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Old 10-12-10, 05:29 AM   #1
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Battling over bike lanes

The Bike wars come to LA.. The last two Mayors of LA have been cyclists.. Will the next one be.?
.Time for cycling advocates to take up arms.?
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Drivers on one San Fernando Valley street are fuming at the congestion that followed reductions of their lanes and addition of paths for cyclists.

I couldn't help but wonder, as I sat idling through one traffic light, then two, then three, whether the mayor's broken elbow had anything to do with the ruination of my favorite street.

For years, Wilbur Avenue had been a free-flowing community secret, a commuter street that bypassed the congestion of Northridge's main routes. Then a "street improvement" project last month turned our speedway into a parking lot.

The street was repaved, restriped and reassigned.

A "road diet," the city planners call it, aimed at slowing autos down and creating bicycle paths. Four traffic lanes were whittled to three — one in each direction and a center turning lane. Curbside bike lanes now hem in the cars.

Cycling advocates have been pushing for years for more bike lanes on city streets. Their campaign got a boost last summer after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa suffered a broken elbow when a cab abruptly pulled in front of him and he fell off the bike he was pedaling along Venice Boulevard.

A month later, the mayor convened a bike summit, ordered up hundreds of bike safety posters and promised to beef up construction of designated paths for his two-wheeled comrades. Within weeks street crews were hard at work — some on overtime and furlough days — painting bike logos along two miles of Wilbur Avenue.
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Old 10-12-10, 11:12 AM   #2
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I was expecting this thread to be about cyclist battling on bike lanes.. darn.

Somehting like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvD8NydSA4I
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Not sure which of the two I think funnier. Think the top one. Fighting in Sidi's is no easy proposition.
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Not sure which of the two I think funnier. Think the top one. Fighting in Sidi's is no easy proposition.
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Thats a tuff decision to make... i though the 1st one had it won with that "spinning backhand" but then the guy in 2nd video got thrown in the river which made it a tie.
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^. Had it not been for the rider being thrown into the river- then the first video would have won in a cake walk. I thought the cyclist with the number 32 attached to his back would be the far better choice for the World Wrestling Federation . Question. I think they were wearing different team jerseys. So they were not from the same team. Team mates fighting is forbidden. Hitting on other team members, not so terrible.
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Funny... Competition American style.
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I didn't know there was a mayor of Louisiana. Or do you mean L.A.? I'm a teacher...I can't help myself.
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It's OK. Outside Calif they say L.A... Inside, it's just LA.. So it says on the T Shirts.
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I couldn't help but wonder, as I sat idling through one traffic light, then two, then three, whether the mayor's broken elbow had anything to do with the ruination of my favorite street.

For years, Wilbur Avenue had been a free-flowing community secret, a commuter street that bypassed the congestion of Northridge's main routes. Then a "street improvement" project last month turned our speedway into a parking lot.
I wouldn't worry about it, eventually those commuters who habitually try to avoid the main commuting routes will come to realize that cutting through that particular residential street isn't working anymore and it will become what it was intended, a route for those that live in the area.
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what if it took less time to travel across Los Angeles by bicycle than by car?

Everytime I'm there it takes HOURS to drive to the beach on surface streets.
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