Dr. Road Rage

The doctor who purposefully slammed on his brakes in front of two cyclists, causing serious injury to both riders, is being tried in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on one felony count of “reckless driving causing injury” and two felony counts of “battery with serious injury”.

In a statement to police, Dr. Christopher Thompson claimed he was “tired of cyclists” on Mandeville Canyon Road, so he used his car to “teach them a lesson”. Apparently this wasn’t the first time Thompson used his car as a weapon. In a similar incident this summer, Thompson nearly ran down Patrick Watson and his friend as they were riding on the same road.

Thompson is currently free on bail and is to be arraigned January 15.

The Full Story in the LA Times

A Message to Motorists #6

Dear Motorist,

I’m sure you’ve heard of it – it’s called the doppler effect. And you’ve undoubtedly experienced it when an emergency vehicle passed by with its siren blaring and the pitch and timbre of the sound changed as the vehicle approached and then receded away.

When you yell at cyclists from your automobile, the same thing happens; your voice is distorted as you pass by. The effect would actually be quite humorous if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s dangerous and distracting to startle a fellow road user for no good reason. It’s one thing to startle someone due to an accidental slip-up or lapse in concentration, but it’s something altogether different to startle someone for entertainment or to impress your friends. Doing so is rude, dangerous, and possibly even illegal if it leads to an accident.

Next time, please think twice before yelling something out of your car window at a cyclist — it makes you look silly and immature, and the cyclist has no idea what you’re saying anyway.

Thanks from all of us bike riders, some of whom may be your friends, neighbors, or loved ones.

12 Hours in Photos

I was invited to participate in a fun project called “12 Hours in Photos”. Here’s how it works. On an agreed upon day, the participants each capture moments throughout their day, spaced as close to one hour intervals as possible, and post them to a shared blog. The latest event took place this past Friday, 12/12/08 (I had to shoot my photos on the 13th due to a schedule conflict).

From the “12 Hours” website:

A picture an hour, for 12 hours, from people all over the place. Many of you know that this comes right from FGG and their 24hrs of Fixed Gear Gallery Forum. They did a project where different people would take pictures of their day one hour apart. Regardless of whether or not it was about bikes. Just a series of pictures to share little parts of your day.

View my photos
12 Hours in Photos

Under the Pale Moonlight

Bike Burrito

Photo © Russ Roca

From the Bike Burrito Blog:

I needed work, he needed a tool roll. He had the idea and I had the skills to carry it out.

Russ Roca and I/Jayme have been working for only a few weeks on the Bike Burrito and it’s proven to be quite a success.

We wanted to create a product that has classic aesthetics while also being durable and functional. Each Bike Burrito is handmade one-by-one in a spare bedroom in Long Beach, California.

Although we do not condone the consumption of Bike Burritos, we will not hesitate to post pictures of such attempts for documentary purposes.

It looks pretty tasty! I mean, what’s not to love about a plaid burrito? :-)

Bike Burrito

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EcoVelo on Facebook

I’m so late to the party on this one it’s kinda’ silly, but I finally joined Facebook. You’re hereby officially invited to add me as a friend. I also set-up an EcoVelo group – it’s an inauspicious start, but please feel free to join the group and we’ll see where it goes.

Alan on Facebook
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