October 27, 2020

City Council Hits Brakes On Plans For Bicycle Playground

Plans to build a bicycle playground at Concord Community Park faced resistance Tuesday night from the City Council, which chose to postpone a vote on the proposal until a future meeting.

Council members focused on the possible operating and maintenance costs of the project, which would be built and paid for by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority through its Street Smarts Diablo program, as well as impacts near its proposed location on Cowell Road.

The CCTA is proposing what it described as a “miniature street-scape” within the park with bicycle-sized “roads,” scaled-down signals and traffic signs and other markings to help would-be riders learn how to navigate busy pathways and roadways.


The bicycle playground might end up going to another city, though, unless the council members get on board with Concord Community Park as the location.

Council members asked if other parks in the city were better options for the

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Cops: Car burglar hits police cruiser during getaway

MANCHESTER — Police are looking for a man who they say fled from officers — sideswiping one of their cruisers — after breaking into vehicles early Thursday morning.

In a release, Lt. Ryan Shea said officers were called to Pine Street just before 5 a.m. Thursday for a report of a person burglarizing a motor vehicle.

When the suspect saw police, Shea said he jumped in a red Honda Accord and drove away, “sideswiping a Manchester Police vehicle in the process of fleeing.”

The vehicle’s body is consistent with 2003 to 2007 model Accords, he said.

The vehicle has a rear spoiler, an air freshener hanging from the rearview mirror, and the front license plate “is believed to be a chrome decorative plate with a Honda logo,” Shea said. There may be damage to the front passenger side or black paint transferred in the collision, he said.

“Manchester officers have

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Ad campaign hits California Gov. Gavin Newsom on fracking

Good morning and happy Thursday! So what did you think of the vice presidential debates?

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Via Hannah Wiley…

Gov. Gavin Newsom in recent weeks, following a series of oppressive heat waves and amid deadly wildfires that have burned through more than 4 million acres in the Golden State, has pledged through executive orders that California will take the charge against climate change by reducing carbon emissions and protecting natural resources.

But a coalition of 750 environmental and public interest groups are urging the Democratic governor to get even bolder by promising to phase out oil drilling as part of his broader climate change mitigation strategy.

Today, the Last Chance Alliance will begin playing ads on Sacramento radio stations, voiced by people who were sickened by or live close to oil wells in California.

“We hope that Governor Newsom will get the message loud and clear. His

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REE Automotive hits the track with three fully modular, next-generation EV platforms

 REE Automotive (REE), the electric vehicle platform leader reshaping e-Mobility, today releases an all-new video showing not one, but three prototypes of its next-generation EV platforms.

Presenting a vision for a range of future electric delivery vehicles, each fully operational prototype features REE’s revolutionary, modular and flexible platform architecture, which answers the exponential demand for entirely new types of EVs – particularly commercial vehicles – driven by the surge in e-commerce, a trend further accelerated by Covid-19.

REE’s EV platform consists of the REEcorner which powers full X-by-Wire technology for steering, braking and drive, and integrates all drivetrain, powertrain, suspension and steering components into the arch of the wheel. In addition, the breakthrough REEboard – which enables the EV platform to be completely flat – offers customers the freedom to  place any shape or size of body design on top.

Daniel Barel, REE Co-Founder and CEO: “EVs,

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Transportation Capacity Hits New Lows, ‘No Relief In Sight’ For Pricing

A September supply chain survey shows transportation capacity has reached new lows. The Logistics Managers’ Index (LMI), a survey of leading logistics executives, showed capacity fell to new lows, dipping another 770 basis points during the month to a 23.8% reading.

The LMI is a diffusion index, wherein a reading above 50% indicates expansion and a reading below 50% indicates contraction. The survey captures the rate of change in activity for key supply chain trends in areas like transportation, inventory and warehousing.

The September transportation capacity reading was the lowest level ever for any of the eight metrics the survey tracks. The capacity situation was even worse for “downstream firms,” or those closest to the consumer, at 16.3%.

“Clearly consumer-facing firms are struggling to find the capacity needed to meet the increasing consumer appetite for home delivery,” the report stated. “It is interesting that logistics capacity is already this pressed

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UC Davis professor emeritus dies after car hits her bicycle in Yolo County, CHP says

A University of California, Davis chemistry professor emeritus died after she was struck by a car while riding a bicycle on a rural road in Yolo County.

Marilyn Olmstead, 77, of Davis died in the collision with the car Wednesday morning, according to the Yolo County Coroner’s Office.

The fatal crash was reported shortly after 10 a.m. just north of North Davis Farms Road and east of Highway 113, the California Highway Patrol Woodland Office reported. Olmstead was riding the bicycle west on a private road.

A 31-year-old Davis man was driving a 2002 Ford Focus about 40 to 45 mph and heading north on County Road 100A, also known as Sycamore Lane.

The CHP said Olmstead moved onto Sycamore lane, directly in the path of the oncoming Ford Focus.

The driver applied his brakes and veered to the left to avoid hitting the bicyclist. But the car’s front

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UC Davis professor dies after car hits her bicycle, CHP says

A University of California, Davis chemistry professor emeritus died after she was struck by a car while riding a bicycle on a rural road in Yolo County.

Marilyn Olmstead, 77, of Davis died in the collision with the car Wednesday morning, according to the Yolo County Coroner’s Office.

The fatal crash was reported shortly after 10 a.m. just north of North Davis Farms Road and east of Highway 113, the California Highway Patrol Woodland Office reported. Olmstead was riding the bicycle west on a private road.

A 31-year-old Davis man was driving a 2002 Ford Focus about 40 to 45 mph and heading north on County Road 100A, also known as Sycamore Lane.

The CHP said Olmstead moved onto Sycamore lane, directly in the path of the oncoming Ford Focus.

The driver applied his brakes and veered to the left to avoid hitting the bicyclist. But the car’s front end

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Woman Hits Child, 8, On Bicycle; No Charges Filed: Video



diagram: The child is seen in a video being struck by a driver and flying off her bicycle and into the air.


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The child is seen in a video being struck by a driver and flying off her bicycle and into the air.

MASTIC BEACH, NY — The family of a child, 8, on a bicycle who was hit by a driver who left the scene is reportedly outraged and rallying for justice after no charges were filed.

A report by News 12 Long Island includes a video that depicts Zhion Brown Parks get hit and thrown from her bicylce; she later walks away limping and calling for her mother. The motorist initially stopped the vehicle, then drove off, the video indicates.

“She left my daughter there. My baby was screaming for me,” Nicole Smith, Zhion’s mother, told News 12; a rally was reportedly held on Tuesday to protest the lack of charges filed, News 12 said.

According to Suffolk County Police, a woman driving a 2017 Honda

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Trooper seriously injured in NYS Thruway crash when SUV fails to move over, hits parked patrol car

Buffalo, N.Y. — A state trooper was seriously injured this weekend when a sport utility vehicle failed to move over and struck her patrol car on the Thruway.

Trooper Randi L. Murphy-Motley, of the Buffalo state police barracks, was sitting in her patrol car parked behind a Budget rental truck with emergency lights activated when the crash happened at 5:40 a.m. Saturday, state police said in a news release.

The driver of the Budget rental truck, who was not identified, had already been transported to Erie County Medical Center so no one was inside the truck, troopers said.

Murphy-Motley, an 18-year veteran of the state police, was waiting for a tow truck in her patrol car, on the shoulder of the Thruway when the driver of a 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe failed to move over and struck her car, state police said.

The driver of the Tahoe, 25-year-old Devere D. Thomas,

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Car fire kills female driver after vehicle hits tree in Roosevelt, Nassau cops say

A female driver was killed Sunday afternoon in Roosevelt after she crashed a Toyota into a tree, and the vehicle caught fire, according to the Nassau County Police Department.

The crash happened on Hudson Avenue, between Elysian Terrace and North Long Beach Avenue, at about 4:10 p.m. as the driver was headed westbound in a 2020 Toyota RAV4.

She “left the roadway and struck a tree,” according to a news release from Police Officer Eric Evensen, a department spokesman.

“As a result of the collision her car became fully engulfed in flames,” the release said.

The Roosevelt Fire Department extinguished the fire, and she was found inside and declared dead at the scene, according to the release, which said her name would be withheld until her family can be notified.

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