Color me livid.
For some time, I’ve been concerned that we’re not learning about people killed riding their bikes in the City of Los Angeles.
Now know they’ve been keeping the truth from us.
That worry stemmed from this year’s surprisingly low number of bicycling deaths that have been reported in the media, as well as the LAPD’s belated announcements of fatal hit-and-runs that come weeks, if not months, after the fact.
Never mind that they’re asking for our help long after the trail has gone cold, and any potential witnesses have likely forgotten key details.
So much for the city’s highly touted hit-and-run alert system.
Yesterday, Crosstown confirmed that they just aren’t telling us what we need to know to stay safe, and identify the problems on our streets — let alone fix them.
Following the death of Los Angeles resident Samuel Tessier in an apparent fall at the entrance to Universal Studios last week, I had counted nine people who had been publicly confirmed to have been killed while riding their bikes on the mean streets of the City of Angels.
But according to LAPD figures reported by Crosstown, the actual number is more than twice that high. In fact, of the more than 260 traffic deaths in the city through October 28th, 19 were people on two wheels.
Although that figure pales compared to the 138 pedestrians slaughtered on our streets, as the city is on track for more than 300 traffic deaths for the second year in a row.
And once again likely to top the highest number of traffic fatalities in more than a decade, topping last year’s total of 314 — or nearly one person killed on our streets every day of the year.
So much for Vision Zero.
We were promised that the city would pull out all the stops and do whatever was necessary to eliminate traffic deaths by — wait for it — 2025.
Which means they have a hell of lot of work to do to if they’re going to meet that goal in the next 13 and a half months.
Especially since they can’t even be bothered to tell us about the over half the bike-riding victims of traffic violence in the city.
Let alone the other 243 people killed in traffic collisions this year.
And if that doesn’t piss you off, I don’t know what will.
Photo by Wendy Corniquet from Pixabay.
Then again, it’s not just Los Angeles.
According to a new survey conducted by Calbike, a whopping 83% of respondents would feel uncomfortable walking or biking on California highways controlled by Caltrans.
And 99% would be uncomfortable walking or biking those highways with a child.
But let’s just round up, and say all of us.
Then again, there’s pretty damn good reason for that.
Evidently, LA officials are keeping us in the dark literally, as well as figuratively.
Yes I rode it last week and was glad I had charged my lights! Someone is going to get hurt there sooner or later!
— Alex🚲 (@im_walkin_here) November 14, 2023
Bike-riding state senator and congressional candidate Anthony Portantino landed a key endorsement in his campaign to replace outgoing Congressmember Adam Schiff, in what appears to be shaping up as a battle with equally bike-friendly Assembly Transportation Committee head Laura Friedman.
Very excited to have been endorsed by the incomparable Jackie Goldberg. She knows that public education is an issue I will always champion. @UTLAnow @EAPDLA @CSEA_Now @SEIU @glendaleOUT @CAM2Go @stonewallvoice @StonewallYDems @StonewallDems pic.twitter.com/bDJsVfFqe7
— Anthony Portantino (@Portantino) November 14, 2023
‘Tis the season.
Just remember to save a few bucks for the 9th Annual BikinginLA Holiday Fund Drive, which officially kicks off after Thanksgiving.
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.
Massachusetts Streetsblog reports hating on bike lanes was not a winning strategy for the state’s politicians in the recent election.
A London man got knocked off his bike by a hit-and-run mo-ped rider while biking with his cat, and all the cops care about is his lack of a helmet. And presumably the cat’s, too.
Impatient, close passing moped driver knocked us off our bike today. Fortunately the police (?) were right behind us, so they could scold me for not wearing a helmet and then leave. First time off my bike since 2007.
Sigrid is fine; my knee is messed up, can't ride for a bit. pic.twitter.com/LdAESnSXnO
— Travis and Sigrid (@sigirides) November 13, 2023
Pasadena just got a federal grant for just over three-quarters of a million dollars to boost active transportation in the Rose City.
Long Beach is starting design work on an 8.3-mile, north-south curb-protected Backbone Bikeway on Orange Ave to compliment several east-west bikeways currently under development, as well as a 5-mile bikeway on Atlantic Ave currently in its earliest phase.
Solano Beach is considering adding signs along the city’s Coastal Rail Trail to encourage courtesy and slower speeds when approaching pedestrians, whether someone is riding an ebike or a regular bicycle.
Ebike riders are calling on San Diego to lift the city’s four-year old ban on riding on its boardwalks.
Seriously? A Blythe man walked out of court already on parole after pleading guilty to shooting a man riding a bicycle after the two men had quarreled over a dice game; 27-year old Deveon Keyshawn Smith was sentenced to four years time served for the crime, after being held behind bars since the 2018 shooting.
Bay Area bike riders turned out in force to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the bike lane on the Richmond-San Raphael Bridge, with an estimated 1,000 bicyclists riding to demand its retention in the face of a relentless campaign for its removal.
CNN tests 17 ebikes and one conversion kit and comes up with some surprising recommendations, as well as the usual suspects.
Singletracks talks with an attorney to understand why frame warranties for mountain bike frames are written to prevent replacement or repairs.
Pertinent advice from Road Bike Rider on how to keep your bicycling duds from stinking up the room.
That’s more like it. Bike Snob’s Eben Weiss offers five bike safety tips that are more important than wearing a helmet. Which is not to say that you shouldn’t wear one, just that it should always be seen as the last line of defense when all else fails, not the first.
Bike Magazine considers the drive for ebike incentives across the US. Which serves as yet another reminder that California’s seemingly moribund ebike voucher program still hasn’t launched, over two years after it was approved and funded by the state legislature.
Oregon Rep. Earl Blumaneuer continues his exit interview tour, as the co-founder of the Congressional Bike Caucus talks with Streetsblog about the state of bicycling, traffic safety and bi-partisanship in the US.
It takes major huevos — or maybe a distinct lack of common sense — to steal ten police bikes from a San Antonio police storage room.
Police in Missouri discovered a body in a local park after someone found an abandoned bike along a bike path, several months after a local person went missing.
I want to be like her when I grow up. An 83-year old Ohio woman wakes up with a smile every morning by looking forward to riding her bike each day, after overcoming polio as a child.
Horrible news from Alabama, where a 63-year old woman was apparently killed by dogs while riding her bike, after she was found unresponsive on the side of the road. A tragic reminder that unleashed dogs can be more than just an annoyance.
GCN explains how to fit clip-on mud guards to almost any bike. Which could come in handy with the atmospheric river projected to hit California later this week.
Nice guy. A Welsh man switched seats with his wife and let her take the blame after blowing through a red light and slamming into a bike-riding teenager, leaving the boy with life-changing injuries.
A British bike rider was suitably horrified as he filmed a swarm of rats along a local bike path.
The bereaved romantic partner of rising Irish cyclist Gabriele Glodenyte warns that the county’s roads are like a war zone, after the 24-year old rider was killed by a driver while the pair were on a training ride in May.
An Irish mother of two faces charges for an alleged drunken and stoned hit-and-run, accused of leaving an off-duty police inspector for dead in a ditch after slamming into his bicycle; she refused a friend’s offer of a ride, despite smoking a joint and downing at least ten drinks.
Two Cypriot bicyclists were hospitalized after they were both run down by a hit-and-run driver.
Eight bicyclist crisscrossed Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, during the night on bicycles outfitted to monitor air quality and pollution from Diwali fireworks.
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan recalls riding his bike 155 miles from Delhi to Chandigarh after graduating high school, because he wasn’t having any luck getting into colleges in his hometown.
Seoul, Korea is proposing a 12 mph speed limit for bicyclists riding in bike lanes along the Han River to rein in speeding riders.
Borrow a bicycle for a free two-hour ride on your next layover at the Singapore airport.
A Melbourne, Australia man riding his bike with an Israeli flag was attacked by a woman and knocked off his bike, in an assault fueled by escalating Israel-Palestine tensions.
Grand Tour veteran Geraint Thomas is apparently spending the off-season drowning in booze, admitting to being drunk 12 nights out of the previous two weeks.
The next time someone suggests cyclists aren’t tough, remind them of the time Dutch ‘cross rider Lars Van der Haar causally popped his own dislocated shoulder back in using his own bike. Read it on AOL if Bicycling blocks you.
And why your new carbon fiber, high-performance bicycle could be made by a Red Sox fan.
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.
Oh, and fuck Putin