Thank you to everyone for all the kind words. Your support really means a lot to me.
The good news is, taking most of last week off helped lower my blood sugar levels over 25%, down to a more normal level for diabetics.
It also allowed me to realize that not all the symptoms I’ve been dealing with were caused by my diabetes; the last medication my doctor put me on to lower my blood sugar was apparently caused a long list of damaging side effects.
So we’ll what happens now that I’ve stopped taking it.
Maybe we’ll see some justice in San Diego County after all.
Oceanside police arrested 24-year old Oceanside resident Bailey Tennery for the hit-and-run death of Jackson Williams as he rode his bike on Oceanside Blvd July 15th.
At last report, she was being held on $150,000 bond.
Let’s hope there’s a very large reward in the case. Or at least enough to get him off the streets permanently.
Meanwhile, the driver accused of the meth-fueled killing of 57-year-old Laura Shinn as she rode her bike through San Diego’s Balboa Park has pled not guilty to murder, as well as gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of drugs causing injury.
Thirty-eight-year old Adam David Milavetz allegedly ran away right after the crash and dumped a couple baggies of white powder over a fence, which police believe were filled with meth.
The murder charge suggests that Milavetz has at least one previous conviction for DUI, and was required to sign a Watson advisement indicating that he could be charged with murder if he killed someone while driving under the influence.
He was also arrested on a separate DUI count on the 1st of this month.
Thanks to Phillip Young for the Oceanside heads-up.
It looks like the accused killer of a Palm Springs bike rider could be in the wind.
A Riverside County judge issued a bench warrant for Yesenia Bibriesca, who apparently failed to appear in court on charges of fleeing the scene after killing 43-year-old Christopher Jones as he rode his bike in Palm Springs last year.
East LA residents are calling for the CHP to fire an officer who just drove away after running down a 14-year old boy as he rode his bike at Whittier Boulevard and Williamson Avenue a month ago, leaving the boy with a concussion and shoulder injuries.
A Sacramento sheriff’s deputy left the scene to respond to a call after backing into a bike rider, shoving the 65-year old man across a sidewalk and into some bushes; fortunately, the person wasn’t badly hurt.
A local TV station asks the obvious question — how the hell did the deputy not know she’d hit someone?
Proving once again that there is nowhere safe from the big, dangerous machines and the equally dangerous people piloting them.
Case in point, this is who was share the living room with.
Thanks to Ralph Durham for the video, who blames the house for not wearing hi-viv, for the link.
Sunset4All is hosting a guided bike ride and happy hour this Wednesday. Meanwhile, the crowdfunding campaign for LA’s first public/private bike lane partnership stands at 57% of the $25,000 goal.
Next week! Join us for a tour of the project area and happy hour afterwards! A great chance to learn more about Sunset4all! pic.twitter.com/4uzqS5AzNF
— Sunset4All (@SunsetForAll) July 24, 2021
Take a ride up Pacifico Mountain with Gravel Bike California.
NEW GRAVEL GUIDE! Pacifico Mountain is important for two reasons:
1. It's our favorite ride in LA County
2. Without Pacifico Mountain, Gravel Bike California may never be.
Watch and see why Pacifico is so special:https://t.co/fjEPEWyiNR@GravelCyclist @gravelgurutv
— Gravel Bike California (@GravelBikeCal) July 22, 2021
Who needs a mail truck when you’ve got bike lanes?
Canada Post to test mail delivery tricycles in central Montreal. When you build bike lanes, this kind of thing is possible. https://t.co/R0R4RLCT3p
— Brent Bellamy (@brent_bellamy) July 20, 2021
This, too, is the cost of traffic violence.
A mother bear in Yosemite spends heartbreaking hours trying to wake her cub who left to die by a passing driver.
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.
Why do some cyclists refuse to use the bike lane?
— Bike Lanes (@NYCBikeLanes) July 24, 2021
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
Apparently, there really are bike riders who swerve into traffic without looking, like this Philippine bicyclist who crossed three lanes of traffic to hit the side of a passing bus.
The LAPD held a bike ride in Mission Hills on Saturday to honor a fallen officer who died of Covid last July, and raise money for his twin infant sons.
No surprise here, as Los Angeles Magazine names the Santa Monica Helen’s the best bike shop in Los Angeles. Which isn’t to say it necessarily is, just that it’s the obvious choice. Any suggestions for who you’d pick instead?
Santa Monica cops bust two men burglarizing a Santa Monica bike shop on the 2900 block of Main Street, after several people were visible inside on security cameras; the address corresponds with the Bike Attack Electric shop.
Now we know how Nick Jonas broke a rib falling off his bike earlier this year.
Streetsblog updates the current status of transportation bills in the state legislature, including weakening — but not eliminating — the deadly 85th Percentile Rule, as well as bills allowing bike riders to treat stop signs like yields, and funding an e-bike rebate program.
Nice story from San Diego, where a Chula Vista family has turned to tandem riding to overcome a near-fatal e-scooter crash, as well as the son’s blindness and chronic heart and lung disease, while helping others.
San Diego bike advocates are demanding changes after the city’s recent rash of bicycling fatalities. And that was before two more people were killed in the city last week.
Continuing our San Diego trifecta, residents are complaining about rogue mountain bikers riding illegally in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, damaging recently replanted areas.
Who says bike riders aren’t tough? A Fresno woman got shot in both legs in a domestic violence incident — then got on her bicycle and chased down the man who shot her, following him until police arrived. Thanks to Megan Lynch for the heads-up.
Sad news from San Ramon, where New York Jets quarterback coach Greg Knapp died six days after he was critically injured in a collision while riding his bicycle; he had been an NFL coach for 23 years. The team’s head coach had asked for prayers for Knapp.
A white Sacramento woman accused a Black woman of selling drugs from her bicycle seat, apparently unable to grasp the concept that the woman was actually selling perfectly legal hair products.
Here’s one for my fellow diabetic Americans, as a new study shows bicycling reduces the risk of death from all causes for people with diabetes.
Another new study shows bikeshare saves the US $36 million in healthcare funds.
Vice compares today’s massive pickups and SUVs to the tanks that won WWII. And the tanks come out on the losing end.
Vans teams with SE Bikes for a new sneaker line celebrating Bike Life and BMX culture.
Bike Portland explains that sometimes, the best way to pass someone on a bicycle is not to.
A Colorado man faces up to six years behind bars after being convicted of killing professional cyclist Benjamin Sonntag; oddly, there was no charge for hit-and-run, even though he tried to flee the crash on foot, and had to be restrained with a taser until police backup arrived.
Um, okay. A Nebraska man faces charges for threatening another man with a knife, after the other man refused his generous offer of the same knife in exchange for helping him pick a bike lock in broad daylight.
The New York native who made headlines across the US for riding a bikeshare bike from New York to Santa Monica in search of a new home will now be living on Tulsa time.
An Illinois man who killed a woman and seriously injured her husband while fleeing from police will spend the next 12 years behind bars after accepting a plea deal.
I want to be like him when I grow up. A 90-year old Ohio man is still riding after 35 years, despite two new hips and four heart bypasses.
A Boston magazine wonders what would it take to leave cars in the city’s rearview mirror and become a place for people, instead.
Leaving the scene after crashing an ebike into a pedestrian could result in a felony hit-and-run charge if a New York legislator has her way.
A 16-year old Pennsylvania girl somehow missed their blinking lights and hi-viz, and slammed into a group of four people riding their bikes as part of an Ohio church group ride, killing one man and injuring three other people.
A new Penn study shows how planners can use biometric data to identify dangerous areas to design safer streets for bike riders and pedestrians.
A Florida man became alligator bait after losing control of his bike on a curve, and sliding down an embankment where he was bitten by the nine-foot gator. Fortunately, both man and reptile will survive; the former thanks to a man walking his dog. But maybe it wasn’t the gator’s fault.
Be sure to great passersby with a cheery hello if you’re riding your bike naked in Liverpool.
Apparently frightening easily, London drivers are “terrorized” by red light-running, wheelie-popping teens on bicycles.
Former Vancouver bike advocates Melissa and Chris Bruntlett share lessons from their new life in the Netherlands, while busting common myths about car-light cities.
The BBC takes to the bike path to learn from the Dutch how to build a nation of bike riders.
Yes, it can be done. A Polish city built out a complete 800 kilometer bike network — nearly 500 miles — in just five years. We could do that here in Los Angeles if city leaders actually wanted it.
Police in India arrested seven people for flying kites with nylon strings after several people riding bicycles and motorcycles were injured, including a 12th grade girl whose throat was slashed by a kite string as she rode her bike.
A group of Singapore scientists claim to have developed a tougher and safer bike helmet, with an outer shell made of a new type of acrylic thermoplastic resin that’s reinforced with carbon fiber.
He gets it. A New Zealand writer says most Kiwi bike riders are anything but “elitist.” The same goes here in Los Angeles. And just about anywhere and everywhere else.
Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz was the surprise winner in the men’s Olympic road race, while Belgian Wout van Aert took the silver; American Brandon McNulty was leading with Carapaz with three miles to go, but faded at the end to finish sixth.
Austria’s Anna Kiesenhofer took the women’s road race, as the math PhD holder built a stealth lead with no one thinking to chase her. Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten mistakenly threw her arms up in victory, thinking she was first across the finish line, instead settling for silver.
SoCal’s Coryn Rivera was riding in honor of her late father, who died of Covid earlier this year; she claimed seventh in the road race as the top American finisher.
An Indianapolis paper looks at how Chloe Dygert made it back from a devastating leg injury after going over a guardrail at last year’s Worlds to compete in three Olympic events.
The head of cycling’s governing body swears two-time Tour de France champ Tadej Pogačar is clean, and so is his bike.
VeloNews tells the “mind-blowing” backstory of how Leah Goldstein became the first woman to win the Race Across America, aka RAAM.
Why bother pretending you’re riding a bike when you can pretend you’re in a video game? Tossing your bicycle off an overpass onto a highway isn’t one of the recommended uses, and could land your ass behind bars.
And then there’s this.
— Walter Masterson (@waltermasterson) July 20, 2021
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.