I’m doing my best to keep this an April fools-free zone today.
Which means I’m not going to play any tricks on you, and I’ll do my best not to link to any. So if anything slips through, let me know.
As always, I want you to be able to trust whatever you may see here.
Photo by Skitterphoto from Pexels.
Now that’s more like it.
The Guardian reports President Biden’s new $2 trillion infrastructure plan will include much needed funding for bikes.
Protect cyclists and pedestrians: Bikes, too, would get a share of the billions. The package includes $20 billion for safety – including funds to ‘reduce crashes and fatalities, especially for cyclists and pedestrians.’
That’s in addition to funding for transit to cut traffic congestion and reduce the number of cars on the road.
Let’s hope the bike funding — and the bill itself — survives what promises to be a brutal congressional process.
Tonight is the last scheduled virtual public meeting to weigh in on the Beautiful Blvd plan for Colorado Blvd in Eagle Rock.
If you live for the fight, Zoom in tomorrow night. The opposition to Eagle Rock's Beautiful Boulevard is gonna be in full force. When: Thursday, April 1, 5-7pm
Zoom Link: https://t.co/G2Stbhy4FO
Beautiful Boulevard Talking Points: https://t.co/S8ePKlXErt
— Bike Talk (@biketalkpfk) April 1, 2021
Now this should be a fun conversation.
Tune in for a conversation at human speed with No Exit Cartoonist and author of Why We Drive, Andy Singer-https://t.co/kG1Ltmu6Y3 Friday, April 2, 6pm PDT at: https://t.co/Wb6M83EfPv pic.twitter.com/srHIKQwB8N
— Bike Talk (@biketalkpfk) April 1, 2021
Here’s your chance to work in advocacy on the east side of the Bay Area.
Here's another #BikeJobs opportunity with @BikeEastBay in Oakland, CA. Join the team full-time as Operations Director, to help us build efficient operations, equitable internal structures, and caring workplaces. Full descriptions & details here:https://t.co/lOVDh4ZL9O pic.twitter.com/ELj7kv6Jho
— Robert Prinz (@prinzrob) April 1, 2021
No bias here.
When a Pennsylvania buggy gets right hooked by a truck driver, the state police blame the buggy driver for somehow riding into the truck’s blind spot and crashing into the truck.
Sure, let’s go with that.
Evidently, those Amish buggies must really haul ass to undertake a truck driver.
Never mind that the horse, which somehow wasn’t involved in the crash, would have been the first thing to strike the truck in that bizarro scenario.
Thanks to Mike Bike for the heads-up.
I couldn’t get the video to load, but maybe you’ll have better luck than I did.
Our friend Leo Rodgers landed a spot on national television Monday morning on the CW's All American Stories series. You can watch this 7-minute mini-documentary short over at the CW Seed for free.https://t.co/wmvvzs5hXN pic.twitter.com/dYeB9NbeCR
— the Radavist (@TheRadavist) March 31, 2021
Hello, Wilshire Blvd? Hello?
Rotterdam’s main boulevard—the Coolsingel—has been reimagined as a city lounge; with 10,000 fewer cars per day, a 30 km/h design speed, dedicated tramway, and abundant space for walking, cycling, and sitting.
Design your street for the traffic you want, not the traffic you have. pic.twitter.com/1b7as7FCjJ
— Melissa & Chris Bruntlett (@modacitylife) March 31, 2021
This is what we could be doing in Los Angeles.
And what we’ll have to do if we want to reduce the city’s crippling addiction to motor vehicles, let alone make a dent in our massive contribution to climate change.
But we’re not.
Sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
A Michigan man faces up to ten years behind bars after pleading guilty to beating a Black teenager with a chain bicycle lock, just because of his race. Seriously, there’s not a pit deep enough for someone like that. And no, there’s no guarantee that he rides a bike; he could have just used the chain lock for something else. But still.
Teenage bike riders swarmed and pummeled a man to stop him from heckling people on Miami Beach; one boy was arrested and could face charges.
A Vancouver man faces charges for attacking a truck passenger participating in an anti-mask rally with his bicycle.
No news is good news, right?
San Jose-area drivers somehow find it impossible to believe that a distracted driver seriously injured a bike rider, concluding that the guy on the bike had to be at fault. Evidently, they’ve never watched someone try to drive while using a handheld phone. Other than themselves, of course.
Outside’s Joe Lindsey offers advice on how to ensure your bike is ready for riding this spring. Although for those of us in Southern California, the easiest way to make sure you’re ready for spring is to keep riding all winter.
Bicycling offers advice on how women riders can avoid seat pain and saddle sores, along with other common problems.
A reviewer for Gear Junkie discovers he’s become a bike snob, after doing his best to hate Cannondale’s new ebike, and failing.
Wired recommends everything you need for an epic bikepacking trip.
The residents of a tiny Arkansas town remember a man they called Bicycle Charley, known by all after 50 years of selling the local paper from a trailer towed behind his bicycle.
Three kindhearted Oklahoma cops dug into their own pockets to replace a kid’s bike when it from stolen from an elementary school, taking car to replace it with the same make and model he had before.
A Cincinatti man copped a plea for the hit-and-run death of a prominent attorney as the lawyer rode his bike last year; he now faces up to 11 years behind bars after pleading to vehicular homicide and fleeing the scene of a crash.
A 25-year old Brooklyn woman eases her pandemic lockdown anxiety by learning to ride a bike for the first time.
A new video of New York’s First Avenue bike lane shows the people on two wheels are going to need more space, as cars barely outnumber bikes on the street.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, ER doctors were forced to confront the daily toll of traffic-related injuries and deaths; a New York physician says enough!
A Philadelphia man will face a murder charge after turning himself in for fatally shooting an 11-year old boy, and injuring the 14-year old boy he was riding with.
Tragic news from Florida where a man was killed just minutes after getting tossed out of a rail yard, when he tried to cross under a stopped train car with his bicycle.
Road.cc recommends their favorite bicycle wheels of 2021, with prices starting at the equivalent of a surprisingly low $344. Although prices are given British pounds, so cost and availability may vary.
If your main concern is looking cute on your bicycle, Yahoo has the bikes for you.
An 18-year old man was convicted of ramming an 18-year old London bike rider with his car, then getting out and repeatedly stabbing him in a brutal attack.
British motorists decide a spiral intersection design intended to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians by eliminating right-of-way is just too damn confusing.
An op-ed in an Irish paper says transportation is too often considered gender neutral, but active transportation plans must take differing needs of “women, children, the elderly, those with a disability and different ethnic minorities” into account.
The bike boom has hit the Philippines, as bike riders take to the streets while confronting government efforts to restrict riders.
Surprisingly, a British man got his bike back two years after it was stolen in an Australian town, when he was 102 days into a record-setting attempt to be the youngest person to ride solo across the world; he was literally left with just the clothes on his back after everything else was taken. A 46-year old man faces charges after being caught riding the stolen bike.
A Paralympic cyclist is using her platform to be a voice for others, after discovering adaptive bicycles could be modified to meet the needs of differently abled bike riders. As usual, read it on Yahoo if Bicycling blocks you.
Bad enough if you’re going to steal a bicycle, but don’t shoot a police dog when they come for you; thankfully, he’s recovering — the dog, not the jerk who shot him. That feeling when you suffer fatal injuries riding BMX, but just won’t die.
And a Houston man learns the hard way that riding a bike on the freeway is illegal — and the cop behind him wasn’t giving him a police escort.
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Be safe, and stay healthy. And wear a mask.