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Retailers should follow bike assembly safety standards

According to the biomechanics consulting firm, Robson Forensic, there are certain safety standards that all retailers of bicycles must follow when assembling bikes for sale to the public. These rules apply to both big-box retailers and independent dealers. When followed, they maintain that there's less of a chance of hardware torque issues or drive train or brake failures that often cause serious bicycle crashes.

These specifications require all bikes to be equipped with rear hand brakes that are capable of bringing a 150-pound bicyclist who is traveling at 15 miles per hour to a full stop within 15 feet. Regulators acknowledge that it's ideal for bikes to have both front and rear brakes.

Older drivers face increased risk of fatal collisions

According to the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHA), as of three years ago, nearly 42 million drivers with valid licenses in the United States were older than 64. As the baby boomer population continues to age, those numbers are likely to rise.

There's nothing wrong with older people driving as long as they are physically and mentally capable of doing so. Regardless of their capacities or the lack thereof, simply being an older driver enhances their risk of dying in an auto accident.

Ghost bikes are grim reminders during National Bike to Work Week

May 13 kicked off "National Bike to Work Week." While many urban areas encourage people to bike to work -- especially in places like California where the weather is generally good -- there are still tremendous safety hazards for cyclists.

According to one reporter's review of the coroner's reports for Orange County alone, there were a minimum of 14 cyclists killed in 2018. A total of 16 were killed the year before. That's far too many for just one area -- especially when you take into account how many other cyclists were probably injured in traffic accidents but managed to survive.

Motorcyclist Killed on Skyline Boulevard

A 33-year-old motorcyclist swerved off the road and crashed into a tree on Skyline Boulevard. The motorcyclist has now been identified by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office as Mila Acevedo of San Jose.

"Acevedo was traveling south on Skyline, about one mile south of Page Mill Road, when she rounded a corner on a 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 R motorcycle near the Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

A bicyclist dies after being struck, dragged in Central-Alameda

A bicyclist was struck and killed while riding their bike in the Central-Alameda neighborhood of Los Angeles on the evening of May 9.

Police officers were dispatched to 2100 South Alameda Street near Los Angeles' downtown district just after 8:30 p.m. They found a bicyclist deceased on the ground upon their arrival. Nearby, there was an immobilized vehicle. The driver was later determined to have likely struck a light pole and the bicyclist.

Motorcyclist Killed in Torrance

On Saturday, April 27th at about 9:35am, a motorcyclist was killed in a crash that took place on Sepulveda Boulevard near Kent Avenue. The motorcyclist was identified on Wednesday, May 1st as Matthew Izzo, age 31.

"The lone driver of a 2016 Ford Fusion was exiting south from the service road of the 4000 block of Sepulveda Boulevard across from the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Kent Avenue. The Ford Fusion made a left turn, crossing the path of a motorcycle traveling west on Sepulveda Boulevard, subsequently causing the motorcyclist to collide into the vehicle," says the police statement.

A Los Angeles police officer is struck, injured by a motorist

A motorcycle officer with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) was seriously injured after being struck by a motorist operating a sports utility vehicle (SUV) near the University of Southern California (USC) on April 30. The incident occurred near the intersection of Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard just before 8:45 a.m.

In an LAPD press release, they described how the officer had been observing the area from a stationary point near the university's water fountain during rush hour that morning. That's apparently when both the SUV and another vehicle collided in the middle of the intersection. Soon after that, the officer was struck.

How can you keep yourself safe on your motorcycle at night?

Many motorcyclists are scared to ride their bikes at night. They fear the dark because it diminishes their visual acuity. This makes it harder for them to navigate curves and corners or to spot road hazards. The darkness also tends to bring out nocturnal animals and drunk drivers. While riding your bike in the dark is dangerous, there are steps that you can take to keep yourself safe.

You should inspect your motorbike before taking it out every time you plan to ride it. It's even more important to do so, though, if you're going to head out at night. Check your light settings to see if your headlights are as illuminated as you'd like them to be. If they're not, then you should consult your owner's manual to learn how to adjust them to a more optimal setting.

A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer is struck, killed

A motorcycle officer with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was struck and killed by a drunk driver on April 6. The incident occurred just before 4:30 p.m. as the CHP officer officer was traveling through Lake Elsinore on the 15 Freeway.

Representatives with both the Riverside County Fire Department and CHP noted that the officer had been traveling along the 15 Freeway just north of Nichols Road when he was struck. Just a few minutes prior, he'd pulled over a motorist along the roadway's shoulder. It's then that a reckless driver fast approached and crashed into him. He was later taken into police custody on suspicion of drunk driving.

Los Angeles City Council approves permanent bike crash memorials

As you've traveled throughout Los Angeles, you've likely come across painted white bikes surrounded by flowers. These "ghost bikes" memorials commemorate a life lost in a bike crash. On March 29, Los Angeles City Council members unanimously voted to allow 20 permanent roadside memorials to be put up throughout the city on an annual basis. They'll commemorate those who have lost their lives.

A San Fernando Valley councilman spearheaded the effort to get the memorials approved starting last year as part of the city's Vision Zero initiative. That program aims to do away with all traffic-related deaths in Los Angeles.

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