Morning Links: OC driver faces DUI vehicular manslaughter charge, and a long listing of bike academic papers

The Orange County DA’s office may not move fast, but they take traffic crimes seriously. I’m told they just filed a felony charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence against Michael John Perez in the death of Michael Bastien one year ago …read more

From:: BikingInLA

Search and State: Search Statement

Photography by Adam Moran, Art Direction by Adam Moran and Tayler Rae Dubé

NY Based cycling brand Search and State recently released their latest project, Search Statement- A contest and platform for action. Search Statement is a platform to collect the stories, photos, ideas, and adventures of the cyclist who inspire them and to help make their aspirations come true through financial and logistical help. Learn more about the project below and get inspired by Search and State’s latest shoot with photographer Adam Moran and PDF co-founder Tayler Rae Dubé

A Search Statement is a proposal for something you want to do. It can be anything, but should involve cycling in some way. It would be great if your idea has a positive impact on others, but it doesn’t necessarily have to. Perhaps you want to ride farther, longer, or somewhere no one has before. Maybe you want to build a cycling community where one doesn’t exist. Perhaps you want to create a photo exhibition, an art installation, a cycling movement, a safety device, an innovative type of bicycle, or a new way to ride one. What’s most important is why it matters to you.

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From:: Pretty Damned Fast

Today’s post, in which I remember a friend. Rest in peace, Howard Krepack.

I knew this day was coming. But the news still hit hard. And hurt like hell. According to Streetsblog LA, Howard Krepack, one of LA’s first lawyers specializing in bicycle cases, passed away on Saturday, and was buried Monday afternoon. I had the pleasure of …read more

From:: BikingInLA

The Critical Mass has passed

I’m annoyed. I’m sick of it. I’m pissed. I’m speaking only of San Francisco – and I may be digging my own stick-a-frame-pump-through-my-front-spokes kind of grave, but I do not believe that Critical Mass has any place, relevance, or purpose in the city of San Francisco any longer. (Caution: Strong language to follow)

Yet another unfortunate incident has taken place during a Critical Mass ride, and as per usual these days there is video, and it found its way to You Tube.There was a time when Critical Mass represented a good, relevant, valid message. There was precious little infrastructure in place on the city streets. But the honest truth of the matter is – bike are on the cusp of becoming a mainstream part of transportation in this city. San Francisco is poised to consider legislation to allow bicycles to “semi-legally” roll through stop signs. New bike lanes and new bike infrastructure are being put in place on the streets of the city every day. Improvements are happening.

So why in the hell would you ride the wrong way down a street, intentionally run into a car …read more

From:: JustAnotherCyclist

Unidentified bike rider killed while crossing Terminal Island Freeway

Once again, a bike rider has died on a Southern California freeway. According to the Long Beach Gazettes, the victim was illegally crossing the Terminal Island Freeway north of PCH in Long Beach around midnight last night when he was hit by a semi-truck at 11:56 pm. …read more

From:: BikingInLA

Morning Links: LA signs off on new pilot bikeshare system for DTLA, and a wild weekend at the Vuelta

It’s official. Bikeshare is coming to Downtown LA. A pilot project consisting of 1090 bikes and 65 docking stations is projected to open next year, in a partnership between Metro and LADOT. Metro is picking up the $5.8 million tab for the bikes and docking stations through …read more

From:: BikingInLA

Palmdale man killed in rear-end collision while riding to work early Wednesday morning

Bad news from North LA County, as a bike commuter lost his life in a collision earlier this week. According to the Antelope Valley Times, 40-year old Palmdale resident Jeff Aubrey McGrath was riding south on Sierra Highway north of Pearblossom Highway around 4:40 am Wednesday when …read more

From:: BikingInLA

Google cars confused by track stands

In news linking technology and bikes in a funny, non-socially offensive way, the Washington Post reported on a humorous encounter between a fixed-gear cyclist and one of the Google Autonomous cars. According to the article, the slight motions created by the cyclist executing a track stand triggered the car to stop.

It apparently detected my presence … and stayed stationary for several seconds. it finally began to proceed, but as it did, I rolled forward an inch while still standing. The car immediately stopped…

— Washington Post,

Track stands always have been an exciting, thrilling and reckless thing – as this video clearly demonstrates

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From:: JustAnotherCyclist

Morning Links: Honked at for riding sharrows, Vision Zero lost in Mobility Plan fallout, and upcoming bike events

Digital Slurry offers video evidence of what we already know. Many drivers just don’t get sharrows. And don’t have a lot of patience when they find a bike riding legally in front of them, regardless of whether there’s a picture of a bike with an …read more

From:: BikingInLA

Rider Profile: Ashley Freiberg

Photos Wes Duenkel Interview by Kate Erwin (B&W photos courtesy of Kate Erwin)

Introduction by Tayler Rae Dubé, More information about Ashley here!

Ashley Frieberg is a force of nature. At only 23-years-old she is already ten years into a successful career in car racing and, in 2014, was the first female overall winner at they Daytona International Speedway. Recently, Ashley has started making noise in the cycling scene as well, picking up a cyclocross bike to help her stay fit for racing. We are truly inspired by Ashley’s story, a female athlete taking a male dominated sport by storm.

Which came first, bikes or cars?

I have been racing since I was 13 in a go-kart, and moved into cars when I was 15 before I even had a driver’s license! I only recently started to ride bikes as a part of training for auto racing, and last fall was the first time I ever raced my bike!

When was your first cyclocross race?

My first cyclocross race was Quad Cross on September 7th last year. The most prominent memory I have of the race was that I couldn’t stop smiling… even through the pain!

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From:: Pretty Damned Fast