My apologies for yesterday’s unexcused absence.
As of this week, I’m now on insulin four times a day, and riding a wild blood sugar rollercoaster as I adjust to the new regimen.
I’ll get used to it eventually.
But I ain’t there yet.
Streetsblog asks if building bike lanes could become America’s next big infrastructure project, as a new online portal positions them as “key components of a national effort to end climate change.”
Nonprofit PeopleForBikes’ recently launched the Great Bike Infrastructure Project, a new advocacy portal which aims to map all the “protected bike lanes, off-street trails, pump tracks, bike parks, and more” that U.S. communities are poised to build — particularly following the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which multiplied the amount of federal funding for cycling by roughly six.
Rather than treating those efforts as disconnected, though, the group says advocates need to start thinking of their hyper-local bike projects as part of one massive, national effort to combat climate change, cure traffic violence, and end universal car dependence — and do the urgent work of bringing transportation decision-makers together in a unified front.
In a hard-hitting Streetsblog op-ed, Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition volunteer Liz Schiller considers the recent $8.9 million makeover of Pasadena’s Huntington Drive.
And asks why we love our cars more than our children.
Huntington is a wide, wide road. Eight lanes widening to eleven at intersections, plus on-street parking, and a landscaped median. An average of 15,000 cars travel on it every day. Drivers on Huntington routinely exceed the posted speed limit of 45 mph. On that brand new piece of bicycle infrastructure, only paint separates a person on a bicycle from exactly the type of hazard that killed the Encinitas teen. A pedestrian or cyclist interacting with a motor vehicle at a speed of 40 mph or above is very likely to be killed.
What if we had given up a lane to create a place for bicycles that is physically separated from all those speeding cars?
It’s a damn good question.
You’ve got to be kidding.
The House majority whip told members of the Republican caucus not to take any chances so they don’t risk losing their slim majority in Congress.
Including riding a bike.
House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) told Republicans on a caucus conference call, “Please take care of yourselves. We do not need to lose anybody else.”
He went on to explain that he saw Rep. James Comer (R-KY) biking over the weekend.
“Stay off the damn bike,” Emmer said.
ActiveSGV needs your help to slow South Pas down.
ACTION ALERT: Speak up for the South Pasadena #SlowStreets!
Demonstration bike lanes, curb extensions, and high-visibility crosswalks to be discussed at City Council Wed August 16th.
— ActiveSGV (@ActiveSGV) August 16, 2023
They’ve got a point.
This is the weirdest victim blaming post ever.
The “distracted pedestrian” is in a legal crosswalk with a WALK signal and is supposed to be aware of a car that has run a red light?
— Streets For All (@streetsforall) August 15, 2023
Pour one out for the late rapper and community organizer Nipsey Hustle, who was one of us.
Born on this day, August 15:
Nipsey Hussle, rapper (1985-2019), here cruising through his neighborhood and sampling some barbecue for his "Failure?" vlog.
Happy #bicyclebirthday, Nipsey!#BOTD pic.twitter.com/KCph3tGpEh
— Cool Bike Art (@CoolBikeArt1) August 15, 2022
This is what we could have in Los Angeles.
Here’s what the Mayor of Paris says the tweet below.
Our streets are changing to offer ever more space and nature to Parisians! The proof by example with the rue de la Presentation in the 11th.
Nos rues se transforment pour offrir toujours plus d'espace et de nature aux Parisiennes et aux Parisiens !
La preuve par l'exemple avec la rue de la Présentation dans le 11e. pic.twitter.com/uvGNxay6Ik
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) August 16, 2023
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.
No bias here. A multi-ton pickup rolls a stop sign, but all a reporters sees are ebike riders observing the letter of the law, with one rider even putting their foot down at the stop.
— Jon Baird (@KNXBaird) August 14, 2023
No bias here, either. A San Diego TV station reports that residents of the East County neighborhood of Jamacha are worried about their safety after a parking-protected bike lane was installed. It’s not as if that’s the first parking protected bike installed anywhere; the station could have pointed out that they have improved safety for people throughout the US, including in Los Angeles. But they didn’t.
A Sacramento bike advocate can’t remember the crash that left her with four broken ribs, a fractured clavicle and a partial collapsed lung, after police arrested the alleged road raging driver accused of deliberately running her down as she rode with a small group.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
There’s a special place in hell for the man who rode up behind a Millbrae woman on a mountain bike and groped her as she walked on a trail.
Boston transit cops are looking for a man who used his bike to smash a bus windshield, after drinking on board and spitting on the floor.
8/13 7PM Medford St in Arlington a male allegedly caused a disturbance onboard an #MBTA bus-spitting on floor/drinking alcohol. Upon exiting he used his bicycle to smash the bus front window. Recognize this person of interest ? Contact our CIU at 617-222-1050 w/any info. TY pic.twitter.com/WUoCbCyivn
— MBTA Transit Police (@MBTATransitPD) August 15, 2023
The Los Angeles Times calls on the state to ban traffic stops for minor violations that are too often used as pretext stops to target people of color.
The new bus and bike lanes on LA Brea Avenue are officially open, but have been reduced to around two and a half miles as appointed CD10 Councilmember Heather Hutt continues to block them below Olympic Blvd.
LA County is offering rewards in four cold case homicides, including the murder of 70-year old Luis Sandoval, who died three months after he was shot while riding a bike on on Olympic Boulevard in East Los Angeles in 2007.
Pomona is developing a bike park for all skills levels, driven by a homegrown BMX rider and police detective.
The Santa Monica Daily Press looks at last weekend’s Open Main Street open streets event in the city; if you missed it, like I did, you’ll have two more chances in the coming months.
The president of the Bay Area’s BART transit system was fined more than five grand for lobbying local officials on behalf of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition over 200 times without registering as a lobbyist.
Bike Portland’s Jonathan Maus goes on a local podcast to offer an introduction to bike safety.
Heartbreaking news from Las Vegas, where a 64-year old man riding a bike was killed in a hit-and-run by an underage driver in a stolen car.
Tour de Fat may have abandoned the rest of us, but it’s still going strong in my Colorado hometown.
Colorado will start their statewide ebike rebate program tomorrow, less than a year after approving the program. Meanwhile, California’s program remains vaporware, despite being the first ebike rebate program approved in the US.
A Minnesota man is in the midst of an 11,000-mile, year-long bike ride throughout the US to raise awareness and funds to fight prostate cancer and schizophrenia, despite suffering from stage four prostate cancer himself.
Boston will launch a pilot program offering cargo bike delivery services in the city’s Allston neighborhood next month.
New York is allowing wider cargo bikes following a pilot program, while a local advocacy group calls for wider bike lanes to accommodate them; a local TV station accuses their drivers of speeding down sidewalks, running red lights and going the wrong way against traffic.
Once again, an innocent person was the victim of a police chase, as a 54-year old New York woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a driver fleeing from the cops while riding her bike.
The New Yorker talks with cover artist Kadir Nelson about his illustration depicting teenagers participating in a rideout on the Williamsburg Bridge.
A writer for Momentum shares what she calls the empowering path to bike commuting.
That’s more like it. A 24-year old English man will spend the next 13 years behind bars for the reckless, drunken hit-and-run that killed a 53-year old man riding his bike home from work.
An Edinburgh city councilor complains about “extremely light” bike racks that can be easily unscrewed to steal any bike locked to them.
A woman in the Netherlands got her bike back thanks to a hidden AirTag, after she found it locked to a light post.
Police in Dubai seized 8,786 bicycles, ebikes and e-scooters in the first six months of a new law allowing seizures for anyone over 16 riding an e-scooter or ebike without a driver’s license, or anyone under 16, period.
Tragic news from Italy, where 17-year old Italian junior cyclist Jacopo Venzo died following a crash while racing on Friday.
Utah mountain bike pro Keegan Swenson took his third consecutive win at the Leadville Trail 100, shattering the men’s record in the process; Argentina’s Sofia Gomez Villafañe took the women’s race.
A Virginia paper explains how five local teenagers became Team USA for the the Quad Tandem World Championships in British Colombia, competing four to a single bike.
The former doctor for British Cycling and Team Sky was banned from all sports for four years for violating anti-doping rules. But the doping era is over, right?
Twenty-six-year old Iranian cyclist Mohammad Ganjkhanlou has disappeared after finishing 66th in the time trial at the world championships in Glasgow.
And we may have to deal with jumpy LA drivers, but at least we don’t have to worry about kangaroo crashes.
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.
Oh, and fuck Putin