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Bicyclist Killed by Foothill Transit Bus

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Yesterday in El Monte, a man riding his bicycle was struck and killed by Foothill Transit bus. The LA Times explains:

The cyclist was riding across Santa Anita Avenue near Ramon Boulevard about 9:15 a.m. when he was hit by the bus, said Lt. Michelle States of the El Monte Police Department. He was not in the crosswalk and was pronounced dead at the scene, States said. The man was not carrying any identification, States said. The crash is still under investigation.

This incident between a public transit vehicle and a cyclist isn't a novelty--in fact it seems that even in the wake of (or in the midst of!) Bike to Work Week, the streets remain an unfriendly place for cyclists.On his blog, fellow cyclist
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Will Campbell shares a complaint he filed this week with the LA DOT after almost being hit by a DASH bus. And bicyclists must also be on the lookout for cars driven by folks who don't know how to share the road; L.A. Can't Drive points out one particular near-incident this week, and LAist recently shared the story of the ALC cyclist who was injured in a hit-and-run accident.