A reader sends word that Hermosa Beach is backing up its commitment to bike safety.
A married couple were exploring the new bikeways on Harbor and Herondo linking Redondo Beach and Hermosa when they came upon some odd markings on the street next to a new bike lane.
A quick look online confirmed they are reverse-angled parking spots, designed to improve bike safety by increasing visibility for drivers as they pull out of the spots (scroll down to pages 26-29). Although I neglected to ask just which street they were on.
I’m told these could be the first reverse-angle parking in the South Bay. And one of the few anywhere in the LA area.
So hats off to Hermosa for reversing the usual risky angled parking to help keep riders safer.
Update: A comment from Margaret says the street is Herondo; this is what it used to look like. And Vince points out that the south half the street is actually in Redondo Beach, so they should get credit, as well.
Thanks to Margaret for the heads-up and the correction.
Philip Young of the San Diego Wheelmen forwards a series of annual reports from the San Diego Medical Examiner examining the causes of deaths in the county for the years 2011 through 2013; he notes the 2014 report hasn’t been released yet.
Although my records indicate a higher bicycling fatality rate for each year — twelve in 2011, eleven in 2012 and eight in 2013.
I haven’t had a chance to dig through the reports to figure out the reason for the discrepancy yet. However, they may classify bicycling fatalities more conservatively than my records; I include anyone who was riding or walking a bike at the time of their death, including solo falls and bike-related medical conditions, as well as traffic collisions.
Update: Ed Ryder sends word that SWITRS shows 15 bicycling fatalities in 2011, which makes more sense.
I track fatalities primarily through news reports, as well as other sources, so my records may undercount the actual totals if the death of a cyclist never makes the news; that often happens if the victim dies several days or weeks after a collision.
The real question is, why does the Medical Examiner’s report undercount bicycling fatalities for that year by over 50 percent?
Let alone bikini girls at women’s races.
Twenty-three-year old Astana women’s pro Anna Solovey has been canned by the team for “unprofessional behavior;” she was previously banned for two years for doping before she was even in her 20s.
A Metro survey shows 37% of LA voters think separated bike paths are very important, while only 10% say they’re not important at all.
Pasadena gets that intersections are dangerous places for bike riders; the city is painting a new bike lane that remains green all the way through the intersection of Marengo and Orange Grove.
CiclaValley tells you why to get excited about the upcoming LA River Ride, set to roll on the 28th. And if you’re not too worn out from the River Ride, join CICLE, the Bike Oven and Metro for the Spintacular Fireworks Neighborhood Ride later that day.
Dozens of Santa Ana homes will be demolished to widen a dangerous Santa Ana street, including wider medians and sidewalks. And yes, bike lanes. I guess performing a road diet and keeping the houses would be out of the question in auto-centric OC.
Oceanside police will team up to compete in RAAM; the team competition starts on Saturday.
A San Diego County supervisor may have committed an ethics violation in nixing a bike lane that could have affected the value of a restaurant he’s a partner in. Although as a new study shows, he may have shot himself in the foot.
Coachella Valley bike riders are urged to donate old bikes, locks and helmets to benefit the local Boys and Girls Clubs.
A writer for People for Bikes says you don’t have to give up your car to live mostly car-free. I’ve put less than three hundred miles a year on mine for the last five years.
Someone is groping and harassing women riding on Phoenix bike paths; one woman was punched in the face by a homeless man.
Boulder CO moves forward with right sizing three major streets to make room for wider bike lanes.
A Chicago runner and firefighter makes a commitment not to use his cell phone when he drives.
Don’t believe everything your GPS tells you. A Minnesota girl learned that the hard way after her smartphone guided her and her bike onto a freeway.
Bike commuting in the DC area jumped 450 percent in just three years, while auto commuting has remained steady; now another area county plans to ramp up their bike network.
Twelve reasons why you should take a foldie when you explore Cuba. Which is sort of legal for Americans these days. Visiting Cuba, that is.
A group of 17 friends will team together to finish the epic ride a UK man had planned before he was killed in a collision earlier this year.
A British woman can ride a bike for the first time after being fitted with the world’s most lifelike bionic hand.
An Irish mom says yes, cyclists face dangers on the roads, but pedestrians run a risk from us, as well.
Tim Robbins casually rides a bike in Milan. Just don’t ask him about The Shawshank Redemption.
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan is riding his new bicycle on his Bulgarian set as he recovers from knee surgery.
Reckless Japanese bike riders can now be required to take safety lessons, and can face steep financial liability for injuring others.
And when your name is Outlaw, it’s probably not a good idea to steal a bike, unlocked or otherwise.
Or anything else, for that matter.