Let’s start with a followup to yesterday’s proposal to name the new Potrero Canyon Park for longtime bike and community advocate George Wolfberg, who fought for its creation before his death last year.
This update came from his son, David Wolfberg, who followed in his father’s footsteps as a bike advocate and longtime member of the Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee, in a comment to yesterday’s post.
Thank you Ted for the highlight. It appears to be a go for the park naming. The Parks Commission was wonderful and importantly now includes one of the city’s greatest bike and community advocates, Tarafai Bayne. Many people and agencies have contributed mightily to the development of the park, notably David Card of the Pacific Palisades Community Council and the Bureau of Engineering. Commissioner Nicole Chase expressed a desire for the parks named after engaged citizens like my father George to have detailed reliefs that tell us more about that community member. All of L.A.’s parks are accessible via bicycle though some require more effort than others. My father envisioned connecting the park to the historic Marvin Braude bike path via a bridge over PCH. That is a big spend and they are working to locate funding for it. In the meantime I’ve suggested waypoint signs and/or safety warnings as we definitely don’t want to see anyone trying to cross PCH to get to the park. There are two tunnels south of the park and a crossing signal at Temescal for safe crossing. They are aiming for a park opening in 2021.
He also added this note about the TikTok video of the Peloton instructor that concluded yesterday’s post.
Regarding the hilarious and disturbing Peloton instructor, that is Caitlin Reilly who also recently lost her father, actor John Reilly of General Hospital. Caitlin has several characters developed in lockdown who are poignantly funny reminders of the time in which we’re living. She is an incisive observer and many of these clips are unmistakably “L.A.” https://www.tiktok.com/@itscaitlinhello?
George Wolfberg photo from Pacific Palisades Community Council.
That didn’t take long.
Just days after Culver City’s new Complete Streets plan went online, some people are already gearing up to fight against livable streets and a healthier business community.
In other words, exactly the same sort of streets people fly to other cities to enjoy, but fight like hell to keep out of their own neighborhoods.
But if they bothered to get informed, like the flier calls for, it would only take a simple Google search to learn that bikeable, walkable Complete Streets can reduce congestion by getting people out of their cars, significantly boost retail and restaurant sales, and bring new life to car-choked streets.
And that any increase in traffic to neighborhoods can be easily mitigated with simple traffic control measures.
They might also learn that once a project like this goes in, the same people who once fought it will often fight to keep it.
Instead, Culver City is seeing the same knee-jerk opposition to change that we’ve seen repeated throughout the LA area, with varying degrees of success.
Which mans it’s probably only a matter of time before we see a new Keep Culver City Moving chapter.
Flier photo courtesy of Zennon Ulyate-Crow.
This is who we share the road with.
A Boston area man was killed in a racially charged road rage attack when the Black and Latino victim and his white attacker got out of their cars to argue.
Then the killer got back in his car and deliberately slammed into the victim.
And yes, the accused killer driver, 54-year old Dean Kapsalis, was arrested after turning himself in half an hour later.
Although the current charges don’t begin the meet the seriousness of the crime, because anything less than second degree murder would be a travesty.
As if the racist murder wasn’t bad enough, though, Henry Tapia, better known as Henny, a 35-year old father of three, was also one of us.
In a reflection if just how tragic this death is, that crowdfunding page mentioned above has raised nearly $75,000 in just the first day, far exceeding the modest $10,000 goal.
But no matter how much money it raises, it won’t bring Henny back.
And in yet another example of government officials keeping a dangerous driver on the road until it’s too late, the killer had an extensive record of crashes and traffic violations.
Seventeen speeding tickets, at least 7 wrecks, and 6 license suspensions. Why do we need to wait until someone dies before permanently revoking the license of a driver who has repeatedly demonstrated that they can't be trusted to operate an automobile safely? #mapoli #ZeroVision pic.twitter.com/inHFnyxH7w
— Brian RIstuccia (@brianr2600) January 21, 2021
It’s just too bad drivers don’t have to pass a test to root out racism before we trust them multi-ton weapons.
Thanks to Erik Griswold for the heads-up.
Sadly, this tweet from Oklahoma speaks for itself.
I'm in shock and so sick of traffic violence.
In May of 2019, one of the only owners of a bakfeits style cargo bike in my state let me try his out. Fast friends. A few months later I owned my own, finding life-changing happiness.
His wife was hit and killed last night.
— Car-lite Carfangs (@carlitecarfangs) January 21, 2021
More proof that bikes are good for business.
It’s worth the click to read the brief thread about how an interest in bicycles helped turn around a dying business.
Story time: A friend of mine (retired) runs a little restaurant in the deep western part of Tokyo. It was barely making it before the virus but business dried up so bad he started selling take away lunch boxes. Still, few customers. One day a middle aged man on a bike stops…
— Wrath Of Gnon (@wrathofgnon) January 22, 2021
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes keeps going on.
No bias here. A San Clemente ebike rider says the city needs to clamp down on everyone else, insisting ebike-riding “kids and elders” are going to kill someone.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
The New York SUV driver who was terrorized by a group of teen bicyclists after allegedly brake checking one of them — intentionally or otherwise — says nothing has been done by the city and he’s still too afraid to drive his car, despite charges against one of the boys.
According to the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, Northwest Pasadena deserves better than the recently released proposal to remake North Lake Avenue, which the organization says would remain an incomplete street that violates the city’s commitment to Vision Zero.
Momentum is finally building for a 24-acre bike park in Alpine in East San Diego County.
This is why people continue to die on our streets. A Bakersfield man was allowed to plead no contest to a single hit-and-run charge in the death of a bike rider, despite driving with a suspended license — and despite changing his appearance and pushing his SUV into a ravine to cover up the crime.
Sad news from Merced, where a bike rider was killed in a hit-and-run Monday night; police busted the driver after tracking down his heavily damaged car.
He gets it. A bike-riding Manteca columnist says instead of calling wheelie-popping teen bicyclists hoodlums who a terrorizing the populace, be glad they’re taking up bicycling and burning off a little energy.
Yet another kit promises to convert your bicycle to an ebike.
A Minnesota town proposes a road diet and roundabouts to improve safety, but after a 13-year old boy was killed riding his bike to school last year. Maybe cities could make safety changes they know are necessary before it’s too late for a change.
Seriously? A Cape Cod community wants to make sure they don’t sacrifice the town’s character to Complete Streets. Because apparently, its character is somehow tied to car-clogged streets.
A secret government report shows New York never had any intention to put bike lanes on the Verrazzano Bridge, despite holding several public meetings, and only floated an expensive, impracticable plan in order to kill it.
In an effort to become one of the safest states for bicycling, Virginia moves forward with a bill that would require drivers to change lanes to pass someone on a bicycle, allow bike riders to treat stop signs as yields, and let bicyclists ride two abreast.
This is the cost of traffic violence. The family of a North Carolina man killed in a hit-and-run while riding his bike last year say the arrest of the driver brings them little comfort because it can’t bring the victim back.
A North Carolina school bus driver could use remedial training after nearly hitting an SUV head on while passing a bike rider with full load of kids.
Just weeks after officials tore out a protected bike lane in London’s tony Kensington and Chelsea boroughs, a bike rider was injured hitting one car in an effort to avoid another.
The UK’s rash of violent strong-arm bike thefts goes on, after an 18-year old bike rider was knocked off his bicycle by a thief who rode off with his bike.
He gets it. Longtime pro André Greipel says he feels privileged to race in the middle of a pandemic, and the other riders in the pro peloton should, too.
And this has got to be the best bikeshare ad ever.
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