Once again, LA civic leaders attempt to reinvent the wheel.
That’s because a new city council motion is calling for a study of what it would take to make the city’s Slow Streets program permanent.
Except that study was already conducted ten years ago, when the city studies, and unanimously adopted, an entire network of Slow Streets, then called Bicycle Friendly Streets, as part of the 2010 bike plan.
A plan whose entire existence seems to be forgotten these days.
It’s also worth noting that the Slow Streets motion comes from CD4 councilmember David Ryu, who has suddenly become a champion of safer streets as he faces a major challenge from safe streets champion Nithya Raman for his seat.
Great story from KCBS2/KCAL9, as they interview South LA’s own Justin Williams, founder of the diversity-based League of Los Angeles cycling team.
This is how they describe the story.
He’s the 2-time defending national champ in a sport you may not be familiar with. From South Central LA, Justin Williams is the best Criterium Cyclist in the country and one of the only African-American riders. Now, he’s using his platform to grow his sport and support the current protests in a push for equality everywhere.
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Thanks to Jeff Vaughn for the heads-up.
Major cities around the world are taking advantage of the pandemic slowdowns to install popup and permanent bikeways and pedestrian improvements.
Except Los Angeles, of course.
Chicago proves it is possible to move forward with Vision Zero during the pandemic, including new curb-protected bike lanes and other safety improvements to tame dangerous Michigan Avenue and make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as drivers.
The New York Times takes a deep dive into how cities around the world are trying to prevent gridlock as the pandemic lockdowns end, including reclaiming the streets for people riding bikes and walking.
A pair of neighboring Ontario cities are closing curb lanes on a number of streets to install temporary bike lanes.
Munich, Germany is getting popup bike lanes at least through October, assuming Covid-19 is under control by then. Which seems highly unlikely.
Around one hundred people rolled and rode for Black Lives Matter and Breonna Taylor; over twice that many took part in a Pedal for Justice ride the next day.
A couple hundred Cleveland women came out to ride against injustice and support Black Lives Matter.
Hundreds of Boston bike riders turned out for a Ride for Black Lives on Saturday.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of us.
MLK Jr rode a bicycle! pic.twitter.com/f1vSxP4kUc
— Peter Flax (@Pflax1) June 28, 2020
Then again, so was Gandhi.
For years, Mahatma Gandhi commuted to work on a bike on a 16km round-trip. Last year, a statue of Gandhi on a bike was unveiled in New Delhi—now that's the kind of statue I can get behind! pic.twitter.com/zjSufuhhO8
— Peter Flax (@Pflax1) June 28, 2020
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.
A 13-year old British teen was pulled off his bike and tackled by police in a case of mistaken identity — while he was taking part in a charity ride with his father.
A road raging British driver has been arrested after getting out of his car to confront, and kick, a small group of bike riders.
Reckless aggressive driver almost ran us over, then decided to stop in the middle of the road to harass us. Untaxed @BMW 5 series estate VO11 LYK in Camden, London. Thanks to everyone who stopped to check we were ok. @metpoliceuk @MikeyCycling @London_Cycling @cyclegaz @SadiqKhan pic.twitter.com/Xo2Aez0Xpt
— JT (@Jhtse) June 22, 2020
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
Pasadena police busted a bike-riding armed robber after recognizing the description given by the victim as a local transient; officers recovered some of the money, as well as the bike he was riding. Which is cop talk for saying that was probably stolen, too.
The new North Atwater bike and pedestrian bridge doesn’t appear to be working out so well for equestrians, who have their own separated lane across the bridge.
BikinginLA sponsor Cohen Law Partners looks at what Los Angeles can learn from bike-friendly cities that are doing safety right. Hint: Just about everything.
An Anaheim man describes losing 300 pound in a single year after maxing out the scale at 599 plus, in part by switching to riding a mountain bike after Covid-19 shut the gym down.
All summer events have been cancelled in Aliso Viejo, including next weekend’s planned fireworks and bike ride.
Riverside has cancelled their fourth of July fireworks due to the coronavirus and replaced it with food and backpack drives, as well as a community bike ride, which hopefully won’t spread it, either.
Fresno police are looking for the heartless coward who ran down a bike rider on June 20th, and left the victim dying in the street.
The CHP has busted a hit-and-run driver who seriously injured two bike riders in Sacramento’s Natomas neighborhood in April.
A Lodi bike rider was critically injured in a collision with an apparent driverless car, since the local TV station didn’t bother to mention whether it had one.
Business Insider examines the rise and fall of the Jump bike, and how Uber drove what was supposed to be the future of the company into the ground in just two short years.
A writer for Vogue concludes there’s no such thing as a cool, chic or fashionable bike helmet, but some look better than others.
Flux says an ebike is a must-have for your next trip.
An Omaha, Nebraska newspaper recommends bicycle camping for a Covid-friendly excursion.
Kindhearted Texas cops got a local mission to donate a new bicycle to a 61-year old man after someone stole the bike he used to get to work at Walmart; they tried to buy one for him, but there weren’t any bikes available due to the bike boom.
The bighearted owner of a Flint, Michigan diner gave away 1,400 bicycles to local kids this year, for a total of around 6,000 bikes in the last eight years; unfortunately, this is the last year of the program.
A Harvard ornithology professor is riding his bike across the US in support of Black birders and Black Lives Matter. Thanks to Megan Lynch for the tip.
New York Streetsblog says restaurants are stealing bike lanes to expand their outdoor seating. Expanded seating is a great idea, but they should be required to install temporary protected bike lanes to go around it.
A New York father is looking forward to getting back on his bike, two years after a misdiagnosed heart condition interrupted his life.
Quartz asks if Covid-19 will finally turn New York from a city of straphangers to a city of bike riders.
Jalopnik says the NYPD is so bad at traffic enforcement, people want them out of the job. It’s not just New York; the same demands have been made in Los Angeles, too.
Chattanooga TN mountain bikemaker Ocoee is getting a name change to avoid any unintended confusion with a 1920 racial massacre by a white mob in Ocoee, Florida, which resulted in the deaths of over 30 Black residents; the company was actually named after the mountain biking trails around Tennessee’s Ocoee River.
Baltimore is telling everyone to Look Alive to improve safety for bike riders and pedestrians in a new public service campaign.
A Virginia paper spells out the advantages of ebike compared to cars, as well as standard bicycles.
Bike Radar explains how to turn your bike into an ebike.
A report from Reuters says car crashes are deadlier in the US and the UK, as drivers can’t manage to keep their damn feet off the gas during the coronavirus lockdowns.
Police in Calgary, Alberta are teaming with Bike Index to help return more stolen bikes to their owners. Until Los Angeles shows a similar level of enlightenment, you can register your bike for free right here.
Newly released sales figures show the UK’s bike boom resulted in explosive growth, with April bike sales doubling over the year before; however, formerly booming ebike sales are down.
An Irish columnist says the bike boom has been one of the unforeseen consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, but questions how safe bicycling will be as regulations ease and traffic increases.
More on the five-year old English boy planning to ride 100 miles in five days to raise funds for a charity that “helps sick, disabled or disadvantaged children experience a magical day out.”
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo won reelection, establishing clear support for her plans to revamp the city’s streets to boost bicycling and walking. Meanwhile, she’s speeding up work on a green makeover of the city’s car-clogged inner beltway.
No surprise here, as Belgium’s King Philippe is one of us, along with his entire family.
Car clogged Mumbai is getting 24 bicycle councilors, one for each of the city’s 24 districts, with a goal of making the city the bicycling capital of the world by 2030.
An inexperienced Melbourne bike rider just barely lost a crosstown commuting challenge through the city.
Admitted doper Nicki Sorensen says he’s embarrassed by what he did as a pro cyclist, but insists he belongs as a team sports director so he can tell younger riders what not to do.
A writer for The Guardian pens a love letter to the Tour de France, saying the race will be missed this summer. The rescheduled race is set to begin in late August, but don’t hold your breath.
Cycling Weekly looks back 65 years to Great Britain’s first all-British Tour de France team.
As cycling prepares to return, we’re reminded that it’s impossible to ride in a peloton without riding in other riders’ snot. Which is pretty much the best reason to avoid group rides right now.
And it may be easier to remove free parking from Monopoly than on city streets.
Be safe, and stay healthy. And wear a mask, already.