I’ve been seriously under the weather the past few days, which means we’ve got a lot of news to catch up on.
No hypocrisy here, as Westside City Councilmember Paul Koretz proposes slashing greenhouse gas emissions in the city.
And he somehow seems to think the city can cut those emissions by 80% without cutting back on car traffic. Or even mentioning cars in his announcement, let alone offering safe alternatives to driving to reduce traffic congestion.
So let’s be honest.
The only way Los Angeles will ever see a significant reduction in emissions or traffic congestion is to provide residents with viable alternatives that will allow those who choose not to drive to leave their cars at home.
And with his single-handed veto of the Westwood lanes, Koretz has shown himself to be one of the biggest obstacles to accomplishing that.
But at least he talks a good game.
Sad to see Dan Dabek leave after doing so much to revitalize the organization. But congratulations to Vanessa Gray as the new Director of C.I.C.L.E.
Sounds like the group will be in good hands.
Meanwhile, Metro finally adds active transportation representatives to the agency’s Technical Advisory Committee, which should bring a better voice for bicyclists to LA County’s leading transportation authority.
And preliminary plans are in the works for the long-delayed rail connection to LAX, which will include a plush new station connected to the Green and Crenshaw lines, with a mile-plus people mover leading to the airport. Maybe those new TAC members can push for a bike center to be included in the plans to finally make it practical for employees and passengers to ride to LAX.
And Metro honors Steven Nancarrow for transforming his life through bicycling.
Laguna Beach’s Coastline Pilot offers a sad remembrance of fallen cyclist John Colvin; tragically, both his wife and daughter drove by the collision scene only to discover later that the victim was their own loved one.
Messenger bag maker Timbuk2 will open their first LA-area store across from Linus Bikes on Abbot Kinney next month.
After a lot of pushing from Richard Risemberg, among others, the LA River bike path finally gets wayfinding signs through Elysium Valley.
Better Bike offers an update on the embattled proposal for bike lanes on Santa Monica Blvd in the Biking Black Hole of Beverly Hills; no action is expected before September. Meanwhile, Beverly Hills NIMBY’s try to raise fears of out-of-town cyclists destroying their precious parks; I wonder if they also object to all those out-of-town motorists besmirching their boulevard and fouling their air?
Curbed misses the mark, as maps based on Strava data don’t show the best bike routes through the city, just the most popular ones for riders who use Strava.
A local writer tells cyclists to get off the sidewalk and stop riding salmon.
After a successful introduction in Corona del Mar, new bike racks are coming to OC’s Balboa Island.
Bike Newport Beach rolls out the first installment of a bootleg bike master plan to replace the long-delayed official one.
Cyclists, joggers and equestrians jockey for space in a Bakersfield culvert.
Streetsblog offers an update on bike and transportation-related bills in Sacramento, with things looking good so far. Meanwhile, bills to battle hit-and-run move forward; Santa Monica offers its support, as well.
More on that study showing drivers give bike riders in bike lanes more space when passing.
Good news from injured cycling scion Taylor Phinney, whose recovery is ahead of schedule.
As Spokane becomes more bike-friendly, cyclists still face harassment on the roads.
Chicago cyclists get the nation’s first bike footrest.
A DC TV station offers 13 tips every bike rider should remember to avoid bike theft; good advice, since we seem to be suffering a rash of them lately.
Virginia’s three-foot passing law takes effect July 1st; our won’t be enforced until mid-September.
Is Britain on the verge of becoming a bicycling nation?
A bike path in Ireland’s County Limerick sees a big boost after a visit by Kim and Kanye.
This year’s Tour de France will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of WWI.
Over 10,000 Moscow cyclists will ride in support of better bicycling infrastructure.
South African cyclist sells everything he owns to ride through 70 countries on all seven continents.
A Brit writer says it’s irresponsible to encourage cycling on the country’s dangerous roads; after all, there’s no point in trying to make those roads any safer. And don’t swear at a group of children in a crosswalk, especially if you’re the jerk who jumped the light. Just don’t.
On a personal note, before anyone gets too concerned, my diabetes in under control. Despite being told by my doctors it would be impossible, I’ve managed to get my blood sugar levels down to the normal levels without insulin; in fact, I’m having more of a problem with low blood sugar these days.
On the other hand, I appear to be having a bad reaction to one or more of the medications that have helped me get things under control, which has knocked me on my ass in recent days and left me unable to do much more than try to stay awake long enough to watch the World Cup from the relative discomfort of my couch.
Hopefully, they’ll get my meds adjusted soon.
And this too shall pass.