Before we get started, let me take a moment to thank you for yet another successful BikinginLA Holiday Fund Drive!
Not only did we set a new record for the 8th year in a row, but a record 103 people donated, breaking the $5,000 barrier for the very first time.
And I couldn’t be more grateful to each and every one of you.
So thanks to Michael W, Lisa G, Mark K, Glen S, Adrienne G, Johanna K, Liam W, Joel F, Sonia B, Michael B, David A, Teodoro C, Carol K, Neel K, Robert H, Beverly F, Matthew R and Kevin B for their generous donations since the last time we posted. And everyone else who gave from their hearts to keep all the best bike news coming your way every day.
Today’s photo shows what happens when my sister and her husband send the perfect gifts.
Celebrate the new year by jaywalking, which isn’t exactly legal now, but has been decriminalized by the State of California.
Or improve your safety by taking off from a red light with the leading pedestrian interval, which is now legal for people on bicycles in California. Correction: A closer reading of the law makes clear that it doesn’t take effect until January 1, 2024; thanks to Andrew Goldstein and Bryan J Blumberg for keeping me honest.
And drivers will now be required to change lanes to pass someone on a bicycle in California if there is an open lane the driver can move into.
No bias here.
The San Diego Reader goes off on an anti-bike lane screed, complaining about the new bike lanes on 30th Street in the North Park neighborhood, which required the removal of 460 parking spaces.
And in the process, blames every business closure in the neighborhood on them.
Never mind the effects of two years of pandemic closures, or a difficult business climate marked by rampant inflation and endemic supply chain problems.
Or that they also included businesses that closed years before the bike lanes were built.
Fourth photo down was Urban Solace which has been closed since March 2019. https://t.co/lv7qvuqts2
— brer bear (@brerbear) December 28, 2022
Although by far the best one was the article’s first photo, which showed a damning image of a vacant business under the banner for a roofing company. Except they were simply installing a new roof on the building, and had never occupied the space.
Other shuttered businesses had moved to more desirable locations, or were reopening under new management or new formats in the coming months.
But all were somehow blamed on the bike lanes, which the paper claimed were seldom, if ever, used. Something that could have been easily refuted if they had bothered to check the nearby bike counter.
As noted in the first tweet above, the story appears to have been motivated by a California appellate court’s rejection of a lawsuit filed by business owners to have the bike lanes removed.
But none of that would have fit with their pre-determined pro-driving, pro-parking and anti-bike lane bias.
Thanks to everyone who responded on Twitter to point out the glaring inaccuracies in the Reader story.
Marlene Scott reports there will be a Celebration of Life tomorrow for 56-year old Michelle Scott, who lost her three-year battle for life over Thanksgiving weekend.
Michelle Scott was 53 when she was run down by a hit-and-run driver while riding her bike to work in Ramona in October, 2019.
She spent the next three years shuttling between longterm care facilities, as she struggled just to give a thumbs-up or say the name of her husband of 35 years.
Thirty-seven-year old Chase Edward Richard served just two years of a 44-month sentence for cruelly leaving her alone and bleeding in the street with a severe head injury.
Now he’s free, and she’s gone.
Gravel Bike California reminds us that Los Angeles is a mountain town, offering outstanding paved and unpaved climbing.
LA is a mountain town if you already didn't know it…@ostroynyc @bikinginla @WeLikeLA https://t.co/c3YcLvNzhi
— Gravel Bike California (@GravelBikeCal) January 2, 2023
A Denver man is holding vigil at the intersection where his brother was killed by a hit-and-run driver nearly two weeks ago.
And plans to stay there until his killer is brought to justice.
At the intersection of 38th & Sheridan in #Denver, Eric and his beloved Andy hold this sign.
Eric’s been out here, in the cold, for more than a dozen days. He’ll stay until justice is served for Andy’s brother, Logan – a cyclist killed in a hit-and-run crash. @DenverChannel pic.twitter.com/ZFXp7eFrrA
— Colette Bordelon (@ColetteBordelon) January 3, 2023
This is who we share the road with.
And no, the person on the bike isn’t the one at fault.
this happened on 3 avenue and 96 street at about 6:10 p.m. you have to be alert in the streets pic.twitter.com/ZW5nN3d1OM
— gustavo ajche (@AjcheGustavo) January 3, 2023
This is how fast a potentially deadly dooring — or a near miracle — can happen.
And yes, unless the person on the bike is riding against traffic, dooring is always the driver’s fault.
Dude needs to buy a lottery ticket pic.twitter.com/zdD8ELEyAP
— YS (@ReallyActivist) December 27, 2022
I don’t know. I think I could pull it off.
Or cut it off, as the case may be.
— TEOTWAWKI ن, burdened with glorious purpose (@TRutt4601) December 29, 2022
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.
No bias here, as Bicycling screws the pooch by wholeheartedly endorsing Ford’s massive F-150 Lightening electric pickup, with its high, flat grill seemingly designed to kill bike riders and pedestrians. As usual. read it on Yahoo if the magazine blocks you.
No bias here, either. A San Diego TV station tries to raise a public panic over the loss of parking spaces for new bike lanes on Convoy Street, despite citing a restaurant owner who says his customers don’t mind walking several blocks. And says he only knows of two customers who currently bike there. Apparently, if never occurs to him that if two people biked there before, maybe others will now that it’s safer.
A DC driver attempted to run down a bicycle delivery rider after she smacked his car mirror for pulling up too close to her and blocking her right-of-way, then got out of his car and attacked her on the sidewalk, knocking out one of her teeth.
A British driver will spend more the two years behind bars for using his car as a weapon in an effort to run down a group of bike-riding teenagers, after the kids threw French fries in his car.
A driver in the UK marked Boxing Day by trying to run down a bike rider, after becoming angry when he was stuck behind him on a country road.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
Body cam video shows a Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy shooting a man riding a bicycle after the man waived a knife at him while calling himself the antichrist, although he had lowered the weapon before the officer shot; he was originally stopped for riding salmon, as well as an outstanding warrant. A simple traffic stop should never be allowed to escalate out of control like that; thanks to Phillip Young for the heads-up.
CNN includes South LA’s Destination Crenshaw among the new buildings set to reshape the world in the coming year; the 1.3-mile open air museum and cultural center will include new buffered bike lanes on Crenshaw Blvd.
Metro has completed work on the new bus lanes on Alvarado between Sunset and 7th. Which you can now share on your bike, as long as you don’t mind having a bus run up your ass.
Urbanize LA lists the Complete Streets makeovers of 7th Street in DTLA and Venice Blvd in Mar Vista as the city’s most exciting “small” transportation projects of the year.
The parents of two girls involved in a fatal ebike crash in 2021 have settled their cross complaints against one another, freeing them to blame Rad Power Bikes for the crash.
A San Diego man was stabbed in the chest by a man who stole his bike in the city’s Balboa Park, after arguing over it with another man. Thanks to Phillip Young for the heads-up.
A San Diego loan-to-own ebike program is set for a $10 million statewide expansion, despite low participation so far.
Finishing our San Diego trifecta, the city’s bike riders are fighting to reclaim a portion of the streets to make room for protected bike lanes.
In another example of authorities keeping a dangerous driver on the road until it’s too late, a Fairfield man was booked for the suspected drunken hit-and-run death of a bike rider, despite three previous hit-and-run convictions; he was also charged with being a felon in possession of a gun.
The Yolo County DA has decided not to file charges against the UC Davis garbage truck driver who killed a 19-year old student riding her ebike to class. blaming “multiple factors” for the crash.
NPR takes a look at ebikes and their ability to replace car trips and their emissions. Or maybe replace cars, period.
CNBC looks at the problem of trying to navigate the ebike boom on America’s less-than-adequate bike infrastructure.
Bicycling questions whether bicycling has a drinking problem, as research shows that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. Although other studies show moderate drinking can offer health benefits. Once again, read it on Yahoo if the magazine blocks you. .
Pacific Cycles is recalling their kids bikes that were sold at Target, because the handlebars can come loose during use, causing falls.
This is who we share the road with, part two. Thirteen bison were killed when the herd was struck by an apparently sentient semi-truck in Montana near Yellowstone National Park, since there’s no mention of a driver anywhere in the story.
In yet another example of authorities keeping a dangerous driver on the road until it’s too late, a New York pickup driver killed man riding a moped — despite the company truck being cited for 30 traffic violations over a four-year period, including 17 tickets for speeding in a school zone.
A Guatemalan man working as a delivery rider in New York complains that winter is the hardest time of year for bicycle delivery workers, while the apps they work for don’t care about their safety. Thanks to Keith Johnson for the heads-up.
Cycling Weekly offers fifteen things about bicycling that really annoys them. Although their complaint about the high cost of bicycling is a relative thing, depending on how you ride; you can get by with spending almost nothing, and still get where you’re going.
Build your own DIY heavy duty bike trailer.
Cities from Bogotá to Stockholm are keeping their pandemic-era carfree spaces.
London ebike and e-scooter riders could be banned from a section of the Thames Path, along with reckless riders of regular bikes.
Police identify a suspect in just one in ten British bike thefts, and file charges in less than 2% of cases.
A Swiss startup is building elevated bike lanes to address space problems that limit bike lane placement on the streets. Which sounds good, except it removes bikes from the local community, and prevents bike riders from making convenient stops along their route.
Road.cc examines whether there is anywhere on earth where bike riders are required to be licensed, aside from North Korea.
No surprise here, as Singapore bike riders conclude that draconian rules limiting group rides to no more than five bikes aren’t practical in real life.
An Aussie woman teaches herself how to ride a bicycle at the ripe, old age of 49, after being shamed by a French tour guide.
Twenty-six-year old former WorldTour cyclist Sean Bennett is entering the year without a pro contract, after spending after spending last year riding at the Continental level in China.
Cyclist looks forward to 2023, including women’s great Annemiek van Vleuten going out on top, and the return of Eritrean pro Biniam Girmay, who missed much of last year after taking a champagne cork to the eye.
A seven-year old Arizona kid broke her 11-year old sister’s record for completing the Tour de Tucson, while also setting a record as the youngest person to complete the 102-mile course.
Every now and then, a scofflaw bike rider gets away. Seriously, if you’re riding your bike with an outstanding warrant, don’t ride salmon. That feeling when you ride the equivalent of 2,400 miles in less than 14 days just for the hell of it.
And when you need a garter to comfortably ride your bike, even if it would fit around your impossibly narrow waist.
"The pleasantest and most comfortable garter known" pic.twitter.com/8bGdptCjbx
— Cool Bike Art (@CoolBikeArt1) January 3, 2023
Before we go, I’d like to share this Twitter exchange, which offered one of the nicest compliments I’ve received in a long time.
My nominee: @bikinginla . He feels genuine concern for low-wage folks who struggle to bike to work in LA, and real sadness when they're hurt. Also a generous foster of Corgies. Just very loving of humans and animals in a city that sometimes neglects both.
— MARY YARBER Hollywood Area6 Chair (@6Chair) December 27, 2022
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.
Oh, and fuck Putin, too.