Helmets vs infrastructure. Which is more important?
The California Vehicle Code says It is NOT illegal for bicycles to ride on the sidewalk in a direction opposing the flow of traffic. However, doing so is quite dangerous. CVC 21650.1 clarifies that cyclists, unlike drivers of vehicles, are generally not prohibited from riding on the shoulder of the road.
BUT, each city in Los Angeles County has laws about when you and cannot ride on the sidewalk.
Find out the laws in your city governing sidewalk riding here:
I just read an interesting article about how Americans fixation on bike helmets instead of bike infrastructure (bike lanes, paths etc.) as the only means of safety has failed us. While infrastructure is great and might get more people riding their bikes, there is another, more important factor that will improve bicycle safety: bicycle safety training. By that I mean, teaching cyclists how to ride safely on the streets.
Every time I cycle I see lots of unsafe cycling such as... riding against traffic, riding on the sidewalk, riding close to parked cars, riding at night without lights, not obeying posted signs and signals (Stop, Yield, etc.). These unsafe behaviors are also illegal.
If more cyclists took a bicycle safety class and changed their riding style, we would see a decrease in bicycle crashes. If you are interested in taking a FREE bicycle safety class and live in Los Angeles, go to METRO. METRO has started a series of 2 hour, FREE bicycle safely classes. Bikeucation is teaching the first class of this series in Gardena, Saturday February 24.
Here's the link for more information: https://www.metro.net/riding/go-bike/
Check out this Metro Site to Learn about Biking, using public transit with your bike and to register for FREE Beginning Bike Class. Bikeucation is teaching a class Saturday, Feb 24, in Gardena. Register at this site.
Looking for a job in bicycling, advocacy, or infrastructure? Check out this site: http://jobs.streetsblog.org/
You stop at a STOP sign while riding a bicycle, and another cyclist passes your on the left, blowing through the STOP clearly breaking the law.
What do you do?
**Yell at the cyclist reminding them that they broke the law
**Nothing. Just stop them cycle through the intersection when it's safe
**Chase them down tell them they are a idiot for running that STOP sign. ...
*Nothing. Karma will get them.
Postmates in San Francisco, has a program for food deliveries by ebike. What a great idea for a compact, congested city. I have driven in San Francisco traffic late afternoon and spent lots of time sitting. I imagine the deliveries by ebike can get there faster than by auto.
Would this work in your city?
New, Long Beach Plan to Stop Bike Chop Shops
Bike theft continues to be a pressing issue in Long Beach and many areas of the Third District. Last year I brought an agenda item to set up a free online bike registration program, and now I am bringing an additional measure before City Council to stop bike chop shops.
Throughout our parks, beaches, sidewalks, and other public spaces we see people operating bike chop shops. This means they are using public space to dismantle, reassemble, sell, and store MULTIPLE bikes and bike parts. Not only is this visible evidence of thefts, but it also alienates residents from enjoying our public parks and beaches by having these active operations occurring. Furthermore, this selling of bikes is most commonly connected with the purchasing of illegal drugs like heroin and methamphetamine.
With this clear problem in mind, I am bringing an agenda item to before City Council on Tuesday February 13, at 5:00 to create a new ordinance restricting anyone from selling, working on, or storing MULTIPLE bicycles, and parts in public spaces. Similar to how you cannot take apart a car in public space, you should also not be able to take apart multiple bicycles, while storing and selling them in our parks and beaches. This new ordinance would give our police officers real tools to make a difference on this problem.
By giving police a new way to confront this issue when they come across individuals actively disassembling, reconstructing, selling, or storing many bikes, we can stem the tide of bike thefts, improve the quality of our parks and beaches, and other open spaces, and eliminate bikes as the currency so many use for illegal drug transactions.
If you are concerned about bike chop shops like I am, please come out to the City Council Meeting next Tuesday, February 13th and support my effort.
Support from residents is important at City Council meetings, it shows other councilmembers how big an issue bike chop shops really is, so I encourage anyone to attend and be a part of helping me fixing this serious problem.
Link to February 13th Bike Chop Shop Item
Please feel free to contact my office anytime at (562)570-6300 or email@example.com.
Councilwoman, Third District
Has it been a while since you’ve been on a bike? Do you want to learn how to bike safely? The Bicycling for Beginners Class, presented by Metro, Multicultural Communities for Mobility, and Bikeucation will help you improve your bicycling skills. You’ll learn how to start and stop with confidence, shift gears, scan, and signal. We’ll show you how to adjust your bike and helmet before a ride, and teach you how to perform a simple inspection to ensure your bike is road-ready.
Al...l class participants will get a free helmet and pair of bike lights!
Date: Saturday, February 24th
Time: 9:30am - 11:00am
Location: Metro LA Church (15610 Crenshaw Blvd, Gardena CA 90249)
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Class Size: 12 to 18 participants (with 2 instructors)
Who Should Sign-Up:
If you know how to ride a bike, but you aren’t comfortable using a bicycle for everyday travel or recreation, then this class may be for you. To build rider confidence, this class covers the basics of bike handling and shows participants how to improve their bike control skills.
What You’ll Learn:
What I Need to Bike: Helmet Fit / Lights / Locks / Clothing
Things to Know Before Hitting the Streets: ABC Quick Check / Route Planning / Bike Parking / Bike Infrastructure
Basic Bike Handling Skills: Balance / Mount & Dismount / Steering / Signaling / Scanning
Bike Services / Events Offered by Metro
What You’ll Need:
Please bring your bike if it’s in good working order. A limited number of loaner bicycles can be provided to those who register in advance. On the order form, there is a box to indicate if you need a bike or will bring your own. All participants will get free helmets and a pair of bike lights.
Registration & Waivers:
Participants ages 16 and up may participate in this class. All participants must sign a waiver to participate; if the participant is under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must sign a waiver.
The class is sponsored by Metro's Bicycle Education Safety Training (BEST) Program. For more events, classes, and rides visit: www.metro.net/gobike.
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Avid cyclists, vintage bike enthusiasts and fans will flock to California's Central Coast for a weekend-long celebration of the culture, heritage and values that surround the history of cycling.
Held annually in eight different countries, Eroica has captured the hearts of fans worldwide. As the only Eroica event in the United States, Eroica California has seen continued growth and success since its inaugural year in 2015. Drawing roots from the Italian L'Eroica (The Heroic) e...vent held each year in Gaiole in Chianti, Italy, Eroica California features vintage cycling with a Tuscan flare.
Eroica California events take place throughout the Central Coast of California, with the historic Paso Robles Downtown Park serving as the central location. The weekend kicks off on Saturday with the Concours d'Elegance. Riders enter their own vintage road bikes for a chance to win the esteemed "Best of Show", while guests are invited to enjoy each of the unique vintage bikes on display, some dating as far back as the early 1900's. The Concours d'Elegance is followed by a festival in Downtown Paso Robles, which features local businesses, vendor and artisan booths, and showcases cycling attire and gear from every era. Saturday morning will also include a screening of the film "Le Ride" which follows two friends as they attempt to recreate the original route of the 1928 Tour de France – the toughest in history. Saturday's festivities conclude with a Tuscan style dinner that brings together local wine and craft beer, along with an authentic meal prepared by an Italian, Michelin Star Chef. Following the Tuscan dinner is a benefit auction from which all proceeds are donated to Hospice of San Luis Obispo County.
The National Bike Summit is the premier bike advocacy event of the year, uniting the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill. With new leadership in the Oval Office, we need your voice for bikes on Capitol Hill. This inspiring event builds our movement for 2018 and beyond. Focus will be on regional planning, national and local messaging, and the road map of our work together in advancing the bicycling movement.
Driving or bicycling? Which gives you the most fulfillment?