Today’s Headlines

  • The Wilshire CicLAvia should be the most walkable ever — including walk-only zones (KNBC)
  • Who are you calling fat? LA ranks 29th out of 50 cities for fitness (LA Weekly)
  • LA County Bicycle Coalition to help Huntington Park develop a bicycle master plan (LA Wave)
  • The second former President Bush rides bikes with wounded vets (HuffPo)
  • Which, depending on your politics, shows biking can be cool — unless you’re a teenage girl (Care2)
  • No surprise here, as lawsuit filed over plans to move LAX runway (LAT)
  • 17-year old Newport Beach driver who killed all five in his car didn’t have a license (Daily Breeze)
  • He was also driving over 100 mph, but NB mayor says they can’t do anything about speeds (LAT)
  • WeHo begins LaBrea makeover next month, but don’t hold your breath for bike lanes (Curbed)
  • Bicycling is on the rise, but not without risks, especially in the Latino community (Voice of OC)
  • Major oops. Chula Vista motorcycle cop injured by texting, newly licensed driver (Union-Tribune)
  • Daily Carnage: Driver faces murder charge for killing pedestrian during police chase (KCBS)
  • Daily Carnage 2: Maybe it’s not so smart to practice motorcycle riding on the roof (Shanghaiist)
  • Fund for fallen Pasadena cyclist Chris (Cono) Contreras reaches 2/3 of its goal (GoFundMe)
  • And this, more than anything else, is why it matters (Cycling in the South Bay)

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  • michael macdonald

    “We can’t simply change the speed limits because we believe they’re unsafe,” [Newport Beach Mayor] Curry said in a phone message Wednesday. “We have to set them in accordance with state law. Otherwise, we can’t write enforceable tickets.”

    Can someone explain to me what the mayor is referencing? Is he talking about the time frame to change speed limits or an inability to change speed limits altogether?

  • HighNoon

    By state law speed limits are required to be set per the 85th percentile observed speed on a given street. In other words, if the 85th percentile travel at a speed of 46 mph, the posted speed limit for that street would be 45 mph in order to be able to enforce the posted speed limit. If the speed on that street is based on the speed survey, a city can’t just say we think it should be 35 instead of 45 so we are going with 35. City’s are required to conduct speed surveys every 5-7 years to monitor changes in speed.

  • michael macdonald

    Thanks.

  • VA Bicycling Fed.

    Someone should mention that cities can do physical traffic calming to reduce speeds — ultimately more effective. That the 85th percentile law practically requires this may even be a good thing. The problem is there are still more motorheads complaining to politicians than pedestrians..