You’re on your own for tonight’s annual Ride of Silence, which can be done solo or virtually.
Or maybe just join me tonight in remembering all those who have lost their lives needlessly.
Photo by Matt Tinoco.
A Los Angeles bicyclist defends the actions of the bike riders on Sunday’s mass ride through San Diego, which resulted in a literal fist fight with an angry driver.
“When you have that many riders, it’s going to be unruly. I wouldn’t say rowdy,” said Vasquez.
Never mind that unruly ride violated every semblance of California’s Covid-19 lockdown rules.
Which currently prohibits groups of more than ten. Let alone the few hundred bike riders it drew from all over the state.
And never mind that they couldn’t do a better job of spreading the disease if they tried.
If only one of the riders had a symptom-free case of coronavirus without knowing it, they could have shared it with dozens of others on the ride, who would then take it home to their family and friends.
Not to mention putting innocent bystanders at risk along every inch of the ride route.
Irresponsible doesn’t begin to cover it.
According to the LA bicyclist — who I won’t name, even though the story does — the mass ride was sponsored by a group called Keep it Rolling.
Maybe they’ll think before they roll out again.
So maybe they next time we read or hear about them, it will be because they got it right.
Not for crap like this.
No surprise here.
The new protected bike lanes on 7th Street in DTLA have turned into one more example of free curbside parking for any drivers willing to squeeze through the bollards.
Just like what happened after every other protected bike lane in Downtown Los Angeles was opened.
Which makes you wonder why LADOT apparently hasn’t learned anything from the experience.
Hey @LADOTofficial @LADOTBikeProg @josehuizar the 7th St bike lane needs attention. Cars just parked alllll the way down. And even without the parked cars, you have to watch for the buses weaving in and out of the lane. I vote we make 7th a car-free road. pic.twitter.com/wqFnfQNrvM
— C.C. Boyce (@CCBOYCE) May 20, 2020
Thanks to Melanie Freeland for the heads-up.
Pasadena police are warning about an increase in bike thefts, with advice on how to prevent it.
Consider making your bike unique so it is harder for thieves to sell
Consider using a U-lock and replacing quick-release seats and wheel skewers for ones that require keys
Balconies and parking garages are not secure unless your bicycle is locked and secure
— Pasadena Police (@PasadenaPD) May 19, 2020
All good advice.
Although I’d add that bikes aren’t safe on balconies even if they’re secured, unless it’s too high to climb up. And it probably isn’t.
Your garage isn’t much better, unless it’s securely locked at all hours.
Also, take lots of pictures of your bike — including your bike’s serial number, which is the easiest way to make sure you always have it with you.
And register your bike for free with Bike Index right now while you’re thinking about it. Before anything happens to it.
Thanks to Tim Rutt for the link.
Who was that masked man?
If you’ve spotted a 7-foot tall man riding a bike through Los Angeles lately with only his eyes visible, it may have been the Lakers’ JaVale McGee.
Although maybe someone should teach him how to fix a flat.
Here’s your chance to sort-of ride with the world’s best — and only — all type 1 diabetic cycling team.
But only if you’re diabetic, too.
Do you dream of racing with the world’s top cyclists? We’re looking for young, active, elite cyclists with diabetes to take part in our 2020 virtual Talent ID Camp. For more info go to our website click the “Join” tab, follow the Talent ID link and fill out the application form. pic.twitter.com/iEWDmqZh3a
— Team Novo Nordisk (@teamnovonordisk) May 19, 2020
Speaking of which, CNN says the team has turned type 1 diabetes into its greatest strength.
If you live or work in my neighborhood, the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council is having a virtual meeting this evening.
If you have the patience to wait until they finally get around to general comments, ask for some Slow Streets in Hollywood.
NEIGHBOR Zoom WEDS. 6pm! RunyonCyn changes, crime, party noise, etc. Give ur comments! @LAPDHollywood + @LAFDwest + prosecutor ETHAN Weaver attend! Mtg of Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council. @davideryu @laurafriedman43 @CityAttorneyLA @bikinginla @BeverlyPress @lapd2014 pic.twitter.com/UsqLGu4Z5O
— MARY YARBER Hollywood Area6 Chair (@6Chair) May 19, 2020
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps going.
An Omaha woman was knocked off her bike by rock-throwing teenagers, just days after resuming riding for the first time since she was eight years old. Jerks.
Westside Councilmember Mike Bonin talks LA’s Slow Streets program on KPCC’s Take Two.
CD15 Councilmember Joe Buscaino gets it. He’s calling for allowing Los Angeles businesses to expand out into sidewalks, streets and parking lots for dining al fresco and other outdoor activities. Seriously, anything that gets Angelenos to re-envision our streets is a good thing.
You should be able to find plenty of bike parking in South Pasadena now, after the city worked with Active SGV to install 200 new lime green bike racks, including covered bike corrals.
Just weeks after buying Uber’s Jump Bikes, Lime is pulling the company’s ebikes and scooters off the not-so-mean streets of Santa Monica.
Long Beach is planning to turn currently under-used streets into outdoor dining, too.
San Francisco’s Sierra Club says we should try making Slow Streets permanent.
Sacramento is finding space on the roads for Slow Streets, too.
A bike-riding Davis columnist tells drivers to use their damn turn signals, already.
Yahoo lays out your fashion choices for every type of ride this year. Or you could just wear whatever the hell you want.
Gear Patrol says you’re wearing your bike helmet wrong, especially if it’s on backwards.
Portland business owners get it, where 60 businesses say they support a proposed protected bike lane in front of their shop.
Colorado teens are trying to defend a DIY bike park after the city moves to remove it.
If anyone wants to know what to get me for my birthday, bikemaker Detroit Bikes is remaking the 1965 edition of the iconic Schwinn Collegiate model, which will be available at Walmart for just under a grand. Or just get me a corgi.
A new public health study shows collisions involving bike riders dropped 13% in Philadelphia after the city’s bikeshare opened, despite the increase in ridership and no new infrastructure, giving more proof to the safety in numbers theory. And more people bike commute in cities with bikeshare, too.
Good news: New Jersey is allowing bike shops to reopen. Bad news: They’re reopening car dealers, too.
A Savanah, Georgia paper says the heir to the roadside Stuckey’s chain is one of us, too.
Treehugger says ebikes are eating the market, as Rad Power Bikes sees an almost 300% increase in sales during the coronavirus shutdown.
Strava defends their decision to start charging for leaderboard access and break thousands of third-party apps, saying the company isn’t profitable. And needs to start raising revenues now.
Peru is now a bicycling paradise, courtesy of the Covid-19 lockdown. Meanwhile, Americas Quarterly asks if the pandemic could mark the beginning of a biking revolution in Latin America.
Canadian Cycling Magazine takes a look at Supremely overpriced designer bicycles.
Analog bikes are booming, too. A UK bike shop has seen a nearly 700% jump in sales of bike over the equivalent of $600 compared to last year.
Eight ways to avoid the crowds on your next bike ride through London.
German bike shops are busier than ever.
Tel Aviv is taking a step beyond Slow Streets, converting eleven streets in the city center into pedestrian zones.
Bikes are booming in Uganda, too, where driving is prohibited under the country’s coronavirus lockdown.
Nothing like adding a slightly illegal 5,000 watt, 49 mph ebike conversion kit from a Hong Kong company to your existing bicycle.
Chris Froome is threatening to jump ship midseason, leaving Ineos for a rival team after being overshadowed in recent years by fellow Tour de France winners Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal. Although it’s hard to call it midseason if there haven’t been any races.
Running a few days behind, as usual, Bicycling catches up with pro mountain biker Keegan Swenson’s new Everesting record, as he tops Phil Gaimon’s new world record by 12 minutes, just four days after Gaimon set it.
Seriously, who’s shocked that Lance started doping long before he turned pro? Better question: Who still cares?
And not bad for my first self-applied Covid haircut, if I say so myself.
Be safe, and stay healthy. And wear a mask, already.