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Commission approves Wolfberg park, NIMBYs fight Culver City Complete Streets, and racist road rage murder

Let’s start with a followup to yesterday’s proposal to name the new Potrero Canyon Park for longtime bike and community advocate George Wolfberg, who fought for its creation before his death last year.

This update came from his son, David Wolfberg, who followed in his father’s footsteps as a bike advocate and longtime member of the Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee, in a comment to yesterday’s post.

Thank you Ted for the highlight. It appears to be a go for the park naming. The Parks Commission was wonderful and importantly now includes one of the city’s greatest bike and community advocates, Tarafai Bayne. Many people and agencies have contributed mightily to the development of the park, notably David Card of the Pacific Palisades Community Council and the Bureau of Engineering. Commissioner Nicole Chase expressed a desire for the parks named after engaged citizens like my father George to have detailed reliefs that tell us more about that community member. All of L.A.’s parks are accessible via bicycle though some require more effort than others. My father envisioned connecting the park to the historic Marvin Braude bike path via a bridge over PCH. That is a big spend and they are working to locate funding for it. In the meantime I’ve suggested waypoint signs and/or safety warnings as we definitely don’t want to see anyone trying to cross PCH to get to the park. There are two tunnels south of the park and a crossing signal at Temescal for safe crossing. They are aiming for a park opening in 2021.

He also added this note about the TikTok video of the Peloton instructor that concluded yesterday’s post.

Regarding the hilarious and disturbing Peloton instructor, that is Caitlin Reilly who also recently lost her father, actor John Reilly of General Hospital. Caitlin has several characters developed in lockdown who are poignantly funny reminders of the time in which we’re living. She is an incisive observer and many of these clips are unmistakably “L.A.” https://www.tiktok.com/@itscaitlinhello?

George Wolfberg photo from Pacific Palisades Community Council.

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That didn’t take long.

Just days after Culver City’s new Complete Streets plan went online, some people are already gearing up to fight against livable streets and a healthier business community.

In other words, exactly the same sort of streets people fly to other cities to enjoy, but fight like hell to keep out of their own neighborhoods.

But if they bothered to get informed, like the flier calls for, it would only take a simple Google search to learn that bikeable, walkable Complete Streets can reduce congestion by getting people out of their cars, significantly boost retail and restaurant sales, and bring new life to car-choked streets.

And that any increase in traffic to neighborhoods can be easily mitigated with simple traffic control measures.

They might also learn that once a project like this goes in, the same people who once fought it will often fight to keep it.

Instead, Culver City is seeing the same knee-jerk opposition to change that we’ve seen repeated throughout the LA area, with varying degrees of success.

Which mans it’s probably only a matter of time before we see a new Keep Culver City Moving chapter.

Flier photo courtesy of Zennon Ulyate-Crow.

This is who we share the road with.

A Boston area man was killed in a racially charged road rage attack when the Black and Latino victim and his white attacker got out of their cars to argue.

Then the killer got back in his car and deliberately slammed into the victim.

And yes, the accused killer driver, 54-year old Dean Kapsalis, was arrested after turning himself in half an hour later.

Although the current charges don’t begin the meet the seriousness of the crime, because anything less than second degree murder would be a travesty.

As if the racist murder wasn’t bad enough, though, Henry Tapia, better known as Henny, a 35-year old father of three, was also one of us.

In a reflection if just how tragic this death is, that crowdfunding page mentioned above has raised nearly $75,000 in just the first day, far exceeding the modest $10,000 goal.

But no matter how much money it raises, it won’t bring Henny back.

And in yet another example of government officials keeping a dangerous driver on the road until it’s too late, the killer had an extensive record of crashes and traffic violations.

It’s just too bad drivers don’t have to pass a test to root out racism before we trust them multi-ton weapons.

Thanks to Erik Griswold for the heads-up.

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Sadly, this tweet from Oklahoma speaks for itself.

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More proof that bikes are good for business.

It’s worth the click to read the brief thread about how an interest in bicycles helped turn around a dying business.

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

No bias here. A San Clemente ebike rider says the city needs to clamp down on everyone else, insisting ebike-riding “kids and elders” are going to kill someone.

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

The New York SUV driver who was terrorized by a group of teen bicyclists after allegedly brake checking one of them — intentionally or otherwise — says nothing has been done by the city and he’s still too afraid to drive his car, despite charges against one of the boys.

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Local

According to the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, Northwest Pasadena deserves better than the recently released proposal to remake North Lake Avenue, which the organization says would remain an incomplete street that violates the city’s commitment to Vision Zero.

 

State

Momentum is finally building for a 24-acre bike park in Alpine in East San Diego County.

This is why people continue to die on our streets. A Bakersfield man was allowed to plead no contest to a single hit-and-run charge in the death of a bike rider, despite driving with a suspended license — and despite changing his appearance and pushing his SUV into a ravine to cover up the crime.

Sad news from Merced, where a bike rider was killed in a hit-and-run Monday night; police busted the driver after tracking down his heavily damaged car.

He gets it. A bike-riding Manteca columnist says instead of calling wheelie-popping teen bicyclists hoodlums who a terrorizing the populace, be glad they’re taking up bicycling and burning off a little energy.

 

National

Yet another kit promises to convert your bicycle to an ebike.

A Minnesota town proposes a road diet and roundabouts to improve safety, but after a 13-year old boy was killed riding his bike to school last year. Maybe cities could make safety changes they know are necessary before it’s too late for a change.

Seriously? A Cape Cod community wants to make sure they don’t sacrifice the town’s character to Complete Streets. Because apparently, its character is somehow tied to car-clogged streets.

A secret government report shows New York never had any intention to put bike lanes on the Verrazzano Bridge, despite holding several public meetings, and only floated an expensive, impracticable plan in order to kill it.

In an effort to become one of the safest states for bicycling, Virginia moves forward with a bill that would require drivers to change lanes to pass someone on a bicycle, allow bike riders to treat stop signs as yields, and let bicyclists ride two abreast.

This is the cost of traffic violence. The family of a North Carolina man killed in a hit-and-run while riding his bike last year say the arrest of the driver brings them little comfort because it can’t bring the victim back.

A North Carolina school bus driver could use remedial training after nearly hitting an SUV head on while passing a bike rider with full load of kids.

 

International

Just weeks after officials tore out a protected bike lane in London’s tony Kensington and Chelsea boroughs, a bike rider was injured hitting one car in an effort to avoid another.

The UK’s rash of violent strong-arm bike thefts goes on, after an 18-year old bike rider was knocked off his bicycle by a thief who rode off with his bike.

 

Competitive Cycling

He gets it. Longtime pro André Greipel says he feels privileged to race in the middle of a pandemic, and the other riders in the pro peloton should, too.

 

Finally…

Nothing like a little blood and guts to get your kid to wear a helmet. Always look under your saddle before you ride.

And this has got to be the best bikeshare ad ever.

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Be safe, and stay healthy. And wear a damn mask, already. 

Park could be named for longtime advocate George Wolfberg, Biden is one of us, and more Valley Village vandalism

Sorry for the late notice.

It’s been almost a year since bike and community advocate George Wolfberg died at age 82, after a life of working to make this a better and more livable city for all of us.

One of those battles was the creation of Potrero Canyon Park in Pacific Palisades, due to open later this year. Now there’s a proposal before the LA Recreation and Parks Commission to name it after him.

Personally, I think George Wolfberg Park at Potrero Canyon has a great ring to it.

The proposal is scheduled to be discussed at today’s meeting of the commission, item 21-014, starting at 9:30 am.

I’m not sure it I can make it. But if you see this in time, it’s worth commenting to honor one of the unsung giants of LA bicycle community.

To join the meeting, dial 669-900-6833, then enter 830 2912 1777, followed by the # key.

Thanks to Steven Hallett for forwarding today’s photo. And yes, that’s a pedal-operated sewing machine in the middle. 

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New President Joe Biden is one of us.

He’s also the first traffic violence widower to sit in the Oval Office, so maybe we finally have someone in the White House who really gets it.

Although clearly some in the media don’t, as Biden’s Peloton somehow transforms from a fixable security risk to a “scandal” that betrays his blue collar roots.

Seriously.

On the other hand, Donald Trump lived up to his Promises Made, Promises Kept slogan by keeping his vow to never take part in a bike race.

Just like I’ve kept my word to never fly off a tall building while riding an elephant.

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Just two days ago, we mentioned that someone had stolen the Slow Streets signs in Valley Village.

But as soon as local residents put them back up, they were gone again.

But at least CiclaValley still has a sense of humor about it.

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Here’s your chance to work in bike advocacy. As long as you’re okay with moving to the UK.

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A Calgary teenager set a new world’s manual record by coasting over 2,100 feet on his back wheel without pedaling.

And no, I didn’t know the difference between a manual and a wheelie, either.

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

Apparently, English officials aren’t moving fast enough to rip out a popup bike lane, because a bike rider narrowly avoided serious injury when someone covered it with thumb tacks.

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

Lompoc police are looking for the gunman who shot and killed a man before making his escape on a bicycle. But at least he was wearing a mask, right?

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Local

A commercial property website includes the new bike-friendly replacement for the 6th Street Viaduct as one of seven projects that will transform Los Angeles. Of course, there’s no mention of the city’s mobility plan, Vision Zero or Green New Deal that were supposed to transform our streets, but haven’t.

 

State

California will once again consider adopting the Idaho Stop Law, which has been repeatedly blocked by an unholy alliance of AAA and the CHP; however, it could fare better now that Burbank Assembly Member Laura Friedman helms the Transportation Committee.

How to enjoy Palm Springs on two wheels.

Santa Barbara has started work on enhancing bike and pedestrian access along the city’s Stearns Wharf.

San Francisco advocates are despondent after officials severely watered down ambitious plans for a reimagined Market Street.

 

National

Bikes are good for business. A new report concludes recreational bicycling alone added $1.5 billion to the Oregon economy in 2019. California would undoubtedly be many times that.

Good idea. Washington State will consider waiving state sales taxes on ebikes, and up to $200 worth of accessories.

A New Jersey cycling club is using bicycling to improve the health and power of Black fathers and their families. Here’s the Yahoo version if Bicycling blocks you out

Bike advocates are applauding Biden’s choice of former New York Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg as Deputy Transportation Secretary.

A Black Baltimore bicyclist takes a hard look at what life on two wheels is like for people of color in today’s America.

Another good idea. A professor at Virginia Commonwealth University has created a naloxone ebike to distribute free doses of the opioid overdose-reversing drug Narcan to people before the need arises.

 

International

Your next Bianchi could have a battery.

Cycling Tips considers the pros and cons in comparing electronic shifting versus traditional mechanical shifting.

Not surprisingly, an absurd call to lump ebikes into the same category as motorcycles has run into opposition in Bermuda.

London proposes a road diet complete with curb-protected bike lane, promising a transformational effect on the neighborhood.

UK bicycle companies are banding together to form a marketing board to promote bike riding in the country.

You know a British tabloid is desperate for titillating material when the best they can do is a bike-riding woman exposing the top of her thong on Google’s street view.

Ouch. Britain’s high court has ruled that London’s Streetspace plan to create more space on the roads for bicycling and walking is illegal; the judge said it “took advantage of the pandemic” to “push through radical changes.”

Add this one to your bike bucket list. A new 20-mile bike path will encircle Italy’s Lago di Bracciano, connecting three towns on the lakeshore north of Rome.

A Singapore bike rider learns the hard way why metal storm grates should always run across, rather than along, the roadway.

 

Competitive Cycling

L39ION of Los Angeles founder and multi-national crit champ Justin Williams is now part of the Red Bull camp.

Cycling experts look into their crystal balls to predict this year’s pro racing season.

 

Finally…

Why buy a bike helmet when you can grow one with a fungus? If you’re carrying synthetic cannabis on your bike and riding with an outstanding warrant, put a damn light on it and don’t ride salmon.

And no wonder experts think Biden’s Peloton could be a security risk.

Thanks to David Wolfberg for the video.

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Be safe, and stay healthy. And wear a damn mask, already. 

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