Let’s start with the bad news from Carlsbad and Newport Beach.
A 77-year old man riding a bicycle suffered life-threatening injuries when he was run down by a hit-and-run driver on Aviara Parkway near Black Rail Road in Carlsbad Friday afternoon.
The driver was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit-and-run after he was found a couple miles away, showing “objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication.”
He was being held on $100,000 bond.
Meanwhile, I’ve heard from two people about someone on a bicycle appears to have been seriously injured in Newport Beach on Sunday, on the west side of Newport Coast Drive just south of San Joaquin Hills Rd.
There’s nothing in the news yet, which is usually a good sign. However, I’m told that the road was closed for several hours, which suggests the victim may have suffered critical, possibly life-threatening injuries.
CW: My husband was out riding in Newport Beach (Newport Coast Dr & San Joaquin Hills) yesterday morning & came across a bad crash involving a driver & bicyclist. Haven’t found any info on it. Hoping the bicyclist makes it. @bikinginla pic.twitter.com/jMkwxqfNUw
— Serena Grace (@serena_grace) March 27, 2023
In addition, a 43-year old man on a high-end road bike was seriously injured when he was apparently sideswiped by a passing driver in Del Mar just before midnight Friday; fortunately, his injuries aren’t considered life-threatening.
Thanks to Phillip Young, Serena Grace and David Huntsman for the heads-up.
Nothing good last forever, if NIMBYs get their way.
It was only a few weeks ago that I visited downtown Culver City for the first time since the Move Culver City Complete Street makeover went in, and discovered for myself just how much more pleasant it was to walk through the city without the constant threat from cars and their drivers.
But now a new conservative majority on the city council wants to rip out the new bike and bus lanes, and restore Washington Blvd to the dangerous car sewer it was for decades prior to the improvements.
So mark your calendar for what may be the last chance to save them next month.
The city council will review #MoveCulverCity on 4/24, and all indications are that there are 3 votes to make Washington Blvd a car sewer again. @BikeCulverCity is rallying every meeting until then, starting Monday, for the paradigm shift we need toward a healthy city and planet. pic.twitter.com/IaaSrRS1Tp
— Alex Fisch (@AlexFischCC) March 25, 2023
Traveling through Mid-City West is about to get a lot easier, and a helluva lot more pleasant.
Permanent slow streets are coming to @midcitywest starting next weekend! @LADOTlivable pic.twitter.com/E9bAwcMNcX
— Michael Schneider (@schneider) March 25, 2023
Looks like we’ve got a new bike lane on the ground in Pico Rivera.
NEW BIKE LANE! – Just under a mile of Gallatin Rd and Paramount Blvd in @PicoRiveraCity received a Class 2 unprotected, and mostly unbuffered bike lane. cc: @StreetsblogLA @bikinginla pic.twitter.com/AFKy2hDpMP
— Jayro Queme's Tweets for Less Traffic Violence (@ayruem2) March 27, 2023
Although they’ve got a long way to go to catch up to Santa Monica.
Santa Monica is a good case study for showing you can get a lot done for bike infrastructure in a decade if you keep at it year after year. Here’s a signature project on 17th St about to open. pic.twitter.com/osZeW2gaHY
— Carter Rubin (@CarterRubin) March 24, 2023
More proof bicycles can transport just about anything.
Paris proves that the only thing holding us back is our own leadership. Or the lack thereof.
The most notable thing about Paris’ cycling revolution?
Its expediency is tangible on the street: scrubbed markings, precast barriers, fresh paint and concrete.
It shows the only thing stopping cities from transforming themselves isn’t time, money or skill; it’s political will. pic.twitter.com/l3KuMyC2FL
— Melissa & Chris Bruntlett (@modacitylife) March 26, 2023
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on rolling.
No logical disconnect here. When you’re urging people to come protest a bike lane, always encourage them to come by bike or transit due to a serious lack of parking.
New entry for the “Things You Could Not Possibly Make Up” file:
Berkeley’s most unhinged NIMBYs are fighting a bike lane and are rallying folks to go to a special city meeting on April 18.
Their e-mail call to action? “It will be hard to park, so walk or ride your bike.” pic.twitter.com/t0hNv9UAow
— (((Matthew Lewis))) progressive federalism SOS (@mateosfo) March 26, 2023
No bias here. An Arizona state representative thinks Portland has somehow imploded, and bike lanes are to blame; the local paper aptly describes the backlash as “road diet rage. Thanks to Erik Griswold for the link, who calls your attention to the “delightful” comments to the original tweet.
An impatient, road raging driver drove up onto the sidewalk and onto the grass before trying to go through a die-in being held to protest the death of a bike rider in Sheffield, England.
No bias here, either. Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson writes that he’s glad bike sales have dropped below pre-pandemic levels in the UK, bizarrely comparing people on bicycles to the East German secret police, and arguing that riding a bike isn’t a cheap and healthy alternative to taking the car, but rather, “a political statement, pure and simple. It’s anti-capitalism with handlebars.”
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
Police in Nova Scotia are investigating a man who rode his bicycle through town wearing a Nazi flag draped over his shoulder. In the US, that would be protected under the 1st Amendment, but I’m not sure about the laws up there in the Great White North. Or Northeast, in this case.
London’s bicycling czar was punched in the face by an angry man on a bike, after he chastised the man for riding through a crosswalk at an Amsterdam-style floating bus stop without stopping for pedestrians. On the other hand, at least London has a bike czar, unlike a certain SoCal megalopolis I could name.
The city of San Fernando — you know, the one with the mission that the valley is named after — broke ground on a new 1.4-mile multi-use path along the Pacoima Wash Friday morning
Streetsblog accuses the Democratic author of a new state bill of hiding its real intent, using equity and emissions to argue for expanding car capacity on the Richmond-San Rafael bridge, and converting the hard-fought-for bike lane into a lane for motor vehicles.
A La Jolla high school student worked with firefighters to promote safety at a school event, five months after he was hit by a driver while riding his bike; he’s also calling for speed bumps to slow drivers where the crash occurred.
The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that community groups are working with state and federal agencies by using murals and parks to reconnect neighborhoods severed by highway construction. However, the story is hidden behind a paywall, so you’re on your own trying to see it. Thanks again to Phillip Young.
Bad news in San Jose, where a woman riding a bike was murdered by a hit-and-run driver Sunday night.
A writer for Slate discusses the new bill calling for a $1,500 federal ebike tax credit, saying environmentalists are finally recognizing the world can do better than electric cars, and starting to act like it.
PeopleForBikes and the League of American Bicyclists will team to offer a new ebike-specific rider safety curriculum this summer.
If you’ve ever wished your ebike had more power, consider that ebikes are legally restricted to no more than 1 horsepower in the US.
The Wall Street Journal examines when your kid will be old enough to ride an ebike. And they’ll welcome you through their draconian paywall for the low, low price of a buck a week.
A new study shows that self-driving cars won’t significantly reduce demand for parking. On the other hand, promoting bicycle and transit use, as well as walking, can.
An Anchorage, Alaska cop was allowed to walk without charges for beating, kicking and pepper spraying a man he and his partner had stopped for riding with no lights on his bike, then unlawfully arresting him, after the victim recorded and taunted the man; prosecutors dropped charges against him after he agreed not to work in law enforcement again.
Denver’s highly successful ebike rebate system returns tomorrow; no word on how many vouchers will be available this time.
A Dallas, Texas man is facing seven years behind bars after agreeing to a plea deal for the hit-and-run death of a father riding a bicycle, along with drug possession and the illegal use of a car.
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of us, going for a chilly bikeshare ride on the streets of New York.
Over 300 bike riders turned out to honor a Norfolk, Virginia bike shop owner who was killed while riding his bicycle in a South Carolina collision.
An 80-year old Florida man was killed when his bike was left-crossed by a 69-year old woman driving a golf cart.
The former director of Colombia’s national police is one of us, as retired general Rodolfo Palomino suffered a hip injury when he was struck by a driver while riding his bike, before crashing into another car.
A 72-year old man from Canada’s Prince Edward Island has virtually ridden around the world, traveling the equivalent of of the Earth’s circumference — nearly 25,000 mile — on local streets in less than four years.
A London writer says she’s bored by the abuse and vitriol she faces as a woman riding a bicycle in the city, because the benefits far outweigh any negatives; meanwhile, the situation’s not much better for women in the Philippines, either.
No bias here, either. The family of a British woman, who was sentenced to three years behind bars for fatally knocking a 77-year old woman off her bicycle and into the path of an oncoming car for riding on the sidewalk, says she shouldn’t be in prison, arguing the judge failed to consider her learning difficulties and mental state after the death of her sister, and describing her as childlike, disabled and partially blind. Then again, she didn’t offer much consideration for the woman she sent to her death, either.
An 81-year old English man has been known as the area’s “bicycle whisperer” for more than six decades, after surviving a devastating flood that hit the region when he was just eleven.
First aid class paid off for a group of English cops, as they were called to rescue an unconscious bike rider just days after being trained for that exact scenario.
A new Belgian study shows bicycling crashes are vastly under-reported in the country, with up to six times as many bike crashes as shown in official statistics, many caused by potholes in the country’s roads.
Croatia will invest the equivalent of nearly $180 million in bicycle infrastructure over the next five years.
Turkmenistan has elected a new parliament with no members of the opposition, with all 125 members loyal to the country’s bicycle-riding president.
A Malaysian bicyclist writes about how to get better at traveling on two wheels.
Vigilantes have sabotaged a new $15 million multiuse path in Australia’s New South Wales by sprinkling tacks and nails along the pathway at least three times since it opened just two weeks ago, in an apparent effort to cause flats and injuries.
The Ineos Grenadiers cycling team says they’re still counting on Egan Bernal for this year’s Tour de France, after the 26-year old former Tour de France winner crashed out of the Volta a Catalunya as he struggles to regain his form after last year’s near-fatal training crash.
You know you’re dominating the race when you can take a wrong turn near the finish, and still win by nearly three minutes, like Switzerland’s Marlen Reusser did in winning the women’s Gent-Wevelgem classic in a 25-mile breakaway.
Begian’s Wout Van Aert had his best week of the new racing season, starting with a win in the E3 Saxo Classic last week as he outsprinted Mathieu Van der Poel and Tadej Pogačar for the win. As usual, read it on Yahoo if Bicycling blocks you.
Van Aert continued his success with a second place finish in the men’s Gent-Wevelgem, finishing just behind teammate Christophe Laporte as the rest of the peloton struggled with the rain and wet cobbles; however, he was nearly DQ’d when a mechanic lubed his chain leaning out of the team car. Once again, read it on Yahoo if Bicycling blocks you.
Walk the dog while you ride. Your next handlebars could be illegal gun parts in disguise.
And seriously, it’s true.
Your semi-regular reminder pic.twitter.com/KTsSJoGnqC
— Cool Bike Art (@CoolBikeArt1) March 26, 2023
Ramadan Mubarak to all observing the Islamic holy month.
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.
Oh, and fuck Putin, too.
Hell yes, remove the BS that the liberals that used to run Culver City put in!!! Cars should be the priority!!! Bikes need to stay to the right and stay out the way. I rode bikes myself and I never pulled any of the crap today’s bike riders do…. Today’s bike riders think that laws don’t apply to them.
Also my car was damaged by that crap that CC put down to supposedly protect bike riders. Give us the lanes back and return Washing Blvd to how it is supposed to be. Road diets are a joke and cause way too many problems!!
The most consequential laws applying to cyclists are the laws of physics. Cars are heavier and are being driven faster than ever before. You’ve probably also noticed – people are breaking the law constantly: not stopping to make a right turn on red, speeding, swerving through traffic. All of these are preventing people who want to stop using their car and using a bike instead from doing so. We can’t ticket our way out of this, and physical barriers are the only proven way to make people drive sanely and keep riders safe.
Also, I occasionally have to drive through Culver, and it’s quite easy to go through without damaging a car. It may be getting close to that time you need to have that uncomfortable conversation as to whether or not you still have the wherewithal to drive. A convenient bus will help a lot in that case.
That last part was exactly what I was thinking.