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Although crime is dropping in Los Angeles, there is one glaring exception: bicycle thefts, which rose 29 percent last year, it was reported Friday.

Nearly 2,000 bikes were reported stolen last year, and authorities believe the actual number of thefts was much higher because so many people don't report stolen bikes, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives believe the increase is due in part to more people using bikes to get around in some neighborhoods. A Times analysis of LAPD data found the USC campus area, Venice, parts of Hollywood and downtown L.A. to be hot spots for bike thefts.

LAPD detectives recently broke up a downtown bicycle theft ring and nabbed two men who allegedly swiped bikes downtown and sold them on Craigslist.com, The Times reported. At the motel of one of the alleged thieves, they found bolt cutters, hacksaws and a Mercedes-Benz equipped with a bike rack.

Some bike messengers last month took justice into their own hands when they caught two suspected thieves, teenage boys who attended a local Catholic high school, The Times reported. According to police, the messengers stripped down the teens to their boxer shorts before taking their cellphones, backpacks and clothes.

"They meted out street justice. We don't condone street justice. They never threatened them. But they made it clear: don't mess with another person's property," Lt. Paul Vernon told the newspaper. "This incident and the arrests are the tip of the iceberg when comes to people stealing bicycles."

Investigators said they cannot prove the boys were stealing bikes and are continuing to look for the assailants.

Obviously a bogus report....it's craigslist.ORG :lol:
 

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Hang Up & Bike!

Proposed Texting And Cell Phone Fines For Cyclist
Rick Boone FOX40 News
February 22, 2010


DAVIS - How would you like to pay more if your caught talking and driving.

If one lawmaker has his way, the fines could go way up for texting or holding a cell phone to your ear while you drive. Bicyclists would also face the same fines.

State Senator Joe Simitian from Palo Alto is the reason many of us are no longer texting and talking while driving. Now the Senator is proposing to spread the rules to those on bicycles. Right now if your caught you'll face about a 20-buck fine, but that could be increased to $100-dollars.

But Simitian says the legislation has one real purpose - to cut down or delete road distractions. He says "this is an issue of public safety".

The Senator says his laws are working since it started July 1, 2008... the highway patrol has seen a 50-percent drop in distracted driving accidents... And he's hoping if this new bill is passed it will increase those safety numbers drastically.

Still some cyclist believe they'll keep texting, "one hand on the brake...one hand on the phone"...Robert Alverson from Davis says ruling or not it wont affect him. "I've been talking and texting for awhile...it's a habit". But his habit could be broken if the the bill becomes a law in 2O11.
Copyright © 2010, KTXL-TV
 

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Everybody loves to pick on the little guy.

If they don't pick on you, they'll be sure to tell you they're doing you a BIG favour.
 

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You shouldn't be driving or cycling or do anything on the road (including crossing it on foot) while texting. Paying attention is really one of the best and easiest ways to stay alive and also not kill others in the process as well.
 

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OMG Davis!

I lived there for six years. I am not surprised by the reaction of the cyclist in regards to texting while riding. Davis is a college town and many stay after graduation to live to prolong their entry into the world. I use to see people all over town riding and talking on their cell, no helmet pedaling and weaving on their cruiser bikes wearing flip flops with no care in the world. That's ok, everyone else will watch out for you, even the drunken frat boy on a suspended license in his SUV. ;)
 

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EBrider said:
I think riding and texting deserves some kind of award. Impressive stuff.
Yeah- I used to be impressed by the guys who like to peel bananas while riding. That ain`t nuthin` anymore!
 

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Gary the No-Trash Cougar said:
You shouldn't be driving or cycling or do anything on the road (including crossing it on foot) while texting. Paying attention is really one of the best and easiest ways to stay alive and also not kill others in the process as well.
Some people walk, cycle, or drive poorly without distractions. I love the technozombies on iTunes 'phones and texting stepping out into the street as if walking the hall to their bedroom at home. Day of the Electronic Dead. Or soon to be dead? They always have the right of way but what about the poor schmuck who they step right out in front of? They have to live with maimiing or killing for the rest of their lives. Darwinian selection in action?

I have my mind fully occupied trying to keep from getting run over out there. Or hit by a wrong-way cyclist. And avoiding technozombies. Phone? Text? But you can't fix stupid.
 

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Creepy...sounds like he was just riding along...

Cyclist's death ruled homicide
Andy Matarrese
Issue date: 2/25/10 Section: News

Portland [Oregon] Police now consider the death of a cyclist who was run over on Nov. 4 by two cars at North Willamette Boulevard and Hodge Street a homicide, and are asking for the public's help in solving the case.

The victim, 32-year-old musician Kipp Crawford, was seen riding his bicycle eastbound on North Willamette Boulevard at approximately 2:30 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, his bike crashed and he landed in the westbound lane.

According to Detective Bryan Steed, it initially appeared that two drunk drivers killed Crawford.

"During that investigation," Steed said, "information came to light that led us to believe that Mr. Crawford may have been the victim of assault or robbery just prior to having been run over by the cars, which started the homicide investigation."

Evidence at the scene and the lack of other evidence led police to believe he was involved in a robbery or assault before he was hit, Steed said.

Witnesses told police they saw and heard an angry altercation between Crawford and the unidentified suspect, and that the suspect was standing over Crawford as he lay in the middle of the street. Detectives described the suspect as a white male in his 20s.

"This is a tough case. There's very little physical evidence," Steed said, explaining that the fact Crawford was struck by two cars made it impossible to determine whether he was attacked beforehand.

The police, in association with Crime Stoppers, are asking anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in this case to please come forward and contact Crime Stoppers at 503-823-4357 or leave a tip online at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com. They are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for tips that help solve the case.

"It hurts a lot and if anybody has anything to offer, any clues or leads or anything, it would help," said a tearful Vern Crawford, Kipp's father, at a press conference in downtown Portland Feb. 18. "It's not just for us but for his sister and a big circle of friends that he had here."
 

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OK, maybe he wasn't commuting, but...

Bicycle injuries keep Colo. governor in hospital
By STEVEN K. PAULSON (AP) – 2 hours ago

DENVER — Doctors say Gov. Bill Ritter will stay in the hospital for three or four days recovering from broken ribs and a separated shoulder he suffered in a bicycle wreck.

Doctors said he can return to work as soon as he's released from the hospital if he's up to it.

Dr. Carlton Barnett, Ritter's surgeon, said Wednesday the governor suffered six broken ribs and a separated shoulder Tuesday when he ran into another cyclist and tumbled from his bike.

He said the governor is in fair condition at Denver Health Medical Center and will stay there for three or four days to make sure he takes his pain medication and to prevent possible complications, including pneumonia.

The governor is also undergoing rehabilitation, including breathing exercises.

Ritter was one of five bicyclists about 2 1/2 miles north of the governor's mansion shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday when his wheel hit the wheel of a man in front of him. The other cyclist had a minor wrist injury and wasn't hospitalized, according to Ritter's spokesman, Evan Dreyer. Dreyer said the cyclists were going about 15 mph at the time.

None of the other cyclists were identified.

Dreyer said Ritter was still in charge of the state, but it wasn't clear when the governor would be able to return to work. Dreyer said several appointments were turned over Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien, including reading to fourth-graders for the national Read Across America Day.

Kalee Tilli, a Denver paramedic who took Ritter to the hospital in an ambulance, said the governor was sitting on the sidewalk when help arrived, talking with the other cyclists about the accident.

"He was clearly in a lot of pain," she said.

Barnett said Ritter should be well enough to throw out the first pitch on opening day April 9 if the Colorado Rockies invite him.

"He might have to move up closer to home plate," Barnett said.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
 

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Horror day for cyclists after Ambulance Victoria treats 14 in 24 hours

Horror day for cyclists after Ambulance Victoria treats 14 in 24 hours

AAP From: AAP March 04, 2010 6:31AM UPDATE 8.37am:

A CYCLIST has suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a car in Fitzroy this morning, while traffic has come to a standstill around the scene.
The male cyclist, in his 20s, and a car were involved in the collision at the corner of Johnston and Brunswick Streets in Fitzroy.

A witness told 3AW a MICA unit and two other ambulances were on the scene.

The cyclist suffered serious head injuries, and a woman suffered minor injuries to her arm.

Traffic around the area has been brought to a standstill by the accident, with the intersection closed by emergency services.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

The crash comes after a horror 24-hours on Melbourne roads for cyclists, with ambulance officers treating 14 riders in the one day.

A six-year-old boy and an 87-year-old man were among the latest bike riders treated by paramedics, Ambulance Victoria said last night.

The young boy suffered bruising and swelling to his forehead and was taken to Frankston Hospital.

The elderly man called paramedics yesterday after coming off his bike on Tuesday and injuring his leg, Ambulance Victoria said.

The most seriously injured of all the patients was a 48-year-old man who came off his bike onto tram tracks in Commercial Road at Prahran just before 8.30am.

"He struck his head on the road but thankfully was wearing a helmet," intensive care paramedic Rohan Miniken said.

"The man has bruising and swelling to his side and may have fractured some ribs and a has a collapsed lung," he said.

He was taken to The Alfred hospital in a stable condition.

Ambulance Victoria said that last Wednesday paramedics in Melbourne treated six cyclists injured in 24 hours.

from http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/vi...s-14-in-24-hours/story-e6frf7kx-1225836776062
 

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Bus drivers in general are pretty bad (almost as bad as cab drivers), but SF Muni are the worst of all, no doubt. Horribly under qualified for anything even remotely related to transportation. I seriously think that Muni requires drivers to take LSD before starting their work day.

mtbxplorer said:
I'm surprised at the turn this is taking...now even some bike advocate groups are opposing the inclusion of cyclists in the cellphone ban. Even complaining it could reduce cycling...I think any credibility they had is going out the window.

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2010/03/0...ists-are-included-in-distracted-driving-bill/
Totally asinine. I'm really surprised that SF Bike Coalition is backing this so feverishly. If you want to be treated like a vehicle you have to act like one and that includes following the same laws that motorist follow.
 

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^^ It will be interesting to see how he makes out in the end. Pretty bad they kept him in jail 27 hours after his arrest for biking...but I'm sure the town was much safer without this hardened criminal on the streets.:rolleyes:
 
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