Please make it stop.
A white woman in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood has a meltdown over an eight-year old Black kid riding too close to her, and too recklessly, on the sidewalk.
Never mind that, as his father is quick to point out, the sidewalks are the only playground kids in the neighborhood have.
Or that the alternative is for a little kid to ride his bike in the city’s dangerous streets, in a neighborhood that hasn’t seen the city’s bike lane expansion. And probably won’t for the foreseeable future.
Let alone that the kid is just eight effing years old.
Seriously, use a little common sense.
And if you don’t want the world to think you’re a racist, stop acting like one.
A New York actor explains how to ride your bike like a gentleman.
Hint: Don’t ride like a dick.
Hats off to South LA’s East Side Riders, who continue to demonstrate that they’re as much about serving the community as they are about bikes.
We’re on it!! pic.twitter.com/dz0XWysylW
— eastsideriders (@EASTSIDERIDERS) November 24, 2020
Back when he was running for president, Donald Trump swore he’d never ride a bike, unlike then Secretary of State John Kerry.
Promises made, promises kept.
— Carlton Reid (@carltonreid) November 23, 2020
Yesterday we noted that someone had stolen the junked bike that was part of Banksy’s latest artwork.
Now it turns out it was never stolen at all. And a generous food delivery rider/art aficionado replaced it on his own, anyway.
Stolen 'Banksy bike' wasn't stolen after all: the original bike that forms part of the latest Banksy is "safe and well" according to the Nottingham Project, and it's even been replaced by a Good Samaritan already… https://t.co/XRQRhsV1uF #cycling pic.twitter.com/KbbKVp3lmo
— road.cc (@roadcc) November 23, 2020
Sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
Police in the UK are looking for a hit-and-run bike rider who rode off after crashing into a pedestrian, leaving her unconscious and with a broken leg. And yelled at her for breaking his bike.
Streetsblog looks at the new two-way parking-protected bike lane on Santa Monica’s Ocean Ave.
Opponents of a bike lane on San Diego’s 30th Street accuse the city council of playing a shell game by giving less than 24 hours notice of a vote to approve the plan, which will trade 500 parking spaces for protected bike lanes, under the guise of a construction change.
The CHP actually gets bike law right for a change, telling a Fresno questioner that bicycles are allowed on highways, while banned on many limited-access freeways. Correction: They got that part right, but failed in saying bicyclists have to stick to “the rightmost portion of the roadway” and ride single file — neither of which is accurate. Thanks to Andy Stowe for the catch.
A San Jose writer explains to a letter writer what to do if a dog chases your bike. Most dogs are trained to obey commands, so I’ve had good luck giving a firm order to sit or go home. Never mind that ebikes that can go 23 mph, like the letter writer claims, aren’t allowed on California bike paths.
Your next foldie could have direct-drive pedals that go up and down instead of around.
Denver Nuggets basketball star Jamal Murray may be sitting on a five-year, $170 million contract. But he’s still living and loving the carfree lifestyle.
We’ve seen countless stories that bike thefts have jumped during the pandemic. Yet somehow a Chicago stolen bike registry has shown a 50% spike in stolen bikes, while the Chicago PD only reports a measly 6% increase.
They get it. The Philadelphia Inquirer says Vision Zero remains vital to curbing traffic violence.
There’s a special place in hell — or at least a damn long time-out — for the Maryland kids who pushed a seven-year old boy off his bike to steal it in a strong arm robbery.
A new traffic study shows London’s Low Traffic Neighborhoods — aka Slow Streets — do not cause gridlock, despite what critics insist.
English actress Michelle Keegan is sort of one of us, looking good in her Lycra bikewear while confessing she only took up bicycling for about three weeks during the pandemic.
British brand Squire has become the first bike lock maker to receive a new digital Kitemark, proof of a secure digital operating system for controlling bike locks, padlocks and cylinders via smartphones and Bluetooth.
Life is cheap in the UK, where an off-duty police worker illegally riding a bike on the sidewalk got off with a lousy £30 fine — the equivalent of $40 — for crashing into a 70-year old man suffering from terminal cancer. Although the victim doesn’t seem to have looked before exiting a store.
Italian racing motorcycle maker Ducati is moving into the high-end e-mountain bike market in the US.
Red Bull offers an extensive guide for buying a BMX or building your own on your next trip to India.
An Indian newspaper explains how bicycling can help you stay healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Even car-choked Tehran is taking steps to become bike-friendlier. Unlike a similarly car-choked SoCal megalopolis we could name.
Taiwanese bike makers are gearing up to meet the demand created by the pandemic bike boom.
When you’re carrying meth and a machete on your bike, put a damn light on it, already. If you’re riding an illegally modified ebike while carrying brass knuckles and knives, in violation of your court-ordered release, just stop for the damn stop sign.
— Howard Crompton (@CromptonHoward) November 22, 2020
Be safe, and stay healthy. And wear a mask, already.