Fake Cop Arrested For Kidnapping Boy On Bike, Tech Turns Cars Into ‘Distraction Candy Store’, And LAFD Says To Wear A Helmet

There was a chilling crime in Panorama City on Wednesday morning, when a A fake cop allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old boy after hitting his bike.

The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was riding his bicycle near Van Nuys Boulevard and Tupper Street when he was hit by a van driven by 38-year-old Ottoniel Mendoza.

Mendoza got out of his truck, identified himself as a cop while showing a badge, and ordered the boy into his truck. He was arrested nearby after a witness called police and followed Mendoza as he walked away.

He was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping; other charges likely to be added later after the DA reviews the case.

His victim was taken to hospital with minor injuries from the crash, lucky to have made it out safe and sound.

A the truck passenger was released without charge.

Thanks to Tony Toretto for the heads-up.


The Los Angeles Time said growing technology is turning modern cars into a “candy store of distraction”, comparing the problem to overwhelmed military helicopter pilots in the 1980s.

The newspaper also notes that 70% of drivers admit to using their mobile phone while driving, a figure that rises to 86% for people who use their car for work.

Just in case you were wondering why they can’t seem to see you.


The Los Angeles Fire Department asks you to wear a helmet and ride safely if you go south of LA CicLAvia sunday.


Streetsblog LA is hosting their annual summer fundraiserhoping to raise $15,000 over the next two months.

And yes, I plan to donate what little I can to support their vital work of reporting on Los Angeles transportation issues.

The website also announced the August 3 date for their first in-person Streetsie Awards party in three years, honoring LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell.


The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes continues.

There is a special place in hell for Connecticut man who pushed 11-year-old biracial boy off his bike; lawyers are asking that he be charged with a hate crime.

But sometimes it’s people on two wheels who misbehave.

Detroit police are looking for a suspect who 51-year-old man seriously injured in bicycle shooting.

New York police are looking for a pair of teenage cyclists who got into a fight with another man, before firing guns and shooting him on the sidewalk in broad daylight.



east los angeles make safety improvements to a 4.5 mile section of Western Ave between Martin Luther King Jr. and Century Blvds in South Los Angeles. Although the project appears to include sharrows instead of cycle lanes, which have proven literally worse than nothing.

list offers more information on the upcoming Rail to Rail active transportation project across South LA and Inglewood, tentatively slated to open in two years.

long beach wants to improve community policing by put more cops on bikes and walking beats.

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is one of us. Or at least knows the value of posing with a bike on the beach.


Speaking of a special place in hell, someone – presumably a mountain biker – cut several branches and bushes overhanging a trail in the Del Mar Mesa Preserveapparently in an effort to increase speed while reducing the difficulty of the trail.

Too memorials line the streets of San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood, where residents and shopkeepers have complained for years about the lack of road safety for pedestrians and cyclists; three people have been killed so far this year, including the death last month of a 63-year-old cyclist.

Mountain Bike Action recommend it Sapwi Bike Park and Sapwi Flow Trail all-terrain and all-level project in Thousand Oaks, a joint project of the Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA) and the Conejo Recreation and Park District.


Good idea. A bicycle insurance company is now offering national coverage for damage to your bikeas well as optional theft coverage.

A new study indicates it doesn’t matter if you cycle on weekdays or on weekendsas long as you ride.

They get it. A Bend, Oregon newspaper says prioritizing people over cars won’t happen overnight, but it’s worth itbecause the city does not live up to its bike-friendly reputation.

Electric bikes are now welcome anywhere bikes are allowed in Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park.

Five of best social bike rides for your next trip to denver.

Drivers in Austin, Texas can’t seem to avoid a new sidewalk-protected bike path, with a local resident reporting at least one flat tire every day; city ​​officials say it’s needed on a section of the roadway where the old painted bike lane failed to prevent several road deaths and serious injuries.

Seriously? A Minnesota teenager died because 72-year-old driver says he lost control of his pickup when he sneezed, and slammed into the boy’s bike after going off the road at 55mph; he was tested below the legal alcohol limit, despite smelling of alcohol and showing signs of intoxication.

Car park won on a planned bike path in Louisville, Kentuckyafter residents complained and city officials suddenly discovered the street wasn’t wide enough for them.

Speaking of Louisville, a woman demands accountability after a fleeing driver left popular bike advocate seriously injured on the road. Maybe if the city prioritized people over parking, things like this might be a little less likely..

A New York website examines how e-bikes can help the city meet its climate goals.

Good question. A DC website asks why we treat road safety as if it were less important than public transport safety.


British Columbia bike and safety advocates call for mandatory sidebars on big trucksafter a scary accident where a cyclist was hit by a driver turn right at the red light; the crash came just a week after another pilot was killed in a similar crash. Banning directly on red would also help.

It seems that Britain can say goodbye to pro-bike and pro-Brexit Prime Minister Boris Johnsonafter too many scandals.

bike radar ogles danish city bikes while in the country for the first stages of the Tour de France.

A Pakistani court sentences Christian car mechanic to death for blasphemyin a dispute that began when a Muslim customer demanded a discount after having his bike repaired.

A new Honda ebike combines an e-bike with a throttle-operated seated scooter.

A New Zealand editorial says Vision Zero should take into account premature deaths caused by car pollutionas well as traffic violence.

Competitive cycling

Aussie Simon Clarke claimed his first Tour de France stage victory in a photo-finish on Dutch cyclist Taco van der Hoorn on Wednesday’s cobbled sixth stage, while Wout Van Aert retained the yellow jersey by a slim margin of 13 seconds.

Ride a bike Ask if Neilson Powless is the American threat of the Tour de France, after his solo breakaway was caught in the final kilometer; if he had been able to hold on, he would have started today’s stage with the yellow jersey. As per usual, read it on yahoo if the magazine blocks you.

Slovenian Primož Roglič lost two minutes to the race leaders after a crash forced him to borrowing a spectator’s chair to put their dislocated shoulder back in place.

Roglič’s Jumbo-Visma teammate Jonas Vingaard had to catch up after being dropped by the peloton after a disastrous series of bike changes as he struggled to find one he could actually ride.

To finish…

Use a little magnetic attraction to keep your skirt down on a bike. If you are carrying drug paraphernalia and stolen credit cards on your bike, put a fucking light on it, already.

And forget about high visibility. Apparently even ride naked on a tandem is not enough to be seen by drivers.

Or a driver, anyway.


Be safe and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.

Oh, and damn Poutine too.

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