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An Orange County man got a well-deserved five years behind bars for the hit-and-run death of 51-year old Michael David Tomlinson in Aliso Viejo last year.
And should have gotten a lot more.
Thirty-two-year old Lake Forest resident Rogelio Martinez-Cuin was sentenced after pleading guilty to felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury, as well as driving with a suspended license.
Martinez-Cuin was reportedly speeding and ran a red light before slamming into Tomlinson’s bike.
He was arrested after abandoning his car about a mile away.
In a heart-rending coda to the tragedy, Tomlinson’s wife learned about the crash when she drove up on the scene in his final moments.
Hit-and-run carries a maximum penalty of four years in California, while vehicular manslaughter is punishable by a max of six years in state prison.
That suggests that Martinez-Cuin may have accepted a plea, or else lucked out with a lenient judge.
More on the death of bike and fitness writer Roy Wallack following Saturday’s mountain biking crash in the Santa Monica Mountains
Bicycling reports on Wallack’s tragic death on a rugged trail in Pt. Magu State Park . Read it on Yahoo if you can’t access the Bicycling site.
Road Bike Action remembers the man they call the “ever irrepressible,” “wild, crazy and loved” Roy Wallack. Thanks to Mike Bike for the link.
Wallack is survived by his wife and adult son, as well as his father, brother and two sisters.
A new video series follows the creation and first year of competition for the new cycling team at North Carolina’s St. Augustine’s University.
The first episode of the Chasing History series was released this week, as they become the first cycling team from a Historically Black College or University, aka HBCU, to take to the streets.
And it matters.
As usual, you can read the story on Yahoo if the Bicycling site blocks you out.
Another day, another Amazon driver blocking the bike lane.
Unmarked van in Sunset Boulevard bike lanes with a dashboard full of Amazon packages. And there was a parking space two car lengths ahead. pic.twitter.com/PgIfyAK3RO
— Sean Meredith (@seanmeredith) December 22, 2020
You may finally be able to rent a scooter or dockless ebike in WeHo, leaving Beverly Hills as the Westside’s lone e-scooter desert.
BREAKING – West Hollywood City Council voted 5-0 to overturn the scooter ban! Three pilot operators should be able to operate very soon in the city. This also impacts dockless e-bikes. Thanks to all that took the time to make public comment! https://t.co/q3apHJgBmA
— Streets For All (@streetsforall) December 22, 2020
‘Tis the season, indeed, with still more bike giveaways to help ensure as many kids as possible have a bike in their stocking for the holidays.
The Ventura Bike HUB teamed with Mucho Gusto Barber Shop and other local businesses to provide bikes and toys for kids in need.
Sixty-three Denver 2nd graders got new bicycles, courtesy of carbon belt-drive maker Gates Corp.’s fourth annual bicycle giveaway. And yes, they all got belt-drive bikes.
A local group worked with Toys for Tots to give 237 bicycles to kids in a North Carolina trailer park.
Now you can finally predict how likely a driver is to be drunk based solely on what they drive.
Funny not funny: New study analyzes which owners of various car and truck models are most likely to get DUIs. Not surprisingly truck and luxury-car owners top the list. (h/t @mattposh). One in 22 Ram 2500 owners has had a DUI.https://t.co/VwlHIz0lJg pic.twitter.com/5oI8mQYofR
— Peter Flax (@Pflax1) December 21, 2020
No bias here.
A British lord calls for six months behind bars for riding a bike on the sidewalk, or bad ebike parking jobs.
In parliament, Dec 18, former Tory chief whip Lord Blencathra asked roads minister Baroness Vere — @CharlotteV — when DfT would introduce £5k fines & 6 months imprisonment for those who ride on pavements or block same with “heavyweight” e-bikes. Motorists? Carry on as before. pic.twitter.com/14eISP4iA7
— Carlton Reid (@carltonreid) December 19, 2020
Seriously, has he ever seen how motorists park?
Or drive, for that matter.
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes keeps going on.
An Oxford, England city councilor says he was assaulted by a truck driver who then ran over his bicycle, but one letter writer bizarrely accuses him of being easily intimidated.
Extremely petty London drivers are blamed for digging up planters protecting one of the city’s Low Traffic Neighborhood streets, as a protest against making streets safer for people who aren’t in cars.
Streetsblog talks with newly elected Burbank Councilmember Konstantine Anthony, who was endorsed by Streets For All for his advocacy for complete streets, protected bike lanes and dedicated bus lanes, as well as his work on climate change and homelessness.
This is who we share the road with. A San Diego car thief is accused of intentionally running down a pedestrian while fleeing from police, leaving the victim with life threatening injuries.
Bad news from Indio, where a bike rider was hospitalized with major injuries following a collision yesterday afternoon.
A Santa Barbara letter writer calls for three-foot passing signs to prevent more ghost bikes.
Speaking of Santa Barbara, the city’s iconic State Street will be home to 17 docking stations for the new ebike-based bikeshare system starting next month.
Bike Snob’s Eben Weiss questions how to maintain our own love of riding in the wake of the Nevada bike massacre that left five experienced riders dead, let alone raise awareness of the dangers bike riders face without scaring people off.
The newest non-folding e-cargo bike from Tern is rated at a whopping 28 mph, which puts it in Class 3 under California’s ebike rating system, requiring a bike helmet regardless of age and prohibiting its use on most bike paths.
A writer for Clean Technica says yes, ebikes are everything they’re cracked up to be.
The new Topeka, Kansas-based Steve Tilford Foundation was established to honor the former world and national champ who was killed in a car crash in 2017, and help young people develop a passion for bicycling.
Nice. Waco, Texas plans a network of trails that will be within a ten minute walk of anywhere in the city.
A cartoonist for New York Streetsblog sums up the difference between protected and painted bike lanes.
He gets it. A British Columbia letter writer says it’s time to debunk the myth that people with disabilities don’t use bike lanes.
Women in Bengaluru, India are reluctant to ride due the city’s dangerous streets and heavy traffic, as well as the additional burden of simply being a woman in the conservative country.
Ghana will now criminalize dangerous bicycling or driving that leads to the death of an unborn child; presumably, that could apply to the mother, as well as other drivers and bike riders.
The overwhelming majority of Malaysian bicycling deaths were the result of collisions while riding for transportation, rather than recreational cycling.
A new film recounts the remarkable journey back to life for Belgian cyclist Stig Broeckx, who was nearly killed in a collision with two race motos in the tour of Belgium; he spent months in a coma, as doctors feared he would never regain consciousness. Or you can watch the film for free with a membership in the website’s VeloClub.
Team vehicles for Britain’s Ineos Grenadiers were tagged by anti-chemical climate protesters in Belgium.
And at least your neighborhood bike lane doesn’t require a snorkel.
— Simon Hawthorn (@simon_hawthorn) December 20, 2020
Be safe, and stay healthy. And wear a damn mask, already.