Speaking for myself, after spending time in the ICU when my helmet failed to prevent a serious concussion in the infamous beachfront bee incident, I may be the first in line to get one once I can ride again.
Somehow, we missed this one last year.
But if you’ve got eleven minutes to kill, you could do worse than watching pro mountain bikers shred on tiny bikes.
Berkeley pulls a page from LA’s former playbook and continues to let the city’s streets deteriorate, saying they would cost $120 million to fix, and another $50 million to transform them into Complete Streets. Which is probably cheaper than the legal settlements they’ll pay out for not fixing them. Thanks to Megan Lynch for the link.
Bike Snob’s Eben Weiss says confronting the driver who almost killed you is never worth it. As someone who’s done exactly that for most of my riding career, I’ve had some very positive conversations with drivers who’ve unintentionally threatened my safety. But the bad outweighed the good by a significant margin.
Iowa City, Iowa is conducting a road diet on a major street, stressing that it’s being done to improve safety and that the extra space for bike lanes is just an added benefit. No word on whether the locals will revolt like West LA’s entitled drivers.
Sometimes it takes time for news to filter out from remote locations. Though you wouldn’t think that would apply to someplace like Chino.
Yet that’s what happened here, as news finally broke that a bike rider was killed while riding in the city last Sunday.
The weekly Chino Champion reports that 28-year old Pomona resident David Alas was riding east on Philadelphia Street at 6:51 pm when he was hit by a car traveling north on Benson Ave. He died a short time later at Chino Valley Medical Center.
No other information is available at this time.
A satellite view shows a four-way intersection controlled by traffic signals in every direction, suggesting that either the victim or the driver may have run the red light. It’s also possible that the light may have changed while the victim was in the intersection, and unable to make it across in time.
Anyone with information is urged to call Chino PD Traffic Investigator Scott Trosper at 909/334-3153.
This is the 10th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the first in San Bernardino County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for David Alas and all his loved ones.
Word is just coming in that a 79-year old bike rider was killed in a Chino collision earlier today.
According to the Press-Enterprise, Manuel Vera Ortega was struck by Silverado pickup at noon Tuesday somewhere south of the intersection of Central and Washington Avenues. He was taken to a nearby medical center where he died less than an hour later.
The truck, driven by 73-year old William Parkinson of Chino, was traveling south on Central; no word on which direction Ortega was traveling or where he was on the roadway. And no other details on how the collision may have occurred.
A satellite view shows a five lane divided boulevard with no bike lanes, and only one visible driveway on the southbound side.
This is the 48th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the fifth in San Bernardino County; that compares with 45 SoCal deaths and four in the county this time last year.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Manual Ortega and all his loved ones.
Mendez reportedly was attempting to bypass another vehicle by driving his massive 2001 Yukon in the bike lane when he hit Donato from behind; after all, that narrow strip of paint was put there just for that purpose, and no reasonable person could possibly have foreseen that there might actually be a bike in a bike lane.
And yes, that was sarcasm.
Donato was was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton where he was listed in critical condition.
And that’s where the story ends, as far as the press is concerned.
Apparently, their interest in the case ended once Donato didn’t die right away. Or maybe once they posted the press release from the Sheriff’s Department.
No follow-up. Not even, it would seem, a phone call to the medical center the following Monday to learn if the victim had lived or died.
No big deal. Just another cyclist suspended in a press netherworld between living and dead, like Schrodinger’s cat. And likely to remain there, if one of my regular sources hadn’t lifted the lid and looked inside to discover yet another dead cyclist.
It’s a problem I’ve struggled with for some time.
I often come across stories about cyclists who have been seriously injured, on nearly a daily basis, in fact; if I reported on every collision I heard about, it would be all I ever wrote about.
No follow-up stories relating how the critically injured rider miraculously recovered from his or her injuries. Or didn’t. Maybe I’m expecting too much, but it seems to me that if the story was worth reporting in the first place, it’s worth reporting whether the victim made it.
But that’s just me.
I’ve tried following up on various cases on my own, but have yet to get a response back from any police agency to any request for more information, with the singular exceptions of LAPD Sgt. David Krumer and Santa Monica PD Sgt. Thomas McLaughlin. I suspect as soon as they hear or see the word blog, my request goes into the Things We Don’t Give a Damn About pile.
Even some fatalities never make it into the press. I’m still waiting for any sort of confirmation about the apparent fatality that occurred in East L.A. last June, which is why it’s not included in my stats on cycling fatalities in L.A. County, along with another unconfirmed fatality in the Malibu area not long afterwards.
And the matter hasn’t been helped by the recent change in Google’s algorithms, which have made it much harder to find more obscure news stories from less populated areas. And makes me worry constantly that I may be missing something.
I don’t have the answer. I wish I did.
In fairness, the press is doing a much better job of reporting cycling injuries and death than just a few years ago, when a cyclist could have been hit by a car in the middle of a newsroom and reporters would have just stepped around the wreckage on their way to the water cooler.
These days, I seldom hear of a fatality without finding some mention in the press, somewhere. Key word being seldom, as indicated above.
But it’s those frequent stories of riders seriously injured that give me pause. And make me question whether they’re back on their bikes, or struggling to recover, or lying in the cold, hard ground, sadly forgotten by a cycling community that never got the news.
Clearly, I’m not the only one who wonders.
I received the following message from the same anonymous tipster who told me about Francisco Donato’s sadly unreported death.
On Sunday evening, I rode past the investigation of a car vs. bike on Bolsa Chica Street. Totalled bike, flares, kliegs. surveying equipment, the whole nine yards. An officer on scene confirmed that “one of our local transients” was transported to the hospital. The PD’s arrest log shows a DUI >.10% (no indication of injury or death) at the approximate time of the incident. There’s been no mention in the local press. Some worthless homeless guy? On a bike? The collision won’t matter any more than his death.