A couple visiting from Spain struck and killed a bicyclist riding the wrong way down S Venice Thanksgiving evening. The poorly lit corner had traffic going into S Venice which is a one way street going eastbound from three different directions. The vehicle was making a left turn going southbound when they tired into the street after stopping. The bicyclist who had no visible front bike light and a loaded front and rear basket was in the lane, lost balance and fell off under the car which didn’t see her based on her speed. She was dragged about 10 ft and was stuck under the wheel well of the car. Firefighters had to dislodge her. She was not breathing when officers first arrived. The couple stopped and immediately called for aid. She was taken to the hospital and have not officially announced the death yet but it is expected. Officers at scene described it as a tragic accident primarily as a result of the bicyclist riding the wrong way.
The winter shelter that picks up the homeless that are interested in sleeping inside for the evening and drops them back off at Windward Circle at some ungodly hour the next morning is scheduled to begin again December 1st. Not super sure how long it will last, it usually goes until March. When I get more accurate info, I will post it.
This year Venice is actually going to have some super holiday fun at Venice Beach Park! This will be the first year of the Venice Winter Wonderland! Events and activities include:
- Snow Play Area & Slides
- Candy Cane Lane featuring Arts & Crafts and Seasonal Treats
- Entertainment featuring Venice Rockettes and Carolers
- Gingerbread Making Contest, featuring Live Demos on specified dates
- Holiday Cookie Decorating
- Ugly Sweater Contest
- Photos with Santa in a Giant Snow Globe!
- Holiday Train Rides
- Bounce House
Dates & Hours of Operation Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am-7pm
December 5th-January 4th
Venice Beach Recreation Center
1800 Oceanfront Walk (just west of Windward Circle)
For any further inquiries, please contact us at:
A few people have asked why the berms on Venice Beach are put in place every year, blocking the view of the water. Venice and Santa Monica are sammiched between a bunch of islands. The water rarely comes at our area from exactly a straight direction. The tides and swells come at the coast at an angle… and they hit those different island chains first which also breaks the force of the water that gets to us. Every once in a while, every ten years or so, we get a crazy combo of a huge storm surge that also happens to hit us straight on… so the storm surge isn’t buffered by the island chains. When that happens, the water surge is so strong, if the sand berms weren’t there, the water would push and flood all the way up past Ocean Ave / Admiralty where there is also a lot of ground water from the Marina. The berms bust up the view, but when we get wholloped it saves a lot of costly and extremely damaging cleanup. Ocean water is awesome. When it is in your house, its yucky.
Below is a video I shot just *after* the wave that went over the pier, and ripped the bathrooms off and sent them into the ocean. Pier was closed for a long time, and the decision was made not to rebuild the bathrooms.