Six Weeks after a motorist attempted to kill a cyclist in a Beverly Hills alley, “the public leads have dried up,” BHPD Lt. Hoshimo told us today. Aside from a second video and even a third (all posted on the BHPD vimeo page) there are no further developments. “It’s still under investigation,” he said. Seen the car? Know of a “male/Middle Eastern or White, mid 30’s with dark hair and dark eyes with a thin build” behind the wheel?
Now, we’re no investigators, but if this guy was driving through Beverly Hills on Wednesday about 5 pm, chances are he works or commutes through here. And several modestly distinctive aspects of the car do stand out. Described by the BHPD as a 2008 white BMW 328i, to our eyes it looks just like a 2013 model (below). And that looks like a temp registration paper in the passenger-side windshield. Maybe this car has been recently registered.
Second, how many BMWs registered here are white? How many of them are purchased without the optional moonroof? Then there’s the somewhat generic black-rimmed license plate frame. It looks empty, like it’s awaiting an actual plate. Maybe it is a new car. And last, there is a white object in front of the driver on the dashboard. Could that be an EZ pass for the toll lanes?
Unfortunately, the police waited three weeks to broadcast their alert, meaning that witnesses who might remember details about the car or driver from the original altercation that prompted this assault have gone untapped – and those potential leads gone cold, as Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said. Did anything here jog the memory? Give Det. Eric Hyon at the BHPD a call at 310-285-2156.
Beverly Hills Police Department have issued a media advisory yesterday concerning a vehicular assault occurring April 3rd 23rd at 5pm in an alley off the 9000 block of Wilshire. ‘Road rage’ hardly does this justice: in a continuation of a prior argument (in which the rider struck the motorist), the motorist actually doubles back to run head-on into the rider and pin him against a dumpster. With the rider hanging on to the door, the motorist then drives in reverse to dislodge the rider. You have to see it to believe it.
City of West Hollywood had an opportunity to include bicycle lanes as part of the city’s reconstruction of the section of LaBrea Avenue that it controls, but instead of locking-in a key facility for safer cycling, City Council opted for a median, saying that until City of LA completes its own bike facilities on LaBrea…. That’s not satisfactory. Those who use LaBrea by bicycle shouldn’t have to look ahead to a future battle with nearby shop owners over parking in order to retrofit a bicycle lane at some point. City Council had that opportunity today. A median or a bicycle lane: which benefits you when you ride to shops on and around LaBrea?
Here’s a news item! City Council on November 13th is scheduled to hear two bike-related items. First in the afternoon study session, Public Works & Transportation will present for councilmember consideration a bicycle rack program. Then in the evening formal session, Council will discuss specific improvements to be made to two city streets under the newly-approved Bike Route Pilot Program.
Horace Mann on Wednesday evening hosted a PTA-organized forum intended to jump start a community conversation about making city streets near our schools safer and more bike-friendly for children and parents. The forum was organized by current Horace Mann PTA president Jeffrey Grijalva and past President Howard Goldstein and moderated by Horace Mann parent Jeffrey Courion, who is an advocate for building community the old-fashioned way: by walking our streets and running errands by bicycle.
Join Walk-n-Rollers founder and Culver City Bicycle Coalition co-founder Jim Shanman for a Westside ride to celebrate Carmageddon! By hook and by crook (and in record time) Jim has pulled together a massive ride by reeling in a handful of local bike organizations to juice the lemon that is Carmageddon into lemonade for cyclists and bike-curious folks. Usually turned off by vehicular mayhem? Mark your calendar for clear streets on Saturday, September 29th!
We’ve already noted the coming bike events in Long Beach: the Alliance Leadership Retreat, the ProWalk/Pro Bike conference, and the National Women’s Bicycling Summit 2012. And that’s just the first two weeks of September! Looking ahead, Rail-volution, the movement to develop livable communities with transit, comes to Los Angeles for the 2012 conference from October 14-17th. Local host Metro and the national organization partner to highlight best practices and case examples and in every way shine a light on the path to sustainable urban transportation. You won’t find a better overview than what’s on offer here.
We’ve got our press pass to the 17th Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference taking place from September 10th to 13th in Long Beach – the region’s unlikely reigning capital of bike facilities. We’ll be no wallflower by the refreshment table. Instead we will prowl the corridors to talk to advocates, planners, engineers, officials, and public health professionals who create communities friendly to walking and cycling. And we won’t be wearing our Better Bike cap. Look for us in headphones on the hunt for some tape for an upcoming Bike Talk podcast.
Where to Bike Los Angeles authors Sarah Amelar and Jon Riddle visited Kill Radio at Beverly & Vermont for this past weekend’s Bike Talk. Have a look at the show notes for the audio. Published just this year, Where to Bike LA is an essential cycling companion that folds 51 adult rides, 30 kids rides, and many must-see sights into a user-friendly, spiral bound volume just packed with great maps cover to cover. Have a look at the eye candy!
After an afternoon spent discussing the Bike Route Pilot Program yesterday, Beverly Hills City Council got an earful from about twenty cyclists about poor safety on city streets. Don (@WolfpackHustle) Ward tapped cyclists from as far away as Panorama City and Bell Gardens to remind councilmembers that our city has an obligation to make roads accessible to all users regardless of mode. Putting a fine point on it were two hit-and-run victims, neither of whom found justice here because police didn’t dig deep enough.
The National Conference of State Legislatures recently posted a handy little map and table that surveys safe passing laws across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. And boy do those laws vary! The patchwork highlights how state law can and does affect the rider’s reasonable expectation of safety. But the laws also suggest a longer-term challenge: in many states, no law at all exists to guide drivers on safe passing. And the prevailing 3-foot standard is a low bar with a slim margin of safety in practice. This challenges California to do better. While we could emulate the best of them, the numbers suggest it more likely we’ll simply fall in with the average.
Though Beverly Hills Dept. of Public Works has been adamant over the past year about NOT fixing Santa Monica Boulevard until fully reconstructed (sometime in 2015), the corridor got some much-needed care when a crew came out today to lay down some new blacktop. Regular riders remember how the hazards compromise travel for them while offering motorists a nice ride (at right). Finally cyclists may enjoy this segment too. And it’s gratifying to see something finally happen here after hearing no, no, no to our pleas for help. Perhaps it comes just in time to prevent a car-bike collision, but not too soon for the pileup just last week on this spot after a westbound driver braked hard upon approaching … Continue reading
The Beverly Hills Traffic & Parking Commission on Thursday morning will review a staff proposal for new bicycle racks and a rack-on-request program. This is the latest step in moving ahead on the installation of new bike racks since about twenty racks were installed in the business triangle many years ago as part of a beautification effort. Outside of the triangle, though, the city has not installed a single rack. With bike racks finally back on the city agenda, we look at what’s proposed.
We dropped by the Kill Radio studio this weekend to catch Montebello Bicycle Coalition rocking the mic for a Bastille Day edition of Bike Talk. The theme fit: MBC is bringing revolutionary change to this car-centric suburb in southeast Los Angeles County. Organizers Manual Zavala, Cynthia Cruz, Elsa Suzy Greno & Joel remind us that the faces of bike advocacy will be young and brown – a shift in the advocacy winds like a late-season Santa Ana gust from inland!