Downtown Company Has a Dream for Revitalizing Four Miles of the L.A. River

From LADowntownNews.com

If all goes according to plan, in coming decades some of the various proposals for the Los Angeles River could come alive over a four-mile stretch that runs through Downtown. If it all works as intended, the waterway would be invigorated with a coordinated series of mixed-use and residential projects, along with 300 acres of new parks in Downtown, Lincoln Heights, Boyle Heights and adjacent areas.

“If” is the key word.

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the Downtown office of the engineering, consulting and construction firm AECOM presented a vision for what it labeled the “L.A. River Gateway” project. Nancy Michali, associate vice president of AECOM, said the project aims to create a coordinated implementation framework for various proposals, and avoid a patchwork of developments along the river’s path.

AECOM developed the framework on its own; it was not done at the behest of the city or LARiverWorks, the formal body overseeing the river’s overall, multi-billion dollar upgrade, Michali said. AECOM’s team has been discussing the idea with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office for more than a year.

“Private sector partners like AECOM are helping to bring decades of planning and design work to life, attract creative partnerships, and show Angelenos what the river’s future could be,” Garcetti spokesman Alex Comisar said in a prepared statement. “The Mayor appreciates the L.A. River Gateway vision and AECOM’s approach in consulting our office during its development.”

AECOM’s plan calls on different public entities that own property along the banks between the Lincoln Heights Jail on the north and Seventh Street on the south — the city, the Army Corps of Engineers, the county and the state — to work together. Those entities collectively own more than 600 acres of land. AECOM suggests they form a joint-powers authority to coordinate and raise funds for new housing, streets and public spaces such as parks. They could also partner with private developers who are working near the river to create more mixed-use projects.


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Four West Marin bicyclists injured when hit by vehicle; driver flees

From marinij.com


‘Four bicyclists participating in a group ride in West Marin on Saturday were struck and injured by a vehicle that fled the scene.

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in finding the driver of a midnight blue, crew cab Dodge Ram that is believed to have intentionally struck the bicyclists participating in the organized bike ride in which Marin County Bicycle Coalition is a beneficiary. About 1,300 bicyclists were registered to take part in the event leading cyclists from Stafford Lake to as far out as Sonoma County.

“That somebody can do this and drive off is inconceivable to me,” said Jim Elias, executive director of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition.

The four bicyclists were riding westbound on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road, just west of Hicks Valley Road, as part of the Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin, when they were struck from behind by the vehicle just before noon, said California Highway Patrol Officer Andrew Barclay.

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CicLAvia – Heart of LA – Oct 8

CicLAvia – Heart of LA

Get ready for our annual Heart of LA Route on Sunday, October 8th as CicLAvia returns to Chinatown, DTLA, Echo Park and Boyle Heights! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.


New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for October 8th:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 4 PM
  • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles.
  • CicLAvia is not a race! There’s no starting point or finish line – begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out some more safety tips.

Questions or Concerns

General event information: please contact CicLAvia at 213.355.8500 or info@ciclavia.org

For concerns regarding the Los Angeles street closure permit, contact LA Bureau of Street Services, Investigation and Enforcement Division, Special Events at 213.847.6000.

Become a Bicycle Friendly Business – SGV

From bikefriendlysgv.com

Bicycle Friendly Business Districts (BFBDs) promote, encourage, and incentivize residents and visitors to make local trips by bike, on foot, or via transit. These districts enhance services and amenities for cyclists, walkers, and transit riders within business districts and commercial corridors by developing partnerships that include local governments, businesses, residents, and community groups.  For businesses, a BFBD can mean more customers, increased sales, happier employees, and more parking options for visitors. For residents, BFBDs help create healthier, safer, and more attractive neighborhoods. For local governments, they can help reduce congestion, improve public health, and help spur economic activity.

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Amateur cyclist caught with motor in bike at race in France

From VeloNews.com

Perigueux, France (AFP) — A cyclist was caught using a motorized bike during an amateur race in France on Sunday, the local public prosecutor revealed.

The tampered bicycle was discovered following a race in southwest France, with the rider, whose name and age was not published, “admitting to using this system.”

“We were alerted by an employee of the French anti-doping agency of suspected cheating by the use of an electronic system, seemingly a little motor,” the public prosecutor for Perigueux in the Dordogne commune, Jean-François Mailhes, told AFP.

It was found following a joint operation conducted by the anti-doping agency, the French Cycling Federation (FFC) and the local public prosecutor’s office.

The rider was interviewed by police in a bid to find out how much he had gained in prize money from using the motorized bike, which the UCI refers to as “technological fraud.”

The FFC said it was the first such case in France.

Read more at http://www.velonews.com/2017/10/news/amateur-cyclist-caught-motor-bike-race-france_449536#eMObYPGfSaZWKcz1.99

The Who, What, Why of Chain Lubes

From VeloNews.com


All cyclists beyond the most casual ones are consumers of chain lubricant. And anyone who has bought chain lube knows that there is a vast array of choices.

But how do you choose?

How about “eeny, meany, miny, mo”? Are they all the same thing in different packages? And what do want your lube to do? Stop your chain from squeaking? Protect your chain? Keep your chain clean enough that you won’t get a Cat 5 tattoo on your calf if you touch it against the chain? Have the lowest friction? Stay on the chain through hours of riding in the rain? Require reapplication as seldom as possible?

I endeavored at this Interbike show to understand more about chain-lube technology and find out who’s doing what, and why. Each manufacturer was eager to espouse the advantages of its lubes and many were also quite happy to call BS on the claims of other lube makers. I left less certain of what to choose than when I started and with a deep respect for the dedication of lube companies to producing the best product they can.

Even though the Interbike of 2017 is considerably smaller than what it once was, it still is one of the best opportunities to talk to such companies. There are over 50 different lubes between the Friction Facts chain-lube test we published in VeloNews and those shown in the graph in UK lube maker Muc-Off’s promotional material, but only seven of those included lube manufacturers had booths at the 2017 Interbike show, namely: Muc-Off, Motorex, Finish Line, White Lightning, Park Tool, Phil Wood, Boeshield T-9, and Tetra Bike. Additionally, two more that are not on either graph, namely Maxima and Tetra Bike, were at the show, also with compelling stories to tell.

Read more at http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/bikes-and-tech/the-who-what-why-of-chain-lubes_448772#JmzgzeutuJcZ3M9q.99

Peter Sagan hits the singletrack in Austria – Video

From CyclingNews.com

Three-time world champion takes a break from the road on the ‘Alban Lakata’ trail


“I’m still riding mountain bikes,” Sagan said, according to the Velomotion website. “The route of the new track, which bears Alban’s cool name, has really succeeded and offers every type of rider something. The first trips were spectacular. I congratulate the East Tyroleans on the MTB project.”

The new 2.2km trail is part of the East Tyrol region’s efforts to boost mountain biking tourism by investing heavily in expanding and adding biking trails. MTB trails were recently added to the hiking trail network at the Glocknerresort Kals, and another new trail is under construction and should be finished this season.

“The fact is that the Lienz Dolomites region has the potential to become one of the leading destinations in the Alpine region in a few years,” said Franz Theurl, the chairman of the Tourism Association of East Tyrol. “The ‘Lakata’ trail and the parks in Kals are just the beginning.”


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Safe & Secure: Bike safety part of school curriculum in Atascadero

From KSBY.com


Riding bikes to and from school or just around the neighborhood can give kids a feeling of freedom, but it comes with risk and responsibility.

Atascadero Unified School District’s superintendent recognized this and started to implement bike safety into the school curriculum.

Students are now learning how to ride bikes in the real world in the safety of their school playground.

“There’s a little up ramp that we go around and then come down to the course and switch off boys and girls,” fourth-grader Halle explained as she pointed to the course.

San Gabriel Elementary is one of three schools in Atascadero USD now teaching kids the dos and the don’ts of the roads and giving them more confidence to ride in stride.

“{Teaching them} how to properly go through a roundabout. We got some children learning how to ride a bike for the first time,” said physical education teacher Tanya Degnan. “Overall just a safer environment for the kids so they know how to get to school and even on the weekends and when they’re just hanging out at their house.”

Kidshealth.org reports more than 300,000 kids end up in emergency rooms nationwide with bike injuries every year. School officials hope to prevent some of those hospital trips by teaching them safety at school, and when kids are at home, Degnan has these three important tips for parents:

  • Always wear helmets
  • Always ensure the bike is in good working condition before each ride
  • Always practice road safety yourself

“When their parents are riding, they ride on the right side of the road so children understand which side of the road they’re supposed to be riding,” said Degnan.

And for those kids just getting the hang of it, Halle has these parting words: “Keep the bike straight and just believe in yourself.”

The district superintendent said K-Man Cyclery partnered with the district and donated bikes for the classes.

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Worst Retirement Ever Short – Pepperdine Hill KOM, with data

Phil takes on Pepperdine Hill on the Pacific Coast Highway, with the help of previous KOM holder Tony Manzella.

Spoiler Alert: World Championship Results

From Bicycling.com


Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe attacked on the final ascent of Salmon Hill, the most significant climb on the 19km street circuit, which the peloton tackled 12 times. Only Italian Gianni Moscon could follow him but was then dropped with 4.5km left. Alaphilippe couldn’t hold on, though, and coming into the final few bends a select group passed him to fight for victory. Only then did Sagan make his move, and Norwegian Kristoff didn’t have the strength to hold him off.

Slovakia’s Peter Sagan pipped Norway’s Alexander Kristoff in a photo-finish to win a historic third straight world title in Bergen on Sunday. Sagan emerged out of the final corner in the perfect position on Kristoff’s shoulder, and just had enough to edge past the home favorite as Australia’s Michael Matthews took third.

After his win, Sagan dedicated his victory to Italian Michele Scarponi, who died in April following a crash with a van near his home in Italy—he would have turned 38 on Monday. “I want to dedicate this third world title first to Michele Scarponi because he has his birthday tomorrow. I’m very sorry this year, I want to wish luck to his family.”

Sagan went on to dedicate his victory to his wife, who is expecting a baby, saying “it’s a very nice finish to this season, I’m very happy.”

The decorated Slovakian rider had revealed on Saturday that his preparation for the race had been disrupted by “sickness” and that he wasn’t at his best. He had hardly been seen throughout the 267.5km race but was part of the small group that made it to the final kilometer to contest the sprint finish.


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