CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2014 |
Los Angeles police began investigating their first homicide of the year Sunday after a 46-year-old man was shot to death while riding his bicycle in South L.A., authorities said. Don Jackson was approaching the 10000 block of South Main Street about 12:20 a.m. when an unknown suspect approached on foot and opened fire, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Jackson was struck multiple times, police said. Paramedics transported him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
December 17, 2013 |
If you're expecting a new bicycle alongside the Christmas tree, or just rolling out your old one, Michelle Mowery is on your side of the street. The city of four wheels is turning a corner on two wheels. Nearly 350 miles of new bike lanes, out of a planned 1,684, have opened to bicyclists. Mowery has spent two decades in the city's Department of Transportation as senior bicycle coordinator, and she's finally finding critical mass and critical money for L.A.'s bike plan. She knows there's an information gap about the laws, and a culture clash, but a bike-culture shift, she believes, will be the saving of L.A., from the obesity epidemic to the daily commute - including hers, from Long Beach to downtown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 |
Los Angeles County coroner officials have identified a 14-year-old girl who was killed in a gang-related shooting as she rode her bicycle. Alisia Gomez, 14, of Compton, was discovered lying on the ground Saturday by deputies at the corner of Elm and Alameda streets, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Deputies had responded to reports of gunshots when they found her, the department said. Paramedics took Gomez to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
December 13, 2013 |
I've logged a lot of time on motorcycles, and a lot of time on mountain bikes. So I approached my first "electric bicycle" with the same skepticism that I employed in the minutes before I sat on my first electric motorcycle. That lasted 30 seconds into my first ride, by which time I was a convert. The instrument of my bicycle conversion was an electric Shima, from the German manufacturer A2B. It was followed up by a similar revelation astride A2B's Alva+. The Shima and Alva+ did for me what performance enhancing drugs did for Lance Armstrong.
December 10, 2013 |
Shinola is paying homage to the Wright Brothers with a limited-edition timepiece and even more limited edition bicycle, both of which were unveiled at a private launch event in Detroit last night. The wristwatch, based on Shinola's Brakeman timepiece, uses the brand's Argonite 715 quartz movement and has a stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, chocolate brown Horween leather strap and a black dial with the words: "The Wright Brothers" above the number 6. In a cool flourish, the "T" in Wright is designed to look like the instantly recognizable double wing configuration of the brothers' early aircraft.
November 8, 2013 |
Spend enough time with cyclists and cycling and it's easy to believe that the world has changed: that the bike has taken over, that pollution is in retreat, that the obesity epidemic has met its match, that the post-World War II thinking about mobility - move fast, in single-occupancy cars - is ancient history. That's especially true at the California by Bike summit, underway in Oakland, where a couple hundred or so cycling advocates have gathered to confer about their movement. So for the advocates, it was sobering to hear California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly, at the opening session Thursday evening, cite some statistics from a pair of Public Policy Institute of California polls, one in 1995 and one in 2011.