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October 11, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Among the virtues of bicycle riding - not burning fossil fuel, not adding to car traffic, enjoying the scenery - is, of course, the health benefit. You get a real workout, especially if you're cycling against the wind or uphill. So when I came across a chart comparing forms of transportation in the Los Angeles city government's 2010 Bicycle Plan, I knew it would confirm that bicycling burned a lot of calories. Sure enough, bicycling 10 miles in an hour burns 484 calories, according to the chart.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Mark Boster
A sport utility vehicle sheared a fire hydrant and hit a power pole in La Mirada on Friday, sending a geyser of electrified water into the air that shocked a cyclist, authorities said. The crash was reported about 7 a.m. in the 14800 block of Artesia Boulevard, near Knott Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  Authorities said the SUV was traveling west on Artesia Boulevard. At the same time, a bicyclist was heading east on the same side of the road, but it's unclear if the driver was trying to avoid hitting the bicyclist, authorities said.
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OPINION
February 23, 2013
Re “ A new spokesman for the thrill sport of biking in L.A. ,” Column, Feb. 19 As a longtime cyclist, both for commuting and recreation, I enjoyed reading Ben Poston's article about his experiences cycling in L.A. But he left out the best part: Cycling in Los Angeles is exciting; it's like doing the running of the bulls everyday. Stan Schwarz Pasadena More letters to the editor ...  
NEWS
March 12, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
The Times editorial board has written a lot recently about the politics, policies and practicalities of bicyclists and automobiles sharing the road in Los Angeles. Apparently there's some tension on the streets between motorists and cyclists.   Well, get ready for the next rumble over who owns the asphalt: e-skateboards. Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) has introduced legislation that would allow electric motorized skateboards to share the road. If passed, riders could use bike lanes as long as they follow the same rules as bicycles, UT San Diego reported . They wouldn't be allowed on sidewalks and roads without bike lanes.  Electric skateboards were banned from streets in 1977, mainly because the gas-powered models were loud and produced a lot of air pollution for their size.
NEWS
October 28, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Bicyclists remind drivers all the time that they have as much right to be on the road as car drivers. OK, so should they be licensed like drivers are? We hear that from our commenters on the Roadshare page. I hear it from friends who, driving, get exasperated by bicyclists they see flouting the rules of the road, going through stop signs and traffic lights or swerving harrowingly close to cars. (“And the three-foot rule applies to you,” grumbles a pickup-driving friend, riffing on what he would tell a bicyclist.
NEWS
October 1, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
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!
BUSINESS
October 13, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
October 3, 2013 | By Nicholas Goldberg
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Amina Khan and Catherine Saillant
The Marathon Crash Race is officially canceled. But the "fun ride" is on. “The city really, really, really, really wanted me to get a permit,” said Don Ward, organizer of the bicycling group Wolfpack Hustle and the annual Marathon Crash Race. “So they worked really hard to get a permit - and as of Friday night at 8 p.m. they got me permit.” Ward credited officials from the Los Angeles Police Department, the city attorney's office and the mayor's office as key players in helping to obtain a permit to make Sunday's ride a reality.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2012 | By Pat Benson
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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Amina Khan and Catherine Saillant
The Marathon Crash Race is officially canceled. But the "fun ride" is on. “The city really, really, really, really wanted me to get a permit,” said Don Ward, organizer of the bicycling group Wolfpack Hustle and the annual Marathon Crash Race. “So they worked really hard to get a permit - and as of Friday night at 8 p.m. they got me permit.” Ward credited officials from the Los Angeles Police Department, the city attorney's office and the mayor's office as key players in helping to obtain a permit to make Sunday's ride a reality.
OPINION
March 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
In years past, the predawn bike race on the L.A. Marathon route just hours before the start of the foot race allowed cyclists an exhilarating dash across town, from Silver Lake to Santa Monica, on 26 miles of dark and empty streets. The Marathon Crash Race, as it was called, was a rare opportunity for bicyclists to commandeer the usually traffic-snarled streets of the city. It was also potentially perilous; city officials were not terribly happy to have cyclists - some of whom would finish the course in about 50 minutes - speeding down streets that had not yet been completely closed off to traffic.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Carla Hall
So is the predawn bicycle sprint down the route of the L.A. Marathon off or on on Sunday? Looks like it's more off than on. Never officially sanctioned by the city of Los Angeles, officials kind of went along with it for the last few years that Don Ward and his group, Wolfpack Hustle  - which organizes bike rides and races  - put together the increasingly popular Marathon Crash Race, as it was called. The Police Department, according to Ward himself, did a great job working with him to keep the streets safe for racers, drivers and the “fun ride” participants who set off right after the racers got going.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Laura Nelson, Richard Winton and Ari Bloomekatz
Los Angeles police say the city ramped up restrictions on a  popular nighttime bicycle race  along the Los Angeles Marathon route because it posed a danger to public safety.  Since 2009, hundreds of cyclists have gathered in the dark along Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, waiting for road closures to begin along the marathon route, which stretches from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Organizer Don Ward canceled this year's Marathon Crash Race, scheduled for Sunday morning, after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the city of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Days before the Los Angeles Marathon, organizers canceled a  popular nighttime bicycle race along the 26.2-mile route because they did not obtain the proper permits. Every year since 2009, hundreds of cyclists have gathered in the dark along Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, waiting for road closures to begin along the marathon route, which stretches from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Just after 4 a.m., cyclists swarm the streets to enjoy three hours of car-free fun on some of Los Angeles's normally most congested boulevards.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2010 | By Jack Leonard
A doctor convicted of assaulting two cyclists in Brentwood by driving in front of them and slamming on his brakes was sentenced today to five years in prison, ending a case a judge described as a wake-up call about tensions between cyclists and motorists on Los Angeles' streets. Wearing dark blue jail scrubs, Christopher Thompson wept after offering a tearful apology to the injured riders. He also urged a peaceful resolution to conflicts between cyclists and residents of the upscale residential street where the crash took place.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
When I look at the renderings of My Figueroa - the city's first “complete street” designed to equally accommodate drivers, bikers, bus riders and pedestrians - I think, “Now that would be a great walk.” The sidewalk would be wide and lined with trees and planters. There would be new streetlights and benches. The new cycle tracks and transit islands would create a wide buffer from the rush of cars and buses, making the stroll a bit more quiet and peaceful. The four-mile stretch from Exposition Park to 7th Street would make a fine hike, taking in the sights of USC and L.A. Live.
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