Just a few quick notes before I head out for my first, and last, spandex-clad non-transportational ride of the week.
I was hoping for a lengthier update this morning, but after three days in Damien Newton’s shoes as guest editor of LA Streetsblog, combined with an LACBC panel discussion on the Rules of the Road and a grand opening party for the new 2xu store in Santa Monica — the first US retail outlet for the Aussie performance wear brand — I found sleep far more appealing than writing last night.
I’m just glad I didn’t break Damien’s website. And I learned just how hard a job he has — and was reminded what an amazing job he does with it.
As far as riding goes, it looks like about as perfect a day as you can experience here in SoCal. Which means about as perfect a day as you’ll experience anywhere.
Just remember, it’s also the day before a three-day weekend.
Which means that traffic will be exceptionally heavy this afternoon and evening, as L.A. drivers rush to get home and/or out of town. They will be frustrated by the heavy traffic, possibly angry and looking for any advantage they can get on the roads.
And they won’t be looking for you.
Which means it’s up to you to ride carefully and defensively.
It shouldn’t be that way; everyone on the road should be expected to be aware of their surroundings and others on the roads at all times, and drive accordingly. But that doesn’t happen on the best day, and it certainly won’t happen today. So it’s up to you, even more than usual, to ensure that you get home in one piece.
One other holiday note. If you ride on the beach bike path anytime after noon today, you can expect the pathway to be overrun with bike riders, skaters, pedestrians and tourists, many of whom will be drunk, clueless or both, to the point that it will be virtually impassible at times.
Just deal with it, and get on with your life.
Either find another place to ride, or accept that you will have to ride slowly — very slowly — and watch out for others who aren’t likely to be watching out for themselves. Let alone you.
In many places, non-bike riders have as much right to be on the bike path as you do, since any off-road path without an alternative pedestrian walkway nearby is legally considered a multi-use path.
And even where it’s clearly marked bikes only, it’s a lost cause to think that anyone will even attempt to enforce it.
But don’t worry, the situation will improve.
The day after Labor Day.
It’s a quiet news day on the bike front, which is almost always a good thing.
If you don’t count the latest doping bust. Even Lance thinks he’s an idiot.
@lancearmstrong Knowing I have 0 cred on the doping issue – I still can’t help but think, “really Di Luca? Are you that fucking stupid??”
Good news from the Eastside, as police make a pair of arrests in the recent assault on a bike rider on the L.A. River bike path.
And sad news as the famed bike-sexual Scotsman caught attempting intercourse with his bicycle passed away over the last weekend.
I’ll try to catch up as time allows over the weekend, and will keep up you with any breaking news. So check back when you get the chance.
And try to remember that Monday’s holiday is about more than sales and barbecues.
Let’s stay safe out there.