That’s a picture of me signing the petition to get the Healthy Streets LA measure on the ballot at Pan Pacific Park yesterday, with Streets For All founder Michael Schneider.
With my four-footed intern somehow managing to upstage us both.
As we’ve mentioned a few times before, the ballot measure is a pretty simple proposition.
It would require Los Angeles to build out the city’s mobility plan, which is currently collecting dust on the city’s servers, whenever a street gets repaved. Which isn’t often enough, as anyone who’s had to fix a pothole flat can attest.
That’s it. If the street is included in the mobility plan — whether it calls for a bike or a bus lane — the city would be obligated to to stripe it.
The beauty of this approach is that the costs are minimal, since the street would have to be restriped anyway.
And every bus lane, bike lane and bicycle friendly street in the plan has already been formally blessed by the LA Planning Commission and the Los Angeles City Council, so it’s pretty damn hard to argue against.
But before that can happen, it has to qualify for the ballot, which will take around 93,000 signatures.
Let’s make yours one of them.
Mine already is.
Thanks to Michael, August and everyone volunteering their time to collect signatures on this vital transportation and traffic safety measure.
Los Angeles is working on getting state funding to finally finish the full LA River bike path in time for the 2028 Olympics.
LA City Council wants state to pay $200 million to complete 32 mile bike path in time for 2028 Summer Olympics. @TedRogersLA @philgaimon pic.twitter.com/xcFuMb8nHP
— Jeff Vaughn (@JeffVaughn) March 5, 2022
Burbank-Glendale state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, says she’s on board.
This is the moment for the State to help LA finish this project. It is transformative, equitable, and a long time in coming. I will do my best to bring the resources to the San Fernando Valley to bring the path to life. https://t.co/hoK7WsY6A7
— Laura Friedman (@laurafriedman43) March 5, 2022
Yes, $197 million is a lot of money.
But it pales in comparison to the $1.6 billion flushed down the toilet to install HOV lanes on the 405 Freeway through LA’s Sepulveda Pass, which only resulted in more congestion and slower travel times.
And it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the state’s $31 billion budget surplus.
At the very least, it would provide a healthy alternative to driving for those who can use it for a commuter corridor, as well as a safe place to ride recreationally.
I included a link to the Daily News story from Friedman’s tweet, but it’s up to you to find a way around the paper’s paywall.
Here’s your chance to work for a safer street for bike riders and pedestrians on Hyperion.
Folks working to make Hyperion Avenue (in Los Feliz/Silver Lake) safer are seeking stakeholder endorsements of their Avenue Plan – slide show here: https://t.co/JquvpBvrPb
— StreetsblogLA (@StreetsblogLA) March 4, 2022
Horrifying thread from a New York bike rider, who was chased down and attacked by a driver and their passenger — for the crime of touching their car to get by after the driver illegally parked in a bike lane.
It’s worth a click to read the whole thing.
Came to a car parked in the bike lane, which is only "protected" by paint for much of the area btw 1st and 6th Streets. Dark license plate cover to fool speed cameras/tolls, talking to another driver in the parking lane. I should have ridden out into traffic to get by, but… 3/
— Tony Melone (@tonymelone) March 6, 2022
The future of foldies, five decades ago.
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.
Life is cheap in the UK, where a homicidal driver got the equivalent of a lousy $1,321 fine after trying to intentionally ram a man on a bicycle at least six times, by my count.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
An allegedly stoned 50-year old New York ebike rider faces charges for crashing into two women crossing the street, leaving one in critical condition with a head injury.
An e-scooter rider was murdered by a hit-and-run driver in LA’s Koreatown early Saturday. He was struck by a minivan driver, then run over and dragged nearly 20 yards by a second driver as he lay in the street; the first driver stayed followed the crash, but the second driver, who likely did the most harm, fled the scene.
Despite the impending climate emergency, climate change is taking a back seat to policing and homelessness — or more often, policing the homeless — in the race for mayor of Los Angeles.
At least Los Angeles ranks high on the list of the best cities to walk a dog, coming in at sixth.
LA County firefighters hoisted an injured mountain biker out of a remote area in the Santa Monica Mountains above Brentwood.
The nation’s highest gas prices are kicking ebike sales up another gear for San Diego bike shops, on top of the previous pandemic bike boom.
Dozens of Riverside bike riders turned out to honor 15-year old fallen bicyclist Javier Gonzalez., who was killed in a hit-and-run last week. Although someone should tell KNBC-4 that some of those “teens” look like they haven’t seen their teens for awhile now.
Residents along Shannon Road in Los Gatos say they support a proposal to add bike lanes and sidewalks, they just want to make them less safe, inviting and comfortable to “preserve the rural feel” of the community. Although they do have a point about adding trees along the route. Thanks to Robert Leone for the heads-up.
San Francisco is planning ahead, considering three options for bikeshare after its current contract with Lyft expires in five years.
Bad news from San Francisco, where a woman is still fighting for her life, three weeks after she suffered a fractured skull and broken jaw and ribs when she was run down by a hit-and-run driver while riding home from her bartending job.
Cycling Savvy explains cadence.
Always wear a bike helmet in case you get assaulted by men with sticks and bats, like this New York delivery rider who was saved by his helmet when he was assaulted by eight men, apparently just for the hell of it. Thanks to Steven Hallett for the link.
An Iowa man was convicted of homicide after running a series of red lights while driving drunk, and killing a 40-year old man riding a bike, before fleeing the scene.
It takes a major schmuck to steal the seat off a three-wheeled bike a Marshall University student with spinal bifida needs to get to class.
Speaking of which, an Alabama TV station examines how an adaptive bike can change the life of someone with a disability.
A British Columbia writer says yes, he supports more bike lanes to create safe streets and alternatives to driving, but maybe Amsterdam isn’t the best model for North American cities.
A new Canadian ebike employs motorcycle-like parts to promise speeds up to 40 mph. Which would make it illegal in California, and most of the US.
Evidently, bike theft is no better on the other side of the Atlantic, where a bicycle gets stolen in London ever 16 minutes, with only a two percent chance of ever seeing it again.
London has expanded its Ultra-Low Emission Zone to cover any older, smog-emitting vehicles in the entire city; anyone with a gas-powered car built before 2005, or a diesel-powered car or truck built before 2014 will have to pay the equivalent of $16.70 per day. Meanwhile, Los Angeles, which consistently ranks among the smoggiest cities in the US, continues to do not one damn thing.
Twenty-five year old former world mountain bike champ Reece Wilson is the new face of tourism in Scotland’s Borders region.
Brussels has seen a 50% drop in traffic deaths since implementing an 18 mph speed limit a year ago, while bicycling rates continue to ride. LA drivers would probably riot if anyone tried to slow them down that much. Or just ignore the new limits, like they do now.
Eight-year old US/Ukrainian ebike startup Delfast continues to operate under impossible conditions in the Eastern European country, despite the Russian invasion.
A New Zealand coroner says a bike-riding man is dead because a contractor just forgot to change the road markings after a roundabout was repaved.
Slovenian cycling star Tadej Pogačar claimed victory in Saturday’s Strade Bianche classic, with 41-year old Alejandro Valverde overjoyed just to finish second; high winds caused a massive crash that took down dozens of riders early in the race, including both Pogačar and Valverde.
Thirty-year old French cyclist Pauline Ferrand-Prévot will take on South Africa’s Absa Cape Epic, considered the world’s premier mountain bike stage race; she has won world titles in four disciplines, including road cycling and cyclocross.
Rather than banning time trial bikes, British TT specialist Alex Dowsett calls for rule changes to raise the height of handlebars to eliminate the head-down riding position and improve safety
That’s one way to avoid sanctions on Russian riders. Russian cyclist Pavel Sivakov is now officially French, after UCI gave him permission to change his nationality.
Sad news from the UK, where former English Tour de France and Olympic cyclist, bike shop owner and club president Colin Lewis died after a short bout with cancer; he was 79.
That feeling when your banana yellow, submarine-shaped ‘bent causes causes an uproar. When you’re a convicted felon illegally carrying a handgun on your bike, put a damn light on it.
And now we know what caused that big crash in the Strade Bianche.
— País do Ciclismo (@DoCiclismo) March 3, 2022
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.