing in front of a driver.

According to the Ventura County Star, the victim was struck by an 18-year old driver on Saviers Road near Iris Street in Oxnard around 8:10 pm Thursday, although a local TV station places the time of the crash shortly after 10 pm.

The driver was headed south on Saviers when he said the victim, identified only as a man in his mid-20s, “suddenly appeared in front of (his) vehicle.”

The bike rider was taken to Ventura County Medical Center, where he died.

The driver, who hasn’t been publicly identified, stayed at the scene, telling police he was unable to avoid the man’s bicycle.

There’s no explanation given for why the driver wasn’t able to see the victim or his bike.

However, in any case like this, where there doesn’t appear to be any surviving witnesses other than the driver, it’s important to remember that we’re only getting one side of the story.

It’s entirely possible that the victim somehow rode out in front of the driver’s car. But it’s also possible that he may have been riding safely in the bike lane on southbound Saviers, and the driver just didn’t see him.

Because no one, ever, comes out of nowhere.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Senior Officer Paul Knapp of the Oxnard Police Department at 805/385-7750 or email

This is at least the 13th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the first I’m aware of in Ventura County.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.

Morning Links: 63-year old bike rider killed in Pomona drive-by, Culver City bike petition, and free bike tourism doc

Tragic news from Pomona, where a 63-year old man riding a bike was killed in a drive-by shooting early Thursday morning.

Pomona resident Robert Arthur Fausto was shot at 12:49 am by the occupants of a small blue car, and pronounced dead at the scene.

Shootings like this usually turn out to be gang related, although the victim’s age might argue against that in this case.

Either way, he’s one more needless victim of violence. And one death too many.

Thanks to Henry Fung for the heads-up.


LACBC neighborhood chapter Bike Culver City wants your signature on a petition calling on the city to stand by its ten-year old promise to complete a bike network and build infrastructure by the end of next year.


J. Patrick Lynch forwards a new documentary from a Pittsburgh public TV station, as they take a 335-mile ride along the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath from Pittsburgh to DC.

Or as he put it, “Lots of interesting places and people, pared with some stunning scenery.”

The video is available free until the end of this month.



US News & World Report — yes, it’s still around — questions why Los Angeles is so dangerous for bike riders. Then fails to answer the question, and digs about as deep into the subject as scraping your fingernail through the dust.

You’re invited to help form a “ginormous” human bike sculpture at the Rose Bowl next month.

The Santa Monica Mirror credits LACBC neighborhood chapter Santa Monica Spoke for working with the city to improve safety for pedestrians as well as bicyclists through Leading Pedestrian Intervals.

A new 47-unit housing complex rising in Long Beach will have just 40 parking spaces, along with bike storage and a bike lounge where residents can work on their bicycles.


Just what the world needs. A $7,000, 45 mph ped-assist e-mountain bike made by a California company that would qualify as an electric motorcycle under state law, and requires a license, license plate and helmet. And isn’t likely to be allowed on any public trails.

La Jolla has unveiled new artistic bike racks as part of a redesign of the Children’s Pool Plaza. Thanks to Robert Leone for the links.

Santa Barbara is starting a weekly series of Cycling Without Age rides to help older people experience the joys of bicycling.

Palo Alto will take another crack at bikeshare, after last year’s pilot program failed due to staffing problems.

San Francisco settled for an undisclosed amount with a bike rider who was injured when a cop pulled his car into the bike lane he was riding in.

A Bay Area writer hopped on an e-scooter, and rode as far from civilization as he could before the battery gave out. Or until it locked up when it didn’t show up in the app anymore.

After months of discussion, Marin County finally approves allowing ebikes on paved bike paths and multiuse trails in county parks.


Bicycling talks with the person behind a parody instagram account that pillories sexist cycling ads.

Bike Snob’s Eben Weiss says there’s no such thing as just one bike you’ll love riding for the rest of your life.

A new children’s book examines the perils of bicycle face and riding while female.

There’s a special place in hell for whoever stole an 87-year old Texas man’s customized adult e-tricycle; it was his his only form of transportation after his eyesight started to fail.

A Queens NY newspaper says bike riders should stay in their lane, and not speculate about how a fatal bike crash happened or say bad things about the driver. Which might be valid if the NYPD didn’t have a long established bias against bicyclists, and a history of wrongly blaming bike riders for crashes. Which inevitably leads people to question their conclusions.

If you’re going to honor a fallen Philly pastry chef, a dessert-themed scavenger ride and bike rodeo makes sense. And calling it the ProfiteROLL, a stroke of genius.

A Virginia couple will ride across the US to raise funds to fight preeclampsia in honor of their son, who died just days after being born prematurely; they’ve raised over $5,000 of the $9,000 goal.

Charlotte NC plans to trade a traffic lane for the city’s first protected bike lane.


A new foldout bar end bike mirror is designed to give you a rear view when you need it and fold away when you don’t.

Good question. A Canadian paper asks what good is a dedicated bike lane if drivers park in it?

A bike rider says breaking his arm in a fall restored his faith in his fellow Londoners, and convinced him the world hadn’t gotten as mean as it seems.

Bicyclists in Manchester, England could soon get a winding, snake-style bike and pedestrian bridge as part of a $180 million bicycling and walking transportation plan.

Ebikes are boosting bike sales in Germany, with sales up 36% in the last year; one out of every four bikes sold in the country is electric.

Competitive Cycling

After finally getting around to banning Tramadol from the pro peloton, pro cycling’s governing body is looking to ban all corticosteroids next year; some — such as the asthma spray that raised questions about Chris Froome — have been allowed under a therapeutic use exemption, or TUE.

SoCal’s Coryn Rivera will wear the stars and stripes as she competes in Europe this year, after winning the US national championship last summer.

The Highland Community New says there was plenty of great racing at this year’s Redlands Classic; too bad almost no one showed up to watch.


When riding the 1,600-mile Baja Divide on two wheels is one wheel too many. And the bike-riding wizarding world of fire investigation.

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