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.