Repeat hit-and-run driver gets 31 years for killing Riverside cyclist, and Los Angeles City Council votes to ban outdoor bike repair
It’s more like that.
A California judge has eliminated a wave of one-man hit-and-runs by sentencing a 35-year-old man with a lengthy criminal record to 31 years behind bars.
Steven Allen Watson Jr. was convicted of the Riverside hit and run that killed cyclist Brian Sabel, as well as another hit and run 21 months later that left a 56-year-old woman walking with a cane.
He served time for car theft in between – just one of his 17 other felony convictions, as well as three misdemeanors.
Watson will have to serve at least 85% of that sentence before he is eligible for parole, which means he will be at least 61 when he is released.
Hopefully he won’t be allowed to drive once he is.
Photo by Sora Shimazaki from Pexels.
The Los Angeles City Council voted 10 to 4 to draft an ordinance banning the repair or sale of bicycles on city streets.
The ordinance aims to put an end to the bike shops that have proliferated in plain sight in the city, contributing to the wave of bike thefts.
However, it would also criminalize legitimate bike repair services for homeless residents and prevent them from earning a modest income by fixing and selling abandoned bikes.
Hopefully the city attorney’s office will find a way to separate the baby that stops the criminal activity without stopping other legal activity.
But I wouldn’t count on it.
That 2.7 earthquake in Silver Lake yesterday was probably just the shock of drivers who discovered that Riverside Drive in Los Angeles is on a road diet (scroll down).
A half-mile stretch of one of the two northbound lanes between Glendale and Los Feliz Blvds will be removed to calm traffic and make room for protected bike lanes on either side.
You can only imagine the shockwaves that would have resulted if they also attempted to remove parking spaces.
NBC’s LX site chats with the founders of the East Side Riders Bike Club about using bikes to get through gangs and stop the cycle of hunger and violence.
As a child, East Side Riders Bike Club co-founder John Jones III learned there were lines he couldn’t cross in the Watts, Los Angeles neighborhood. Today, he and his organization — co-founded by his father — regularly cycle through these gangs to deliver meals to anyone struggling with homelessness or food insecurity.
Unfortunately, I can’t embed this one.
But take a few minutes to click on the link and watch the video. And see how bikes can do more than just take you from here to there.
These might just be the best six minutes of your day.
They get it.
When you start using other means of transportation, you see how much space is wasted by our car-dominated planning and design. Cool video here of skateboarders in LA showing how all that concrete has huge untapped value to the community if it’s just for cars. https://t.co/6VL9sMvgpv
– Friends of the Metro Branch Trail (@MetBranchTrail) February 8, 2022
Guess how Monterey’s leading bike advocacy organization operates.
And no, I don’t know the answer either. But after years of working on a shoestring budget myself, I can guess.
As of 2009, https://t.co/KHbnACrEcw is free to #Amazon affiliate links and ALL pay-per-clicks. Founder’s work on the site & all #Ride a bike #Monterey projects is done as an unpaid volunteer. Contributors make a difference in what can be accomplished! Guess the total contributions in 2021.
— Monterey Bike 🚲💚🌎#ActOnClimate (@BikeMonterey) February 9, 2022
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes continues..
A Canadian truck driver has been fired after he was caught pushing a cyclist out of the way with the grille of his tractor-trailer, as a group of cyclists apparently tried to stop him from joining the protests of the countries against vax mandates.
“Freedom” includes the ability to use your massive vehicle as a weapon without consequence. Does this professional truck drive? Are it the truckers who are asking for help?
—Anthony Floyd (@AnthonyFloyd) February 6, 2022
No bias here. the irish time reviews a Czech-made Toyota SUV from the perspective that “cities aren’t so hospitable to the motor car anymore,” so you need a “rugged off-roader to survive the scorn and sarcastic remarks of cyclists”. And the overhead view puts drivers at eye level with cyclists and pedestrians, “so you can look your attackers in the eye”. Not really.
No bias here either. A BBC host has come under fire for discussing recent bike-friendly and pedestrian-friendly changes to the country’s traffic laws by asking guests a series of very angled questions about why they hate cyclists.
But sometimes it’s people on two wheels who misbehave.
Police in Manchester, England, arrested 30 cyclists for blowing through red lights in just 90 minutes, joining a growing list of UK cities cracking down on riders at red lights.
You can now visit the previously fenced Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve with bike racks on your next ride on the Ballona Creek Bike Trail. For those of you outside of LA – and some inside – it’s pronounced bi-yoh-na.
Pasadena Now speaks with State Senator Anthony J. Portantino about his new bill to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians by requiring local communities to map the serious injury network and engage to repair it within 15 years.
Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin has been named head of the California State Transportation Agency, aka CalSTA, after less than two and a half years on the job; he is credited with shifting the state’s transportation agency’s focus from widening freeways to building complete streets. Which means Governor Newsom needs to appoint someone to pursue this change.
San Marco opens a new two-way protected bike path in ten days.
Streets For All is partnering with the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition on a new Twitter-based accident tracker, which will tweet real-time information about bicycle and pedestrian accidents in San Diego. You can follow the one year Los Angeles version here.
San Diego will settle a lawsuit filed by an injured cyclist for $1.3 million, to compensate for the severe facial injuries he suffered when he ran over his bike due to a broken sidewalk in the Rancho Peñasquitos neighborhood . Just the latest in a series of multi-million dollar settlements due to the city’s damaged sidewalks.
It is also with him that we share the road. Weeks after Elon Musk dubiously claimed that no Tesla using the full self-driving beta had had an accident in two years, a San Jose YouTuber filmed his car crashing into a bollard of a protected bike lane, moments after she turned on a red light. whoops.
Streetsblog says Berkeley ripped out a section of a new protected bike path in front of a hospital, alleging the medical center lied about not being able to get oxygen deliveries.
Prism says efforts to make U.S. cities more bike-friendly are hampered by excessive policing of black and brown cyclists, as well as poor infrastructure in low-income areas.
This is the cost of road violence. american olympian Colby Stevenson won silver in the Big Air Men’s Freeskiafter spending five years struggling to recover from a near-fatal car accident caused when he fell asleep at the wheel.
consumer reports offers advice on how to choose a children’s bicycle helmet.
the New York Times Cable Cutter asks if it’s a bad idea to buy a Peloton right now, when the company is laying off 2,800 employees in response to falling stock prices. But at least their severance packages include free fitness classes.
Cyclists in Sioux City, Iowa, are counting on the city to expand its bike network, which is currently limited to just one bike path.
A new petition calls for an anti-door ordinance, after a North Carolina man was killed when a driver opened his car door in front of his bike. And as we mentioned last week, the local press immediately implicated the victim.
A heartbreaking story even worse, as the Florida woman who died when a drawbridge opened as she crossed her bike has been identified as a 79-year-old woman. The obvious question is why isn’t there someone or something in place to watch people so this doesn’t happen? Thanks to Mike Burk and Edward Rubinstein for the heads-up.
There’s a special place in hell for the driver who fled the scene after hitting a Florida boy, even though he wasn’t hurt.
It is with him that we share the road. After an Englishman drove a company van into the back of another car, his boss checked the video in the cabin and watched him drink champagne straight from the bottle and roll a cigarette while driving without hands.
A British MP has broken his arm when he fell off his bicycle on his way to Parliament.
An Indian writer says better cycling policies, combined with designing cities to better support the working class, could help the country pedal towards a more sustainable future.
A photographer catches a Pakistani street vendor walking on a bicycle loaded with wooden stools.
You’re kidding. A New Zealand driver is appealing his conviction for injuring a bicycle lawyer and totaling $7,000 on his bike because he was not told the lawyer had a previous drunk driving conviction. Which has nothing to do with why he was riding the bike or why the driver hit him.
Seven-time Grand Tour winner Chris Froome now has his own line of cycling apparel, including a $95 t-shirt and $220 hoodie. Uh, I’ll pass, thank you.
Dutch pro Tom Dumoulin was filmed sketching a truck with a few of his teammates during practice, and internet commentators weren’t kind.
That feeling when you drive F1 for a living and still prefer to cycle in the rain than spend 20 minutes in traffic. Who doesn’t need $1,100 titanium fenders on their bike?
And discover all the colors of the WorldTour team kit in 46 seconds.
2022 Pro Cycling Team Colors (Abstract Retro Style) 🚴♂️🚴♀️🎨 pic.twitter.com/2uhYrjVUiG
— the assets of professional cycling (@procycletrumps) February 8, 2022
Be safe and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.