We’ve got a lot of ground to cover after missing the final two days of last week.
Thanks for your patience while I dealt with a seemingly endless string of medical tests and exams, which is finally drawing to a close today, just in time for tomorrow’s Election Day.
So let’s get right to it.
And remember, if it society devolves into complete and utter chaos after the polls close, a bicycle is your best way of bugging hell out of here.
Wherever here happens to be.
Today’s photo comes courtesy of David Drexler, who spotted this bike wheel table in a high-end WeHo furniture store.
Just in case anyone has me on their Secret Santa list after this is all over.
A 73-year old man is dead after a struggle with a Venice bike thief.
The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was standing with his bike on the corner of Victoria Ave and Beethoven Street around 1:45 pm Wednesday, when a man identified as 33-year old Dylan Brumley tried to wrestle the bicycle out of his grasp.
The victim fell to the ground as he clung to his bike, hitting his head on the pavement; he died at a hospital early Saturday morning.
Brumley only held his ill-gotten prize half an hour before he was busted by sheriff’s deputies.
No word on what he’s charged with. But murder sounds good to me.
We may finally see justice for a Whittier bike rider, nearly three years after he was killed in a hit-and-run.
Andrea Dorothy Chan Reyes was arrested in Australia and extradited to the US for allegedly fleeing the scene after killing Agustin Rodriguez Jr. in January, 2018.
Rodriguez was dragged nearly the length of three football fields under his killer’s car.
Investigators located Reyes’ car in Idaho, with other evidence found in Las Vegas. The FBI tracked her first to Hong Kong, before she moved on to Australia.
She faces felony counts of hit-and-run resulting in death and vehicular manslaughter; charges will likely be added for fleeing the country.
Thanks to John Damman and my friends at Mumford Brewing, as well as an anonymous source, for the heads-up.
In yet another fatal hit-and-run, Moises Iscaya was busted three months after fleeing the scene when he allegedly killed Jose Guerra, as Guerra rode his bike with his daughters in South LA.
Iscaya reportedly slammed into Guerra’s bike while traveling at a high rate of speed, taking his life in full view of his two young daughters, who may never get over the emotional and psychological trauma.
He’s currently being held on $2 million bail.
Which sounds about right.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a bike rider who was struck by a semi driver in Hacienda Heights Thursday afternoon.
The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was taken to a hospital in undisclosed condition.
Remarkably, a bike rider jumped back up after going over the roof of a car whose driver was doing donuts during the impromptu Dodgers World Series celebration in DTLA Tuesday night.
Needless to say, the driver didn’t bother to stick around afterwards.
Here’s another view.
If you had a bike stolen near Tilt Coffee in DTLA recently, you may be in luck.
Thanks to Jojo for the tip.
Old Pacific Highway will be closed through Camp Pendleton during daylight hours this week, from 7 am to 6 pm; bicycles are allowed on the shoulder of I-5 during the closure.
Thanks to Robert Leone for forwarding the news.
Take a moment to voice your support for protected bike lanes on San Vicente Blvd in the Pico neighborhood.
@bikinginla If you live in the area: even if you have already taken another survey, please take this new survey – If you SUPPORT the protected bike lane, we recommend: 1 (YES), 2 (NO), 3 (YES), 4 (NO), 5 (NO), 6 (NO), 7 (NO), 8 (NO)https://t.co/17JK9z22Tg
— keith johnson (@keith_johnson) October 30, 2020
@bikinginla We distributed a survey that to date has received 278 responses (88% in favor). Wilshire Vista Neighborhood Association distributed a survey and the results showed 142 responses (73% in favor). pic.twitter.com/twfVOk4fLS
— keith johnson (@keith_johnson) October 30, 2020
You can now officially bike from the Baldwin Hills Parklands to the beach at Playa Vista, on LA County’s newly completed 13-mile Park to Playa Trail, connecting to numerous parks and recreation areas along the way.
Welcome to the now-complete Park to Playa Trail! https://t.co/UYgfKw7URw #MRTforCD10
— Mark Ridley-Thomas (@MRTempower) November 1, 2020
Mountain bike legend Gary Fisher says we should all check out his son’s El Prado bar in Echo Park.
Please support my sons bar 1805 Sunset Blvd. in LA. Cozy, wood-paneled watering hole lures locals with craft beers, select wines & vinyl music. https://t.co/mKVUICSoEY
— Gary Fisher (@Gary_Fisher) October 30, 2020
And thankfully, it has take out service.
Because after tomorrow, we’re all going to need it.
Thanks to David Huntsman for the forward.
Speaking of Huntsman, he found a Jack O’Lantern that must be absolutely terrifying to many LA drivers.
This must be the coolest Halloween pumpkin of 2020 @bikinginla (video after jump: https://t.co/Cxb56fihjW) pic.twitter.com/w6UO3fKKgY
— David Huntsman (@DavidMHuntsman) October 31, 2020
A reminder to Bike the Vote, if you haven’t already.
Bringing others into the Bike the Vote flock! @bikinginla @bikethevote pic.twitter.com/CiWrmNuQNz
— Zachary Rynew (@Ciclavalley) November 1, 2020
Although I maintained tradition and Corgied the Vote, as usual.
But cast my vote for the most bike-friendly candidate on this year’s ballot.
#CorgitheVote @nithyavraman pic.twitter.com/aX25FAzTut
— Ted Rogers (@TedRogersLA) October 30, 2020
Add a little gravel to one of SoCal’s most iconic climbs.
How can you improve the most iconic climb in the #TourofCalifornia? Tack on gravel! @bikinginla @VisitCA @dougreport https://t.co/VEA2Lnk85v
— Zachary Rynew (@Ciclavalley) October 29, 2020
The worst ways to end a bike ride.
Sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
There’s not a pit deep enough for the Seattle man who dragged a cat behind his bike for an unknown distance; police took the cat to a local vet, and threw the schmuck behind bars.
Good news, as Bike Index is now the official bicycle registration partner of the LAPD.
A Lancaster bike safety program is urging school students to See and Be Seen. Because that’s so much cheaper than actually building safer streets.
Kate Hudson is one of us, as is her dad Kurt Russell, as they go for a ride through LA along with her longtime boyfriend.
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is one of us, going for a mountain bike ride in Calabasas (scroll down…keep scrolling…no, further…).
The San Diego Union-Tribune profiles the San Diego Bicycle Coalition’s Oliver Zuniga, saying the San Diego man is using his passion for bikes to make bicycling more inclusive and accessible. Thanks again to Robert Leone.
A Temecula man was booked for DUI after slamming into a 13-year old boy riding a bicycle, leaving him with non-life-threatening injuries.
Sad news from Santa Cruz, where a 48-year old man was killed after apparently losing control of his bike and getting hit by a pair of drivers.
San Francisco bike riders are understandably up in arms over the removal of a raised bike lane from plans for a revised Market Street, due to budget cuts resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
PeopleforBikes offers tips on how to keep biking throughout the fall.
Bloomberg examines whether bikes can keep booming post-coronavirus.
Short bicyclists can ride big wheels on the trails, too.
Writing for Outside, a bike-riding woman describes what it’s like to hit someone on a bicycle with your car.
Bike lawyer Bob Mionske considers when you should ride with daytime lights, concluding it’s better to just use them all the time. And reminds us that a lack of lights at night will be used against you in the event of a collision.
The victim who was killed when she was pushed off her bike in Las Vegas last week was remembered for her kindness; the man who killed her fell to his death, while the driver of the van is being held without bail. Her husband called it “an unnecessary tragedy that was 100% avoidable;” Michelle “Shelli” Weissman had just started riding a bike during the pandemic. Thanks to Steve Hansen and John McBrearty for the links.
After some coldhearted schmuck stole a trailer containing 18 bikes and helmets used by students at a Colorado middle school, the community pitched in to replace them — donating nearly 50 bicycles and helmets to the school.
A Colorado man is facing a pair of vehicular homicide charges for the hit-and-run death of a man riding a bicycle. The 18-year old driver was allegedly drunk and stoned on weed, speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and driving on the shoulder when he slammed into the victim.
A Texas man spent nearly two months riding over 3,000 miles around the perimeter of the state.
My new hero. An Ohio fourth grader rode his bike in the rain to pick up a curbside lunch for his brothers and sisters.
He gets it. A Brooklyn prosecutor says it’s time for cops to stop blaming the victims in fatal crashes.
Angry DC residents protested when a mo-ped scooter rider was killed in a collision while he was being chased by police for…wait for it…not wearing a helmet. Seriously.
This is the cost of traffic violence. A hit-and-run driver took the life of a prominent Ohio criminal defense attorney as he was riding his bike.
A South Carolina bikemaker says only automation can bring factories back to the US.
There’s a special place in hell for whoever pulled a gun on a 13-year old Mississippi boy to steal his bike; fortunately, an outpouring of community support ensured he got a new one.
Bike Radar considers just how green bicycling really is, determining it compares favorably to walking, transit and cars, and ebikes are even better.
A London bike rider lost control while riding with no hands, flipping over a parked motorscooter, then getting up and riding off as an angry delivery chased after him on the damaged scooter.
A London bicyclist was awarded the equivalent of nearly $64,000 after suffering permanent brain damage going over the handlebars when a dog ran in front of his bike.
Carfree neighborhoods are the surprising new frontline in the UK’s culture wars.
That’s more like it. A British appeals court added the equivalent of a $23,000 fine after concluding that a driver got off way too easy for crashing into two bike riders while driving at four times the legal alcohol limit.
A new Dutch study concludes that ebike riders are no more likely to suffer serious injuries than people on regular bicycles.
Wall Street is suddenly in love with bicycling, as Germany’s 30-year old Canyon cashes in.
An eye-raising Indian government report says bicycle riders killed 195 pedestrians last year; traffic safety experts say not so fast.
Seniors in India’s Goa state are pedaling their way to better health.
Irish cyclist Sam Bennett had his victory in the Vuelta’s ninth stage stripped after he was relegated when helicopter footage showed him repeatedly body checking another rider; Bennett said anyone who races would understand his actions.
Next year’s Vuelta will be the first bike race to actually start inside a cathedral.
No surprise here, as the first major bike race of the 2021 season has been cancelled; the Tour Down Under hopes to roll again in 2022.
The former Dirty Kanzaa gravel race has rebranded itself as Gravel Unbound, after the belated realization that the name was slur against a Kansas Native American tribe.
When you specialize in using loopholes to get guilty drivers off the hook, maybe you’re not the best authority on how bicyclists should ride. Your next bike helmet could be one big solar cell to power your electronic devices.
And no. Just…no.
"Let me tackle you off your bike in order to further illustrate why riding without a bell in NYC is illegal and dangerous." pic.twitter.com/djWKAmBpxT
— ⛑️Car Helmets⛑️ (@CarHelmets) October 30, 2020
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Be safe, and stay healthy. And wear a mask, already.