The Informer | Biketown | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly
Loading...

Biketown

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Biketown

California Is No. 1 in Bicyclist Deaths

Comments (13)

By

Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 7:03 AM
FILE PHOTO BY PRAYITNO/FLICKR
California is a progressive state known for its environmental consciousness. We like to make fun of rich Prius drivers who live in energy hungry McMansions, but it's true that many everyday Angelenos try to do their part.

Chief among them are bicyclists who commute. There's been a 62 percent increase in Americans who get to work by bike since the year 2000, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

That's good for the planet. But it also correlates to more cyclist deaths in a big, allegedly bike-friendly state like California.

More »

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Southern California volunteer reserve police officer resigned over the weekend after video (below) of her saying she'd like to "run over some" bicyclists went viral.

Santa Paula police Chief Steven McLean said in a statement that "I have accepted the resignation of Volunteer Reserve Officer Laura Weintraub." He called her departure "the right thing for everyone involved."

Weintraub's video, part of an ongoing series she calls "Cup Holder Commentary," is clearly meant to be funny ... but it's not:

More »

Friday, July 11, 2014

FLOWIZM/FLICKR
Brakeless track bicycles will be racing through the streets of downtown Los Angeles this weekend.

We know what you're thinking: It's almost everyday that you see the brakeless bikes known as "fixies" (for fixed-gear) bombing down L.A. streets. Lucky for you this exercise in unabated speed will take place on closed streets.

It's the Civic Center Crit 2 race, and it's happening Saturday:

More »

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


At first, riding a bicycle through Mumbai seemed like a death wish. I saw lines of cars, scooters, rickshaws, horses, oxen and even human-pulled carts lurch into intersections before the light turned green. I hesitated at the crosswalk, holding up traffic and setting off honking from behind. I was petrified by cars going the wrong way, pedestrians hopping between buses, scooters pulling onto sidewalks. It was like the arcade game Frogger, except in real-life, with much higher stakes.

The game was not limited to Mumbai. As I spent two years cycling from France to China, the scene replayed in some of the world's most dense, overcrowded metropolises — Istanbul, New Delhi, Hanoi, and Shanghai, where traffic rules are more like “guidelines.”

Yet, despite this chaos, I still felt more comfortable on a bicycle there than I ever do during my daily bicycling commute in L.A.  Here's why:

More »

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Biketown

Most L.A. Bike Riders Are, By Far, Dudes

Comments (0)

By

Tue, May 13, 2014 at 7:05 AM
This is probably not too surprising if you've ever fought it out with the automobile on L.A. streets only to notice that your fellow bike warriors are also stinky, hairy and embattled, but our city's bicycling scene doesn't appear to be too female friendly.

That's the conclusion of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition's (LACBC) latest Los Angeles Bicycle and Pedestrian Count, which was released yesterday to coincide with Bike Week.

The coalition found that ...

More »

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Biketown

California Is a Top 10 State For Bicycling

Comments (0)

By

Thu, May 1, 2014 at 1:17 PM
GARY LEONARD & AARON PALEY FOR LA WEEKLY
  • Gary Leonard & Aaron Paley for LA Weekly
It's probably no surprise that California, with its wide open boardwalks, miles of bike lanes, and solid weather, is a top 10 state for bicycling.

What's surprising is that we didn't rank higher.

The League of American Bicyclists' 2014 Bicycle Friendly State rankings were released today to coincide with the first day of National Bike Month:

More »

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Biketown

L.A.'s Top 10 Streets for Bicycle Crashes Revealed

Comments (6)

By

Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 8:04 AM
NANETTE GONZALEZ FOR LA WEEKLY
  • Nanette Gonzalez for LA Weekly
You're probably already aware that there's a hit-and-run epidemic in L.A., and that bicycling in a car-crazed capital like Los Angeles can be hazardous to your health.

See also: Critical Mass Bike Ride Recognizes L.A. Hit-&-Run Victims

But the nerds at the MIT Media Lab's Social Computing Group recently came up with a graphic look at all the cyclist-related crashes in Los Angeles by analyzing 2012 LAPD data.

The group graphed out each and every report of a bike crash with a dot on a map of the city of L.A. See a resulting list of the 10 worst streets for cyclist accidents, below:

More »

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

LA WEEKLY FILE PHOTO
  • LA Weekly file photo
Added at the bottom: The L.A. Bureau of Street Services says it did not shut the event down, but instead warned the organizers that it was not permitted.

Despite city warnings that organizers could be prosecuted if an annual bike ride happens before Sunday morning's L.A. Marathon, many riders plan to go ahead and crash the closed, 26-mile course.

See also: Kushtown Society Cyclists Ride High - Literally

Organizing group Wolfpack Hustle says it was warned by the L.A. city attorney and the city Bureau of Street Services that its annual Marathon Crash Race would not be tolerated this year. It doesn't have a permit.

Yet cyclists commenting on Hustle's Facebook page and website are vowing to carry on.

" I will be CRASHING the CRASH race!!!" wrote one:

More »

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Biketown

Glendale-Hyperion Bridge Changes: Nightmare for Bikes and People?

Comments (0)

By

Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Will Glendale-Hyperion Bridge be for 55 mph or for bikes, people and cars? - LAURIE AVOCADO
  • Laurie Avocado
  • Will Glendale-Hyperion Bridge be for 55 mph or for bikes, people and cars?
Critics are saying that plans by Caltrans and the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering will make the difficult-to-cross Glendale-Hyperion complex of historic bridges a nightmare for bicyclists.

The three-year $50 million federally funded project is intended to modernize the 5 freeway using a center divider and other additions to make traffic flow better for vehicles -- but those same changes will inhibit bicyclists and pedestrians, many are now saying. Read on:

More »

Friday, July 26, 2013

IVAN MINSLOFF
  • Ivan Minsloff
See also "L.A.'s Bloody Hit-and-Run Epidemic."

After prolonged controversy over Los Angeles' hit-and-run crisis, and the Los Angeles Police Department's response to it, the L.A. City Council's Public Safety Committee today told the LAPD to get more serious about hit-and-runs, recommending a major policy shift in which the LAPD would take reports for all hit-and-run incidences.

The LAPD has not taken reports for hit-and-runs if there's no injury or no city property has been damaged. That policy has resulted in incomplete data and an inability to understand the true extent of L.A.'s hit-and-run epidemic. Some U.S. cities take reports on every crash.

"To me," 15th District L.A. Councilman Joe Buscaino said at the committee meeting, "whether an injury occurred or not, it's a hit-and-run problem."

More »

Now Trending

Los Angeles Concert Tickets