Before we start, I’m aware of the death of a well-known Upland man who was struck by a speeding motorcyclist while riding his bike last week.
I’ve reached out for official confirmation, and just trying to avoid getting ahead of the story before family members are all notified.
We should know more later today.
The United Nations has issued a red alert on climate change.
A new report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the world is facing environmental disaster, with humankind unable to keep up with the increasingly rapid pace of change.
The report also carries a stark warning: If temperatures keep rising, many parts of the world could soon face limits in how much they can adapt to a changing environment. If nations don’t act quickly to slash fossil fuel emissions and halt global warming, more and more people will suffer unavoidable loss or be forced to flee their homes, creating dislocation on a global scale…
Many leaders, including President Biden, have vowed to limit total global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius compared with preindustrial levels. That’s the threshold beyond which scientists say the likelihood of catastrophic climate impacts increases significantly.
But achieving that goal would require nations to all but eliminate their fossil-fuel emissions by 2050, and most are far off-track. The world is currently on pace to warm somewhere between 2 degrees and 3 degrees Celsius this century, experts have estimated.
That alone should be the only argument we need to ensure pedestrians, bicycles and transit are given priority, not on some streets, but on every street.
And yes, that includes removing parking to build bike lanes.
Because whether or not that inconveniences someone today, it’s a lot better than watching the world go up in flames tomorrow.
It’s now legal to ride an ebike on trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, which will be allowed for the next year on a trial basis.
— CORBA (@CORBAmtb) February 26, 2022
Thanks to mountain bike advocacy group CORBA for the tip.
Caltrans is planning to close the bike lanes in both directions on PCH tomorrow and Thursday, between Deer Creek Road and Sycamore Canyon Road west of Malibu.
The roadway will be reduced to a single lane in both directions to restore the retaining wall between supporting the roadway over the ocean.
Bike riders are urged to avoid the area for the next two days.
The ballot measure will improve traffic congestion and safety, while fighting climate change, by requiring Los Angeles to build out the city’s groundbreaking mobility plan whenever streets are repaved.
Streetsblog takes a look at the nascent progress on the new protected bike lanes on Riverside Drive near Griffith Park.
Credit goes to CD4 Councilmember Nithya Raman for pushing the project through.
Checking out the progress on new @cd4losangeles protected bike lanes on Riverside Drive. Repaving progress (close to Griffith Park & Mulholland Fountain), but not that far along yet #bikela pic.twitter.com/CxPmROcpie
— StreetsblogLA (@StreetsblogLA) February 27, 2022
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— Bike East Bay (@BikeEastBay) February 28, 2022
Once you’ve experienced the peloton, a war zone is nothing.
Two-time Tour de France champ Tadej Pogačar is the face of a new ad for bike tourism in Slovenia.
Best advice — turn off the sound and ignore the captions so you can just take in the spectacular views.
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.
Someone is sabotaging bike lanes on a Mesa, Arizona highway by covering them with caltrops — small, multi-spiked metal tacks designed so one of the spikes always points up to puncture tires — which could cause a dangerous crash, especially if the rider fell into the roadway.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
A 19-year old British man is on trial for the horrific murder of a 17-year old Black man, after chasing the victim into a store to stab him repeatedly with a “Rambo-style knife,” apparently at random; the entire attack took just minutes, with the accused killer leaving home on his bicycle and returning just 18 minutes later.
Streetsblog offers more information on the abrupt departure of Metro Senior Executive Officer for Construction and Engineering Abdollah Ansari, who apparently never met a freeway project he didn’t like; Ansari leaving Metro could mean less pressure to widen and extend freeways, and more emphasis on biking, walking and transit.
Gabe the Sasquatch could be making a post-pandemic comeback as the mascot of the San Gabriel Valley’s 626 Golden Streets, as the popular open streets event returns on May 1st with a five-mile Mission to Mission route stretching from San Gabriel through Alhambra to South Pasadena.
Bad news from San Jose, where a bike rider was in stable condition after suffering life-threatening injuries in a collision with a driver Saturday night.
Berkeley is considering permanently banning cars from Telegraph Avenue, converting the iconic street into a pedestrian, bike, and transit-only plaza.
A Bay Area website recommends four relatively short wine tours you can do by bike. Just remember it can be a lot harder to make the pedals go round after sampling a few vintages. Or maybe that’s just me.
Momentum Magazine talks with Black Girls Do Bike executive director Monica Garrison about the phenomenal growth of the the nationwide organization, which she founded as a Facebook page a decade ago looking for riding companions.
A bighearted Indianapolis coach driver is giving out free bike lights to passengers who need them, after seeing a bike rider struck and killed by a driver while getting off a bus.
A Cambridge, Massachusetts paper says local restaurants were already suffering long before the bike lanes went in that they blame for a slowdown in business. Similar to LA’s Venice Blvd, where protected bike lanes were blamed for every nearby business failure, regardless of whether the businesses were struggling before they were built.
A DC writer beat the cost and hassle of an Uber ride to the airport by investing all of $3.85 for a seven-mile bikeshare ride.
The Tampa, Florida state attorney is addressing the problem of Biking While Black by declining to prosecute bike riders arrested for non-violent acts.
An English town extends a ban on bikes in the city center during a contentious council meeting, despite a majority of the speakers wanting it removed.
Britain’s Chris Boardman says if you think bike helmets and hi-viz are the answer to bicycle safety, you’re asking the wrong question.
The racing season is off to a fast start, with Spain’s Alejandro Valverde and Canadian Michael Woods taking the top two podium spots at the four-stage Gran Camiño.
The International Olympic Committee, aka IOC, urges cycling’s governing body and other International sports federations to ban athletes from Russia and Belarus due to the invasion of Ukraine.
And of course the president of Ukraine is one of us.
Of course he does. Volodymyr Zelensky rides a bicycle. pic.twitter.com/CAPcDhDIzX
— Peter Flax (@Pflax1) February 27, 2022
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.