Let’s start with a little non-bike news, although it could affect anyone with a multimodal commute.
Metro is hosting a virtual public hearing on November 14th to get community input on a proposed rate change to “simplify” transit rates.
Although it looks more like a rate increase from here.
The LA County transportation authority promises to eliminate daily, weekly and monthly passes, as well as transfers, replacing them with stored-value cards and fare caps.
Under the proposal, Metro’s basic fare will increase from the current $1.75 to $2, with a daily max of $6, and a weekly cap of $20.
While that will benefit people who make multiple trips in a single day, or over 12 trips each week, it will nearly double the cost for a typical two-way commute with a transfer in each direction, from the current $3.50 roundtrip fare to $6.
Which is exactly how I use Metro in most cases.
A single roundtrip with no transfers will increase slightly, from $3.50 to $4. Meanwhile, weekly costs will jump from the current $12.50 for a weekly pass to a max of $20, while the current $50 monthly pass will be replaced with a max of $80 for four weeks.
That doesn’t exactly sound like a good deal to me, but your mileage may vary.
And it’s definitely not the no-fare transit system Metro promised to study and report back on.
ActiveSGV shares the update to Pasadena’s 2015 Bicycle Transportation Action Plan we discussed yesterday, which was rolled out at last night’s Municipal Services Committee meeting.
#Pasadena DOT providing updates on the Pedestrian and Bike plans. A few highlights:
🛴🚲City's 1st Protected Bikeway *should* be ready for use April (#EarthMonth) 2023!
— ActiveSGV (@ActiveSGV) October 26, 2022
It looks like an early kickoff to Halloween weekend, with a pair of spooky rides set to roll this Friday.
First up is ActiveSGV’s Halloween-themed ebike tour of Pasadena.
Join us for a spooky e-bike tour along some of #Pasadena’s most bicycle-friendly streets THIS Friday, October 28! 🚴🏽♀️👻🎃
🗓 Friday, 10/28/22 – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
📍 The Rose Bowl: Parking Lot I
679 N Arroyo Blvd Pasadena, CA 91103
— ActiveSGV (@ActiveSGV) October 25, 2022
Meanwhile, the monthly LA Critical Mass rolls just an hour later for their annual Halloween ride.
Halloween Ride this Friday! 🚴🏽♀️🚴🏾♂️🚴👻💨
Meet 6:30p / Roll 7:29p
Every last Friday of the month💨#bikela #lacriticalmass #criticalmassla #criticalmass #losangeles #ktown #dtla #ciclavia #hollywood #westla #eastlos pic.twitter.com/BtB63BMZr2
— LA Critical Mass (@LACriticalMass) October 25, 2022
Now that’s more like it.
— David Zipper (@DavidZipper) October 25, 2022
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.
No bias here. A San Diego TV station insists a bike counter on a North Park bike lane is double-counting some bike riders, even though the city insists it’s been double-checked for accuracy while explaining that ridership naturally decreases in the fall when weather cools and school is back in session.
No bias here, either. In a story hidden behind a paywall, the Bay Area’s East Bay Times reports that the bike lane on the Richmond-San Raphael Bridge exacerbates pollution and congestion, directly contradicting a new study showing protected bike lanes have the opposite effect.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
Police throw the book at an Ohio man, who was arrested for obstructing official business, failure to disclose personal information and lack of bicycle signal devices after refusing to give his name when cops stopped him for riding without lights on his bike.
There’s a special place in hell for the New York man who rode his bicycle up to an 18-year old Hasidic man and punched the Jewish teen in the back of the head without warning.
Jennifer Hudson is one of us, riding her bicycle on the Warner Brothers lot, as the EGOT-winning actress, singer and talks how host is named Glamour’s Woman of the Year.
Long Beach is looking for volunteers for the city’s annual two-day bike count, scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday.
Los Angeles and Orange Counties are slated to share $295 million dollars in new state active transportation funding, including projects on Western Ave in South LA, Osbourne Street in Pacoima, and the LA River Greenway in the East San Fernando Valley.
A Goleta incumbent says he hasn’t decided about plans for a lane reduction and bike lanes on the city’s Hollister Ave, while his challenger for a seat on the city council is strongly in favor of it, as well as expanding bike and pedestrian access throughout the city.
Tragic news from Kern County, where a 14-year old Tehachapi boy was killed as he was riding his bike on the sidewalk when a pickup driver failed to see him while exiting a driveway; a crowdfunding page has raised over $14,000 of the $20,000 goal to help pay his funeral expenses.
A San Francisco district supervisor was criticized for rolling back the area’s Slow Streets program after one senior citizen was killed and another injured by a speeding driver as they walked in the Sunset District.
A new four-part documentary series looks back to a ragtag cross-country bike ride, when a group of inexperienced teenagers set out to ride across the US on whatever bikes they could get their hands on.
US Transportation Secretary Pete says Elon Musk’s Hyperloop idea sounds “super interesting,” but Musk can pay for the damn thing himself. Thanks to Victor Bale for the heads-up.
Flying Magazine recommends taking your bike with you if you’re flying your private plane into an airport near a rail trail, especially if you own a foldie.
Bellingham, Washington is removing parking spaces and installing bike lanes in a cynical effort to run off homeless people living in their vehicles.
Denver pauses its popular ebike rebate program for the remainder of the year, after burning through three years worth of the vouchers in the first six months.
After a Kansas City bike mechanic was injured in a hit-and-run, a crowdfunding campaign raised over $20,000 in just 24 hours to help him get back on his feet, easily topping the low $5,000 goal.
A weekly Houston Pride Ride returned to the streets for the first time since a 45-year-old father was killed by a hit-and-run driver after falling into the street two weeks ago.
A Boston TV station rushes to the aid of a woman who was charged for failing to return a bikeshare bike that wouldn’t register when she tried to dock it.
New York residents are taking out their anger over losing parking spaces for a new Forest Hills protected bike lane by blaming the K-rail dividers.
A 35-year old Florida woman was arrested on charges of hit-and-run causing death and tampering with physical evidence, four months after she allegedly crashed into the 56-year old victim as he was riding his bike home, knocking him off a bridge and into a river.
Audi claims their new vehicle-to-vehicle system is the secret to improving safety for people on bicycles — even if their massive SUVs are designed to kill anyone outside of a vehicle.
Horrible news from Wales, where a man claiming to be the area’s “the most accomplished car thief” faces an attempted murder charge for deliberately running down a man riding a bicycle, leaving the victim paralyzed from the waste down, in what appears to have started as some sort of grievance between the two,
Gear Junkie offers a brief tutorial on breakaways, pace lines and how to draft.
And that feeling when the city’s brilliant solution to a tree root breaking through a bike lane is…spray paint.
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.
Oh, and fuck Putin, too.