The LA Times continues their recent look at bicycling issues with a great article pointing out the need for real data to support the growth in bicycling and bike infrastructure.
And they support it with an interactive map showing the growth in bikeways on an annual basis since 2005; I notice almost all growth occurred after I started this site in 2008.
You can thank me later.
No, seriously, I’m kidding.
But the simple fact is, LA has long fallen down in tracking who rides, where they ride and what happens when they do.
And the result is that council members like Gil Cedillo, Paul Koretz and Tom LaBonge can halt vital bike projects because there’s no data to prove them wrong.
The LACBC has tried to step in to provide stats on bicycling in the city and on select streets. But it should be the city’s responsibility, and only the city has the resources to capture vital data throughout the city.
Lots of great bike events are coming up in the next few days.
Bike SGV invites you to the Grand Opening of their new headquarters this Friday, complete with complementary bike valet.
The annual Midnight Ridazz All City Toy Ride rolls Friday night.
There will be a Kiddie Bike Rally this Sunday at Sycamore Grove Park on North Figueroa; ignore the typo about the date in the headline.
Also on Sunday, there will be a swap meet and racing at the Encino Velodrome, not far from the site of the Santa Cross cyclocross race at Pierce College. Update: Michael from the excellent Centerline Rule website noticed what I didn’t — that event at the Velodrome was last Sunday.
Sunday night will see a tour of ghost bikes and a bike light vigil in Downtown LA.
And mark your calendar for the Love Your Hood Ride in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, sponsored by Bikesanas del Valle, CICLE, Pacoima Beautiful and Metro.
A Santa Monica columnist says bike lanes are to blame for the city’s traffic congestion; silly me, I thought it was all those cars. And never mind that SaMo traffic sucked long before the city even thought about welcoming bikes in an attempt to provide an alternative to, if not reduce, that congestion.
KPBS says Caltrans is finally entering the 21st Century and discovering that more Californians are biking and walking more, and driving less.
Newport Beach police ticket 21 drivers and four bike riders in their new traffic safety crackdown.
A new state legislator from the Bay Area says California cyclists should throw away our red rear lights and reflectors, and use a flashing white rear light instead. Evidently, so drivers would have no idea whether we’re coming or going.
A Marin County columnist insists that bike advocacy in the area has been set back by a) a road raging cyclist and b) a speeding bike rider who crashed into two kids on a bike path. If the same standard were applied to motorists, no one would ever be allowed to drive again.
This is how doorings turn deadly, as a rider in my hometown is hit by a car when he swerved to avoid an open car door.
Virginia’s Department of Transportation tracks down the owner of a hand cycle that had somehow come loose on a freeway interchange.
Huh? A Louisiana parish lowers the speed limit on a 17-mile recreational trail because an 83-year old woman was killed by a bike rider four years earlier and over 2,000 mile away.
A Canadian province moves to require helmets for all bike riders after April 1st. And no, it’s not an April Fools joke.
A British Kickstarter takes an enlightened approach to visibility with bike apparel and backpacks that light up after dark.
Rome’s mayor insists he’s going to keep riding his bike despite mafia threats.
Competitive cycling’s governing body promises much needed sweeping reforms, but so far it’s the moral equivalent of vaporware. However, they do raise the prospect of mixed gender competition in the Olympic Games.
A Philippine priest defies his doctors to ride across the country to raise awareness of climate change.
Forget titanium, what you really need to impress the gang on the weekly beer ride is a racing bike layered in 24 karat gold.
And a new Aussie study says kids are seven times more likely to need brain surgery if they suffer a head injury while not wearing a helmet — especially they’re in a motor vehicle. So where’s the call for mandatory car helmets for kids?
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