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.
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.
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.
Just last year, a study published in a bicycling magazine referred to Los Angeles as being one of the worst cities for biking in the entire United States. The data that researchers reviewed before reaching that conclusion is staggering.
If you visit any densely populated downtown district in the U.S., you'll notice that you can rent electronic scooters right there from the sidewalk. These often don't come with helmets and there's no one there to check to see if you know how to ride one. All that the companies renting them care about is getting your money. This is perhaps one of the reasons that these e-scooter injuries are quickly approximating bicycle ones in Los Angeles.
A freak accident between a passenger vehicle and a bicyclist in Pacific Palisades has left the bicyclist in an area hospital fighting for their life.
When a motorist strikes a bicyclist, you'll often hear that they did so because they didn't see them. Although bike riders can make themselves more visible to motorists by wearing brightly-colored clothes and by taking other measures, they often fail to do so. This causes them to easily blend in with their surroundings or into the night.
If you ask a bicyclist about how many times that they've had a close call or full-out crash while riding their bike in Los Angeles, they'll likely tell you that it's happened more than once before. While they may have walked away unscathed from most of them, they'll probably say how at least one crashes left them with severe injuries. They may all tell different stories about what they did after being struck.
Sometimes, drivers who do not exactly appreciate sharing the road with cyclists will question why they do not ride on the sidewalks and stay off of the road entirely. In some cases, they'll ask this as if they believe the cyclists are in the wrong.
In recent years, there's been an increase in the installation of bike lanes in cities across the United States. Many nonprofits have long advocated for them as a way to reduce bikers' fears of becoming involved in crashes. There are some things that motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists could stand to learn about how to use them more effectively though.