Highland Park bike advocates face another setback on Figueroa

From TheEastSiderLA.com

Plans to improve pedestrian and traffic  safety along North Figueroa Street  — including the possible creation of a bike-only lane — have been put on hold at the request of First District Councilman Gil Cedillo, a prominent critic of “road diets” that reduce motor vehicles lanes.

The safety improvements to Figueroa  were proposed as part of  the city’s Vision Zero program to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities. The Department of Transportation had proposed “repurposing” one northbound lane of Figueroa in addition to other changes, such as the installation of high visibility crosswalks, between York Boulevard and Avenue 43 on the neighborhood’s main north-south street.

The “repurposing” could apply to any of the lanes on the street, not necessarily a traffic lane, said one LADOT official. “The reference means that the lane may be repurposed to a bicycle lane, but also it could mean that it would be reserved for parked vehicles or a center-running left turn lane,” said the official in an email.

But there won’t be any lane changes for now.  A spokesperson for LADOT confirmed that the safety improvement plan was on hold pending action by the City Council. Last month, Cedillo introduced a City Council motion directing the transportation department to stop all road diets, traffic lane removals, and lane configurations in his council district that have not been approved by his office.

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The number of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers killed in L.A. traffic rose sharply in 2016

From The LATimes.com

 

Traffic deaths in Los Angeles rose sharply despite a high-profile campaign by Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders to eliminate fatal traffic crashes.

In 2016, the first full year that Garcetti’s Vision Zero policy was in effect in L.A., 260 people were killed in traffic crashes on city streets, an increase of almost 43% over the previous year.

Rising traffic deaths appear to be more than a one-year aberration: So far in 2017, crash fatalities are 22% higher than in the same period last year.

When Garcetti announced L.A.’s Vision Zero, he sought a 20% drop in traffic deaths by the end of 2017. This year’s higher fatality rate and some funding questions underscore the challenges the program still faces.

Vision Zero’s advocates say they have spent more than a year analyzing traffic collision data to pinpoint a series of corridors that have seen the most serious injuries and deaths. Some of those streets are due to receive overhauls aimed at slowing down drivers and reducing fatalities.

Los Angeles’ increase in traffic deaths outpaces national trends. In 2016, 40,200 people died in crashes involving cars, a 6% increase over the previous year, according to the National Safety Council.

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Trek’s new 1120 is a bikepacking Stache in disguise

From BikeRumor.com

 

There’s no way to miss the added accessories on this one. With the introduction of their new 1120, Trek is diving deeper into the world of adventure riding and touring with a bikepacking specific build. Designed to be geared up for the long haul, the 1120 looks to be a slightly tweaked version of the Trek Stache – their popular 29+ hard tail. Add (a lot of) bags, gear, and get ready to set of for your next big adventure…

The 1120 is still based around the Stache, but the frame has a new kink at the top/bottom/head tube junction as well as all new proprietary braze on mounts. That would be to accommodate the proprietary racks that are included with the bike front and rear. While the 1020 used more classic touring racks, the 1120 goes with a more minimalist approach which looks better suited to a combination of rack and bag packing. Most importantly, it looks like the design will keep anything from dragging on either tire which can be a problem with a fully loaded saddle or handlebar bag. And if you’d rather ride rack free, it appears that they are removable as well.

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Diamondback Reduces Prices on Race Bikes

From Bicycling.com

It’s been a sizzling 2017 season for Rally Cycling’s athletes and their Diamondback bikes. In May, American Evan Huffman lit up the Amgen Tour of California, grabbing a pair of stage wins while beating riders from some of the world’s top international pro teams. Then in late June, the American continental team nabbed a total of national championship titles, led by breakout performance by Canadian strongman Matteo Dal-Cin, who snagged his country’s road race title, and American Emma White, who scored her second straight under-23 crown.

Dal-Cin stormed through the streets of his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, breaking clear in a two-man breakaway on the final lap of rain-soaked 160-kilometer test of mettle, then outsprinting his breakaway companion for the win just six seconds ahead of a fast-closing peloton.

“The team did an amazing job all day covering everything, then I finally got away at the end,” explained Dal-Cin, who was riding a Diamondback Podium Equipe with 50mm deep HED wheels and a SRAM Red drivetrain. “It’s probably the biggest win of my career and it was certainly the most excited I’ve ever been on the bike. Getting it done in a sprint is super exciting since you don’t know until the line. I wasn’t super confident, but I have been working on my sprint for the past year and it paid off. It was incredible to return the team’s hard work with a win, and the race being in my hometown just added to the excitement.”

 

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