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Give to the 6th Annual BikinginLA Holiday Fund Drive today!

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

Welcome to the 6th Annual BikinginLA Holiday Fund Drive.

Think of it as sort of like a pledge drive for your favorite public radio station. Except we don’t take away the reason you came here while we ask for your money.

Or maybe plead is a better word this year.

Like a lot of people, we’re hurting this year, emotionally and financially, after my wife’s job disappeared along with the company she worked for during the first Covid-19 lockdown. And we’re facing an even bigger cliff when her health insurance disappears along with her job at the end of the year.

Good times.

But those are my problems. You’ve undoubtedly got your own right now.

Which is why I’m not asking for your help if you’re struggling, too. If you can’t afford it, don’t sweat it. Just coming here to read this site means more than I can ever begin to tell you.

But if you’ve to a few extra bucks lying around, keep reading.

Because running this site is a more than full-time job, for a lot less than minimum wage. And while I truly appreciate each of our sponsors, their support, as valuable as it is, doesn’t begin to cover what’s needed to keep this site going.

I count on whatever comes in during the annual fund drive to tide me over until those sponsors renew in the spring.

If they do in the middle of this pandemic, which could be in doubt, just like everything else right now.

But that’s where you come in.

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

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

Because we can’t fix the problems we all face if we don’t know what they are. And our elected leaders can’t hide the truths we shine a light on.

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

But give something if you can.

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 already on your phone; just send your contribution to ted @ bikinginla.com (after removing the spaces, of course).

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

Thanks to Arthur B and Eric L for their generous contributions before this fund drive even began.

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

Finally, say hi to the new corgi puppy, as she takes a break from training to be a diabetic service dog to make her debut as official spokesdog for the Holiday Fund Drive!

 

Move along, nothing to see here

It’s two in the morning as I write this, after writing about the 82-year old man killed riding his bike in Temecula over the weekend.

And to be honest, I’m emotionally exhausted after writing about someone killed on SoCal roads every day this month.

So I’m going to throw in the towel and take myself to bed. And hopefully find a better frame of mind in the morning.

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

And ride safe. I don’t want to have to write about you, or anyone else.

 

Move along, nothing to see here — 2020 sucks edition

Looks like I’ll be out of business for awhile.

I spent all day yesterday begging Spectrum cable to come fix the internet modem their massive outage broke on Sunday. The earliest appointment I could get was Sept. 18th, until they finally agreed to squeeze us in tomorrow.

Which was good news, until it wasn’t.

Because the corgi puppy did something really cute tonight, squeezing herself into a pillow case she’d previously chewed a hole in.

Only problem is, in trying to extricate her, I knocked over a glass of water, which landed on the laptop I thought was safely out of reach.

And even though it was closed, it’s now dead as hell.

Which is why I’m pecking this out on my phone.

So unless there’s some sort of MacBook Air miracle in the morning, it looks like we’ll be offline for the foreseeable future until I can get another one.

Which could be a long damn time since both my wife and I are out of work. Me because of the diabetes and neuropathy keeps me from holding a job, and Sandy because the company she worked for closed down permanently during the coronavirus shutdown.

Hopefully, Congress will get its collective head out of its collective ass and do something, because we’re hurting like everyone else out there.

Until then, I’ll try to figure something out.

But it may take awhile.

Move along, nothing to see here

Sometimes you just have to throw in the towel.

A combination of an early morning commitment today, and a late night last night tending to a new puppy who got into something she shouldn’t have, means I’m out of time to get anything done tonight.

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

Enough! A fight for full accessibility and inclusive bicycling at UC Davis and the University of California system

Recently I’ve been trading messages with former South Pasadena resident Megan Lynch, as she struggles with the challenges of being a disabled bike rider attending grad school at an ostensibly bike-friendly university.

Or maybe, bike-friendly as long as you’re physically abled.

She’s struggled with everything ranging from finding safe and affordable handicapped-accessible housing, to simply finding a bike rack that can accommodate her adaptive recumbent bicycle.

Both of which could easily be corrected if someone actually gave a damn.

Big if, evidently.

Because this past weekend, I received this heartbreaking email indicating she’s had enough.

I have barely survived this first year of grad school because UC Davis is so ableist. Grad school is hard for abled 20-somethings in the prime of their lives. It is so much worse for anyone who is not in this society’s hegemonic class.

I went to the Disabled Students Center – they didn’t care.

I went to others at UC Davis – they didn’t care.

I went to my union – they didn’t care.

I went to the wildcat strikers – they didn’t care.

Finally, I saw that no matter how much this place was hurting my health, no one cared. Once more, I was the only person that was going to save me. So I looked around for other disabled students who wanted to work on this. They gave input, but no one made the time. I did this by myself until just the beginning of July when I finally found disability activists at UC Berkeley, UCSD, and potentially at UC Santa Cruz.

It shouldn’t have to be like this.

This past Sunday marked the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, mandating access for people with disabilities in every aspect of American life, from employment and housing to education.

And yes, bicycling.

It’s a law that has literally been life changing for countless people. Yet one that is too easily ignored when it becomes just a little too inconvenient.

Which is why she’s joined with UC Access Now to release a manifesto demanding change.

Because they’ve been ignored for far too long.

And it’s long past time someone listened.

ADA Is a Floor Not a Ceiling

“Do you know what it means when someone pays you minimum wage? You know what your boss is trying to say? It’s like ‘Hey, if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.’” – Chris Rock

Attempting to meet ADA and no further is admitting that you’d do less if you could get away with it. In 30 years of ADA, UC still hasn’t fully met ADA conditions. But meeting ADA isn’t enough. For example, accessible cycle racks & lockers are important for transportation to those disabled people that can cycle, especially on a majority cycle campus like UC Davis. But when asked, abled transportation & parking services workers say “Bike racks aren’t covered under ADA”. This is not likely true, but even if it were ruled so, it’s just another argument for exceeding ADA to achieve an inclusive and accessible campus environment.

Here are a few more entirely reasonable quotes pulled from their list of demands.

• Cycling racks & cycling lockers must be U-racks that will accommodate the types of cycles disabled people are more likely to ride such as handcycles, tricycles and quadracycles (both upright and recumbent). Racks must be far enough away from each other and from obstacles like curbs, hedges, and walls for a large cycle (including cargo cycles) to fit and for a large person to be alongside the cycle locking it without being too close to the next person over also locking their cycle at a rack.

• Campus cycling facilities should have staff trained in the maintenance and repair of cycle frames disabled cyclists use like handcycles, recumbents, tricycles, quadracycles, and e-assist cycles of all types.

• Each campus should have a hub for wheelchair and mobility aid repair. In addition to carrying parts and executing repairs, specialized wheelchairs for outdoor recreation on trails and at the beach should be available to rent by disabled students who use wheelchairs.

If there’s anything there that’s unreasonable, outrageously expensive, or too difficult to implement, I can’t see it.

You can follow UC Access Now on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And contact the administrators at UC Davis and the UC Board of Regents to demand change.

Because people don’t stop riding bikes because they’re disabled.

They stop riding because no one cares enough to accommodate them.

And the same goes for higher education.

………

Come back tomorrow for our usual Morning Links to catch up on anything we missed today. 

And meet the furry new BikinginLA intern. 

Move along, nothing to see here

The good news is, despite a body ravaged by diabetes and neuropathy, I can still put in a full day of hard physical labor.

The bad news, I more than pay the price later.

As usual, we’ll be back tomorrow to catch up on everything we missed, once I get the pain and spasms back under control.

Diabetes sucks.

Have a good Memorial Day, and see you tomorrow

When I was a kid, I once asked my dad if anyone he served with was killed in the war.

He just turned away without a word, his eyes glistening.

I never asked again.

Whatever you do today, wherever you are, take a moment to remember those who never came home.

We’ll be back tomorrow, as usual.

Photo by luxstorm from Pixabay.

Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating today!

Move along, nothing to see here — diabetes edition

My apologies again.

My diabetes is kicking my ass tonight. We’ll be back Friday to catch up on anything we missed.

Move along, nothing to see here — internet outage edition

Seriously, I don’t recall internet outages being one of the warning signs of the apocalypse.

But the way the year is going, it’s starting to look like I may have missed something.

Our cable and internet service is down, along with what I’m told is a wide swath of West LA and the San Fernando Valley.

So after a couple hours of sitting here waiting for it to rise from the dead, I’m giving up and going to bed.

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

Assuming Spectrum can get its shit back together by then.

Bike rider killed in Fullerton crash Tuesday afternoon, few details available

Once again, a bike rider has been killed in Southern California.

And once again, almost no information is available.

According to the Orange County Register, a person was killed when he or she was stuck by a driver in the 1900 block of Orangethorpe Ave in Fullerton just before 3 pm yesterday.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

And yes, the driver stuck around and cooperated with police.

Unfortunately, there’s no information available on the victim, or how the crash may have occurred. Or anything else that might explain what happened.

A street view shows a major six lane roadway, with a narrow painted bike lane on each side; without traffic, there’s little or nothing to slow drivers down.

Anyone with information is urged to call Fullerton Police Department Collision Investigator Chad Keen at 714/738-6812.

This is at least the 16th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the seventh that I’m aware of in Orange County, in what is turning out to be a very bloody year in the county.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his or her loved ones.

Thank you to the person who forwarded this to me.

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