October 3, 2013 |
Let me be honest. When I ride my bike through the streets of Los Angeles, I don't always stop at stop signs. And when I pull up at a red light, if no one is coming in either direction, I will sometimes cross against the light. I know it's illegal. But come on, I'm hardly the only one. I rarely see a cyclist wait at a red light if the coast is clear or come to a complete stop at a stop sign if it doesn't seem necessary. So what's the value of a law that is routinely ignored? That's a question that has been asked by many people, including Ted Rogers, who hosts the BikingInLA blog. On his site, Rogers suggests that rather than requiring cyclists to follow the exact same rules as motorists, a better approach would be to change the law to reflect what many if not most cyclists already do: "Turn stop signs into yields, and red lights into stop signs.” In other words, cyclists should be given special dispensation so that when they come to stop signs they don't have to stop, but merely slow and look around and proceed if it is safe to do so. At a red light, they would have to come to a full stop, but if there's no other traffic coming they could move forward even if the light were still red. FULL COVERAGE: Sharing the road in L.A. Rogers didn't invent this idea.
October 1, 2013 |
Can Los Angeles be a city for cyclists? That's the question The Times asked in its editorial Sunday kicking off its weeks-long exploration of changing transportation priorities. Readers, especially on Facebook , gave us an earful -- and it was, should we say, spirited. The first comment -- "NEVER!" -- set the tone for much of this particular thread, in which the conventional rules on capitalization were not infrequently violated. One piqued reader wrote the following comment -- in original punctuation and capitalization -- further down in the Facebook thread: "Here we go!
October 13, 2011 |
General Motors Co. is killing an advertisement aimed at college students after receiving complaints that it makes fun of people who use bicycles for transportation. That ad has a headline stating, "reality sucks" and depicts a nerdy-looking guy wearing a helmet and riding a bicycle being passed by a cute young woman in the passenger seat of a car. It then goes on to say, "Stop pedaling … start driving" and provides information about discount pricing for GM products such as the new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact sedan and the giant GMC Sierra 1500 truck.
September 21, 2012 |
Everything bicycle, from components to frames to accessories, was on display at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas this week. Assistant business editor David Colker gives an inside look at the show, which featured the products of 750 companies from around the world. Among the trends he reports on as the show wrapped up Friday: electric bicycles and electronic shifting. ALSO Handmade bicycle industry is on a roll Renegade bike race in L.A. tunnel goes mainstream In L.A., slow and steady is the pace for Flying Pigeon bicycle
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June 23, 2013 |
Quincy and Monica Jeffries had never seen Wilshire Boulevard so quiet. They smiled as they gazed up at the blue-green façade of the Wiltern theater while waiting for CicLAvia to begin. "You just drive by and you don't recognize all the beautiful buildings," Monica Jeffries, 40, said. The Jeffries, a married couple, drove from Canyon Country in Santa Clarita to participate in CicLAvia on vehicles called trikkes - three-wheeled bike-like vehicles with no pedals. Riders use their entire bodies to steer and maneuver them.
July 3, 2013 |
Now that Lance Armstrong has announced he will take part in a recreational bike ride across Iowa this summer, the question is: How will other cyclists treat him? “I'm well aware my presence is not an easy topic, and so I encourage people if they want to give a high-five, great,” Armstrong told the Des Moines Register . “If you want to shoot me the bird, that's OK, too.” The disgraced cyclist plans to join in the RAGBRAI, an annual weeklong trek that stretches between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.