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Are Bike Lanes on Winnetka Avenue the Solution?

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has proposed bike lanes to a stretch of Winnetka Avenue with hopes of connecting bike paths and neighborhoods. With proponents and opponents of the bike lane additions vocal on the matter, Los Angeles Department of Transportation has remained open to suggestion. While proponents claim that Los Angeles communities need to recognize cyclists as having equal access to the road, opponents cite the traffic in morning commutes. Currently, the bike path ends short of the LA River Bike path as well as Pierce College and the Orange Line. Additionally, LADOT has considered adding a controlled pedestrian crossing on Gilmore and Winnetka.

How the extended purple line will change the way you see LA

Connecting Westwood to Downtown Los Angeles via metro has been difficult to develop. The 720 runs the length of Wilshire but is easily clogged by heavy traffic during commute hours. In first developments, Santa Monica Boulevard was initially proposed to have a freeway component to it. While this would allow for faster car traffic, the idea was ultimately nixed. In place of the freeway however, Los Angeles Department of Transportation looks to extend the purple line to Westwood, even west of the 405. While the extensions and tunneling will be done in three phases, the last two phases are slated to be finished before the opening of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

Are Bike Lanes on Winnetka Avenue the Solution?

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has proposed bike lanes to a stretch of Winnetka Avenue with hopes of connecting bike paths and neighborhoods. With proponents and opponents of the bike lane additions vocal on the matter, Los Angeles Department of Transportation has remained open to suggestion. While proponents claim that Los Angeles communities need to recognize cyclists as having equal access to the road, opponents cite the traffic in morning commutes. Currently, the bike path ends short of the LA River Bike path as well as Pierce College and the Orange Line. Additionally, LADOT has considered adding a controlled pedestrian crossing on Gilmore and Winnetka.

Tips for choosing a bike helmet that may save your life

The impact that the use of a helmet can have on protecting an individual from injuries or death has garnered a lot of attention in recent years. This is especially the case as researchers have learned more about the lasting impact that concussions can have on an individual's life.

One sports medical specialist, who was consulted about the importance of wearing helmets, pointed out that an individual's head doesn't have to make contact with anything to leave someone with a concussion. In fact, an individual may be left with one simply by having their head or torso aggressively jolted. Thus, something as simple as a whiplash can cause enough of a force that you'll be left with a concussion.

When should I be treated at the hospital after a bike crash?

Right after you're involved in a crash, the adrenaline coursing through your veins can prevent you from knowing whether you've been seriously hurt. While you may think that your injuries aren't severe enough to need an ambulance summoned, it's always good to get checked out by a doctor after a crash. It's also important that you go to your nearest emergency room right away if you start experiencing certain symptoms.

If you have an open wound on your leg, you'll want to have a doctor clean it thoroughly and stich it up to reduce your chance of developing an infection.

A Hesperia woman is arrested for a Sept. 12 motorcyclist's death

A 31-year-old Hesperia woman was taken into custody on Oct. 4 on manslaughter charges. Police believe that she is responsible for causing a 29-year-old motorcyclist's death that occurred at the intersection of Cottonwood Avenue and Main Street on Sept. 12 right before 7:50 p.m.

When police and paramedics arrived at the scene that evening, they found the motorcyclist lying next to his Harley Davidson motorcycle with serious injuries. The motorist who had allegedly caused the crash had reportedly taken off in their car.

A DUI on an Electric Bird or Lime Scooter is still a DUI

Riding drunk on an electric scooter is not only against the law, it is also extremely dangerous for everyone involved. Age 28, Nicholas Kauffroath was convicted of DUI for a blood alcohol level over three times the legal limit while riding an electric scooter. Kauffroath was apprehended by LAPD after knocking down a 64 year old pedestrian in West Los Angeles. Fortunately, the victim only suffered an abrasion on the knee; however, the injuries could have been significantly worse for both parties.

Green-Marked Bike Lanes Continue to Expand in Santa Monica

Santa Monica continues to expand the mileage of green bike lanes with upcoming street renovations. Two major projects in particular, 17th street and Michigan Avenue look to improve bicyclist safety as well as pedestrian safety. High visibility green bike lanes will be added as well as lighting to improve twilight and nighttime visibility of pedestrians. These improvements work in tandem with the Vision Zero initiative to eliminate all traffic fatalities as well as protect the increased number of pedestrians along 17th street and Michigan Avenue. These projects have yet to be finalized and construction will ideally commence in 2020.

Second E-Scooter Fatality in the Month of September

Following Lime's announcement of facilitating 11 million rides to its shared scooter userbase, a Washington D.C. man was killed while riding a Lime electric scooter in Dupont Circle. He was struck by an SUV and had to be extricated from the undercarriage of the vehicle following the accident. After sustaining life threatening and critical injuries, the victim passed away. Following the incident, DC Fire and EMS posted a short video of the extraction in progress.

Left-turn accidents are what motorcyclists fear most

One of the scariest occurrences that motorcyclists hope will never happen to them is for a motorist to make a left turn out in front of them. When this occurs, it often results in fatal consequences. There are proactive measures that motorcyclists can take to avoid these types of crashes, though.

Perhaps the best course of action that a motorcyclist can take to avoid this type of crash is to constantly scan traffic for potential motorists in opposing lanes that may make a left turn right in front of them.

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