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Archive for June, 2011

Car in hit-and-run traced to Palmdale

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

According to BikinginLA, there’s a BOLO alert for the car involved in the hit-and-run death of Alex Romero in Canoga Park in April.

Authorities have identified the car used to flee the scene after killing Romero in a high-speed collision, and traced it first to Palmdale, then San Pedro before losing track of it. As a result, you’re urged to be on the lookout for the following vehicle —

SUSPECT VEHICLE:

2003 TOYOTA COROLLA 4 DOOR, LIGHT GRY OR SILVER

LIC PLATE: 5FCA061

(REGISTERED TO ADDRESS IN PORTER RANCH)

MISSING RIGHT SIDE MIRROR & FRONT EMBLEM, DAMAGE TO RIGHT PORTION OF WINDSHIELD, AND POSSIBLE FRONT GRILL DAMAGE

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Valley Traffic Detective Krajchir, at (818) 644-8034. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting the word “TIPLA” and the message to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. Tipsters may also go to www.lacrimestoppers.org, click on “Submit a Tip” and follow the prompts.

Safe Streets Northridge reports that the driver first fled to Palmdale and then to San Pedro.

If anyone here in the Antelope Valley knows anything about this case, please call Valley Traffic Detective Krajchir, at (818) 644-8034.

During non-business hours or on weekends, call 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) if you wish to remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers can also be texted, using the word “TIPLA” and addressing the message to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. Or go to www.lacrimestoppers.org, click on “Submit a Tip” and follow the prompts.

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Be Designated a Bicycle Friendly Business

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Did you know that the League of American Bicyclsts not only encourages cities to become Bicycle Friendly through their Bicycle Friendly Communities program, but also has a program for Bicycle Friendly Businesses?

Businesses that are bicycle friendly can be considered for the August 2011 Bicycle Friendly Business designation by submitting an application on or before July 8, 2011. The next application deadline will be in January 2012.

Why would an Antelope Valley business want to apply for Bicycle Friendly status?

  • Employees who are encouraged to bike commute perform better at their jobs. They’re energized and more alert.
  • Employees who lead active lifestyles have lower costs for health care.
  • There is less absenteeism when the workforce is healthy.
  • Promoting bicycling is socially responsible.
  • Bicycle friendly businesses attract and retain employees.
  • Bicycle friendly businesses attract bicycling clientele and customers.
  • The City of Lancaster is developing a new bike plan and local businesses should be actively involved in the process. Local businesses will benefit from increased traffic from the cycling public.

Visit LAB’s Bicycle Friendly Business page to read the criteria for consideration, download and submit an application, receive technical assistance, and find out what kind of visibility your business will receive from the Bicycle Friendly Business Award,

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Lancaster Bike Plan Workshop, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The City of Lancaster is developing a new Bike and Pedestrian plan on which much progress has been made at previous meetings and walk audits.

A Public Workshop with updates on the plan and asking for more input from the public will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Mariposa School, 737 West Avenue H-6, Lancaster.

The flyer about this and other upcoming events in Lancaster says:

Come review recommendations for bikeway and pedestrian improvements, and learn more about safe bicycling and walking in your neighborhood.

According to Elma Watson, Assistant Planner for the City of Lancaster:

Ryan Snyder will present the status of the planning process, with a focus on the Draft Recommended Bikeways, Trails, Pedestrian, and ADA improvements. These maps contain the information gathered from the workshops last fall and we want to continue to solicit the community for their input to further improve the Master Plan for Trails and Bikeways.

Not only do we want you to join us at our upcoming workshop, but we also want you to help us spread the word. Ask your friends, family, co-workers or club members to come with you to our workshop…this effects road safety and connectivity for all!

I understand that a contingent from the Cycology ride will be riding to Mariposa School for the workshop. I’m planning to ride there myself.

Please be there and let your voice be heard about the bikeway improvements you’d like to see funded and implemented in Lancaster!

Don’t forget: Wednesday night, June 29, 2011, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Mariposa School, 737 West Avenue H-6, Lancaster.

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What’s wrong with this bike rack?

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I rode over to the Vons and Rite-Aid located at 30th St West and Rancho Vista Blvd this morning to get a few items I needed, including the ingredients for making homemade veggie pizza tonight. There is no bike parking at the Vons, but there is a bike rack near the Rite-Aid.

Rite-Aid bike rack

Bike rack at Rite-Aid and Vons

While I appreciate that there is bike parking at all at the shopping center, what is wrong with this bike rack that’s provided?

According to the Bicycle Parking Guidelines [PDF] published by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals:

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Byrd’s bird

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Though she never got a chance to learn to ride a bike, my friend Byrd Ehlmann was enthusiastic about me riding, and wanted to take a class that C.I.C.L.E. offers for adults who didn’t start biking as children. Sadly, she passed away before she could fulfill that desire.

Byrd had a huge love for life. She treasured life in all its myriad forms and loved nature. Living without a car, she wrote about her neighborhood walks and the beauty of what she saw along them.

Not long before she left us, my husband expressed to Byrd his concern about the birds who were nesting on a precarious ledge on our veranda. He had just finished cleaning up the remains of the 3rd or 4th egg he found that had fallen out of the nest. He was disturbed by the loss of life and didn’t want to see it happen again.

Of course, Byrd said, “You MUST build them a bird house!” Not “you should” or “you could,” but “you MUST!”

Sarge didn’t hesitate. In the spot where the birds had built their nest, he put together a sturdy house for them to nest in.

For 3 years, the bird house sat empty. That is, until this month. One day, when I looked out onto the veranda — lo and behold! A bird sitting inside the house!

Byrd's bird

It’s as if Byrd is still here on our veranda, not just in our hearts.

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High Desert Cyclists meeting tonight

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Don’t miss the monthly meeting of the High Desert Cyclists at 7 pm this evening (06/20/2011). It’s going to be at Nick’s Pizzeria, 43755 15th Street West, Lancaster. Nick’s is located at the center of the -L- in the High Desert Medical Center shopping center.

I’m sure a topic of discussion will be joining up with Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to further the cause of cycling in the Antelope Valley.

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Elaine Macdonald’s photos from the team time trials

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Elaine Macdonald sent in some great pictures she photographed at the SCNCA Team Time Trial Championships last Saturday.

Warming up (photo by Elaine Macdonald)


Lining up for registration (photo by Elaine Macdonald)


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SCNCA Team Time Trail Championships held in Lake LA 06/11/2011

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Members of the AV High Desert Cyclists got up early Saturday morning to volunteer at the Southern California Nevada Cycling Association Team Time Trial Championships which were held in Lake Los Angeles.

The weather was perfect, clear and sunny with mild temperatures and light wind.

Kevin Walsh directs cyclists around a corner

Race Director for the Team Time Trials is Marty Brown of Team Velosports. Marty’s wife Jane Brown had the busy job of registering hundreds of participants.

There were many different categories (see SCNCA website for details), including teams of 4 and 2, all male, all female, and mixed teams.

Jane Brown registers participants

Everything went off without a hitch and everyone seemed to have a great time. The only problem that occurred was an extra-friendly young pit bull that wandered onto the course until Jane corralled her and put her on a leash. She sat quietly in the shade under the registration table after that, keeping out of the path of cyclists and cars.

A woman cyclist speeds by

Results will be posted on the SCNCA website.

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LanCoaster Ride 06/08/2011

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

After meeting with with Paul Avila and Jennifer Klausner yesterday, I rode on up from Quartz Hill to Lancaster City Hall for the June LanCoaster Ride.

At least 100+ riders came out to ride, despite the wind. These were riders of all level. There was almost every type of bike imaginable, including an old-fashioned Penny-farthing.

Rich Bartlett leading May's LanCoaster Ride

We rode throughout the City of Lancaster, riding on side streets, the little-known Avenue K-8 bike path, and even Sierra Highway. As the ride continued, people on the street gave us thumbs-up and asked us what we were riding for. “Fun!” several riders called out.

As it turned dark, our white front lights, red back lights, and multi-colored wheel side lights illuminated the night. Sorry I didn’t get a photo of that.

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AV High Desert Cyclists joining forces with LACBC

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Paul Avila, president of the Antelope Valley High Desert Cyclists, and I rode from Palmdale to the Sagebrush Cafe in Quartz Hill yesterday afternoon to meet with Jennifer Klausner, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

Jennifer Klausner and Paul Avila

AV High Desert Cyclists voted at our May meeting to become a component organization of the LACBC. We met with Jennifer as part of that process.

Jennifer was warm, open, and extremely knowledgeable on bicycle advocacy issues and understanding of the particular conditions that cyclists live with every day in the AV. We discussed how joining forces will benefit both organizations.

Some of the things we talked about included high speed limits on AV arterial streets, lack of wide outside lanes, streets that are wide on one side and narrow on the other, opportunities for motorist and cyclist education, and outreach efforts to cyclists and the community at large.

We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.

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