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Apparently, CicLAvia wasn’t the only mass bicycling event in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Even if it’s not just for bike riders.
Thank you to @CicLAvia for hosting an amazing event today in South LA showing the possibilities of a car-free dedicated street for bikes, scooters, and walking!
Our team was out in full force having a blast as you can see! It was a pleasure meeting you all today! 💛💚💛 pic.twitter.com/ttH4r9rt1R
— Kenneth Mejia (@kennethmejiaLA) December 6, 2021
@CicLAvia “South LA” was a great way to finish another fantastic year, thank you for open streets, everyday people living our best life few hours 🚲 no cars 🛹🏃🏽♂️🏃🏾♀️💛💙💚🏁 #ciclavia #southla #leimertpark #losangeles @bikinginla @lacbc @BikeMetro @LAist pic.twitter.com/EGkdmZvkp1
— Bruce Rucker (@bRuc14) December 6, 2021
And even if the other one wasn’t on closed streets. Or even permitted.
— How The West Was Saved (@HowTheWestWS) December 5, 2021
Then again, Los Angeles didn’t have mass bike rides to itself this weekend.
— Homo For The Holidays (@GayPatriotFL) December 4, 2021
Although you can see the same thing in Venice every Sunday, as long as you’re willing to give up the Hemingway vibes.
Thanks to Tim Rutt for the Key West video.
‘Tis the season.
It’s that time of year again, when holiday bike giveaways start making the news.
This time, it starts close to home, where Los Angeles Lakers legend and Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson hosted a holiday event that brought the two teams together with the LA Rams to provide 400 underserved kids with new bikes, as well as helmets and toys.
I had the best time playing with the kids and watching them enjoy gaming trucks, horses, a train, arts and crafts, a bounce house, photos with Santa and so much more. Seeing the looks on their faces was amazing because I remember wanting a new bike myself! pic.twitter.com/L8fQmy1POW
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) December 4, 2021
An Idaho landfill is reclaiming bicycles people toss in the trash to donate to local kids, to ensure every kid can have a bike.
A bighearted Michigan girl collects cans to buy bicycles for a local nonprofit dedicated to providing kids with their first bikes, starting with just two bikes in 2018, and increasing to 217 this year.
A pair of bike clubs in America’s largest retirement community teamed up to donate over 300 bicycles for Florida kids in need.
Forget a BB gun. This is the real Christmas story.
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes is all too real.
Someone has been sabotaging a new protected bike lane in Cambridge, Massachusetts by sprinkling it with tacks and bricks, causing at least one crash.
Sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
A Redwood City man learns the hard way not to run a stop sign at 3 am with meth and drug paraphernalia on his bike — because they might use a CHP helicopter to track him down.
An Oklahoma man faces hit-and-run and assault with a deadly weapon charges after running down a bike thief with his car and reclaiming his bicycle, leaving his victim bleeding in the roadway.
A Singapore bike rider makes an unintended safety video by crashing into the back of a car while distracted by his phone.
It came too late to make our Friday Morning Links, but you can still check out the Militant Angeleno’s guide to yesterday’s South LA CicLAvia to see what you saw.
Oceanside has approved a route for the final link missing from San Diego County’s 44-mile Coastal Rail Trail, which will eventually connect the city with San Diego.
Business owners and residents along San Diego’s 30th Street continue to aim shots at their own feet, filing an appeal to a recently dismissed lawsuit over the new protected bike lanes along the corridor, apparently unaware that protected bike lanes result in increased retail sales and property values, despite any loss of parking. Or maybe because of it.
An alleged bike thief is on trial for murder in Oakland after shooting the victim as he chased after his stolen bicycle. Allegedly.
Emeryville has a shiny new $21.4 million bike and pedestrian bridge.
No bias here. A Marin newspaper says a 15 mph speed limit for bike riders on the Golden Gate Bridge makes sense, especially in light of ebikes capable of doing up to 28 mph. Except ebikes that fast are already prohibited from using separated cycle tracks like the one on the bridge.
A Cycling Tips forum debates whether paywalls blocking internet access to bicycling publications will will eventually hurt the bicycling community and bike industry. It’s hard to argue that it won’t hurt them, as well as the magazines themselves, in the long run. But websites and magazines also need to make profit to stay in business. So until someone comes up with a better business model, we may be stuck with them.
Bloomberg looks at the proposed $900 ebike tax credit contained in the current draft of the Build Back Better bill, which limits it to 30% of the first $3,000 of bicycles costing up to just four grand. Never mind that drivers can claim up to $7,500 on electric cars, no matter how much they cost.
New Mexico residents are battling over whether to close trails in the environmentally fragile badlands in the northern part of the state, where the increasing popularity of mountain biking risks eroding hillsides and destroying plant life. Mountain bikes belong almost everywhere, except where they can do irreparable harm to people, plants, animals or the environment.
A Colorado man will spend the next three years behind bars for killing German pro mountain biker Benjamin Sonntag, after he was convicted of vehicular homicide; sentences on two lesser charges will be served concurrently.
Record-setting Scottish bicyclist Josh Quigley returned to a Texas medical center to thank the trauma team that saved his life two years ago, after he suffered near-fatal injuries when he was run down by a truck driver while attempting to ride around the world.
There has to be a special place in hell for any driver who could leave a 13-year old bike-riding Ohio kid to die alone in the street.
A Grubhub rider in DC doesn’t let the lack of a front wheel delay his food deliveries.
No surprise that the global ebike market is expected to exceed $120 million by 2030. More surprising is that e-mountain bikes are the fastest growing segment.
Momentum offers a guide to bicycle snow tires. Which we usually don’t get a lot of call for here in sunny Southern California.
A 70-year old Winnipeg, Manitoba woman got her missing bike back 16 years after it was stolen, thanks to registering her serial number with the police before it was taken. Which is a good reminder to register your bike now.
Damned if you do, really damned if you don’t. A London bike rider gets fined the equivalent of $99 for riding in a bike-free zone outside a tube station — which is about $66,202 less than the fine for parking it there.
Scotland’s minister for active travel caught flack for posing with bicycling school kids on his own bicycle without wearing a helmet or hi-viz, even though neither is required for adults.
Life is cheap in the UK, where a truck driver walked without a day behind bars for killing a bike rider in an unsafe pass; the driver pulled in too soon because his wing mirror had been knocked out of place, denying him a view of the side of his truck. Evidently, it was just asking too much to pull over to the side of the road and fix it before he killed someone.
When you actually care about people on bicycles, you build thing like this three-way bike bridge over a highway roundabout in Naaldwijk, Netherlands. Thanks to Rich Flanagan for the tip.
A Dutch taxi passenger will face charges for fatally dooring a little girl riding with her parents, which forced her to swerve and fall in front of a bus.
A poultry farmer in Accra, Ghana won a sprayer and a new bicycle after being named the area’s best farmer.
Your next Chinese ebike could have five shock absorbers and carry two people. And cost just $700.
The World Naked Bike Ride follows the sun to Melbourne, Australia, where spring is just coming to an end.
Cycling Weekly ranks the best road cyclists of 2021. And no, my name isn’t in there. And probably not yours, either.
Your next bike helmet could be made from mushrooms and hay, and keep growing even if your head doesn’t. If your friend kills you and burns your body over a motorcycle, maybe he wasn’t really your friend.
And that feeling when you pick up a hitchhiker while riding across Azerbaijan.
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.