California Tax Credit for Low-Income Residents Without a Car, More on Venice Blvd Protected Bike Lanes and New Fullerton Bike Park
California wants to pay you for not owning a car.
Maybe. And somehow.
SB 457 began as a $2,500 refund proposal to adult taxpayers who owned fewer cars than they had eligible drivers, growing to $5,000 for a couple without a car.
But it was significantly reduced during negotiations in the state legislature, with the final bill giving only a $1,000 tax credit to single filers earning up to $40,000 and joint filers. earning up to $60,000, who live without their own car.
By linking it to income and requiring the entire household to be car-free, the legislator has significantly lowered the bill, while significantly reducing the number of eligible households.
Which was probably the point.
In effect, they changed it from a bill to encourage car owners to go carless, to subsidize the use of public transit for people who already are; the $1,000 tax credit would cover nearly a full year of unlimited LA subway passes.
And in this case, the restrictions are hitting close to home.
While my wife and I would qualify for income restrictions, her car would prevent us from receiving anything, even though I no longer drive.
Under the original bill, I would have qualified by not owning a car, while she wouldn’t, earning us $2,500 that we won’t see now.
Still, it is a step in the right direction.
And maybe one day the state will steer people away from using cars and encourage people to take their cars and trucks off our crowded streets and embrace healthier modes of transportation.
Both for the person using it and for our society as a whole.
Streetsblog offers more details on planned improvements to Venice Blvd on the Westside of Los Angeles.
The project will create a continuous 5.1-mile protected bike lane extending east and west of the existing protected bike lanes in Mar Vista, as well as a new 2.5-mile bus lane.
Work is expected to begin in November, following public feedback and final design work.
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes continues.
You’re kidding. Family members may never know what really happened to a fallen cyclist, after Denver police detectives failed to investigate or visit the crash site during five weeks after his death. Someone should be fired for this one. Although police unions are very good at keeping bad cops on the payroll these days.
But sometimes it’s people on two wheels who misbehave.
The Hollywood journalist wonders if a former writer/producer for Scrubs and Californication is Hollywood’s most prolific sexual predator, sometimes using his bicycle to stalk young women; Eric Weinberg is free on $3.25 million bail as he awaits trial on 20 sexual assault charges, including rape. Seriously, there’s no pit deep enough.
Ride a bike meets Koreatown bike mechanic Jimmy Lizama, one of the founders of LA’s modern cycling community. As usual, read it on Yahoo if the magazine blocks you.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies are conducting a bicycle and pedestrian safety operation from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. today cracking down on anyone who commits an offense that could endanger people on foot or on two wheels, whoever its author. Usual protocol applies – follow the letter of the law until you leave town, so you’re not the one who gets caught.
The East Side Riders continue their exemplary social service this Saturday, offering free bike repair, helmet distribution and a safety course.
An eight-year-old boy has been hospitalized with serious injuries when he was run over by the driver of a van while cycling in Coto de Caza.
San Onofre surfer, artist, and shaper Tyler Warren is starting a petition to ban e-bikes from California state parks, somehow assuming their riders are responsible for the litter, while complaining that “the recreational integrity of surfing” is “hopelessly degraded” by ebike-riding “kooks and their endless gear fetishes”. Maybe he needs to wear a helmet when surfing.
Adventure cycling is deployment of a dozen two- to five-day cycle routeseach starting in metropolitan areas and with GPS as your guide, for anyone who doesn’t have the time or inclination to tackle a big hike across the country.
A writer for Slate says automakers are rolling out electric pickup trucks and SUVs that are just as deadly as their gas-powered counterparts, but there’s still time to change course — probably before we’re all killed.
Touristic site planet alone recommends the ten best bike routes in Seattle, for your next trip to Emerald City.
Washington State will now have to incorporate complete streets principles and consider the needs of all road users – including pedestrians, cyclists and transit users – in all state road projects. . Hopefully this works better for them than a similar requirement here in California so far.
A Denver magazine offers a tongue-in-cheek beginner’s guide to joining the local cycling community, for all new e-bike buyers taking advantage of the city’s rebate program.
A Denver man tracked his AirTag to locate his stolen e-bike and recovered it when he broke off an apparent negotiation over its sale.
A Wyoming woman celebrates road cycling, “where all the senses come into play”.
Kind-hearted staffers at a Missouri high school dipped into their own pockets to buy a new bike for a sophomore who only made it three days into the school year before his bike was stolen .
It’s more like that. Cincinnati TV station tells drivers to stay off bike lanes, and still give in to cyclists because of the danger their vehicles represent for the most vulnerable road users. I’ll even give them a pass for not bothering to invest the ten seconds it took to find out if their state has a three foot overtaking law. Hint: it does.
New York plans to ban e-bikes and scooters in city’s public housing projects, in response to a wave of fires caused by poorly made e-bike batteries; Streetsblog says the city could implement a battery swap program to prevent residents from charging their batteries at home overnight.
You’re kidding. A New Jersey man has had his 19-year conviction overturned for stealing a bicycle from a man with special needs and vandalizing it, then throwing a hammer at the victim because he was apparently too drunk to understand his rights in Miranda.
weekly cycling recommends five simple upgrades to get that new bike feel from a cheap used bike.
We may have entered the post-cycling boom period as English cycling attendance has fallen to its lowest level since the country started tracking seven years ago, with just 2% making all their trips by bike ; Meanwhile, readers of The Guardian share how safety concerns caused them to give up their bikes.
Spanish pro Enric Mas claims Remco Evenepoel is showing no signs of cracking, despite crashing on Thursday at the Vuelta’s 12th stage.
Evenepoel continues to hold a 2 minute 41 second lead over 2nd place Primož Roglič, with Mas in 3rd, after Thursday’s 12th stage.
Baltimore is hosting the one-day Maryland Cycling Classic this Sunday, featuring multiple WorldTour riders and teams.
That feeling when a mountain bike crash provides creative inspiration for your new business venture. Or when a one-block bike lane is enough to force a local recall election.
And that feeling when the neighborhood NIMBYs somehow feel the need to call for the removal of a temporary bike lane.
Did I mention it’s just temporary?
Be safe and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.
Oh, and damn Poutine too.