October 2017

California ranks third among bike-friendly states

October 25, 2017

BICYCLE FRIENDLY STATE

Today, the League of American Bicyclists released its 2017 Bicycle Friendly State ranking. This ranking provides report cards for all 50 states to help you understand efforts related to making a Bicycle Friendly America in each state.

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MyFigueroa Completion Pushed Back to Spring 2018

From urbanize.la

MyFigueroa, the $20-million streetscape improvement project stretching between Exposition Park and Downtown Los Angeles, is now targeting completion in Spring 2018.

The project – which includes a four-mile stretch of Figueroa Street, as well as segments of 11th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard – will implement new features such as protected bike lanes, expanded sidewalks, new seating and landscaping, high-visibility crosswalks and island bus platforms.

Though originally scheduled to break ground in Summer 2016, the start of construction for MyFigueroa was delayed until well into October.  Likewise, the project’s anticipated completion has also been pushed back incrementally, with weather-related delays blamed for a work slow-down in late 2016.  Previously slated to open in early 2017, the City announced in March that completion was had been pushed back to September.  By August, with little apparent progress, it was announced that the new bike lanes and safety enhancements would open in early 2018.  The latest announcement now refines the expected completion date to this coming Spring.

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Cyclist dead after being struck by a car at South Mountain Park

From ABC15.com

A 36-year-old cyclist is dead after being struck by a car on South Mountain Sunday morning.

Police say Robert Dollar was riding southbound from the top of the mountain when he was hit by Annaleah Dominguez.

Officers say Dominguez admitted to drinking and smoking pot. During the investigation, police found marijuana one of Dominguez’s passengers threw out the window.

Dominguez showed signs of impairment and was booked into jail for manslaughter and drug charges, according to Phoenix Police Sergeant Vince Lewis.

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Parents of 13-year-old girl killed by bus in Redondo Beach sue for negligence

From DailyBreeze.com

The parents of a 13-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a Metro bus in Redondo Beach in May are suing the state, Caltrans, the county, Metro and the bus driver for negligence.

In a 17-page complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Barry and Rose Smith allege the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Knob Hill Avenue is dangerous and poorly designed. Additionally, they say bus driver Francine Danyielle Murphy should have avoided hitting their daughter, Ciara, when her bike rolled into traffic May 5.

Ciara, a bubbly Parras Middle School student, was out riding bikes with a friend early that evening. They were traveling east on Knob Hill Avenue and were going to cross PCH when Ciara somehow rolled from the northwest corner out into oncoming traffic in the southbound No. 2 lane.

After the collision, Murphy pulled over and cooperated with police, who said she was not speeding or under the influence. They described the incident as a tragic accident.

The Smiths are seeking damages for past and future medical costs, funeral expenses and the loss of Ciara’s love and companionship.

 

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October 26 DRAFT: LA Meetup

Join us for a fast-paced hour of ideas, entrepreneurs and bikes, capturing the exciting things happening in the bike industry at DRAFT: LA in Burbank.

Program: 

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Beer and banter

7:00 – 8:00 pm: Program + Speakers

8:00 – 9:00 pm: More beer and banter

Speaker Lineup: 

Giddeon Massie – Team USA Olympic Cyclist

Team USA Olympic Cyclist Giddeon Massie will be presenting on Oct. 26th on his journey as a cyclist and Olympic athlete.

Pure Cycles recently collaborated with Giddeon to do a series of velodrome / track racing training videos to help aspiring cyclists take their training to the next level. Check it out!

 

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Seven ways that bike lanes benefit motorists and pedestrians

From Philly.com

 

Bike lanes are a Philadelphia motorist’s best friend. They make life better for pedestrians, too.

You read that right. You don’t have to ride a bike to benefit from bike lanes.

Given the polarization and finger-pointing (usually involving the middle digit) that accompanies any discussion of cycling in Philadelphia, it’s not surprising that the advantages of the city’s bicycle infrastructure have been routinely underestimated. The antibike faction tends to view bike lanes as a special perk solely for the enjoyment of those who travel on two wheels, rather than a way to bring order to the streets.

My fellow columnist Stu Bykofsky even suggested recently that the continued existence of bike lanes should be put to a vote — and predicted that they would be roundly defeated. Imagine if someone made the same proposal for sidewalks. Or car lanes.

Of course, not all bicyclists follow the rules as well as they should. (What motorist or pedestrian does?) Some cyclists still treat the sidewalks as a de facto bike lane and fail to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks. But eliminating the bike lane network would only worsen the situation. In the interest of furthering tolerance, here are seven ways bike lanes make the streets safer for all travelers, along with a few suggestions for how bicyclists can win more people to their side of the debate.

 

1. Safety increases when everyone knows their place.

In the last few years, several City Council members have blocked new bike lanes, arguing that they would inconvenience neighbors and impede automobile traffic. Motorists often gripe that it’s unfair to give up the better part of a lane on Philadelphia’s narrow streets to bicyclists, who currently account for 2.2 percent of Philadelphia’s commuting population.

What opponents overlook is that bike lanes clarify where everyone should be and improve traffic flow. They’re like a demilitarized zone in the way they separate the factions: cars, bikes, and pedestrians. Before Philadelphia established its bike lane network, conflicts among those three groups were more extreme. Motorists would tell bicyclists to get on the sidewalk. While I was biking home from work recently, a driver reprimanded me for veering into the car lane. The bike lane happened to be blocked by parked cars, a common problem. Despite his blinkered vision, I took the sentiment as a kind of progress, evidence that bike lanes are considered an integral part of the road network.

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25 Awesome Gifts for Cyclists That Cost Less Than $50

From Bicycling.com

Fun, practical, and affordable gifts for the cyclist in your life

As anyone who lives with a cyclist (or is one!) knows, bike riding involves a lot of gear! That may not be so great for your garage, but it sure comes in handy come holiday season, because there’s always something the cyclist in your life will want, need, and love. Even better, there’s tons of small, essential bike gear to choose from, so you don’t have to break the bank to put a smile on their face.

To help you sort through the goods, we’ve surveyed Bicycling staff members, newbies, and lifetime cyclists for ideas on what they’d like to see under the tree this year. We’ve also included our favorite “evergreen” items that cyclists always need, carefully choosing brands and models that we know and trust to be the best quality for your money.

We made sure to include a variety of gift ideas, including clothing for both on and off the bike; recovery gear to keep your rider strong in the saddle; repair and maintenance gifts to keep all the bikes up and running; and great accessories to fit any cyclist’s lifestyle—and all for under $50!

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Woman Flees California Wildfires on a Bike With Her 70-Pound Dog in a Duffel Bag

From Time.com

 

A California woman fled the scene of wildfires in her neighborhood using a bike with her 70-pound dog tucked in a duffel bag by her side.

College student Natasha Wallace was on her way home from studying late Monday night when she saw the series of fires closing in on her neighborhood in Santa Rosa, according to local channel Fox 40.

“Everything was gray, everything was destroyed and it went for miles,” Wallace told the station.

But she didn’t want to evacuate the area without her 4-year-old pit bull, Bentley.

“I would never part ways with my dog. Ever,” Wallace told Fox. “That’s my ride or die. Oh my God, literally.”

So Wallace decided to put him in her car and leave the area, she said, but found herself trapped between other cars within minutes.

“It was coming faster than I could leave in traffic, so I went back and got my bike,” Wallace said.

That made transporting Bentley difficult, though. So she grabbed a duffel bag she could sling around her body and instructed Bentley to get inside, she told Fox.

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Riding a Metro Bike up Angeles Crest

From theradavist.com

 

If you have been to LA recently maybe you have noticed the new Metro Bikes that launched last late year. They are essentially three-speed commuters by Trek that are built around a bombproof steel frame and held together by an army of tamper-proof bits. You cannot in any way take the tires off if you get a flat or do much outside of raising and lowering the seat to change the bikes fit in any way. It’s pretty much that last thing you would want to do any sort of long or hilly ride on.

When Andy brought up to our group last week the idea of taking these steel beasts up the Angeles Crest Highway we all thought he was completely kidding. As the week wore on and ride plans begin to solidify it became apparent this, while maybe an attempt at humor, was no joke. Andy was going up that damn mountain, and he was going to do it on a Metro Bike. The group quickly splintered into three factions: those that were into it, bike packing in the mountains, and anything but those other two things. I rode the line somewhere between Metro Bikes and going out for a mountain bike ride so kept quiet until Saturday night when I just couldn’t seem to shake the image of being up there with Andy’s goofy face grinning on the 2.

I opted for late Saturday night and signed up for the Metro Bike share program which was simple and hooked up to my TAP card that I use to ride the train. I did some light research on the bike and realized I would need a pump that would do Schrader valves and tire levers hefty enough to pop the bead on a heavy tire. I threw in the usual assortment of tools but added dry erase markers to the mix for on-the-spot bike customization.

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Tour de France 2018 route revealed

From CyclingNews.com

21 stages include cobbles, dirt roads, two time trials and three big mountain finishes

 

The route of the 2018 Tour de France has been revealed in Paris, with organiser ASO continuing a blend of tradition and innovation as they look to shake up the racing and seemingly make it harder for Team Sky and Chris Froome to dominate yet again.

The 105th edition of the Tour de France is one of the shortest in recent years with a total distance of 3329km. The 21 days of racing includes a 35km team time trial on stage three, 15 sectors and 21.7km of Paris-Roubaix cobbles on stage 9, a classic finish at L’Alpe d’Huez after three days in the Alps, and then a grand finale of mountain stages in the Pyrenees, before the hilly 31km time trial on the final weekend will decide the winner of the yellow jersey.

Stage 10 – the first mountain stage of the race – includes a section of dirt road on the Plateau des Glières. It is 100km from the finish but comes after a 6km climb at 11 per cent. Stage 17 to the summit of the Col de Portet is only 65km long but half of the stage is uphill. It is the shortest road stage of the 2018 Tour but could be one of the hardest. The sweeping 8.6km haul to the finish at the summit – some 2216 metres above sea level – has been described as a new Tourmalet.

 

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