Tag Archive for Los Angeles County

Man killed after allegedly riding bicycle into oncoming traffic in LA’s Mar Vista neighborhood

A man was killed riding a bike in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles early Sunday morning.

Although the details aren’t very clear.

According to a multiple identical reports based on a story from City News Service, the victim was struck by a driver on Centinela Ave around 12:30 am Sunday.

The victim, identified only as a man who appeared to be approximately 60-years old, was riding north when he was struck by the southbound motorist near Centinela and Mitchell Ave, after allegedly riding into oncoming traffic.

He died after being taken to a nearby hospital.

The driver remained at the scene.

Unfortunately, there’s no explanation of what was meant by “riding…into oncoming traffic.” It’s possible he was on the wrong side of the street, or he could have simply been turning or trying to cross from one side to the other.

There’s also no word on whether there were any independent witnesses who saw him ride into traffic, aside from the driver who killed him.

This is at least the 66th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 20th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County; it’s also the tenth in the City of Los Angeles.

I’m also aware of two other Southern California bicycling deaths in the last week while I’ve been under the weather; I’ll try to catch up on those later Monday.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.

43-year old woman killed riding bike last month in Baldwin Park collision

Sometimes, we only learn someone was killed riding a bike when the ghost bike goes up.

That was the case yesterday, when Walt discovered a ghost bike as he rode through Baldwin Park.

In researching the bike, he discovered it was for 43-year old Sandra Lee “Sharky Cakes” Arnobit, who was killed in a collision by a motorist on August 12, 2022, at Maine Ave & Olive Street.

Unfortunately, there’s no word on how it happened. A brief article from the Baldwin Park News says only that the crash occurred around 11:35 pm, and that the victim died at the scene.

A crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for Arnobit’s memorial and kids says she is survived by her teenage daughter Madison and son Demetrias/Woogie, as well her brother, sister and mother, and considered the biking community her second family.

It has raised over $31,000 of the 50,000 goal.

This is at least the 65th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 19th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Sandra Lee “Sharky Cakes” Arnobit and her loved ones.

Thanks to Walt Arrrrr for the heads-up. 

74-year old Upland man dies in apparent solo fall on San Gabriel Canyon Road in Azusa; 50th SoCal bike death this year

Now we finally know what happened.

In Friday’s update, we mentioned multiple reports that someone was killed in a collision involving a bicyclist in Azusa Thursday morning.

Now we know that the previous reports were right.

And wrong.

According to My News LA, 74-year old Upland resident Stephen Naftilan was riding at mile marker 24.10 on San Gabriel Canyon Road around 10:15 Thursday morning, when he fell to the right and collapsed in the roadway.

Another bicyclist and a passerby witnessed his fall, and found he was unresponsive when they stopped to help.

He died at the scene.

Apparently, there was no one else involved.

Anyone with information is urged to call the CHP Baldwin Park Area office at 626/338-1164.

This is at least the 50th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 18th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County.

My deepest prayers and sympathy for Stephen Naftilan and all his loved ones.

LA approves ban on bike chop shops, and environmental groups pull support for awful Geary-designed LA River plan

As expected, the Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance to ban open air bike chop shops on public property.

The ordinance is intended to give police a tool to address the proliferation of chop shops dealing in stolen bicycles, often found in homeless encampments throughout the city.

Here’s how CD15 Councilmember Joe Buscaino described the ordinance.

He said the new law, which is modeled after a similar one in the city of Long Beach, would target people in possession of five or more bicycle parts, a bicycle frame with the gear cables or brake cables cut, two or more bicycles with missing parts, or three or more bicycles on public property.

It also is written to specifically exclude people with a valid business license, as well as someone fixing their own bicycle.

While bike theft and receiving stolen merchandise are already illegal, LAPD officers tell me it can be difficult to make a case, since most bikes are never reported stolen, and it’s almost impossible to identify a bicycle once it’s been dismantled.

Even if they can make a case, it’s usually just a misdemeanor, since it’s hard to prove the value of the stolen bikes are more than the $950 value for grand theft. Which means the suspects are usually back on the street doing business again within days.

Whether this will be successful in preventing bike thefts, or simply becomes a tool for harassing and criminalizing homeless people, remains to be seen.

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Environmental groups have pulled their support of the proposed LA River master plan, accusing officials of ignoring their recommendations for the awful Frank Geary designed plan.

His designs would simply hide the river’s concrete channels under elevated parks, rather than return it to a more natural state.

Hopefully, it will never get built, even if it is approved.

But it will inevitably get tied up in court, and delay any real action on improving the river for years, if not decades.

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Local

He gets it. In an interview at LAX, Hanging with Mr. Cooper star Mark Curry says stop complaining about high gas prices and start riding a bike.

Active SGV led a toxic tour of Avocado Heights and City of Industry sites threatened by pollution, culminating with a stop at lead battery recycling plant Ecobat.

Long Beach plans to move forward with highway interchange improvement projects that would have been part of the now-cancelled 710 Freeway widening, including some protected bike lanes.

Lime is planning to test a new electric motor scooter with a top speed of 20 mph in Long Beach, deploying several hundred of the bikes in the city.

 

State 

Bills are starting to move forward in the state legislature again after it passed a budget framework, including one that would provide CEQA exemptions for sustainable transportation projects.

Yes, please. A San Francisco city supervisor wants to start holding public town halls after every traffic fatality. Although that might be just a tad impractical in Los Angeles.

 

National

Slate says traffic safety ads may be good at making puns, but they don’t change driver behavior to improve safety.

Colorado is preparing a $12 million statewide ebike rebate program, in the wake of Denver’s highly successful one. Meanwhile, California’s $10 million ebike rebate program remains in limbo, with no estimated start date.

A group of military vets are planning a 1,900 mile, 41 day ride to recreate the legendary ride of the Buffalo Soldiers, who rode from Missoula, Montana to St. Louis to prove bicycles could be a viable form of transportation for the military.

Heartbreaking news from South Dakota, where a 53-year old Canadian man was killed by a truck driver while on an 838-mile bike ride to raise awareness about kidney disease, and raise funds for a kidney transplant for his granddaughter; the crowdfunding campaign for her transplant has raised over $22,000, topping the $20,000 goal.

Over 200 people turned out for Boston’s first Pride bike ride.

ESPN’s ESPY award winner Jason McElwain was seriously injured when he was hit by a driver while riding his bike in Greece, New York; the autistic student manager of his high school basketball team, McElwain gained fame when the coach put him in near the end of the team’s final home game, and he responded by sinking seven three-point shots. He’s now a motivational speaker.

UPS is testing small battery-powered delivery trucks designed to operate in New York bike lanes. In other words, just one more obstacle putting bike riders at risk. Thanks to Megan Lynch for the heads-up.

Hoboken, New Jersey could decide that 20 is plenty, as the city council considers a proposal to lower city streets to 20 mph.

Seriously? Police in Philadelphia are looking for a burglar who broke into a bike shop and stole a 1996 military prototype bicycle worth an estimated — wait for it — $100,000. For that price, it must be made from Unobtanium.

An artist painted a message of hope in a Pennsylvania town, after the man she had planned to paint it with was killed by a driver while riding his bike. As usual, read it on Yahoo if Bicycling blocks you.

 

International

Electrek asks if Urban Arrow’s new e-cargo bike is the luxury SUV of the ebike world.

POC’s newest bike helmet is made for sustainability, made of 50% recycled materials and designed to be easily disassembled and recycled at the end of its usefulness.

A man walking his dog stepped in to rescue an 82-year old English man after he was knocked off his bike and attacked by a frenzied cow; he used the man’s bicycle to fend off the one-ton animal until it turned to attack another man.

An Irish delivery rider has been acquitted of murder for stabbing a 16-year old boy to death, agreeing he acted in self-defense when he was attacked by a group of teenagers while trying to reclaim another delivery rider’s stolen bicycle.

The capital city of Estonia will give kids the equivalent of $105 to buy a bicycle to encourage them to start riding.

He gets it, too. The mayor of Bengaluru, India says the city’s bikeways can’t have a real impact until they’re connected in a viable network; the city plans to build 378 miles of bike lanes by 2035.

A secondhand ebike has helped a longtime New Zealand bike advocate fall back in love with bicycling on his 37-mile commute.

 

Competitive Cycling

Cycling Tips explains how to follow the Race Across America, aka RAAM, which started yesterday.

Nice ad featuring L39ion of Los Angeles founder Justin Williams for Vuori.

 

Finally…

Evidently, bike polo is still a thing. If you’re already wanted by the cops for threatening a woman with a switchblade, maybe don’t ride an illegal motorized bike.

And bike riders are the new Atlas.

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Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.

Oh, and fuck Putin, too.

Man on bicycle killed by speeding hit-and-run driver in LA’s Exposition Park; 5th fatal bicycling hit-and-run in the city this year

Once again, someone on a bicycle has been murdered by a heartless hit-and-run driver.

This time, in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

According to KNBC-4, the victim was apparently crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd on Hoover Street around 11:30 pm Monday when he was struck by a driver heading west on MLK at a high rate of speed.

He was thrown several feet into the middle of the intersection, and died after being taken to a nearby hospital.

The victim has been publicly identified only as a man in his 30s.

The driver speed off, evidently without stopping. Witnesses describe the vehicle only as a gray colored sedan.

Hopefully, we’ll get more information soon.

This is at least the 42nd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 16th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County. It’s also the ninth in the City of Los Angeles.

Shamefully, 15 of those Southern California victims have been hit-and-run drivers, with six taking place in Los Angeles County, including five in the City of LA.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all his loved ones. 

 

Nine injured when LA driver jumps curb, LA County considers cutting speed limits, and leaving drivers in your dust

Today’s common theme is the recognition that people aren’t safe from drivers anywhere.

Like the nine people who were injured in LA’s Westlake District Saturday morning when a driver jumped the curb at Wilshire and Alvarado, plowing through pedestrians and street vendors gathered on the sidewalk.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. Police discounted the driver’s claim that he lost control when someone pointed a gun at him.

Or the two people who were killed, including an eight-year old boy, and another woman injured, when a speeding motorcyclist went off the shoulder of a New York State roadway and slammed into a group of pedestrians standing on a bike path.

Seriously, something is wrong when people who aren’t even in the roadway still aren’t safe from drivers and their deadly machines.

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion tomorrow to reduce speed limits on some streets.

https://twitter.com/ActiveSGV/status/1535466515981488128

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More proof that driving usually isn’t the best way of getting there.

Wherever there is.

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BikinginLA sponsor Richard Duquette offers a brief recap of Saturday’s Giro Di San Diego Grab Fondo.

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Great idea from the UK. Now let’s do it here.

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The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bike just keeps on going.

No bias here. A Scottish automotive journalist is calling for bike riders to be required to have compulsory training, licenses and insurance before being allowed on the road, apparently confusing the risk to others posed by cars for the negligible risk posed by someone on a bicycle.

No bias here, either. A gay Londoner was snubbed by his date after he arrived on a bicycle. If the guy can’t appreciate a bike, he’s better off without him.

But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.

A New York resident took matters into their own hands, posting DIY signs to remind scofflaw bike riders not to ride on the sidewalk. Not to mention skaters, rollerbladers, scooter and skateboard riders.

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Local

No news is good news, right?

 

State 

Heartbreaking news from La Jolla, where a 90-year old man was killed riding an e-scooter when he was struck by an 80-year old driver. Once again raising the question of how old is too old to drive.

Now you can be the proud owner of 20 years worth of classic T-shirts from the Redlands Classic, with all 58 shirts for just twenty bucks.

 

National

People For Bikes’ Final Mile program proves that cities can build out bike networks faster, more efficiently and more equitably, with Austin, Texas and Denver, Colorado building over 100 miles of bike lanes in just two years.

Electrek says you can buy an ebike on Amazon for the cost of five tanks of gas if you own a truck or SUV, or seven if you own a car. Or less of you live in California. You’ll probably be happier, too.

Forbes recommends what they say may be the best ebike for under $1,400.

Portland unveiled a new bicycle ambulance based on a Tern e-cargo bike. Although the lawn chair bolted onto a wooden bike trailer to transport patients leaves something to be desired. 

The last remaining segment of Seattle’s oldest long bike path just turned 125 years old.

Good idea. A Utah law allows bike riders to sue in small claims court for up to $11,000 to force insurance companies to quickly replace bicycles damaged in collisions for their full value, without affecting the victim’s right to file a separate injury claim.

A tragic warning to use extra caution in hot weather, as a Colorado man died after running out of water while riding a mountain bike trail in 100° weather; three other riders who tried to help him had to be rescued when they ran out of water, too.

A Colorado man lovingly restored the 1982 Colnago owned by the late Breaking Away and American Flyers screenwriter Steve Tesich, who passed away in 1996.

The manhunt — or woman hunt, in this case — continues for Kaitlin Marie Armstrong in the shooting death of elite gravel cyclist Mariah “Mo” Wilson in Austin, Texas last month.

Hundreds of bicyclists and pedestrians gathered with community leaders to demand safer streets in Chicago, after a two-year old boy was killed crossing the street on a scooter, and a three-year old girl was killed riding on the back of her mother’s bike.

A volunteer firefighter in Upstate New York was the victim of a hit-and-run driver as he rode his bike to respond to a call; fortunately, he was uninjured, but his bike, not so much.

Thirty-nine year old Semmie Williams was found competent to stand trial in the stabbing death of a 14-year old Florida boy who went missing after going out for a bike ride, despite Williams previous diagnosis of schizophrenia.

 

International

A Vancouver man is dead after an exploding ebike battery caused him to fall off a window ledge.

London’s edition of the World Naked Bike Ride drew over 1,000 people riding nine different routes to call for better safety, while keeping photo editors at the tabloids busy blurring the naughty bits.

Led by a Kharkiv priest, 20 Good Samaritans are riding bikes to deliver food and medicine to 700 elderly residents of the devastated Ukrainian city.

A 44-year old South African man will spend the next 25 years behind bars for the murder of former South African cycling champion Etienne van Wyk; the brutal crime went unsolved for 15 years.

A young Indonesian man arrived in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj, following a 3,600-mile journey by bicycle to visit Islam’s Three Holy Mosques.

Three bicyclists were hospitalized, one in the ICU, when a drunk driver slammed into a group of 14 riders in Singapore; the driver was arrested for DUI.

Sad news from Thailand, where a well-known Thai bike rider was killed when he was struck by the driver of a semi, who claimed he never saw him; 53-year old Nirantra Phramthong gained famed after riding through several countries.

 

Competitive Cycling

Slovenian pro Primož Roglič set the stage for next month’s Tour de France by winning the Criterium du Dauphine stage race on Sunday.

Colombian cyclist Juan Sebastián Molano was disqualified from the Dauphine for punching another rider in the head at 43 mph, then continuing the dispute — and the punching — after crossing the finish line.

Italian road champ Elisa Longo Borghini refuses to get caught up in the hype, saying it’s great that there’s now a women’s Tour de France, but it’s just a bike race like any other anywhere else.

Thirty-two-year old Russian pro Ilnur Zakarin called it a career after his Gazprom-RusVelo team shut down following the ban on Russian cycling teams.

Former pro Peter Stetina claimed the Asheville NC Belgian Waffle Ride, while Sarah Max won the women’s race after a disappointing finish in the Unbound Gravel race.

 

Finally…

Your toddler can now ride his or her own electric Kawasaki. Maybe don’t trust someone named Scurvy to deliver your new beach cruiser.

And evidently, a bicycle is something a gorilla shouldn’t monkey with.

Although maybe he just needs a better bike fit.

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Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.

Oh, and fuck Putin, too.

Update: AIDS/Lifecycle rider dies in solo crash in LA’s Fairfax District yesterday; 2nd ride participant killed in LA this year

I could just cry.

Late this morning, AIDS/Lifecycle confirmed rumors that one of the participants in the 545-mile San Francisco to Los Angeles ride died after an apparent fall at the conclusion of the ride.

According to the group, Glen Brown, an experienced bicyclist and a first-time participant in the fundraising ride, was killed in a single-bike crash.

According to Streets For All’s Michael Schneider, it happened on the 800 block of North Ogden, in LA’s Fairfax District, which likely means Brown was riding home after finishing the ride.

There’s no word yet on what may have caused him to fall, or what injuries he may have suffered.

This is the second death associated with the ride in Los Angeles in less than 60 days. Five-time ride participant Andrew Jelmert was killed by an alleged speeding, DUI driver on Crystal Springs Drive in Griffith Park at the conclusion of an April AIDS/Lifecycle training ride.

The AIDS/Lifecycle ride is a fundraiser for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Los Angeles LGBT Center, who appear to be blameless in both of these tragedies.

It raised over $17 million for the two groups this year.

This is at least the 41st bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 15th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County. It’s also the eighth in the City of Los Angeles.

And a sad reminder that things like this can happen to even the most experienced riders, and the best among us.

Correction: I originally wrote that the ride was 450 miles, rather than the actual distance of 545 miles. 

Update: I’ve learned that Glen Brown wasn’t riding home after the end of the AIDS/Lifecycle ride, after all. 

According to an email from Bryan J. Blumberg, the last few blocks of the final day’s route took riders east on Santa Monica Blvd, then turned right on Ogden Drive for 4 blocks before entering Fairfax High School, where the ride ended.

Tragically, after 545 miles, Brown died just a block and a half from the finish. 

Blumberg also forwarded an email from AIDS/LifeCycle Ride Director Tracy Evans, who reports that Brown, who came out from Chicago for the ride, was rushed to Cedars Sinai, where he died of his injuries. 

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Glen Brown and his loved ones.

Thanks to Zoe Kurland and Bryan J. Blumberg for the heads-up.

 

Wrong way bike rider killed in early morning Long Beach crash

A man was killed riding his bike against traffic in Long Beach early today.

According to the Long Beach Police Department, the victim was riding east in the westbound lanes of Anaheim Street near Coronado Ave around 12:15 am Saturday, when he was struck by a driver traveling west on Anaheim.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified only as a 32-year old Long Beach resident.

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators; at this time, police don’t believe they were distracted, speeding or under the influence.

Anyone with information is urged to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective Kevin Johansen or Detective Jeff Meyer at 562/570-7355.

This is at least the 38th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 14th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and her loved ones.

Update: 28-year old Duarte man riding bicycle killed in DTLA assault just after midnight Tuesday

A man on a bicycle was murdered when he was assaulted in Downtown Los Angeles early this morning.

According to My News LA, the victim was riding near the intersection of Seventh and Flower in DTLA when he was pulled off his bike by an unknown assailant, striking his head on the pavement.

He died at the scene.

There’s no word on whether his bicycle or anything else was taken, or if there was some other reason for the attack. Or any reason at all.

KTLA-5 identifies the victim only as a man in his 30s.

Anyone with information is urged to call 877/527-3247.

This is at least the 36th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 13th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County. It’s also the eighth in the City of Los Angeles.

Update: The victim has been identified as 28-year old Duarte resident Oscar Gaytan.

Update 2: Gayton’s family reports he had attended a game at Dodger Stadium, and was likely headed to the nearby Metro station to catch a train home when he was attacked.

Police are looking for a suspect described only as a man in his 30s. 

A crowdfunding page to help pay funeral expenses for the professional nurse has raised slightly less than $10,000 of the $25,000 goal. 

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Oscar Gaytan and his loved ones.

Update: Man killed riding bike near Santa Clarita in Canyon Country; victim ID’d as popular Rapha ride leader

Please make it stop.

The deadliest year in memory got even worse, when someone was killed riding their bike in Canyon Country this afternoon.

According to KTLA-5, the victim was struck by a driver around 12:45 pm on the 21500 block of Sand Canyon Road near Santa Clarita.

They were pronounced dead roughly 45 minutes later, apparently the result of head trauma.

There’s no word on the identity of the victim, or what may have caused the crash. There’s also no information on the driver, raising the possibility they may have fled the scene.

Hopefully we’ll learn more soon.

This is at least the 33rd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 12th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County.

Update: This story is still developing. I received the following email from Hamid Valai with additional information contradicting much of. the earlier reports.

Hi Ted, thank you so much for reporting on our deadly streets.  I rolled on the accident scene in Santa Clara today minutes after it had happened.

First, the news is wrong.  This did not happen in Sand Canyon.  It happened on the Santa Clara Truck Trail, about a mile south of Fire Department Camp 9 (who first responded to the scene).  Here is a Google maps link of the accident site.

I had just met this group minutes before the accident and talked to the victim while we were filling up our bottles at the Fire Department mentioned above.  I didn’t get his name, but he was a really nice guy who told me about all the trails in the area (I was visiting this area and not really familiar with it).  They descended The Santa Clara Truck Trail a couple of minutes before me.  I was devastated to roll on to the accident scene.

Also, the driver did not flee the scene.  He was on the phone with 911 on speaker phone, while they gave CPR instructions to the cyclist’s friend.  He was probably in his late 20’s or early 30’s driving  a BMW convertible.  The front windshield was destroyed along with other front-end damage from the impact.

I did not see the accident.  I have no idea who was at fault.  All I know is that it happened around a tight bend in the road, where you have no idea who’s coming around the corner.

You can see my Strava post with some pictures and my description.

This was absolutely devastating.  A wonderful day or riding turned tragic.  I just attended the Andrew Jemel memorial ride last week in Griffith Park.  As an avid cyclist, this is very disturbing.  Thanks for all the help in reporting on cycling fatalities.

Update 2: The victim has been identified as 37-year old Los Angeles resident John Hermoso

Update 3: Phil Gaimon added this to what we know. 

Update 4: Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for the CHP to blame the victim

According to a CHP spokesperson, Hermoso was riding on the wrong side of the road as he rounded a blind curve, and slammed into the driver’s BMW, which was traveling at a sedate 15 mph. 

Yes, 15 miles per hour. Which seems pretty damn unlikely. 

It also doesn’t make sense that an experienced ride leader would take a blind curve on the wrong side of the road. Or that a collision with a vehicle traveling at 15 mph would result in fatal injuries, especially for a helmeted rider, unless he was traveling downhill at an extreme rate of speed. 

What makes far more sense is that both Hermoso and the driver were hugging the centerline, and traveling at far more than 15 mph. And that the CHP investigated with their usual windshield bias. 

But we’ll never know what really happened until we hear from the other people on the ride. 

And shamefully, Rapha Los Angeles has still had nothing to say about the tragedy

My deepest sympathy and prayers for John Hermoso and al his loved ones.

Thanks to Hamid Valai and Michael Kim for the heads-up.

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