Today marks the start of a four-day holiday weekend for many people, myself included.
Which means the drinking and driving is likely to start early today, and continue through Tuesday.
While riding a bike remains the best way to get to the fireworks and other festivities, you’ll want to watch out for distracted and drunk drivers, because chances are, they won’t be looking for you.
So ride defensively, stay safe, and come back here bright and early on Wednesday to catch up on anything we may have missed over the weekend. I’ll be around if there’s any breaking news in the meantime, so make sure you’ve signed up for email alerts near the end of that long, long blue column on the right if you haven’t already.
And have a great 4th of July!
As for the photo up above, it’s a sad day when even clowns aren’t safe on the streets, judging by the residue by the curb near my apartment.
Pasadena will begin its ebike rebate program for city residents tomorrow.
Meanwhile, California’s nascent program, which was supposed to be launched by today, remains nowhere to be seen.
A new study of registered voters across the US shows that two-thirds of Americans know widening highways doesn’t solve traffic problems.
Even if government officials and transportation agencies — like Metro — don’t seem to get it.
The Highland Ave survey considers the section from Franklin to Santa Monica, so it doesn’t go up to the Hollywood Bowl, or down to the subway on Wilshire.
The survey for Culver Blvd covers the street from Berryman Ave to Centinela west of the 405.
LADOT is applying for a federal grant to improve Highland Avenue and Culver Boulevard.
What kind of changes do you want to see on these streets? Take the survey for each corridor and let them know.
— Streets For All (@streetsforall) June 29, 2023
A brief thread from Richard Masoner of Cyclicious fame effectively frame the problem of shared responsibility in a world of distracted drivers.
A story about shared responsibility! While biking to work this A.M., I approach somebody in her car, illegally stopped in a no-stopping zone in the bike lane, on her phone, facing the wrong way. I swivel my head for a look back to merge out of the bike lane, look forward, …
— Richard Masoner 🚴♂️ (@cyclelicious) June 29, 2023
Gravel Bike California’s latest epic takes you riding on Mendenhall Ridge in the Angeles National Forest, by way of Metrolink.
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on rolling.
A New Orleans advocacy group is teaming with the local bikeshare to give away bike helmets to promote bike safety in the city with the country’s highest per capita bicycling death rate. Except that’s just more victim blaming in the guise of safety, because it doesn’t do a damn thing to get the people in the big dangerous machines to sober up or pay attention to the road and people ahead of them.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
Yes, Fox News was right about naked men participating in annual Body Pride Ride as part of an all-ages Seattle Pride parade, but a photo of children walking past naked bike riders comes from the London World Naked Bike Ride in 2017, instead. But they wouldn’t want to mention that since the Naked Bike Ride is a protest about climate change, not gay pride.
A pair of British ebike riders shot up a number of parked cars, for no apparent reason.
Awful news from Germany, where a former Olympic gold medalist cyclist was convicted of sexually abusing a child.
BikeLA, nee Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, is looking for auction items for their upcoming LA Bike Fest, in case you or your company has anything of value you can donate. Maybe I can give them an autographed copy of this blog.
The California Transportation Commission — not Caltrans — announced the latest round of 134 active transportation projects for the Active Transportation Program’s (ATP) Cycle 6, including projects in LA’s Boyle Heights, National City and Tehachapi.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will now offer bicycle safety classes in lieu of citations for scofflaw ebike riders. Once again putting the onus for safety on the potential victims, rather than the people in the big, dangerous machines.
While the San Diego media has fanned the flames of driver anger over the new bike lanes on Park Blvd, bicyclists complain that the painted lines on one block don’t offer any protection.
A San Luis Obispo weekly looks at the effort to build a bike path along the California coast, which has been ongoing since the ’70s.
Caltrans plans to improve safety along El Camino Real in Redwood City, including adding bike lanes, by 2028. And just hope no one gets killed in the next five years, apparently.
No surprise here, as vandals and bike thieves have targeted Stockton’s nonprofit bikeshare fleet.
A new movie tells the story of a 12-year old bike thief who is none too happy when her estranged dad re-enters the picture. Although it might be pushing it to expect the bike community to have sympathy for a bicycle rustling waif.
GearJunkie offers a primer on the carbon fiber found in bike frames and other assorted parts.
Bicycling says the US Bicycle Route System is now even cooler with the addition of new routes, including its first ferry ride. Although you may be out of luck if the magazine blocks you, since it doesn’t appear to be available anywhere else.
A 69-year old California man has spent the last two years riding back and forth across the US to raise funds for the Challenged Athletes Foundation to provide prosthetics for Paralympic athletes. And has high praise for Nebraska drivers.
Heartbreaking story from Detroit, where a man was found not guilty after his three dogs attacked and killed a nine-year old girl as she rode her bike, then began eating her leg; the law requires a person to know their dogs were dangerous before they can be held responsible. Maybe he didn’t know they were dangerous, but he may have starved them.
An artist in Lansing, Michigan has designed a series of artistic leaf-shaped bike racks. Which aren’t likely to be used, because a) they don’t look like bike racks, and b) they appear to be just bolted to the sidewalks, meaning they could be unbolted, too.
Boston plans to build a bike lane on the city’s Boylston Street, and parts of Beacon and Berkeley, to address safety concerns for bicyclists in the Back Bay, although some residents bicker about losing parking spaces. Meanwhile, Back Bay NIMBYs bizarrely warn someone is likely to die because of the protected bike lanes, even though protected lanes have been shown to improve safety for all road users. This story has been brought to you by the letter B.
Maybe there’s hope yet, as teams of architects and designers reimagine what New York streets could be without cars.
New York’s fire department is cracking down on ebike shops selling and storing unsafe lithium-ion batteries.
A new interactive game invites you to ride a ghost bike to the afterlife to save lost souls. Although in this case, the ghost bikes are magical couriers who ride between the world of the living and the world of the dead. It still sounds like it’s in very poor taste, though, given what ghost bikes represent in the real world.
Downtown Vancouver has introduced a summer-long free bike valet. Which is a service that every city should offer.
A British Columbia family ditched their SUV for an environmentally responsible e-cargo bike, and haven’t looked back.
Transgender comedian Suzy Eddie Izzard is one of us, taking to the streets of London wearing a miniskirt on a bikeshare bike.
British bike riders raise understandable concerns after discovering that the bike racks at a new Aldi store can simply be lifted out of the pavement.
The Connexion examines the French love of all things bicycle, dating back to the nineteenth century.
Parisian Mayor Anne Hidalgo enters the emerging conflict between ebike and e-scooter users and people on foot, not by cracking down on electric micromobility, but with what Streetsblog calls a common-sense plan that includes taking still more space from drivers.
An unlicensed Scottish driver was arrested for the hit-and-run that killed a noted local bicyclist in Ibiza, Spain; police found his abandoned Jeep three miles from the crash scene.
The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay calls Belgium’s Wout Van Aert the Bo Jackson of the Tour de France, but the paper insists on hiding the story behind its draconian paywall. Am I the only one who is less likely to subscribe to any publication after being confronted by their paywall?
Czech carmaker Škoda’s We Love Cycling previews the competition for the Tour de France’s green sprinter’s jersey sponsored by the car brand.
Velo says riders preparing for the Tour de France are pushing for more safety measures in the wake of Gino Mãder’s death in the Tour de Suisse, arguing that “the worst-case scenario is really scary.”
And this looks like my pre-4th beer run.
Spotted today in Farringdon-London. A @pedalmeapp delivery.
Could absolutely see @farroutdelivers following suit in Edinburgh with deliveries from our many excellent craft breweries that we have up here. @edtiss @david_mccraw @CyclingEdin pic.twitter.com/wlXxphZvgZ
— Johnny (flags & numbers) (@JohnFarquhar74) June 27, 2023
Thanks to Jon for the heads-up.
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.
Oh, and fuck Putin.