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2nd one ever in L.A. You can take a train into Union Station [which went from eerily quiet to bustling with Starbucks, etc thrown in there].

That’s when the city closes seven-and-a-half miles of streets to cars and opens them to cyclists and pedestrians.

"For five hours, seven-and-a-half miles of L.A. streets will be car free," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, standing behind a bicycle on the steps of City Hall. The line drew applause from many city officials and bicycle activists

The idea was born more than 30 years ago in Bogota, Colombia, and it happens every Sunday there. Auto-packed L.A. only got around to trying it last October.

More than 100,000 Angelenos filled the carless streets on bikes, skateboards and on foot. Many shops and restaurants stayed open.


I went to a very interesting and inspiring presentation last week at San Francisco's Public Library. The name of the event was Lessons from Amsterdam: How San Francisco Can Bicycle toward Greatness, and the three people who spoke were:

Bart van Bolhuis, The Netherlands Consulate General in San Francisco
David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the SF Bicycle Coalition


 Many fellow bikers out there probably often wonder how it would be to have an actual bike system set up here like that in LA.

L.A. --Politics, Bicycles, and the Mayor

This discusses LA's recent bike path development, a mayor breaking a bone on his bike, and some comments that are better than the diary itself. It's kind of a long yet mediocre diary.

There's a bike group here somewhere, but the name is so hard to remember...maybe I'll find it later. This is sort of a bulletin to area bikers.

Originally posted to theytookmyblogalready on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 05:55 PM PDT.

Also republished by Velocipede Vanguard.

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  •  got pulled over on a bike last night (7+ / 0-)

    light was on back of bike instead of front [front light went out a couple weeks ago]. "pulled over on a bike" as absurd as it sounds. no ticket issued, just minor annoyance issued. [30 mile night ride, all in all. ] pretty long story but will spare it for sake of readers.

    Might not personally be riding in bicLAvia, but will be biking in the city sunday on the east side....riding the gold line to pasadena, which I recommend as a transit to anyone in the area.

    witness the GOPranos...rethugs....Paul Wolfowitz: "If they fuck with me or Shaha, I have enough on them to fuck them too."

    by change the Be on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 05:54:45 PM PDT

    •  And so you should be pulled over (0+ / 0-)

      Cyclists shouldn't ride at night without lights. It's illegal, and it's dangerous-- particularly dangerous for lawful cyclists who might run into you and get injured.  I'm glad police officers are stopping cyclists for actual dangerous infractions instead of ticky-tacky nonsense.

      •  haha! too funny! (2+ / 0-)
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        Lefty Coaster, HeyMikey

        you'll notice that I left out the long story.

        let me feed the troll some details:

        there were no other cyclists or cars on the street. at all. none. 0. zero. you can translate that to a different language if you like, as well.

        oh, I'm sorry, I forgot to address your lack of reading comprehension.

        in the first sentence of my comment, I said my light was on back of bike, therefore if there even was traffic, i'd be seen.

        Silly you.

        but you are forgiven, child.

        witness the GOPranos...rethugs....Paul Wolfowitz: "If they fuck with me or Shaha, I have enough on them to fuck them too."

        by change the Be on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 09:40:34 PM PDT

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  •  that's weird (0+ / 0-)

    I should think that visibility from the direction BEHIND you would be more important than the direction you can see...  if you are riding WITH the traffic??  

    if you're riding against the traffic (like a pedestrian walks facing the traffic) that's another thing.

    I suppose they wanted both fore AND aft lighting?  up here in Oregon, technically you can get away with just a rear reflector, I'm pretty sure. and of course all bike pedals come with reflector panels these days, too.  So that would be a minimum of 3 reflectors facing "back"...

    The three of us all have battery lights anyway, front and back; AND a helmet "miner's" light on an elastic band.  AND we ALL, ALWAYS wear our helmets.  They don't call them "brain buckets" for nothing.

    •  the point of the stop was to make a drug bust (1+ / 0-)
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      see a dude out late at night, especially a minority, and cops just assume you're a mark that they can shake down and harass. my job as a citizen is to make the harassing go both ways, and I can say that it worked well enough in this case. I countered hassling with some pestering of my own.

      the "cardinal fang" jackass upthread is too clueless to understand that, but he/she probably lives in leave-it-to-beaver land, where all is nice and pretty and caucasian.

      brain buckets! good idea if you ride on streets, I try to stick to bike paths mostly. but one day my wheel is gonna fall off and I'll wish I wore my helmet.

      btw, a lot of california cities have rules requiring that you have a 'bicycle license'. nope, I'm not making that up. it's pretty much straight out of the handbook of "how to search and harass everyone 101"

      witness the GOPranos...rethugs....Paul Wolfowitz: "If they fuck with me or Shaha, I have enough on them to fuck them too."

      by change the Be on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 11:44:22 PM PDT

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  •  On Tues I set off on my tour in southern France (1+ / 0-)
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    Tonight I am in Barcelona.

    Plutocracy too long tolerated leaves democracy on the auction block, subject to the highest bidder ~ Bill Moyers

    by Lefty Coaster on Sat Apr 09, 2011 at 03:23:06 PM PDT

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