It’s a lot easier to fight the power from the inside.
It’s become pretty clear in recent months that LA City Councilmembers are relying on local neighborhood councils for input on major proposed bike projects. Or maybe just political cover.
Either way, a successful Bike LA starts from the ground up. And that means electing more bike riders and supporters to their neighborhood councils.
And that’s where you come in.
The deadline to register as a candidate in some Eastside — and possibly other — races is today. Which means you’ve got to move fast.
Click here for election and registration dates in your area.
Thanks to Patrick Pascal for the heads-up.
The LA Times Opinion pages continues its weeklong wrap-up of their RoadshareLA series, to lesser or greater effect.
Mostly lesser, today.
The first complains about the traffic backups caused by the recent road diet in the 2nd Street tunnel that gave us the city’s first protected bike lanes. But concludes maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
That was followed by a much more problematic piece that takes “self-righteous” cyclists to task, while complaining about the new three-foot passing law. And characterizes a road raging driver knocking down a cyclist as just a nudge. One thing for sure — bike riders usually only look self-righteous when viewed through a windshield.
Meanwhile, Streetsblog’s Joe Linton offers some decidedly on-point criticisms, and asks for your thoughts.
And hey, welcome home, Joe.
Here’s your morning linkage.
Burbank wants feedback on a proposed bike and pedestrian path; a meeting will be held tonight (Wednesday) to discuss it.
That Facebook campaign conducted by the Huntington Beach Police Department led to the arrest of a suspected bike thief. But the not the return of the bike, at least not yet.
Santa Barbara discovers fixies, and oddly doesn’t declare them a scourge in a surprisingly even-handed report.
A San Francisco cyclist uses her stolen smartphone to track her stolen bike, and gets both back in just 45 minutes — thanks to a beat cop that took the theft seriously, which doesn’t always happen in real life.
Bicycling lists six up-and-coming women’s riders now that women are finally getting a well-deserved place on the world stage. After all, you can’t tell the players without a program.
Don’t try to buy a bike with the credit card you just found in the street.
New UK product results in near-instant protected bike lanes. And they’re recycled, too. The barriers, not the bike lanes.
A British columnist examines the irresponsibility of failing to promote and/or mandate the wearing of bike helmets, with prototypically dry humor.
Brit bike rider follows his phone directional app onto a busy, bike-banned freeway.
At least we only have to worry about drunk, distracted and/or aggressive drivers, as a Swedish cyclist is killed by wild boars.
Call Sochi the bike-borne Winter Olympics.
Yes, a mattress.