With everything going on these days, it’s easy to forget we have a city council election coming up this November in LA’s 4th Council District.
Bike the Vote LA is reminding you to get involved in any way you can to support Nithya Raman in the runoff against incumbent David Ryu, who only managed to become a belated supporter of safe streets and other urban issues after winning less than 50% of the vote in the March primary.
Which means, in any normal year, he’d be facing the worst reelection prospects of any sitting councilmember in years.
But this is anything but a normal year.
If the above hasn’t made it clear, though, Raman has my wholehearted support.
Not just because Ryu has repeatedly failed to support safer streets until his reelection was at risk, but because she’s always supported bicycling and safe streets.
And not just when it became expedient in an election year.
Photo by Element5 Digital from Pexels.
Evidently, Portland isn’t the only place where bike riders and the press are under attack.
I was just assaulted by an officer for crossing the road to my bicycle while holding up my press badge and he called me a "smart ass" for doing so, accused me of wanting to start a problem. I yelled help, he said "you're gonna need help" before throwing me. @Chicago_Police pic.twitter.com/XYuJe19IQm
— Colin Boyle (@colinbphoto) July 18, 2020
This is who we share the road with.
What's the story here?
Apart from the fact that if you buy a metal box that says 120mph on the speedometer, and you rarely get beyond 10mph, at some point you become a little unhinged?
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) July 18, 2020
And a British celeb says she hates bicyclists and threatens to run them over — including her own husband.
GCN explains why you might want to ride with a hole in your saddle.
Looks like Martha Stewart is one of us.
Although I’d be more convinced id she’s actually throw a leg over that downtube.
— Peter Flax (@Pflax1) July 18, 2020
Looks like bike polo goes back a lot longer than some of us may have realized.
Okay, maybe just me.
— Old L.A. Photos (@OldLAPhotos) July 18, 2020
Thanks to Megan Lynch for the forwarding the tweet.
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.
A bike-riding British woman was attacked with a stick in a “vicious and unprovoked attack” by the passenger in a passing white van.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
There’s a special place in hell for the cruiser bike-riding man who sexually assaulted a woman on a Temecula bike path last week.
And he’ll be joined by the racist Calgary, Alberta bike rider who shouted ethnic slurs and spat on a couple.
Forbes is favorably impressed with the body positive women’s kits from LA’s Machines for Freedom.
The West Hollywood City Council will be voting today on a much needed proposal to create a neighborhood greenway on the Willoughby, Vista and Gardner corridors; Streets For All is calling for everyone to get their comments in before 4 pm today.
Late night talk show host James Corden is one of us, as he hits the streets of Venice for a bike ride with his son.
Long Beach called on city workers to “pursue and implement” a citywide Safe Streets plan, including lane reductions, separated bike lanes, and measures to encourage more walking.
Calbike is urging you to call your state senator to support AB 3153, which would allow developers to build bike parking instead of more spaces for cars; Los Angeles has had a similar law on the books since 2013.
A Fresno bike rider was critically injured by an alleged intoxicated driver; police found a loaded syringe in the car and suspect he may have passed out behind the wheel.
You’ll have to wait another year to take part in America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride around Lake Tahoe.
Bicycling’s Selene Yeager says it took a global pandemic to remind us that local bike shops are community lifelines. And just like that, I’ve already hit the new monthly limit of just four stories a month that was announced this past Thursday.
Speaking of Bicycling, they recommend their favorite fat tired ebikes, with prices starting at just $1,199.
USA Today examines how the coronavirus pandemic has spurred a bike boom across the US.
Writing for Men’s Health, Peter Flax says everybody is riding gravel these days, even with just one leg.
An Anchorage AK reporter takes a ride on the 32-mile Moose Loop created by stitching together several existing bike paths; it gets its name because it sort of looks like a moose head on the map if you squint just right.
You’ve got to be kidding. A Wisconsin driver won’t face charges for running down a bike rider from behind; police blame the victim for not having lights on his bike, but the driver didn’t turn his on, either.
Ebike engine maker Bosch has teamed with Tern Bicycles, Stile Products, Inc. and Chicago’s B-Cycle bikeshare to provide dozens of ebikes and e-cargo bikes to Covid-19 aid groups in the Windy City.
Life is cheap in Michigan, where a killer driver got a whole six months for taking the life of a man riding his bike — and he’ll only have to serve that on weekends. After all, they wouldn’t want to inconvenience him or anything.
The Boston Globe talks with basketball great Bill Walton about the sequel to the Bike for Humanity virtual fundraising bike ride this Saturday; the first ride raised over $100,000.
Sarah Jessica Parker is one of us, too, as the bikeshare user called on New York’s Citi Bike to move a docking station so a 101-year old restaurant could use the space for outdoor seating.
Steph and Ayesha Curry are two of us, going for a casual Orlando bike ride while they wait for the NBA season to resume.
Once again, authorities manage to keep a dangerous driver on the streets, as a drunken hit-and-run Florida driver who ran down a bike rider while driving at nearly twice the legal limit won’t spend a single day behind bars, and will lose her license for just one year.
Cycling Weekly offers a beginner’s guide to buying an ebike.
Road.cc says your next bike should be a mountain bike; meanwhile, hardcore mountain bikers are heading to he hills of Mexico City.
A Canadian woman raised $40,000 to fight honor her late sister and fight ovarian cancer by riding 3,666 miles across the country in just 20 days. Which works out to an impressive average of 183 miles a day.
Ottawa bike couriers are responding to the drop off in business by making weed deliveries during the pandemic.
Sadly, it took the death of a young German scientist with “limitless potential” for a Quebec city to improve safety for bike riders.
The Paris bike boom is not a happy accident, but the result of years of planning to cut rising pollution levels.
Berlin is opening new Bicycle Streets in a pair of districts, giving people on bicycles the right-of-way and requiring drivers to adapt to their speeds. Although they could still use a little work.
One in four Japanese bike commuters began riding to avoid crowds during the coronavirus crisis.
Strangers rushed to rescue a Chinese woman after she rode her bike into a puddle, and suddenly found herself in water over her head.
South Africa’s Team NTT won the pretend Tour de France.
No surprise here, as the Colorado Classic women’s professional stage race has been cancelled for this year.
And now this is a fat bike.
Be safe, and stay healthy. And wear a mask, already.