Hit-and-run Sierra Madre bicyclist arrested after two-month manhunt, and over 2,100 turn out in Griffith Park for safer streets

Just 268 days until Los Angeles fails to meet its Vision Zero pledge to eliminate traffic deaths by 2025.
So stop what you’re doing and sign this petition to demand Mayor Bass hold a public meeting to listen to the dangers we all face on the needlessly mean streets of LA.

Then share it — and keep sharing it — with everyone you know, on every platform you can.

We’re now up to 1,043 signatures, so keep it going! Urge everyone you know to sign the petition, until the mayor agrees to meet with us! 


The good news is, my wife is back home from the hospital, with a couple partially displaced fractures in her shoulder. The next few weeks will determine whether we’re looking at a grueling three month recovery, or up to a year if she needs surgery to reset the bones. 

Meanwhile, I’m now her full-time caregiver, as well as the corgi’s. Which is going to mean some major changes to when and how I work. 

Hopefully I’ll be able to keep things up and you won’t notice a difference. But no promises, because this is going to be a real challenge for the coming months. 


It’s now 109 days since the California ebike incentive program’s latest failure to launch, which was promised no later than fall 2023. And 34 months since it was approved by the legislature and signed into law — and counting.


The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.

West Hollywood residents planned a protest on Sunday to complain about the loss of parking to make space for protected bike lanes and other infrastructure projects on Fountain and Willoughby Aves, as well as Santa Monica Blvd, which “will eventually deprive the surrounding neighborhoods of hundreds of parking spaces.” Proving once again that the convenience of drivers outweighs human lives for far too many people. And seriously, don’t read the comments after you’ve eaten. Or at all, for that matter.

A Las Cruces, New Mexico driver was convicted of shooting a bike rider in the face during a road-rage incident, along with a five-year sentence enhancement for using a firearm; the dispute began when he almost crashed into the victim.

Houston, Texas is deemphasizing its commitment to Vision Zero under the city’s new mayor.

Life is cheap in the UK, where a van driver got a lousy 21-months behind bars for intentionally swerving into a teenager riding an ebike, who he thought had stolen his son’s motorbike.

Even in North Macedonia, streets, sidewalks and bike paths are unusable after being overrun with parked cars.

But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.

A 79-year old English woman is grieving the love of her life, after a hit-and-run bike rider rode off after rolling over her pet chihuahua.

A British judge ruled that a 54-year old senior control engineer and a 66-year-old teacher were equally at fault for colliding while riding on a bike path, concluding they were “traveling at twice the safe speed” and oblivious to each other’s presence when the “inevitable” crash occurred.



London’s Independent says forget driving, and explore Los Angeles by bicycle.

Streets For All founder Michael Schneider says the lesson to be learned from the overwhelming passage of Measure HLA is that safe streets are good politics.

The LA Times asks if you have what it takes to compete in the grueling, three-stage LA Tourist Race for gravel and mountain bikes.

McLaren IndyCar driver David Malukas will make a delayed debut with the team in Long Beach in two weeks, after a mountain-biking “brain fart” sent him over his handlebars while riding on an easy trail, resulting in a dislocated his wrist and multiple torn ligaments.



Calbike says California must seize the opportunity to build better bikeways by supporting AB 2290, Assemblymember Laura Friedman’s Quicker and Better Bikeways Bill.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department ticketed a whopping 13 drivers and bicyclists during their latest bicycle and pedestrian safety operation, though they didn’t give a breakdown on which group got the most tickets, or why.

Sad news from Lost Hills, where a bike rider was killed by a pickup driver in the tiny unincorporated town.

The owner of a San Francisco restaurant threatens an extreme crash diet, saying he’s going on a 30-day hunger strike to protest the Valencia Street centerline bike lanes, claiming the bike lanes are ruining his business.

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition issued a call to action, urging Bay Area bicyclists to fight to keep the bike and pedestrian path on the Richmond-San Raphael bridge, which drivers somehow claim is causing congestion instead of just too many cars and drivers clogging the five lane, double-decker bridge.



A writer for an automotive website lists the downsides of owning an ebike, ranging from price to limited range and the need for charging. And says it’s still worth it to own and ride one.

The Sierra Club offers advice on how to hit the road from Idaho to Alabama to Maine without a single car ride or plane trip, using nothing but Amtrak and a bicycle.

Velo introduces some of the four-legged, furry friends of gravel racing.

Denver is continuing to make improvements to the city’s streets, opening a 1.5-mile protected bike lane on one of the city’s busiest business corridors.

Watch as a Colorado woman goes bicycling with her miniature cow. Because why wouldn’t she?

A 78-year old Iowa city councilmember was injured when a woman less than half his age crashed into his bicycle, despite flashing lights mounted front and rear on his bike.

The city council in Providence, Rhode Island passed a resolution opposing the mayor’s plan to rip out a bike lane to make more room for cars, as hundreds of residents turned out to oppose the plan.



No, airbag bib shorts for bicyclists aren’t an April Fools joke.

Your next bike could be made of recycled plastic. And look like it, too.

A 45-year old Vancouver man faces a charge of first-degree murder for the hit-and-run crash that killed a man riding a bicycle — a charge that requires intent, though no explanation was given.

She gets it. A Toronto mother of two writes that dead and injured bicyclists are never included in traffic discussions, while the voices that get lost in the debate are of those who don’t or can’t drive.

Thirty owners of Pedersen bicycles turned out to mark the 131st anniversary the distinctive diamond-shaped bikes, in the “genius” inventor’s English hometown.

A British man will spend the next 32 years behind bars for attempted murder after stalking another man through two pubs and lying in wait in an alley before shooting him through the neck. But at least he made his getaway on an ebike.

The UK is investing the equivalent of $3.6 million to build a bikeway separated from foot traffic on London’s Hammersmith Bridge, which has been closed to motor vehicles since cracks were discovered in 2019.

British drivers are encouraged to put a sticker reading “Think Bike” on their side mirrors to remind them to watch out for people on bicycles. Better yet,  make one that reads “Watch for bikes and pedestrians,” and require it by law.

Amsterdam is addressing the risk faster ebikes pose to people on bikeways by bumping ebikes capable of traveling faster than 12 mph into the driving lanes, which have a maximum speed limit of 18 mph.

Huh? Politico says a political backlash is leaving the future of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo uncertain, calling her an unpopular but visionary leader, after ten years of transforming the way Parisians get around. Even though city residents overwhelmingly backed her proposal to increase parking rates for SUVs

A bike-riding photographer bears witness to the sheer devastation caused by the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.

A Singapore website investigates the lux lifestyle of Bromptons, Pinarellos and bespoke bikes.

A cement truck driver will spend the next six years behind bars for killing a Singapore bike rider while driving under the influence; he tried to blame the victim for riding too close to his truck.

There’s no lower form of walking human scum than the scammers trying to take advantage of an Australian hit-and-run victim’s family, after he was killed by a truck driver while riding his bike last month.


Competitive Cycling

Two-time defending Tour de France champ Jonas Vingegaard’s racing season is now in jeopardy, after a hard crash with several other riders during the Tour of Basque Country left him with a collapsed lung and pulmonary contusion, as well as a broken collarbone and several broken ribs; the crash also took out cycling stars Primož Roglič and Remco Evenepoel, the latter also suffering a broken collarbone, along with fractured shoulder plates. The race was cancelled following the crash involving a dozen riders.

Australian cycling star Jay Vine managed to avoid surgery for spinal injuries he suffered in the crash, but he will be in a neck brace for the next six weeks.

The president of the French professional cyclists union calls on UCI to take responsibility for making the sport safer, saying he’s angry over the recent spate of high-speed crashes, while Cyclist calls media coverage of the crash “inexcusable.”

World champion Mathieu van der Poel won his second straight Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, finishing three minutes ahead of his nearest rival after a 37-mile solo breakaway, just one week after winning the Tour of Flanders.

Women’s world champ Lotte Kopecky won Saturday’s Paris-Roubaix Femmes, topping former world champ Elisa Balsamo at the finish.

Cycling Weekly profiles a 51-year old London woman who is slowly remaking herself into an ultra-distance cyclist, as she trains for a “short” 1,145-mile, island-hopping UK race. Which just happens to begin in my father’s ancestral home.

An op-ed for Bike Rumor says it’s time for more of the bike industry to move past the toxic culture of bike racing.



That feeling when you want to ride your bike, but with a windshield. Or when your bike bell has a dinosaur on it — maybe you can just pretend it’s a kaiju.

And even five-time Tour de France winners get their bikes stolen.

But sometimes, they get them back.


Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.

Oh, and fuck Putin

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