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Sixteen to life.
That’s the sentence handed down to 28-year old Stephen Taylor Scarpa in the drugged driving death of Costa Mesa Fire Captain Mike Kreza.
Scarpa, a former drug counselor, was convicted of second degree murder for jumping a curb in Mission Viejo, and running down Kreza as he was riding on a sidewalk.
Kreza was training for an upcoming triathlon when Scarpa slammed into him, as he was driving home from partying all night with a cocktail of drugs in his system.
Scarpa told investigators he’d taken meth, fentanyl and “undefined downers,” and had been awake for days before getting behind the wheel.
Someplace he had no business being under any circumstances.
Kreza left behind his wife and three young daughters, who have been understandably devastated by their loss, and who struggle to go on without him.
Hopefully, Scarpa can get clean behind bars, and do something to benefit society when and if he gets out..
More on last week’s Peloton PR disaster.
Peloton stock prices plunged in the wake of a key character dying after using one on the first episode of the Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That…
Meanwhile, the New York Times wants to know if the company can sue over it, while Peloton responds by resurrecting the victim in a new ad.
And just like that…he's alive. pic.twitter.com/bVX8uWypFZ
— Peloton (@onepeloton) December 12, 2021
This comes just two years after the company’s self-inflicted PR fiasco with their widely panned Peloton Wife holiday commercial.
Maybe they should just avoid the holidays from now on.
Sheriff’s deputies in Norwalk are looking for a bike-riding man who vandalized a pair of cars last week.
This suspect keyed the door of the victim’s vehicle & then used a skateboard to break the side mirror. The suspect fled on a bicycle then vandalized another vehicle in a nearby parking lot. If you recognize him, contact Norwalk Detective Bureau at 562-863-8711 #LASD #NORWALK pic.twitter.com/AENGEWLEQL
— LASD Norwalk Station (@NorwalkLASD) December 11, 2021
‘Tis the season.
Third graders at two Tustin schools thought they were going to learn who won a new bicycle in an essay contest; instead, all 143 kids got a new bike, courtesy of Aliso Viejo’s Dirtbag Mountain Biking Club and Bikes for Kids.
Volunteers in Madera, California built 215 bikes ranging from tricycles to 29″ mountain bikes to give to children in need.
A motorsports dealer in French Camp CA was hoping to give 200 bicycles to local kids over the weekend, a tradition of giveaways that began when he decided to fix up and donate 30 bikes four years ago, rather than throw them away. And yes, I had to look that one up to figure out where the hell French Camp is.
Volunteers in Tyler, Texas continued a 35-year tradition of rebuilding bicycles to donate to local kids for the holidays.
Over 200 people turned out for the longest-running holiday themed bike ride in the Boston area, many dressed as Santa or other seasonal characters. Although probably no one bothered to dress as Krampus, darn it.
A Georgia auto shop owner has given away hundreds of bicycles over the last ten years. And this year was no exception.
Panama City, Florida’s Salvage Santa oversaw efforts to rebuild 350 bicycles to give to local kids and organizations, an ongoing effort for the past 43 years.
Florida’s Jack the Bike Man has over 2,000 bicycles to give to kids “at the bottom of the food chain” this year; a tradition that started with just 20 bikes 15 years ago.
Zackary Rynew calls attention to LA’s use of plastic bollards to keep cars safe. Yet somehow, they have trouble using them to protect people on bicycles.
This, but for bike lanes.
(Winnetka / Ventura Blvd)@bikinginla @StreetsblogLA @streetsforall pic.twitter.com/rMYHe2bQyz
— Zachary Rynew (@Ciclavalley) December 12, 2021
Volunteers are needed to work this weekend’s Holiday Carnival at the Velo Sports Center, and experience three days of competitive track cycling.
A great way to experience the Holiday Carnival at close range @bikinginla @usacycling https://t.co/pYBCDNGAtt
— David Huntsman (@DavidMHuntsman) December 10, 2021
The open streets revolution is spreading worldwide.
The latest evidence comes from Kenya, where three major streets were closed to cars and opened to people in the city of Kisumu on Saturday.
Today I presided over the second Car free day celebrations in Kisumu City.
The event which was organized by the @CitiOfKisumu Management and various partners including @ITDPAfrica, @UNHABITAT, @Kisumu_BikeClub @BuffaloBicycles & other stakeholders aims to decongest the CBD……. pic.twitter.com/9hB2p9cTGA
— Abala M. Wanga (@WangaAbala) December 11, 2021
Thanks to @Menorman for the heads-up.
Apparently, Joe Jonas is one of us, taking to a bike on the streets of New York to get to his latest show.
There’s a special place in hell for the hit-and-run driver who fled the scene after knocking a nine-year old DC kid off his bike. Fortunately, he didn’t seem to be too badly hurt.
As usual though, you can’t unsee it. So be sure you really want to watch a little kid get run down by a heartless coward before you push play.
HIT AND RUN.
We have been calling for change to this intersection for the last two years. I have repeatedly posted examples of dangerous driving behavior. #bikedc #walkdc@BlairTamara @MayorBowser @DCVisionZero @DDOTDC @DCPoliceDept @311DCgov pic.twitter.com/3e8Ll8U70D
— Nick Mararac (@nickmararac) December 11, 2021
Thanks to Megan Lynch for the link.
You still have time to make a bid on the jersey Lachlan Morton wore on his alt-Tour de France run, where he followed the entire race route while putting in more miles, and riding solo. And still beat the peloton into Paris.
The war on cars may be myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.
No bias here. Plans to close a longstanding gap in Seattle’s famed Burke-Gilman Trail hit a snag when the Teamsters and local businesses complained that putting a bike lane through the area will make it more dangerous for their businesses and truck drivers. Because apparently, running over a bicyclist get blood on their big, bad trucks.
No bias here, either. A retired New Jersey planner and engineer says forget installing bike lanes in downtown Northampton street, because bike riders can just get off and walk. And it’s just too dangerous for people on bicycles on the street without them, anyway. That sound you heard is thousands of near simultaneous head-slaps from every bike rider reading that crap.
Or here. A DC writer says just because a four-year old kid was was hit by a car while riding in a crosswalk, that’s no reason to call for safer streets. And misrepresents safety studies to say protected bike lanes are no place for kids.
A British man in his 30’s was critically injured in what police are describing as a deliberate attack, as the driver used his car as a weapon to run down the victim on his bike before fleeing the scene.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
There’s not a pit in hell deep enough for the bike-riding thief stole two days worth of cash donations to a San Francisco toy drive.
A Pennsylvania man faces charges for hurling a sharp-edged rock into a passing car, slightly injuring a boy inside, after the driver swerved close to him to avoid rocks in the roadway; he admitted to keeping the rock strapped to his bike for exactly that purpose. Seriously, don’t do that. Ever. Period.
Thieves scaled a fence to break into a home in LA’s Mid-Wilshire neighborhood, stealing a $2,700 ebike and power tools while the residents were in the house.
Police have identified a 29-year old man as the victim of a fatal shooting in a homeless camp along the LA River bike path in South Gate.
A 23-year old mountain biker was in serious condition Saturday after he was airlifted following a fall in the Santa Monica Mountains above Pacific Palisades.
Caltrans has issued a new Complete Streets policy, which states that all Caltrans projects will, by default, provide “comfortable, convenient, and connected complete streets facilities” for bikers, walkers, and transit riders. Let’s hope they live up to it this time.
Encinitas is looking at installing a two-way, barrier-protected bike lane on the Coast Highway to help people on bikes get to the legendary Swami’s Beach.
The San Diego Association of Governments, aka SANDAG, will consider implementing a road usage fee that would charge drivers for each mile they drive. Which is one of the best reasons I’ve heard to ride a bike instead.
A digital photography site offers tips on how to get better shot of bicycling events.
Bicycling offers advice on when to fix your own bike — and when to let someone else do it. As usual, read it on Yahoo it Bicycling blocks you.
Bike Snob’s Eben Weiss considers the zen of ignoring obstructions in the bike lane. Which seems like kind of a metaphor for life.
A legal website looks back at how government regulations killed off the forerunner of the e-scooter a hundred years ago, and questions whether history will repeat itself.
Over 300 bike riders turned out for a memorial ride down the Las Vegas Strip to remember five men and women killed by a meth-fueled semi driver a year ago while on a group ride just outside of town.
A formerly 306 pound Indiana man credits bicycling with helping him drop 136 pounds in just 18 months; he started on a stationary bike, before bicycling neighbors invited him to come outside and ride with them.
Ebike makers are teaming with local nonprofits to provide discounts to front line workers in the Bronx.
Heartbreaking story from DC, where a woman describes how she went from mom to traffic safety advocate following the death of her five-year old daughter, as she was riding her bike in a crosswalk last September.
Bike Radar offers advice on how to make your bike more comfortable.
A former London bike courier explains why he’s willing to risk prison to fight for safer streets for people on two wheels, and call attention to the impending climate emergency. Which is clearly already here.
Tripling current levels of bicycle use in London would result in the equivalent of a $6.62 billion boost to the local economy, according to a new study.
Great Britain has introduced new traffic rules to give bike riders, equestrians and pedestrians a higher priority on the road, with the new rules going into effect January 1st.
World champion British cyclists Rachel Atherton and her older brothers Dan and Gee are moving from racing mountain bikes to making them.
A German court ordered employers to provide all the tools their employees need to do the job, including bicycles and smartphones for delivery riders and bike couriers.
A pair of Italian teenagers were sentenced to 18 months behind bars for their roles in the gang that stole 22 bikes from the Italian national track team at October’s world track championships.
Cycling Tips talks with the philosopher of the pro peloton, French cyclist Guillaume Martin, who has flown under the radar while notching a number of top ten finishes.
Belgium’s Wout van Aert is just as dominant at ‘cross as he is on a road bike, taking a snowy first place by more than a minute at Val di Sole, while the great Marianne Vos was narrowly edged out by 19-year-old Dutch cyclist Fem van Empel on the women’s side.
One more time, if you’re riding a stolen bike in the wee hours of the morning, put a damn light on it.
And Burger King is preparing to field a whopper of a cycling team. Although credit Jay Cisco with a better take than mine.
Two stops for the feed zone. The first takes their order and the second hands it to them in a Burger King logo musette. Bottles now come in three sizes and get free refills.
— Jay Cisco (@pedaltowheels) December 12, 2021
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.