Turns out CD1 Councilmember Gil Cedillo is just misunderstood.
At least, that’s what he says.
A concerned resident reached out to the councilmember, who earned the sobriquet Roadkill Gil for his opposition to street safety projects, to ask what he has against bike lanes.
This is the eye opening response they got.
Hi there! We are not against bike lanes. We support safe bike lanes and public safety is a top priority for us. When putting in bike lanes, we want to make sure that we are taking into consideration the safety of vehicular traffic as well as pedestrian traffic so that cyclists can cycle safely. For example, I’ve been advocating for the LA River Bike Path, a bike path that is able to connect from one end to another, safely, along the River on the Arroyo.
This from the councilmember who made cancelling the shovel-ready lane reduction on deadly North Figueroa one of his firsts acts in office, after holding a series of sham public meetings where the outcome was largely predetermined.
And after he pledged his support for it when he was asking for our votes
His was one of just two votes against the plan, the other coming pseudo-environmentalist Paul Koretz. Even though many of the immigrants in his district that he claims to champions rely on bicycles as their sole source of transportation.
Never mind all the kids who need to get to and from school without getting killed.
And we recently learned that Cedillo was responsible for blocking the previously approved bike lanes on the Spring Street Bridge. Which were replaced with six-foot painted shoulders on each side, where the bike lanes could have easily gone.
That’s a lot of unsafe bike lanes he courageously halted to protect our safety, and all those poor, suffering drivers.
But at least he supports the LA River bike path. Which, coincidently, moves bike riders off the road and doesn’t inconvenience people in the big, dangerous machines in any way.
But clearly, he’s just been misunderstood in his many efforts to keep us safe by keeping us off the streets.
I mean, he said so himself.
Or someone in his office did. It’s hard to say just who’s on the other end of an electronic conversation.
And he certainly wouldn’t lie to get our votes as he runs for re-election.
Again, that is.
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Pirelli bike tires will now be made in Italy once again. .
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And higher gas prices are just an attempt to force drivers to give up their gas guzzlers in favor of electric cars.
Or maybe ebikes.
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.