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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.

Why fatal motorcycle crashes have increased steadily since 2008

A report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2018 shows that 2017 was the worst year of the last 10 for motorcycle-involved fatal crashes in the United States. This had led many traffic safety analysts to try to figure out what has caused the uptick in fatal motorcycle deaths here in California and across the rest of the U.S.

In the wake of the Great Recession of 2007, the number of motorcyclists on the road declined. This, in turn, resulted in a reduction in the number of miles that they logged. The number of fatal motorcycle crashes decreased.

Two San Francisco Pedestrians Struck

Back in February in San Francisco, California, two pedestrians were struck, one by an anonymous hit-and-run driver and the other by a 40-year-old truck driver. One of the pedestrians was killed at the scene of the accident, and the other was dragged down the road, but survived.

A Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Office operation nets 34 tickets

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station performed a safety operation on March 25. Officers focused on educating motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists about steps that they can take to stay safe. They also let them know their responsibilities and reminded them of the traffic rules that they're supposed to follow. By the end of the 10-hour operation, 34 individuals had been cited for various traffic laws violations.

Bicyclists who were stopped were cited for not having stopped at traffic lights or stop signs or for riding down the incorrect side of the road among other infractions.

Pedestrian Struck and Killed by 86-Year-Old Motorist

Last month in February in Escondido, California, a pedestrian was hit and killed by an 86-year-old woman driving a gold 2008 Toyota Corolla. The motorist stayed at the scene and waited for the police to arrive. Alcohol was not a factor in this fatal accident.

The 86-year-old woman struck an 18-year-old man while traveling northbound on San Pasquel Valley Road, south of Oakhill Drive. Police arrived at the scene and attempted to save the pedestrian who suffered from major injuries to the head. Their attempts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

There are steps teen motorcyclists can take to avoid getting hurt

Many California teens are motivated to take to the road on a motorcycle for much the same reasons adults are. They appreciate the freedom that riding alone on a motorcycle without the shell of a car affords them. Since teens have far less experience on the road, they're at an increased risk of getting hurt out on the road. There are steps that they can take to reduce their risk of getting injured, however.

One of the most important things that teens can do when they first start riding a motorcycle is to purchase and wear a helmet that is approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Bicyclist fatalities continue to rise in Los Angeles

Many major cities across the United States, including Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., have launched initiatives in recent years aimed at encouraging area residents to consider walking or riding their bikes to get around.

They've done this in hopes of reducing pollution and traffic congestion and in making residents more health-conscious. These initiatives have had a significant impact on pedestrian and cycling fatalities.

Inspecting your motorcycle might just save your life

During the last few weeks of winter, there have been some interesting weather patterns in southern California and other parts of the country. They've even brought unseasonably cold weather and snow to Los Angeles. This may have kept you from taking your motorcycle out for a joyride or from taking that cross-country trip that you've long been planning. If it has, then you'll want to thoroughly inspect your bike before you ride it again.

Motorcycle batteries have a way of dying in cold weather. That's why you'll want to remove your battery and charge it at least an entire night before you decide to take it for a spin. If it's over four-years-old, then you may want to consider replacing it. If it's not, then check the fluid levels for each cell. Fill them with distilled water if they're below the manufacturer's recommended ones.

What information is covered in motorcycle safety classes?

While every motorist has to take a driver's exam before they're given their California motorcycle license, few motorcyclists take an in-depth classroom-style course before getting those licenses. Research suggests that if they did, there would be far fewer motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles and other parts of the state.

The skills that motorcyclists learn in these classes have the potential of greatly reducing reckless driving that causes catastrophic accidents. That's because these classes cover topics that both new and veteran motorcyclists could all benefit from learning. Few take these classes out of personal interest. Instead, many are ordered to do so by a judge after a serious traffic infraction or crash has occurred.

San Jose Man Identified After Fatal Motorcycle Crash

On Saturday, February 2nd, a man riding a motorcycle crashed into a broken down car on the northbound side of Highway 101. This man was later identified as Khoa Ha, 41-year-old man from San Jose.

At 2AM on February 2nd, Ha was riding a Suzuki GSX-R1000 near Metcalf Road when he collided with a broken down car in the lanes of Highway 101. Before the accident, a woman in a Dodge Charger swerved across lanes to avoid debris in the road when she lost control of her vehicle. Her can "spun out" and according to the California Highway Patrol, had become partially disabled.

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