Today I named a Bridge

I decided it was time to load up my lungs with smoke while there was still some around, so I went for a longish bike ride. Along the way I came to the new bike/horse bridge over the LA River. I decided it can only be called The Finger.

The Los Angeles River bridge to Glendale.
I give you The Finger.

The bridge isn’t quite open yet, so I didn’t get to finger The Finger. I look forward to future Finger fingerings. Maybe they’ll build four more and we can get the whole hand.

This was my wacky ride, in case you’re curious. It features lots of overlap and crisscrossing.

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I Love My Bike – My Bike Tolerates Me

I’m really good about finding reasons not to ride my bike. Rain, a cold, a thing for work that has to be done by the morning, whatever; if there’s a reason not to ride, I usually take it. And that’s dumb, because I love riding my bike. I love it so much that I set up a special blog just for recording when I ride. Now I’m trying to ride more, and I’m trying to put most of my online self here. So, bike posts get posted here and mixed into everything else. Whee!

Here’s today’s ride: short, hot, and slow. Just like me!

Map of today's bike ride.
18 miles, 13 mph. Like lightning! Like really slow lightning!

Tomorrow, riding gets more difficult. Daylight Saving Time ends, which means sunset shows up around five, and riding in the dark on Los Angeles streets can be spooky. And winter is coming, so cold and rain are on the way.

See? Excuses.

But I do plan to ride more at least until the next Ciclavia. It’s right by my old neighborhood, so I feel obligated to ride it (and ride to it). I hope it doesn’t rain.

Bicyclist-Killing Driver Gets 90 Years

Driver who hit, killed bicyclists sentenced to 90 years

While there is some satisfaction in finally seeing a person who killed and injured bicyclists, It’s frustrating that it takes a crime as horrific as killing two people, injuring many more, and then getting caught laughing about the testimony for some form of justice for the riders and their families to be meted out. Far too many of these killings end with an “oh, well.” In this month alone, three people on bikes were killed in a one week period, and I’d bet a nickel that the worst anyone gets is a suspended license. I don’t really think even that weak punishment will happen.

I teach in Burbank. A student at my school was hit while riding her bike. The driver watched while the kid pulled herself and her bike out from under the car. The driver got in her car claiming she was calling the kid’s parent, then drove off. A fellow teacher who is a hardcore rider got knocked down riding his bike in a bike lane on a main street in Burbank. The driver got away with it. That’s two people I know who were ridinging completely legally and nearly got killed in the last six months.

Have you ever seen a ghost bike? They look like this:

Ghost Bike with sign "A Cyclist Was Killed Here"
Image source: https://rvamag.com/news/community/a-ghost-bike-memorials-removal-and-what-it-means-for-the-community.html

I’m pretty careful when I ride, but Los Angeles roads are not built for me. A lot of Los Angeles drivers believe that getting to their destination a few minutes faster is more important than me getting to my destination alive. Watch for ghost bikes. Watch for me so I don’t become a ghost bike.