Streets For All is hosting an online conversation with CD4 candidate Nithya Raman, who’s challenging first term incumbent David Ryu in November.
While the coronavirus has taken a lot of the energy out of this year’s election, it remains one of the most important elections in memory.
Ryu spent most of his first term blocking progress on street safety projects, before becoming a fair weather convert to urbanism in the past year, as he faced a pair of urbanists and homeless advocates in the primary election.
One of those was Raman, who forced him into a runoff this November. And whose election could be a game changer for the City of Angels
And yes, she’s got my vote as soon as my ballot arrives.
Today’s common theme is bike-riding celebs. And one that maybe won’t be for awhile.
America’s Got Talent and former American Idol judge Simon Cowell fractured his back in several places after crashing his new ebike in front of family members in the courtyard of his massive Malibu mansion; he should make a full recovery after a six-hour surgery to install a metal rod to stabilize his spine. Although someone should tell People that a broken back does not a “minor accident” make.
The new Batchelor is one of us, taking a ride in Florida as he waits for the show to resume filming.
Bohemian Rhapsody and Mr. Robot star Ramy Malik is one of us, as he goes for a casually dressed ride in London.
Former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher is one of us, saying he goes offroad riding four times a week. Even if he’s not a fan of wearing his “fucking helmet.”
And presidential frontrunner Joe Biden is one of us, too.
Joe Biden spent Saturday like most of us did. Riding a bike pic.twitter.com/qsN6knEoim
— Race Radio (@TheRaceRadio) August 8, 2020
Anyone see the problem here?
Keep your eyes peeled for a purloined cargo bike.
Hi @_KennyUong_ @MultimodalEmily @laura_nelson so sorry to bother you but our cargo bike was stolen out of our garage in Culver City. Any chance you could RT the photo so people can look for it? We miss it very much. If anyone sees it they can contact me here or Culver City PD. pic.twitter.com/NOcTi9Nmvv
— jessica basic (@jessicabasic2) August 7, 2020
Bikes are the means of protest in Belarus, as citizens took to the streets to demand an end to the country’s corrupt government in advance of Sunday’s election.
Women are a symbol of protest. DJs are a symbol of protest. Now cyclists have become a symbol of protest, too. The flashmob of solidarity goes on just as I am tweeting. #Belarus pic.twitter.com/p2vnL6CPK4
— Hanna Liubakova (@HannaLiubakova) August 7, 2020
Although someone should tell the cops there that it’s kind of hard to catch bike riders when you’re on foot.
Or better yet, don’t tell them.
— Katia Glod (@eglod_katia) August 7, 2020
Not that it did any good; experts say it was rigged from the start.
#UPDATES Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko wins a sixth term with 80.23% of the vote, according to a preliminary count from the presidential election which his opponents say was rigged and as police and protesters clash https://t.co/bAKPK1v0tU pic.twitter.com/gSbAJeQzB1
— AFP news agency (@AFP) August 10, 2020
Thanks to Megan Lynch for the heads-up.
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes keeps going on.
No bias here. An editorial in the conservative Santa Barbara News Press calls for licensing and taxing bike riders, while complaining about traffic lanes being taken from those poor, suffering drivers and given to people in bicycles, as well as a long, long list of other grievances.
Residents of Bristol, England, are accused of moving construction barricades and posting signs to keep bike riders out of their neighborhood.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
Life is cheap in Britain, where a wrong-way bicyclist got just six months for slamming into a pair of pedestrians while riding drunk and without working front brakes; one of the victims, an 81-year old woman, died from her injuries five months later.
Yes, the beachfront Marvin Braude Bike Trail is open for its full length, from Pacific Palisades to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. But the Ballona Creek Bike Path will be closed for maintenance work during the day all next week.
LA Taco offers the gut-wrenching story of the aftermath of a hit-and-run that seriously injured a homeless man in LA’s Historic Filipinotown. And the inaction of police as investigators don’t have the time or staffing to follow up, even after getting the license number of the driver’s car.
The Mid City West Community Council will consider a much needed $50 million makeover of moribund and traffic-choked Melrose Avenue, including the city’s first Dutch-style curb level protected bike lanes. Fortunately, the MCWCC is one of city’s most progressive neighborhood councils; the online meeting will take place tomorrow starting at 6:30 pm.
San Diego’s $177 billion, 30-year anti-LA style transportation makeover is in jeopardy thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hundreds of mostly maskless people defied health officials and turned out for Santa Barbara’s annual Fiesta Cruiser Run informal bike ride. So if Santa Barbara Covid-19 cases spike in a couple of weeks, you’ll know why.
We mentioned this one before, but it’s worth a reminder. A Portland study shows that even slow bike riders in the traffic lane don’t delay drivers more than a few seconds. So tell ’em to chill, already.
Um, no. A resident of a Washington island called police to say someone on a bicycle was trying to crash into cars.
He gets it. A Utah bike rider says bicyclists only act entitled because we are — pointing out that bikes have a right to the road under state law. That’s true in every other state, as well.
Kindhearted Arkansas cops teamed with a local motorcycle club to buy a special needs boy a bicycle trailer so he can ride with his mom.
A 22-year old man from Minneapolis is riding 84.6 miles a day for ten days to honor Black people killed by police.
The owner of a British Columbia driving school says some of his best friends may be bike riders, but he hates a trial project that restricts two-way automotive traffic to a single shared lane, while providing bike lanes in each direction.
This is why you should register your bike. Police in Ottawa, Canada are looking for the owners of 30 bicycles recovered from bike chop shops following a month-long investigation, but only one was registered. Which means the other 29 owners may be out of luck.
Nearly one thousand people turned out for a Black Unity Bike Ride through the streets of London, in what’s planned to be an annual event.
Business is booming in a UK town after the city closed off a roadway, blocking motor vehicle access through the business district while opening the street to diners, bike riders and pedestrians.
That’s more like it. A British truck driver got a well-deserved eight years behind bars for killing two people while playing video games behind the wheel.
Lots of kids ride bikes. Not many discover what may be an actual miracle while doing it.
After a young mountaineer was killed in a hit-and-run, an Indian newspaper says separated bike lanes are urgently needed, and those responsible for her death must receive appropriate punishment for the crime.
Officials in Bengaluru, India, are asking bicyclists to crowdsource the routes where they want bike lanes by using tools like Strava and Google Maps, as bicycling picks up steam in the city during the coronavirus crisis.
He gets it, too. A Bangladeshi architect challenges the callous carelessness of the country’s drivers, and a system that lets them get away with it with a wink and a smile.
The worldwide coronavirus bike boom has even reached the Pacific island nation of Guam.
A New Zealand man pled guilty to multiple DUI charges for killing a father riding bikes with his daughter last April; tests showed he was high on meth and Valium, and had tossed a handgun and ammunition out of his car following the crash.
Doctors believe Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen will be able to return to racing despite suffering a crushed palate and windpipe, as well as other major facial injuries, after he was hip-checked into the road barriers by another rider as he sprinted for what would have been a likely victory in the first stage of the Tour of Poland. Meanwhile, the cyclists union is repeating their call for standard barriers at all races so this doesn’t happen again
And if you’re going to ride off on your bike after stealing a bottle of booze, wear a damn mask.
And some clothes, maybe.
Be safe, and stay healthy. And wear a mask, already.