Bike riding, whether you use it to get to work here in Los Angeles or it's something you do for pleasure on the weekends, can be dangerous. Few bike riders go unscathed. Scrapes, cuts and bruises are a given. Broken bones are also common. Concussions sadly happen more often than you may expect too. Many bikers who experience the latter never seem to give themselves enough time to recuperate.
On June 25, Burbank City Council members met to discuss progress being made on the Complete Streets Plan. The lawmakers expect that pedestrian and bicyclist safety will be improved once this plan has been implemented in the city.
Whether they live in Los Angeles or somewhere else throughout California, one thing that bicyclists fear most is being struck by an automobile. One type of crash that concerns bike riders the most is a rear-end accident. These are scary because bicyclists often don't see them coming. There are steps that they can take reduce their chances of becoming involved in a bike crash in the first place though.
A bicyclist was struck and killed by a truck driver in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles on May 31. That hit-and-run motorist who caused the crash fled the scene after the fatal accident occurred. On June 3, a spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) had announced that they'd identified the trucker involved in the accident. They noted that they'd been in contact with him.
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.
A bicyclist was struck and killed while riding their bike in the Central-Alameda neighborhood of Los Angeles on the evening of May 9.
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.