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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1997
Re "More S.F. Police on Patrol After Bicyclist Melee," July 29: The fact that "more than 250 people were arrested" in San Francisco's "mass bicycle ride" poses a couple of troubling questions: Why is it OK when motorists clog rush-hour traffic, but a crime when bicyclists do so? When Mayor Willie Brown called this an "incredible display of arrogance and indifference," was he referring to the bicyclists or the actions of his own police force? ROCK KENDALL, Laguna Hills
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OPINION
February 27, 2014
Re "Sharing the road in Los Angeles," Editorial, Feb. 24 Recently a nearby road was restriped to accommodate bicyclists. I would not object to the "road diet" we have experienced if I thought that bicyclists would observe the same rules of the road that automobile drivers must obey. What I often see are cyclists running lights, failing to signal and driving through crosswalks. As a pedestrian, I have had to dodge bicyclists who used crosswalks as roads or failed to stop at regulated crosswalks while walkers were in them.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Authorities are searching for four bicyclists who went missing Sunday in the Angeles National Forest. The search began about 7 p.m. when the four cyclists were several hours late returning from their planned ride from Mt. Wilson to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Windsor Turnout in Pasadena, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The cyclists, who were not immediately identified, are from Glendale, North Hollywood, Rialto and Sunland. The Sheriff's Department said family members found automobiles belonging to the riders at the Windsor turnout.  Search-and-rescue teams, aided by a helicopter, searched for the men -- who range in age from 28 to 38 -- until about 4 a.m. Monday, according to the authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | Steve Lopez
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1991
Bicyclists on mountain bikes are being run out of the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, as they have in Griffith Park. Hikers and horse riders have all the land to themselves, with "Keep Out" signs for all bicyclists. Kids with nothing to do are looting, killing, burglarizing, destroying property etc. because there is no outlet for them. Bicycling through the hills and mountains is an economical way to engage them in something fun and constructive. Carving roads for them in the mountains, hills and the Los Angeles River channel is an outlet for them.
OPINION
September 18, 2005
I'm saddened that two people had to die for the issue of bicycle safety to come to light (Sept. 14). But it's not restricted to the Pacific Coast Highway. As a rider who's commuted regularly between Hollywood and Santa Monica for eight years, I can tell you there is no safe road for bicyclists given the numerous construction sites throughout Los Angeles. L.A. should be a model city for bicycle commuting: We have perfect weather, wide boulevards and lots of land, but it's more dangerous here for bicyclists than in most East Coast cities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1997 | CLAIRE VITUCCI
People who get around Los Angeles on two wheels are invited to the 1997 San Fernando Valley Bicycle Summit on Thursday at Cal State Northridge. The summit advances the reauthorization of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, expected to go before the U.S. Congress in the fall. Money for highways and rail transportation comes out of the federal funding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2011 | Hector Tobar
In the beginning, there was Ma' Bell, Muff, Skull, and five others. They pedaled around downtown together, surprising a few motorists with a sight then quite rare in Los Angeles: bicyclists traveling in a peloton, in the middle of the night, in the middle of the city. "When you're a kid, you do those kinds of adventures," said one of those original riders, an East Hollywood resident in his late 30s who goes by his biking pseudonym, Roadblock. But they weren't kids. They were people in their late 20s and early 30s, most with professional careers.
NEWS
September 27, 2010
Taking a spin on your bike should be fun, but wrestling with traffic often isn't. Last year, 630 bicyclists died on U.S. roadways, accounting for 2% of traffic fatalities in the nation. (For a closer look, read 2008 data on traffic safety released this year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Center for Statistics and Analysis.) Many cyclists are working in their states to push for a "3-foot" rule -- a law that requires motorists to stay at least 3 feet from riders before passing; 15 states already have adopted such laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1994
Steven Redpath's letter of Sept. 4 attempted to justify the blockage of traffic by bicyclists, and was titled "Mass Bike Ride Broke No Laws." On the contrary. In addition to being ill-advised, the activity broke several laws. Redpath claims that the lanes on Beach Boulevard are "substandard" and too narrow to allow a car to pass a single bicycle. This is absolutely untrue for the curb lanes he should be riding in. In addition then to violating section 21202 of the Vehicle Code, he and the other riders also violated sections 21654 and 21656.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
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 9, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below.
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.
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Carla Hall
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Authorities are searching for four bicyclists who went missing Sunday in the Angeles National Forest. The search began about 7 p.m. when the four cyclists were several hours late returning from their planned ride from Mt. Wilson to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Windsor Turnout in Pasadena, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The cyclists, who were not immediately identified, are from Glendale, North Hollywood, Rialto and Sunland. The Sheriff's Department said family members found automobiles belonging to the riders at the Windsor turnout.  Search-and-rescue teams, aided by a helicopter, searched for the men -- who range in age from 28 to 38 -- until about 4 a.m. Monday, according to the authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Mark Marren has watched three people struck by passing cars near a busy bridge that connects the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village and Silver Lake. The most harrowing, he said, was in 2007, when he and a friend left work together on their bicycles. As they pedaled across the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge, a car struck Marren's friend, hospitalizing him for six months. "I've gone to County [USC Medical Center] and seen my friends laying there because of that bridge," Marren said at a public forum recently.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
A 70-year-old bicyclist was killed Tuesday while riding down a street in Coachella. Authorities say Ruben de la Cruz Miramontes was struck in the southbound lane of Van Buren Street, between Avenue 48 and Avenue 49. Miramontes, a Mexican citizen, died at the scene. The vehicle's driver and passengers were not injured. Anyone with information about the collision was asked to contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at (760) 863-8990. ALSO: Costco in Simi Valley labels Bibles as fiction; pastor disagrees Relative arrested in beating death of 84-year-old Glendale man McStay family mystery: Crosses, remembrance planned at desert site Twitter: @katelinthicum
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Hours before the L.A. Marathon got underway Sunday, thousands of cyclists gathered at Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue in Silver Lake, preparing for their own big race. Some stretched. Others chatted. A few did practice runs down side streets. "The mentality is almost always us versus them, bikes versus cars," said Lyndsay McKeever, 24, after pinning on her racing number. "This is the one day a year that we get to be free. " Minutes later, she joined the scrum of bicyclists swarming the intersection in preparation for the annual Wolfpack Hustle Marathon Crash Race.
NEWS
March 31, 2002
Camp Pendleton contains a major commuting and recreational bike route between Orange County and San Diego County. The route has been closed to bikes since Sept. 11, and the Marines are saying, "Now is not the time to have droves of bicyclists on the base." In general, bicyclists are ardent supporters of the war on terror, and they help decrease congestion and our dependence on foreign oil. Maybe it's exactly the time to have droves of bicyclists. If the usual few bicyclists are an inconvenience to the Marines, the Marines can close the base to the cyclists, as they've done.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A 23-year-old Gardena woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in the death of a 60-year-old bicyclist in an alleged hit-and-run in June. Vanessa Marie Yanez appeared at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Torrance and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and perjury by declaration. Yanez was charged Oct. 30, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. The fatal incident occurred June 26 as Yanez was allegedly driving eastbound on El Segundo Boulevard in Gardena.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | Sandy Banks
I expected to hear from pedestrians, criticizing careless drivers and sharing tales of near-tragedies after my column last week. I had written about a mother's tribute to her teenage son, whose death while crossing a busy street launched her on a mission to battle distracted driving. But most of the readers I heard from took a different tack: Drivers aren't the only or even primary problem. Pedestrians are responsible for their own safety - and I'd missed a chance to educate them about the stupid things they do. "Many, if not most, of the pedestrians and bicyclists that get hit (and often die)
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