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Move along, nothing to see here. AKA diabetes sucks.

My apologies.

My blood sugar crashed suddenly as I was working on today’s post, and took me down like a shot. Within a matter of minutes, I went from feeling okay, to sick as a dog and down for the count.

Which is just one more reason why I miss the Corgi, who used to warn me about my blood sugar before it got that bad.

As usual, we’ll be back with anything we missed.

And let this be your periodic reminder to get yourself tested if you’re at risk, have symptoms or have a family history of diabetes, and do everything you can to keep from getting it.

You don’t want this shit. Trust me.

Move along, nothing to see here. Or diabetes sucks.

My apologies.

The good news is, my recent bout with high sugar is finally getting back under control after my doctor put me on a new medication.

The bad news, I’m still shaking after a sudden blood sugar crash knocked me out for a few hours last night.

Which serves as the latest in a series of periodic reminders that diabetes sucks. If you’re at risk, get tested. And do whatever it takes to avoid it, or at least get it under control.

Seriously, the only good thing about diabetes is that cookies and candy are lifesaving medication.

Get out and ride this weekend. And stay safe out there.

We’ll see you back here next week to catch up on anything we missed.

Move along, nothing to see here

Still having problems with my diabetes this week. I’ll be back tomorrow to catch up on anything we missed today.

Move along, nothing to see here

My apologies.

Had another rough night after my diabetes kicked my ass, proving once again I’m not in charge of my own body any more.

As a nearly life-long cyclist, I’ve proved to myself time and again that I could will my body to do anything, at least on two wheels.

Now my own body is attacking me. And all I can do is struggle to control it, and too often, fail.

So let me remind you once again, if you’ve been told you’re at risk for diabetes, or have a family history of the disease, get tested. Then do whatever it takes to avoid getting it.

Seriously, you don’t want this shit.

As usual, we’ll be back tomorrow to catch up on anything we missed.

Stay safe out there.

May this holiday season bring joy and bikes to you and your loved ones

BikinginLA will be taking our annual break between the holidays, when there’s usually not much bike news to report.

And even fewer people still around to report it to.

So please accept our warmest wishes for you, and all your loved ones. May your holiday season be bright and filled with joy.

We’ll see you back here again after New Years.

Morning Links: Protected bike lanes save lives even where they aren’t, and New York kind-of goes after macho drivers

Just eight days left in the 5th Annual BikinginLA Holiday Fund Drive! Donate today via PayPal, or with Zelle to ted @ bikinginla.com.

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Yet another benefit from protected bike lanes.

A new Toronto study shows that not only did protected bike lanes increase ridership 2.57 times on the streets they’re located on, they also reduced collisions between motorists and bike riders 38% on those streets.

But surprisingly, they reduced collisions between motorists and bike riders by 35% on nearby streets up to 1,800 feet away, as well.

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New York officials say macho men in SUVs and pickups are killing people on bikes and foot, so they’re introducing a new ad campaign to shame them.

Although most drivers probably won’t be.

Not to mention when I look at the ad, his expression and dress doesn’t exactly say “macho” to me.

Meanwhile, the SUV reference is so subtle, it’s barely there. And could be literally any other type of vehicle without changing anything.

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In what looks like a case of out-of-control cops, Seattle bike cops appear to ram pedestrians on a sidewalk from behind with their bikes, apparently without warning, then bust them for obstruction and resisting arrest.

Although remember, we’re not seeing what came before this, which may or may not be relevant.

Thanks to J. Patrick Lynch for the heads-up.

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‘Tis the Season.

A pair of players for the San Diego Padres teamed with the Bikes for Kids nonprofit group to give 141 bikes to 2nd and 3rd graders at a local elementary school.

Over 300 Pleasanton CA volunteers turned out to build 800 bikes for East Bay kids. And recycle the boxes they came in.

Power company PG&E worked with the Bay Area Bike Project and a Chico CA sports store to provide 40 bicycles for kids affected by last year’s devastating Camp Fire.

A South Dakota bike charity built 171 bicycles for kids in need.

Ninety-two Missouri kids now have new bikes courtesy of the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Over 100 bike-borne Santas, elves and reindeer invaded Mad City, Wisconsin over the weekend.

Three hundred kids in upstate New York will get new bicycles thanks to the employees of the county garbage collector.

A Pennsylvania urgent care center donated 110 balance bikes to local schools to help kindergarten kids learn to ride a bike.

The owner of the New Orleans Saints gave 50 new bikes to needy kids belonging to a Louisiana Native American tribe.

A Mississippi bike club is teaming with the local sheriff’s department to give 120 bicycles to area kids.

Kindhearted cops in Orlando FL gave away 100 bike and helmets to area students.

But by far the best story comes from Scotland, where a kindhearted young boy asked Santa to bring him a new bicycle, and give the one he’d outgrown to a homeless shelter.

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It’s not just the last full week of the BikinginLA Holiday Fund Drive, it’s the last eight days of the late Corgi’s tenure as spokesdog.

Let me offer my sincere thanks to Beverly L and Harold and Karen K for their generous donations to support this site. And help keep all the best bike news and advocacy coming your way every day

So what are are you waiting for, already?

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Local

A New York couple relates how they quit their jobs and moved to Southern California by bicycle, riding 2,500 miles in 44 days while looking for work and freelancing along the way.

 

State

An Irvine bike rider was hit by an apparent drunk driver shortly after midnight Sunday morning, despite having lights and reflectors, and riding in a crosswalk near a bike path.

San Francisco police have finally gotten around to responding to bicyclists’ complaints about drivers blocking the bike lanes on Valencia Street, where citations are up 41% over last year.

Inexcusable. The chair of the Oakland Bicyclist and Pedestrian Commission was held at gunpoint by private security guards for the crime of taking pictures of yarn-bombed bike racks on a public sidewalk. But it couldn’t have anything to do with him being black, right?

An op-ed in a Marin newspaper says the new bike lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is part of efforts to remove obstacles to bicycling. Apparently, it’s working, since the bridge is averaging 660 bike trips every day in its first two weeks.

Santa Rosa police busted four homeless people for stealing a bait bike.

Sacramento is the latest California city to adopt a Complete Streets policy. Let’s hope they have more luck with it than a certain SoCal metropolis has.

 

National

Peloton isn’t the only game in town for stay at home bicyclists; the others range from less expensive to a lot less expensive. Although just getting outside can help you live longer.

DHL has been ordered to pay over $9 million to a Canadian couple who were run down while riding single file on on the shoulder an Oregon highway. The driver said it wasn’t his fault, claiming they were actually in the traffic lane and he couldn’t avoid them; one victim nearly lost his leg as a result of the crash.

Colorado bicyclists are making a last ditch effort to roundup investors to rescue a Northern Colorado velodrome before another buyer tears it down.

File this one under you’ve got to be kidding. An off-duty Michigan cop could walk with probation for the hit-and-run that left a bike rider with a broken elbow. Then coming back and directing traffic — without telling anyone he was the one who hit him.

New York councilmember tell the cops to knock off harassing and ticketing ebike delivery riders. Good luck with that. Harassing bike riders appears to be what the NYPD does best.

Louisiana State University, home to the new Heisman Trophy winner, will be getting new bike lanes to improve bike safety on campus. Which is a big change from when I lived in Baton Rouge, and could count on getting a beer or two thrown at me just for daring to ride past the campus.

 

International

Despite the complaints of some disgruntled drivers, over two-thirds of Vancouver residents like the city’s new network of protected bike lanes.

A Calgary letter writer says scofflaw bicyclists are getting with murder — and the editor of the local paper evidently agrees with him. Never mind that its the people on four wheels who are actually killing people, and disproportionately the ones on two wheels or feet getting killed.

Apparently, some drivers really can’t see us. After an English driver critically injured a woman on a bicycle, she failed an eye test the next day.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is one of us, through his election likely means his days as an everyday bike rider are probably numbered. But he should still be a friend to bicycling while in office.

A UK truck driver was convicted despite playing the universal Get Out of Jail Free card by claiming the sun was in his eye. Possibly because he was high on coke at the time of the crash.

An Irish court awarded an injured bike rider the equivalent of over $22,000 after a driver ran over his foot — even though he allegedly ran a red light, ruling he was 60% responsible for the crash.

A Danish website suggests ebikes are becoming the country’s new car.

An Indian city has asked municipal employees to walk or bike to work once a week to help curb pollution.

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is one of us, touring the Red Sea city of Sharm el Shiekh before opening the World Youth Forum later that day.

 

Competitive Cycling

A mass crash in a Brisbane, Australia track cycling race took out 12 of the 21 World Cup cyclists competing in the Omnium.

Cycling Tips offers tips on how to design a bike race course.

Twenty-two-year old Gage Hecht is your new men’s US national ‘cross champ.

 

Finally…

Former Doors frontman Jim Morrison is still one of us, evidently. Who says you can’t ride on solid ice?

And that feeling when your loose dog is faster than most of the peloton.

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No Morning Links due to last night’s breaking news

My apologies once again.

Unfortunately, last night’s bicycling fatalities in Bonsall and Calexico left me with far too little time to write today’s Morning Links.

But if you’re unsure whether to support this year’s BikinginLA Holiday Fund Drive, consider this.

I’m committed to bringing you the news no one wants, even though it’s by far the hardest thing I have to do.

And probably the hardest things you have to read.

I write about the victims of these crashes both to remember and honor them, and provide a bike rider’s perspective that the police and press too often don’t — and the victims can’t.

Because if we don’t know what’s really going on out there, it’s impossible to fix it.

And that’s something you won’t find anywhere else in Southern California.

It’s up to you to decide what that’s worth to you, if anything.

No amount is too small — or too large, for that matter. All I ask is that you give if you want, and if you can.

And if you already have, thank you, sincerely, from the bottom of my heart.

Either way, I’ll be back tomorrow to catch up on anything we missed today.

Because the most important thing you can do to support this site is to simply keep coming back every day.

Thanks for kicking off the 5th Annual BikinginLA Holiday Fund Drive!

The 5th Annual BikinginLA Holiday Fund Drive is off to a great start!

Thanks to Michael F, Carol K, Harvey W, Robert K, Stephen T, Don E’s Store, Douglas M and Will C for their very kind and generous donations!

Your support helps keep SoCal’s best bike news and advocacy coming your way every day.

 

Give to the 5th Annual BikinginLA Holiday Fund Drive today!

Donate today via PayPal, or with Zelle to ted @ bikinginla.com.

It’s the first full week of the 5th Annual BikinginLA Holiday Fund Drive.

The one time of year I come right out and ask for your money.

Okay, beg.

Because operating this site is a more than full-time job, for far less than minimum wage. And while I truly appreciate each of the sponsors over there on the right, their support, as valuable as it is, doesn’t cover what I need to keep this site going.

Especially after a year like this, when the money that came in went out just as fast. Or faster, even.

But that’s where you come in.

Your support helps fill in that gaping gap, and allows me to devote all my working hours to bringing you the latest bike news on a daily basis, from around the corner or around the world.

And devote whatever time I have left in this life to helping make this a safer place for people on bicycles, and a more livable world for all of us.

Or call it the 1st Corgi Memorial Fund Drive in memory of our late, great spokesdog

It’s not an easy job. Especially when I have to bring you news that none of us want.

But it matters. Because we can’t fix problems if we don’t know they exist. And our leaders can’t hide the truths we shine a light on.

So give what you can, or give what you want.

But please, give something.

You can contribute with just a few clicks by using PayPal. Or by using the using the Zelle feature that came with the banking app that’s probably already on your smartphone; just send your contribution to ted @ bikinginla.com.

Any donation, in any amount, is truly and deeply appreciated. And will help keep all the best bike news coming your way every day.

If you can’t afford to give anything, or just prefer not to, that’s cool too. You’re more than welcome to keep coming back, and contributing to our online community.

But please give if you can, and what you can. Because we can really use the help.

This year especially.

Thank you to Felicia G and theMuirs for their generous contributions to this fund drive even before it officially began.

And as always, a special thanks to Todd Rowell, who came up with the idea for this fund drive in the first place.

Move along, nothing to see here

Lately, I’ve really struggled most nights with my diabetes and neuropathy, and the meds to treat them, to get my work done.

Most nights I win.

Tonight I lost.

Which may or may not have anything to do with finally getting back on my bike for the first time in over a year today, following my knee replacement.

We’ll be back Thursday to catch up on anything we missed.

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