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Here’s how to answer every weird cycling question at the lunch table this Christmas

From Health24.com

 

You brought your bike for Christmas lunch? My grandma asked, baffled as to why my plus-one had two wheels and a carbon seat post, not the strong jawline and rugged good looks she’d hoped for.

Don’t worry, we’ll sleep in separate beds while we’re here, I assured her.

While it’s dangerous to ask your aunt about her new, multi-level marketing scheme and downright scary to ask your cousin if his Richard Spencer-style haircut was an accident, lobbing so what’s with all that spandex anyway? at the cyclist in the room is pretty innocuous.

Which means that this Christmas you’ll probably be pinged with more than your fair share of probing about your beloved hobby.

In the interest of keeping family peace, diverting the “so, have you met any nice men?” questions away from your perpetually single aunt, and possibly even converting some of your loved ones to Team Bike – we urge you to happily answer all your family’s cycling-related queries.

Here’s how to do it both with grace and without. Choose your own adventure.

1. ‘Aren’t you scared of getting hit by a car?’

Answer: Absolutely. But cycling can lower my overall risk of dying from any number of health-related issues, like heart disease. And honestly, I’m sometimes afraid that I’ll go to sleep and never wake up the next morning, but that doesn’t keep me from tucking into bed each night.

If they still won’t drop it: Quote Plato: “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” It won’t really answer their question but everyone will leave the pretentious guy (that’s you) alone for the rest of the night.

 

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A Traffic School for L.A. Cyclists In the Works

From EGPNews.com

 

Bicyclists who receive a moving violation in the City of Los Angeles could soon be allowed to attend ‘traffic school” to reduce the amount of their fine or cut the violation from their record under a motion introduced by Councilman Jose Huizar (CD-14).

 

The City Council last week voted to have the Department of Transportation report back on the feasibility of creating a traffic school similar to those attended by auto drivers. “This is a great opportunity for the City to increase bike safety,” said the councilman in his weekly newsletter.

 

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First Ever Mountain Bike Descent of Corbet’s Couloir

Anyone who has ever skied or snowboarded Jackson Hole knows just how nerve-racking it can be to send it into the infamous Corbet’s Couloir, even in the best of conditions.

 

Doing it in icy conditions on mountain bikes is nothing short of insane, and that’s exactly what we did. Corbet’s Couloir is one of the most legendary and challenging ski runs in the world. This spring, Cam McCaul and Casey Brown attempted the first ever Mountain Bike descent of the double black diamond ski run.

 

There’s a litany of other adjectives you could prescribe to the lines McCaul and Brown threw down – Sketchy, heavy, and borderline suicidal all come to mind – but ultimately, the end result was jaw-dropping. // From TGR’s 2017 ski film Rogue Elements, presented by REI

Metro is aiming to close an 8-mile cycling gap on the LA River bike path

From DailyNews.com

There’s good news for cyclists, and particularly those who like to ride toward downtown Los Angeles from the southeast edge of the San Fernando Valley. But you’ll have to wait until the next decade for it to become a reality.

Metro is aiming to close an 8-mile cycling gap with a bike path that would take you through downtown L.A, the agency announced on its blog this week.

For years, the Los Angeles River path has been incomplete, forcing cyclists to ride around the gap.

Right now, one stretch of the path along the river runs from Atlantic Boulevard in Vernon to downtown Long Beach. The other segment runs from Griffith Park, near the L.A. Zoo, to the Elysian Valley neighborhood, known to many Angelenos as Frogtown. That’s just north of downtown L.A.

But there’s no unifying path through downtown L.A. and south to Long Beach.

Under a plan funded by Measure M — the recent transit funding measure approved by voters — $365 million would help close that gap.

The Metro project, known as the Los Angeles River Bike Path Gap Closure Project, would break ground some time between 2023 and 2026.

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LA County, PCH Taskforce Secure Funding for Pacific Coast Highway Improvements

From a50.asmdc.org

The County of Los Angeles and PCH Taskforce Co-Chairs Senator Henry Stern (D-Agoura Hills), Senator Ben Allen (D-Redondo Beach), and Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced that they secured a $150,000 safety corridor grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) in order to improve safety on Pacific Coast Highway/CA-1.

The PCH Taskforce Safety Corridor grant will fund three pedestrian and bicycle safety assessments and trainings within the corridor and educational outreach aimed at all users of the highway, with a focus on bicycle and pedestrian safety.

“For too long, Pacific Coast Highway has been not just a picturesque California landmark, but also a dangerous road with a harrowing record of fatal traffic collisions,” said Assemblymember Richard Bloom. “Our communities have lost too many loved ones along this road; today’s grant is an important step in confronting the highway’s dangers and making it safer for all who use it.”

In 2016, the four law enforcement agencies responsible for patrolling the PCH Taskforce jurisdiction- California Highway Patrol West Valley, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Malibu-Lost Hills Station, Los Angeles Police Department West LA, and Santa Monica Police Department- reported a total of 617 collisions. The PCH Taskforce Safety Corridor grant is augmented by funding provided by OTS for enforcement activities along the corridor.

“Thank you to the County of Los Angeles and the stakeholders involved in the PCH Taskforce for their efforts in securing this safety grant, which will be instrumental in improving the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers on the Pacific Coast Highway.” said Senator Ben Allen.

Activities associated with the grant aim to address unsafe speed, unsafe pedestrian crossings, education on bicycle laws, distracted driving and incidents of DUI, in order to reduce the number of injuries and deaths to motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians along the corridor.

 

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2017 Gift Guide from VeloNews

From VeloNews.com

Check this list; check it twice. We’ve found the perfect gifts of the year. Are you shopping for a roadie? A racer? A commuter? We’ve got cyclists of all stripes covered with the 2017 VeloNews Holiday Gift Guide.
Read more at http://www.velonews.com/category/2017-gift-guide#gDLGwQM2FL3rSiCc.99

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LACBC Sunday Funday – Tour de Griffith Park

From LA-Bike.org

Many people know riding Griffith Park from our annual LA River Ride, but how often do you get to enjoy the sites? Join #TeamLACBC for our December Sunday Funday as we roll around the Park learning about its history and such landmarks as the Los Angeles Zoo (both young and old), Travel Town and many other sites.

The ride will start out Spoke Bicycle Cafe along the LA River Bike Path and cover roughly 13 miles.

Meet at 9:30 a.m. Roll at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Funday Rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest.
Interested in becoming a member? Sign up for membership online (or become a member at the ride!)

Want to tackle 10 of the steepest hills in L.A.? Feel My Legs, I’m a Racer #12 – Dec 17

10 hills, 10 stages and Los Angeles in a way you have never seen.

history: http://truelovehealth.com/category/feelmylegs/.

meet up at 730am, announcements at 8am, ride out by 815am.

No cars, motorcycles, scooters or any motorized vehicles along course for spectators, support or any reason (even if you are a super cool videographer). Everyone welcome on bike! Most people aren’t racing and are out to just challenge themselves by riding each hill. We wait at the top for everyone and then roll together to the next one.

The event is very spectator friendly if you’d like to ride along (you will be required to go up some of the hills).

 

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Look at some of the weird places people put shared bikes in Seattle

From SeattleTimes.com

Several months into the transportation experiment, three bike-share companies have already scattered some 4,000 bikes around the city. And, boy, are they scattered.

My recent sketches of dockless bikes strewn about the city seemed to touch a nerve with some readers. Many left comments on the post itself. Others sent their feedback via email, including some photographs of bikemaggedon’s aftermath that I thought you’d like to see. (If you want your photo included, please send it to me at the email address below.)

“The photo was taken near the intersection of 21st Avenue West & West Emerson Place. The roads that are the border of southwest corner of Fisherman’s Terminal. Just across the street to the east of Cafe Appassionato. The bus stop on West Emerson Place and the the south entrance to the Government Locks have become at times the repository for people leaving dozens of bikes that then sit for weeks. What I think has sadly happened is we didn’t teach the users on the etiquette how to properly leave the bikes after use. I’ve seen too many sidewalks left impassable with bikes strewn about. I can’t imagine how someone with a wheelchair or walker would deal with blocked sidewalks and an inability to move these heavy pieces of equipment.”—Kevin Clark

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Biking is good for business

From TheSource.Metro.Net

Two local cities — Glendora and South Pasadena — are trying something novel: a Bicycle Friendly Business District pilot project to encourage more people to bike to local shops. The idea is get businesses involved in adding more bike amenities that, in turn, will help attract more customers to their stores. The following looks at why being bike-friendly is, in fact, good business. 

It’s no secret that we’re bike advocates at Metro. We are true believers that bikes are a viable way to get around our region and that bike infrastructure provides a variety of benefits ranging from affordability to less pollution.

However, in the era of Alternative Facts it’s more important than ever to advocate for our plans by working with good ol’ fashioned data — as Metro’s Measure M is going to be supplying billions of dollars for walking and biking improvements in the coming years. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite studies to talk about an issue where perceptions and reality sometimes fail to meet: bikes and businesses.

In cities and dense urban environments, businesses sometimes oppose changes to streets that would improve walking and biking access and safety because these changes occasionally require a loss of some parking spaces. Business owners view parking spaces as an important way for customers to access their stores and the thinking goes that if you reduce parking availability, a drop in sales will follow.

 

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