Good piece from Curbed, as they ask whether e-scooters are too dangerous for Los Angeles streets.
Short answer, it’s not the scooters that are dangerous.
But CD5 Councilmember Paul Koretz insists the streets — and sidewalks — are just too dangerous for scooter riders, saying they need the kind of bike infrastructure he’s blocked in his district because “political realities” make it too difficult.
Evidently, Koretz thinks he was only elected to do easy, convenient and popular things, and leave the hard stuff to whoever follows him once he’s termed out.
Or maybe just ignore the environment Koretz swears he’s committed to saving, and let cars keep killing us all until they finally kill the planet, too.
Evidently, he didn’t read that copy of Profiles in Courage we gave him last year.
Or watch Do the Right Thing, for that matter.
I guess our lives don’t matter, after all.
Los Angeles has taken down its Vision Zero website, and replaced it with LADOT’s Great Streets site.
So you may still die, but at least you’ll do it on a nicer street.
Active SGV is asking bike riders to turn out for a Pico Rivera regional bikeway design meeting tonight.
The LACBC will be hosting another round of BEST bike safety classes in conjunction with Metro next month.
We have another round of FREE #MetroBEST Bike 123 classes scheduled for Downtown LA in September. Once again we'll be offering English and Spanish versions. Attendees get a free helmet & lights! Details with links to register at https://t.co/95oDbbM7su #bikeLA pic.twitter.com/6OOhso3Lu7
— Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (@lacbc) August 28, 2019
If you’re fond o’ Peter Sagan, here’s your chance to meet and ride with him in Sagan’s new San Diego fondo.
Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Peter Sagan Announces New Cycling Event in San Diego!– Sagan Fondo Gran Roadie Oh this November 8-10
Meet and Ride With the 3X World Champ in SoCal!
More info & Register @ https://t.co/0B5FvZND7x#Cycling #Bicycling #PeterSagan #CyclingEvents #SaganFondoGranRoadieOh #GranFondo pic.twitter.com/ASlXc1UEQV
— SoCalCycling.com (@SoCalCycling) August 29, 2019
CiclaValley’s Zachary Rynew teamed with volunteer Michelle Paravicini to upgrade and redecorate a ghost bike for 15-year old bicyclist Sebastian Montero, who was killed by a speeding driver on Easter Sunday last year. A rededication ceremony will be held this Sunday.
Tyler the Creator is one of us, going for a fashionable ride in Los Angeles on a BMX from Long Beach bikemaker SE Bikes.
As usual, there will be a bike valet at this weekend’s annual Fiesta Hermosa in Hermosa Beach. So do everyone a favor and leave the car at home.
A handful of hecklers opposed to the recent road diet on the Broadway corridor tried to shout down a couple of Long Beach councilmembers at a monthly public Q&A session. So evidently, it’s not just LA and Pasadena NIMBYs that do that.
La Jolla follows Santa Monica’s lead and tries to corral e-scooters with painted, on-street scooter parking areas.
Fountain Valley’s newly rebuilt Slater Ave bridge will finally reopen today, complete with better sidewalks and bike lanes.
Where you can walk, hike and bike without leaving Riverside.
Petaluma-based premium bikewear brand Kitsbow is pulling up stakes, and moving across the US to North Carolina.
More bad news from NorCal, as a 28-year old Fremont bike rider was killed by a hit-and-run driver, who later returned to the scene after driving to work with the victim’s bicycle still embedded in his windshield; just one of those danged “unfortunate accidents” according to police. Meanwhile, San Francisco’s CBS outlet blames the victim for wearing dark clothes, while questioning whether he would hav survived if the driver hadn’t waited to call 911.
Sunnyvale joined the Vision Zero club, though advocates say the city isn’t doing enough to prevent bike and pedestrian deaths. Kind of like virtually every American city — including one SoCal metropolis in particular (see above).
San Francisco-based celebrity chef Chris Cosentino finds his balance by returning to his mountain bike.
CityLab says apps that automatically report problem drivers and blocked bike lanes to authorities — and save the information online — are troubling. Although I’d gladly take one designed to work in the LA area, driver privacy be damned. And let’s change the law so drivers can be ticketed based on photographic or video evidence.
Bicycling offers tips to get rid of that pain in your back. No, from riding, not the one you work for. Sorry.
Peloton says Bontrager’s new WaveCel helmet beats MIPS helmets at preventing concussions. Which matters because other helmets don’t do a damn thing to prevent TBIs, as I’ve learned the hard way. Thanks to Mike Cane for the heads-up.
Bike Portland considers the consequences when bike and e-scooter riders collide.
If anyone has seen Bill Walton’s bicycle that was stolen 42 years ago at an Oregon championship parade, be sure to let the former NBA star know. Although I wouldn’t try to confront anyone tall enough to ride that thing.
The Department of DIY struck in Boulder CO, where someone used toilet plungers to make their own protected bike lane; unfortunately, it didn’t last long before city workers removed them all.
It’s been a month since Arkansas’ version of the Idaho Stop Law went into effect, and the world hasn’t come crashing to an end. Although many people still don’t understand the law that allows bike riders to treat stop signs as yields.
After a Kentucky boy’s bicycle was stolen on his birthday, kindhearted firefighters took up a collection to buy him a new one.
You’ve got to be kidding. After a 76-year old Indiana bike rider was run down from behind by an unlicensed drunk driver, the local sheriff reminds bike riders to obey the law and wear a helmet. How about reminding people not to drive their damn cars after they’ve been drinking. And stay the hell off the roads if you don’t have a license.
A visiting German journalist tries bike commuting in Cleveland, and quickly learns the English word for pothole.
Life is cheap in New York state, where an 85-year old former cop walks with probation for a hit-and-run that severely injured a man riding bicycle, after claiming he didn’t know he’d hit anyone. He also got a ridiculous six-month driving ban; anyone who can hit someone hard enough to cause major injuries without even knowing it should never be allowed behind the wheel again.
New York experts say either fix a frequently blocked bike lane, or rip it out and start over.
A New York “mob” of young men and women beat a sleeping man with a cane and bottle before stealing his bicycle and wallet, then beat and robbed a Good Samaritan who tried to intervene. Note to NY Daily News — if someone who has a bicycle is sleeping on the sidewalk, “bicyclist” is probably not the best descriptor.
Life is cheap in Georgia, too, where a man walked with probation for killing a bike-riding woman; the driver played the universal Get Out of Jail Free card, claiming the sun was in his eyes.
A Florida kid starts his own nonprofit to give bike helmets to other kids at his school.
Miami first responders are riding 150 miles to Key West to raise funds for a local cancer charity.
Bicycling looks at Britain’s Rough Stuff Fellowship, the world’s oldest offroad bike club, and dedicated to extreme riding. Like biking to an Everest base camp.
Former Tour de France champ and banned doper Jan Ulrich was fined the equivalent of nearly $8,000 for attempting to strangle an escort while drunk and stoned in a German hotel room.
Great idea. A German politician says bicyclists should get an extra day of vacation because they’re healthier and use less sick time. Unless maybe we come down with a bad case of the bike flu, and have to call in sick to go for a bike ride.
At least there’s justice in Australia, where a drunk and stoned driver got a well-deserved ten years behind bars for killing a motorcycle cop who was escorting a charity bike ride; the schmuck had to have a friend blow into the interlock device on his car to get it to start. Which is what I’d call a really lousy friend.
The fifth stage of the Vuelta finished in a brief breakaway and a change in leadership. Do we really need to be spoiler-free for the Vuelta, since hardly anyone can actually watch it in this county?
A Belgian court hears that fallen cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht lost control of his bicycle when he hit a roadside reflector during the Tour of Poland earlier this month.
Repeat after me. If you’re stoned and carrying synthetic weed and meth on your bike, put a damn light on it already. No, bicycles haven’t returned to America’s streets; they were never gone.
And if your bike taillight is shaped like red testicles, take them off right now and go stand in the corner until we say you can come out.
Which may be never.
Vision Zero is still there, it’s just been incorporated into the Livable Streets website. https://ladotlivablestreets.org/programs/vision-zero
Regarding the article about the Arkansas version of the Idaho Stop law, I don’t understand why that is confusing to motorists. The rules for yielding right-of-way haven’t changed one iota, so the motorists don’t really even need to know that the law exists. All they have to do is assume that the bicyclists will behave as though they are required to treat stop lights and stop signs the same as motorists do.
I think they are making it more complicated than it really is, which may be due in part to the way the law is written. I don’t know exactly what the Arkansas law says, but when they were considering a similar law in Oregon recently they were making the law there a lot more confusing than it needed to be. The law had statements similar to “the bicyclist may treat a stop sign as a yield sign and, after slowing down and checking for cross traffic, proceed through the intersection if it is safe to do so”. Well duh, that is precisely what “yield” means. They only needed to say “the bicyclist may treat a stop sign as a yield sign”, and be done with it.
Part of the confusion could also be due to the law being written by people who have never ridden a bike using the Idaho Stop rules. I ride that way all the time (even though it is still illegal in California) because it is profoundly inefficient, and also somewhat unsafe, to not ride that way. I just keep an eye out for cops while I am doing it. The motorists don’t know and don’t need to know that that is how I am riding.
yep I pretty much ride the same way in Mississippi and Tennessee. I mean, motorists already roll stops signs almost all the time. Obviously there’s far less of a hazard with a cyclist doing so than a motorist. I value my built-up momentum, so I do whatever I can to preserve as much of it as I can at intersection.