February 25, 2014 |
There's a joke about a little kid with a trike and a neighbor who professes to like young children and their energetic pedaling up and down the street. But then the neighbor has his driveway redone and the youngster wheels his way all over the wet cement. The homeowner pitches a fit, to which the child's father says, “I thought you liked the kids who ride around here.” “I like them in the abstract,” the neighbor replies, “but not in the concrete!” I have to confess to sharing his feelings about bicycles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 |
Anthony Navarro worked with solemn purpose and a box of tools, stripping the old discarded bicycle of its gear shifts, brakes and chain. He cut his finger, wiped a drop of blood on his pants and kept going. "It helps me with my anger when I'm doing it," said Navarro. "It brings me some kind of inner peace. " On Thanksgiving Day 2011, Navarro's 6-year-old son, Anthony, was riding his bicycle in front of the family's Oxnard home when he was struck by a pickup truck. "The moment I saw him, I knew he was gone," said Navarro, who reeled under the weight of sudden, unbearable loss.
February 13, 2014 |
If it had an ounce of buoyancy, "Girl on a Bicycle" might qualify as a diverting piffle. But Jeremy Leven's attempt at old-school romantic comedy, set in a postcard-pretty tourist's vision of Paris, is more of a foolish plod than a weightless rollick. The Euro-pudding of a premise concerns Italian tour bus driver Paolo, his German flight attendant fiancée and the title character, a French model who catches his eye as she crisscrosses the city fetchingly on two wheels. The alleged hilarity grinds into gear when Paolo accidentally hits the bicyclist with his bus, then pretends to be her husband to visit her in the hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 |
Detectives in Santa Ana are asking for the public's help in identifying a vehicle involved in a drive-by shooting that was captured on video. The video, shot by a home surveillance camera, shows the driver of a black car pulling up next to a man on a red bicycle while a passenger takes a shot at the bicyclist as he swerves away. The shooter misses and the bicyclist keeps riding. The incident occurred about noon Tuesday on East Myrtle Street, near Halladay Street, about a block from an elementary school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 |
A Metrolink train bound for Orange County from downtown L.A. fatally struck a bicyclist Thursday during the morning commute in Santa Fe Springs, officials said. The incident occurred around 7:10 a.m. near Lakeland Road and Bloomfield Avenue when the cyclist went around an arm gate and was struck by Metrolink train 682, according to Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson. No information on the identity or age of the cyclist was immediately available. [Updated, 10:38 a.m. PST Jan. 9: Metrolink officials said the railroad was cleared as of 9 a.m. Delays associated with the incident were expected to fade in time for afternoon commuters.
January 2, 2014 |
I like to think I've learned a lot about what it's like to be bicyclist on the streets of Los Angeles since this blog took up the RoadshareLA project (which you can find online and follow on twitter at #roadshareLA) last fall. I am still a die-hard, love-to-drive car girl - but an enlightened one: Yes, bicyclists have as much legal right to the road as drivers …. No, you can't feasibly license bicyclists the way we do drivers .… Separate bike lanes are crucial to making the city bikable - drivers, get over it. So why was I fuming at the bicyclist I found myself behind on Ohio Avenue in West Los Angeles one recent night?