We have a lot to catch up on after yesterday’s unexcused absence,* so let’s get to it.
Bad news from San Diego. The wife of the cyclist critically injured by an allegedly drunk and/or high wrong way driver on Fiesta Island says he’s on a breathing machine and fighting for his life; if he survives, he’ll be paralyzed from the waist down.
Sounds like prayers or good wishes are in order, whichever you’re comfortable with.
The family of fallen randonneur Matthew O’Neill encourages drivers to observe the new three-foot passing law and change lanes to pass a cyclist.
Meanwhile, a website uses video from the Rock Store climb, aka The Snake, to suggest the three-foot law will make driving impossible, even though passing at an unsafe distance has always been illegal; the only thing this law changes is specifying just what a minimum safe distance is. And the rider in question is legally taking the lane on what is clearly a substandard lane.
Bottom line, as a side-by-side comparison of these two stories make clear, observing the three-foot law is a question of safety — that is, someone’s life — versus a minor inconvenience to impatient motorists.
I know which side I fall on.
This could be a big step forward in bike safety, as a new reflector tricks the Crash Avoidance System found in many new cars into seeing a cyclist or pedestrian as being closer or larger than they really are. The makers are looking for a strategic partner to help bring it to the right markets; this could be a great investment for someone with the right knowledge.
And yes, I want one. Now.
Thanks to new ROAD Magazine editor Chris Klibowitz for the heads-up.
Time to loosen up those wallets. The Kickstarter for BikinginLA sponsor AnyKicks has just over $18,000 to raise with two weeks to go.
Let’s push ’em over the top and show bike shops and manufacturers that advertising on here really works. And fund a deserving project while we’re at it.
Evidently, the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree, either. The father of the teenage driver who got off using the affluenza defense was arrested last month for impersonating a police officer.
If you’ll recall, his 16-year old spawn got away with killing four people in an under-aged drunken crash when the judge agreed his parents were too rich for him to be expected to take responsibility for his own actions.
Thanks to the Witch on a Bicycle for the link.
Elia Viviani wins the fourth stage of the USA Pro Challenge after retiring rider Jens Voigt fades after a 40 km solo breakaway; that other famous bike rider from my hometown keeps the leader’s jersey.
Is it just me, or is there less interest in the Pro Challenge this year? There seems to be a lot less press coverage this time around. Except for the drunk driver who somehow made it onto the closed course.
Italy’s economic woes lead to the merger of the Cannondale/Liquigas and Slipstream teams. And Vavel previews the first seven stages of the Vuelta, along with the seven that follow.
Boyle Heights residents worry the new Eastside extension of the Downtown CicLAvia route will lead to increased gentrification, while LA’s incredibly popular open streets event officially comes to the San Fernando Valley next March.
A ride marshal is ticketed — and may have been intentionally doored by police — for running a red light on the Clitoral Mass ride.
The LA Times looks at the new Timbuk2 store on Abbot Kinney in Venice.
Sweet Ride USA invites you to explore the intersection of bikes and sweets in Little Tokyo this Saturday. The Santa Monica Museum of Arts’ Tour Da Arts rolls on Sunday, as does the LACBC’s Sunday Funday ride through Carson.
A chef famed around the world for his cuisine and temper gets his new bike on at Cynergy.
The bike friendly Fiesta La Ballona takes place in Culver City this weekend.
LACBC local chapter Bike Walk Glendale sponsors Operation Firefly to give free bike lights to riders without them.
The state legislature passes a bill allowing local jurisdictions to tack an extra $5 onto vehicle registration fees to fund bicycle infrastructure. But what are the chances of actually getting 2/3 of drivers to tax themselves to fund bike projects?
Laguna Beach votes to explore ways to ease congestion and improve bike and pedestrian access on Laguna Canyon Road.
The Bike League profiles BikeSD’s own Sam Ollinger, who has quickly risen to become one of the leading bike advocates — not women’s bike advocate, thank you — in the US.
An Ohio man pleads no contest in the alleged DUI hit-and-run that took the life of a Chico State cyclist.
The EPA honors a 116-mile bike path from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake; when a new segment opens, it will be 75% complete.
CNN asks if Lance’s lies and bullying can be forgiven. The former, maybe; the latter, not so much.
Protected bike lanes are rapidly spreading throughout the US.
Our own Boyonabike looks at riding in bike friendly Portlandia.
Life is cheap in Utah, when not even killing a bike riding judge while driving distracted is enough to get authorities to take traffic crime seriously, as the driver gets off with a lousy $670 fine and six months probation.
Seventy-year old basketball great Rick Barry is slowly recovering from a bad solo bike crash in Colorado.
University of Chicago Hospitals illegally applies stickers to discourage legal bike parking.
A New York cyclist is fined $675 and loses her drivers license for running a red light on her bike and not having a bell — $5 more than some states fine drivers for killing someone.
The Washington Post asks if bike riders should be allowed to roll stop signs. The obvious answer is yes, but good luck convincing most motorists. And voters.
A writer for the Vancouver Sun says bike lanes will do more to protect cyclists than helmets.
Toronto authorities exonerate a local police department on accusations that they whitewashed a case involving the wife of an officer who killed a cyclist. Even though they failed to test the driver for drugs or alcohol and allowed her to drive home while the investigation at the scene was still ongoing.
Northern Ireland plans a two week bicycling festival.
Caught on video: An Edinburgh cyclist learns first hand the dangers of getting a wheel caught in tram tacks.
Caught on video: Sometimes it’s the other riders you have to watch out for. It doesn’t even take a whole car to send a cyclist to the hospital; sometimes, a stray part is enough.
And Gizmodo looks at seven bikes that, thankfully, didn’t change bicycling forever.
*My apologies for missing yesterday’s post, as well as a few others in recent weeks. I try to post every weekday; however, while my diabetes is officially under control, I’m still having major health problems that may or may not be related, and which leave me largely incapacitated for much of the day — and have kept me off my bike for the better part of two months. Most days, I’m able to rally long enough to get a new post online, but others — like yesterday — find me down for the count.
Hopefully, my doctors will finally figure out what’s going on, and this too shall pass.