Once again, I’m unable to post a new Morning Links today.
But this time, it’s not my fault.
My internet service went down a couple hours ago, as I was working on today’s post. And took my unsaved changes with it.
After waiting patiently and rebooting both my laptop and modem more than once, I have no choice but to throw in the towel and try again tomorrow — assuming Spectrum cable can get its shit together by then.
So keep your fingers crossed, and hopefully we’ll be back on Thursday.
And yes, in case you’re wondering, I pecked this out on my phone, which doesn’t have access to all the links I’ve saved for the last two days.
But at least my mobile phone company still loves me.
Evidently, I decided to cap off a difficult week with a bout of low blood sugar that knocked me out for a few hours as I was trying to work. And left me too out of it to get anything done once I woke up.
Just one more reminder that diabetes sucks, even when you have it mostly under control.
So I’m giving up and throwing in the towel tonight.
Get out on your bike and enjoy the holiday weekend. Ride safely and defensively.
And I’ll see you back here bright and early Tuesday morning.
After struggling to write something, anything, over the past few days, it’s become clear that the idea I could return to work this week was overly optimistic.
To say the least.
So let’s just throw in the towel on our daily Morning Links updates for now, and try again next week.
We will have a guest post from my former Iditarod sled-dog racing brother tomorrow, as he recounts the tale of his snowy, 1000+ mile late fall bike tour from the Pacific Northwest to his home in Western California.
No dogs involved. Even if the weather was more appropriate for it at times.
And I’ll be available for any breaking news, which hopefully won’t.
With a little luck, the pain will finally let up and my head will clear, and I’ll see you back here next week.
After writing about yesterday’s fatal bike crash in Koreatown, and spending far too much time making preparations for my upcoming knee surgery, there’s just no time left to write today’s Morning Links and get it online.
As usual, we’ll be back tomorrow to catch up on anything we missed.
And if anyone knows a good, reliable, corgi-friendly dog walker, let me know.
And that includes requiring Complete Streets on state-owned surface streets such as LA’s Sepulveda and Santa Monica Blvd, and Pacific Coast Highway in the ‘Bu.
SB 127, sponsored by San Francisco State Senator Scott Weiner, would shift the focus of California’s transportation department to serving all road users, not just the ones in the big, dangerous machines. Unlike what it has done throughout its existence.
It would also require state transportation funding programs to prioritize pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
Senator Wiener said his goals with S.B.127 are threefold: to increase safety, to help people live healthier lives by encouraging more use of active transportation modes, and to create better climate outcomes by giving people the option to use environmentally friendly travel modes. “That can only happen if it’s safe to do so,” he said.
“Caltrans has historically treated these surface streets as if they were the same as a major traditional highway,” said Senator Wiener, “and they’re not. We need to make sure these streets are safe for all users.”
The bill will undoubtedly meet opposition from entrenched motorist interests, just like any other recent Complete Streets bill that seems to threaten the automotive hegemony on our streets.
But it could make a real, and lasting, difference in the way Californians get around.
Great story about a Cat 2 bike racer from Arkansas, who lost his leg as a result of a crash while playing bike polo — then won a national championship in individual pursuit, along with another silver and a bronze, at the recent Paralympic National Championships.