We could have a verdict before the end of this week.
Both sides rested Tuesday in the murder trial of 33-year old Sergio Reynaldo Gutierrez, who is accused of using his truck to run down 46-year old Benedicto Solanga in Riverside two years ago.
Gutierrez allegedly flipped Solanga off as Solanga walked his bike with another person, then made a U-turn to come back to slam into Solanga, killing him.
Prosecutors have not said if the men knew each other, or why he attacked Solanga with his truck.
Photo from Ekaterina Bolovtsova on Pexels.
No bias here.
A Culver City councilmember says kids are much better off riding on circuitous side streets than in the direct, protected bike lane he wants to rip out.
Culver City Councilmember scolds parents for allowing their kids to bike in a PROTECTED bike lane:
"My god, parents! You should not have your kids there! I should never ever have my kids bike on those streets… you really shouldn't encourage your young to bike" pic.twitter.com/ld0aMDZTZC
— Bubba 🐡 (@bubbathefish) September 13, 2023
He’s got a point.
Studies have shown that bicyclists are exposed to higher particulate levels when riding next to busy roadways. But it’s unclear whether those particulates have a measurable effect on lung function.
Meanwhile, a new crowdfunding campaign has been established to fight the council’s blatantly illegal decision to replace the bike lane with another lane for motor vehicles, bizarrely claiming it would have no environmental impact and doesn’t require a CEQA review.
As of this writing, it’s raised nearly half of the modest $10,000 goal in less than 24 hours.
I’m speaking 100% in my personal capacity here (as always, but it bears repeating). This is a GREAT line:
“We are Friends of Move Culver City, and we plan to fight Culver City if they do not comply with environmental law.” https://t.co/uRQS4IXC9k
— Alex Fisch (@AlexFischCC) September 13, 2023
The California state legislature has approved the bill to establish a limited speed cam pilot program in Los Angeles, Glendale and Long Beach, as well as three NorCal cities — as long as they meet a number of preconditions.
Breaking news!!! Our speed enforcement bill AB645 just passed the Senate floor! It took 4 years of coalition building to make this victory happen! Thanks to @Scott_Wiener, @StreetsR4Every1 @streetsforall & all the advocates for your partnership! Let’s ask @GavinNewsom to sign! pic.twitter.com/C1YLpT9o3E
— Laura Friedman (@LauraFriedmanCA) September 12, 2023
The state Senate also passed a bill legalizing sidewalk riding everywhere in the state, overriding any local prohibitions.
Assuming the governor signs it, of course.
📣 JUST IN:
AB 825, our bill by @isaacgbryan with many partners which legalizing biking on the sidewalk in areas without safe bicycle infrastructure just PASSED THE SENATE!
NEXT STEP: Assembly concurrence pic.twitter.com/zitjwsJ2G6
— Streets For All (@streetsforall) September 12, 2023
More proof that lane reductions and protected bike lanes work. Someone please tell the Culver City Council.
Oh wait, they already know.
Michigan Avenue Update! It's only been a month since the lane changes, but so far we've seen a 33% decrease in crashes! And the average trip time between Westnedge and Walbridge has only increased slightly by about 26 seconds. pic.twitter.com/5FeEcsF0Mt
— City of Kalamazoo (@KalamazooCity) September 12, 2023
Let’s pause our bike news for a moment for a couple of brief help wanted notices.
Los Angeles Walks is hiring an Incoming Executive Director to manage the pedestrian advocacy group; you have until the end of this month to apply.
And if any planners out there are looking for work, Oregon could be looking for you.
Statewide Recreation Trails Planner (Limited Duration)
In this capacity, your role will revolve around being a planner and fostering partnerships. This will involve the facilitation of high-level trail planning initiatives, requiring close coordination with various stakeholders, including state and local agencies, tribal governments, trail advocacy groups, and trail user constituencies. You will also be tasked with the development of comprehensive processes to manage all stages of trail project delivery effectively. Building internal and external partnerships will be key to ensuring the efficiency and success of these processes and systems, all while prioritizing the department’s Mission in your decision-making.
Thanks to Alan Thompson for the heads-up.
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.
Police in Downey are investigating after a man was captured on video randomly shoving a man off his bike while he rode with another man along the riverbed on Florence Ave, moments after attacking another bike rider.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
San Diego is cracking down on ebikes and e-scooters on beach boardwalks, two years after an unenforced and universally ignored ban went into effect.
LA County broke ground on the 3 mile, $8.1 million Vincent Community Bikeway, which will combine a creekside bike path with on-street protected bike lanes through the unincorporated community.
Streetsblog looks at Pasadena’s new Union Street protected bike lane.
More on the effort of three Santa Monica city councilmembers to stop truck drivers from parking in the city’s bike lanes, which has been a problem as long as the city has had them.
Caltrans and the California Office of Traffic Safety are launching a new “Safety is Sharing. Safety is Caring.” public awareness campaign to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety. Probably because they couldn’t come up with anything more boring and less impactful, despite their best efforts.
San Francisco bicyclists are taking to social media to complain about drivers illegally using the controversial new centerline protected bike lane on Valencia Street,
The bike industry’s ebike battery recycling program has collected 43,000 pounds of batteries since it began two years ago.
Direct marketing brand Canyon is having a sale on a number of their bikes, across the categories.
Popular Seattle-based ebike maker Rad Power Bikes is out with their updated new lineup, as the financially troubled company commits to using only UL certified lithium-ion batteries.
Once again, Burning Man attendees abandoned hundreds of slightly used, but very muddy, bicycles, which are going to the Reno Bike Project to find loving new homes.
Heartbreaking story about the death of Colorado endurance bicyclist Greg Bachman, who was killed by a Kansas driver the night before last years Unbound Gravel race; his widow calls out anti-bike bias from Kanas Highway Patrol, which destroyed evidence, failed to examine the driver’s phone or the victim’s GPS, and went out of their way to incorrectly blame the victim.
Omaha bike riders are calling for better “road awareness” from both bicyclists and motorists after a noted local cardiologist was killed by a driver while riding his bike.
A three-day Iowa Underground Railroad bike ride will explore 136 miles of the state’s abolitionist history.
Kindhearted Missouri cops surprised a man with a new bike after the one he used to get to work was stolen.
New York City councilmembers slammed the city’s transportation department for falling behind on building new bus and bike lanes, which are legally mandated by the city’s transportation master plan. Which is what happens when city leaders actually give a damn, and draft a plan with real teeth, unlike a certain SoCal megalopolis I could name.
A columnist for a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan newspaper says the road to safer bicycling in the city is sadly “paved with blood,” suggesting that despite deaths and injuries, the debate about safe bicycling always seems to come down to cost. Sadly, it seems to be the case everywhere that nothing happens until it’s too late.
Montreal, Quebec’s ghost bike group marked its tenth anniversary by filling a busy intersection with 645 pairs of white shoes, indicating the number of people killed while walking in the province over the past decade.
Britain’s Conservative government is considering new laws to confront dangerous bicycling, including a pledge to create a “death by dangerous cycling” law, after concluding the existing laws are old and inadequate.
Belgian pro cyclist Nathan van Hooydonck was injured in a car crash after becoming unwell while driving with his pregnant wife on Tuesday; an update from his Jumbo-Visma team indicated his condition was “not critical,” despite earlier reports.
American race leader Sepp Kuss lost time to his own teammates in the Vuelta yesterday, after Jumbo-Visma’s Jonas Vingegaard attacked to win stage 16 and move just 29 seconds behind Kuss.
L39ION of Los Angeles co-founder Justin Williams has reportedly been suspended for a second time in consecutive years for causing a crash in last month’s Audi Denver Littleton Criterium; reports also indicate Thomas Gibbons was fined for swearing after Williams caused him to crash.
Pro cyclist Lachlan Morton overcame “trench foot, freezing rain, wildfire detours, mental demons and a busted derailleur” to record the fastest ever time on the Tour Divide bikepacking route, completing 2,670 miles and 192,000 feet of climbing in 12 days, 12 hours, and 21 minutes. But his time won’t go down as a new record, because the camera crew that accompanied him isn’t allowed under official rules.
Anyone betting the National Cycling League wouldn’t make it to their second season should collect your winnings, as the fledgling US bike racing league laid off two-thirds of the riders they had under contract.
Now you, too, can build your very own dream cargo bike.
And you think you’ve got bike skills?
Cycliste en équilibre (Cyclist in equilibrium)
— Cool Bike Art (@CoolBikeArt1) September 12, 2023
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.
Oh, and fuck Putin