Let’s start with an update on Sunday’s Newport Beach crash that appeared to leave a bike rider seriously injured.
The crash, which occurred on on the west side of Newport Coast Drive just south of San Joaquin Hills Rd, resulted in an hours long road closure as police investigated.
Yesterday I heard from a lawyer for the victim’s family, who shared that he survived the impact, but remains very seriously injured and unable to communicate.
As a result, they are desperate for any information to understand what happened to their loved one.
So if you saw the crash, or have any information about it, call Pajman Jassim of Jassim Law at 619/395-2668.
And be sure to keep the victim of this crash in your thoughts or prayers, or whatever you’re comfortable with.
Hi Serena I am the attorney for the bicyclist injured in this collision. They are looking for any information. Can you please contact me with any information? My cell is 619-395-2668. Thank you!! The cyclist is alive but seriously injured.
— Pajman Jassim – JASSIM LAW (@JassimLaw) March 27, 2023
Mark your calendar for the next CicLAvia in less than three weeks.
CicLAvia — Mid City meets Pico Union rolls on Sunday, April 16th, on a four-mile route along Venice and Washington boulevards between Hoover and La Brea.
California’s multiple disaster designations means the deadline to file your federal and state taxes has been extended until October 15th, so you won’t have to rush home to get your taxes forms in order for the next day.
Let’s just hope the seemingly endless series of atmospheric rivers is over by then, so we can count on a typically sunny SoCal spring morning.
UC Berkeley’s SafeTREK program is conducting a survey about conditions facing bicyclists in the state of California.
You are invited to participate in a UC Berkeley study about the factors that make roads more or less bicycle friendly. The survey involves answering some questions about your cycling experience and then viewing and responding to short videos of bicycling on road segments. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete. The closing date for the survey is Friday, April 14, 2023.
Those who complete the online survey at the link below may enter a drawing to receive one of six gift cards. One $150 card, two $75 cards, and three $50 cards are available. Please encourage your peers and colleagues to complete this survey as well. Download our flyer: English | Spanish.
Santa Monica wants to know what you think about a proposal to allow pedicabs on the beachfront bike path through the city.
My take is the path is just too crowded as it is, particularly on weekends and summer afternoons and evenings, and adding commercial activity would just make a bad situation worse.
But maybe they could consider offering it during off-peak hours.
Go ahead. Make my day.
It’s a simple, but powerful idea. The people who sign off on bike infrastructure (elected officials, DOT engineers) should have to ride it. There is nothing that sharpens the sense of what works so much as experience. https://t.co/IlSqH6AYJ0
— John Lloyd (@boyonabike62) March 27, 2023
Disconnected bike lanes that don’t go anywhere don’t really help anyone, and clearly demonstrate just how little city and state officials actually care.
Well-built, connected bike lanes can transform the cycling experience, providing safety and mobility. However, many cities have inadequate, disconnected lanes that fail to protect cyclists or encourage biking.https://t.co/32qgOlM1Gm
— California Bicycle Coalition (@CalBike) March 27, 2023
Portland officials are moving quickly to address a decline in ridership by introducing a purple cartoon frog.
Yeah, that should fix everything.
A new scientific journal will focus on research into bicycling and micromobility.
We are excited to announce the launch of the Journal of Cycling and Micromobility Research! This new open access journal will publish cycling and micromobility related research topics. https://t.co/jXTeX4lS6x pic.twitter.com/ahlsK4VCWE
— Elsevier Transport (@Transport_ELS) March 27, 2023
Lady Gaga is one of us.
Although we may not want to admit it until she loses that weird whale hat.
Or maybe it’s a dolphin. Or a shark.
Born on this day, March 28, 1986:
Lady Gaga, shown here seeing and being seen in Copenhagen in the best way there is to see and be seen in Copenhagen – on a bicycle.
Happy #bicyclebirthday, Lady Gaga!#BOTD pic.twitter.com/XIWyaShYJr
— Cool Bike Art (@CoolBikeArt1) March 28, 2022
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on rolling.
No bias here. A Toledo, Ohio bike path already under construction is on hold in a dispute over property rights next to a local country club, as the club argues it would be unsafe because an errant shot might hit a car, and the driver could crash into people on the bike path. Or maybe a unicorn might dart out of the 7th hole and stampede into bike riders on the path, which seems almost as probable.
The bizarre war on 15-minute cities and the UK’s Low Traffic Neighborhoods — the equivalent of Slow Streets in the US — continues, as a successful petition drive results in an independent investigation into LTNs, and calls for a referendum on implementing 15-minute cities in the country.
A writer for Bicycling describes getting buzzed by a driver while riding two abreast in Spain, and reacting by flipping the driver off and exchanging obscenities — resulting in a road rage chase as they rode uphill, followed by threats with a tire iron, folding chair and razor blade before the driver and his passenger finally calmed down. Read it on AOL if the magazine blocks you.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
A Florida home health aide learned the hard way that if you’re going to steal a gun from your 76-year old patient, maybe don’t ride home with the gun in plain site in your bike basket.
Streetsblog rides the newly extended parking-protected bike lanes on eastbound Venice Blvd between McLaughlin and Overland avenues. Which at least use chunkier plastic bollards that won’t actually stop a car, but look like they might.
An op-ed by former Santa Monica city manager and Los Angeles assistant mayor Rick Cole considers a historic opportunity to reunify the heart of Pasadena by reclaiming the scars left by Caltrans for the abandoned 710 Freeway stub.
We’ve mention Long Beach teenager Liam Garner’s bike ride from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina before, but didn’t know the 17-year old didn’t even tell his dad he was going until he was already on the road.
San Diego residents took advantage of a rare opportunity to ride their bikes on the closed SR-15 Freeway.
Santa Barbara continues to extend its bike network, building a series of bike paths and bicycle friendly streets that will connect the east and west sides of the city. And unlike LA’s flimsy plastic car-ticklers, they are using actual steel bollards to protect bike riders from motorists.
This is who we share the road with. Police in San Jose arrested a suspect who allegedly fled the scene after running down a woman and her daughter as they were walking their dog; the mother and dog died at the scene, while the little girl is hospitalized.
SF Gate explains everything you need to know about the Wiggle, San Francisco’s two-mile long zig-zagging bike route that avoids the city’s infamous hills.
A Yuba County woman will spend the next ten years behind bars after accepting a plea deal in the DUI death of a 37-year old neighbor as he was riding his bike; she was trying to drive home at twice the legal limit after having multiple drinks at a local bar.
He gets it. A writer for Jalopnik says it’s not the bike lane’s fault that you’re a bad driver, and maybe people should pay attention when they drive instead of complaining about them.
Bicycling lists nine Subreddits you should follow to connect with other riders and get answers to all your bike questions. However, the article is an exclusive for Bicycling members, which doesn’t explain why it’s also available on Yahoo, as well as AOL.
The popular Colorado certified pre-owned bicycle dealership The Pro’s Closet will henceforth be known simply as TPC.
It’s a sad commentary when neighbors say crashes happen all the time at a Texas intersection where drivers ignore stop signs, leading to a motorist crashing into the bike trailer carrying a six-year old girl; fortunately, both she and her father, who was riding the bike pulling the trailer, will be okay.
A Florida man and his small dog were both killed when they were struck by a pickup driver while he was walking the dog alongside his bicycle; the dog suddenly darted into the road, pulling his bike into the traffic lane.
A Canadian website explain why mandatory bike registration and requiring bike riders to pay for our own infrastructure probably isn’t a good idea.
A Nova Scotia newspaper offers decent advice on how drivers can safely share the road with people on bicycles, although they fail to mention passing at a safe distance. But then spoil it by framing the story as “How to drive with cyclists at your bumper,” as if we all tailgate en masse.
A writer for The Guardian insists on seeing the death of a 77-year old English woman who was knocked off her bike by an angry pedestrian as nothing more than a tragic oopsie, rather than the result of a sidewalk vigilante attempting to enforce the law against sidewalk riding herself.
New bicycles, children’s bikes and ebikes are selling at discounts up to 80% in a massive online auction after a British bike distributor went belly up. But you have to live in the UK to get it.
Your next trip to Paris could feature on-demand, chauffeur-driven, covered e-pedicab service.
French composer Ernest Chausson was one of us, dying in a bicycling crash at the height of his career when he lost control of his bike on a steep hill and crashed into a brick wall in 1899.
Sad news from Italy, where famed framebuilder Ugo De Rosa passed away at the ripe old age of 89; the company will continue under his sons. Once again, read it on AOL if Bicycling blocks you.
Tragic news from Bangladesh, where a man took his six-year old daughter to the hospital, and was beaten to death by ambulance drivers and Islamic militia members after he was mistaken for a bicycle thief.
A new Australian study says women just want to ride their bikes without fear or harassment, which can be addressed by building more separated bikeways.
Over 1,000 high school and middle school mountain bikers will compete in the annual Granite Bay Grinder this weekend at the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area; the race returns following a three-year pandemic hiatus.
It’s a lot like riding a bike on a high wire line, but a lot closer to the ground. Your next fully functional bicycle could be less than a foot high.
And that feeling when an AI bot writes a better anti-bike screed than the famed bike hater it’s imitating.
Ramadan Mubarak to all observing the Islamic holy month.
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.
Oh, and fuck Putin, too.