Last edited by KiddSisko; 02-21-08 at 06:36 PM.
Call me cynical, but what I see there: "Let's get those annoying bikes off our roads, so we can enjoy our god-given right to talking on our cell phones while driving."
Beat me to it...foiled at every turn I am...
I'm in it to finish it.
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that's great news! I'm glad there is some kind of plan for more paths. I'm all for it, people in Socal drive like sociopaths.
The one problem I see w/ the Metrorail is that bikes are not allowed during busy times. I see their point, as you are taking space w/ the bike but is there a way to take your bike no matter what time it happens to be? Do they have racks on the Metro now or ??
The CalTrain between San Jose and San Francisco has one car dedicated to bicycles. There are no seats on the bottom level. The bikes lean against each wall, sometimes as many as 4 or 5 deep. I think it works real well and maybe our subways/trains would adopt something like that if bike usage increased.
I used to take Metrolink with my bike and I did hear people complain about dodging all the bikes near the exit and their concern of getting grease on their clothes. The dedicated car would take care of this.
When you are on the platform, it can sometimes be tricky to guess which car you should board where there is adequate space for your bike. With the dedicated car always in the same position (on the CalTrain, it is always the northernmost car), the bikes know where to board.
As for the dedicated bike paths, I am in favor of these. If a particular path doesn't work for a bicyclist, they can always ride on the street as they do today. Local municipalities cannot prevent a bicycle on a public street.
However, I AM cynical (no one need call me it) that it will ever come to fruition.
Mary do you ride on PCH?
Why, yes, Alice, I do at times ride PCH. I've ridden it mostly from Malibu up north which feels far safer (feels is the operative word here). I do not like to ride it anywhere NEAR Santa Monicaish area.
Why do you ask? Hmmmm?
No catch. I was just curious as I think it's a really scary place to ride, that's all...
It is scary... The worst part is between SM and Pepperdine.
Iím not crazy about it, but I do it every weekend - usually in a group though.
Yeah, PCH is not my favorite for sure. The view is lovely, but the speeding traffic...not so much.
[QUOTE=merider1;5840999]Vanceypoo, they (we) are going to talk on their (our) cell phones until July 2008 anyway. Then they (we) will talk into their (our) "hands free" devices. I think a safe bike path away from all the talking and driving would be just great.
However, I AM cynical (no one need call me it) that it will ever come to fruition.[/QUOTE
I use to work as a press secretary for one of the councilpersons in city hall and Ed Reyes is not known as a mover and shaker. He's full of crap. He needs to clean up the facilities he has in his district now. I've been riding around Dodger stadium and other parts of his district. The paths he does have are full of trash, human feces and plain ghetto. The parks are unkempt. He needs to stop looking at some pie in the sky bike paths and clean up his district.
Not reported in the article, but mentioned in the accompanying TV news clip, the goal is to have a working plan completed by 2009. I'd be curious who all is behind this, providing Ed Reyes with insight and incentive. A genuinely positive and proactive step (for those immediately effected and benefited by bike paths in their communities) would be to follow up with calls, questions and criticisms, plus offer public support in whatever way would be helpful.
I'm not aware of the bike community here in LA being as politically active as the San Fran bike community. The San Fran area bike community, while definitely active, is also known for it's loud, "streety", disruptive tactics that irritate and polarize the majority of car commuters. Attention getting, sure, but not very productive. I certainly wouldn't support or participate in those kind of tactics here in LA. One thing that would be helpful while the LA plan is being hatched, is for the planning office to provide regular updates and progress reports to the bike community through direct communication outlets such as BF. In fact, I'm surprised we had to learn about this plan through my chance stumbling across it while searching for local news items on the rainfall. They should be playing to the LA bike community strengths, part of which is social networking and information sharing services such as BF! Give BF some info and it'll spread fast! We'll probably buy the t-shirts and jerseys too. Social rides, parades, you name it.
Speaking of politically active (and of "streety" tactics that may irritate certain people--oh nooooooes!!!1!1!1!), you are all cordially invited to join a group of us on Friday night when we adorn our bikes with festive lights and ride through the Festival of Lights at Griffith Park from which we have been foolishly and illegally banned. Meet at the Mulholland Fountain at Riverside Drive and Los Feliz at 7:30, ride at 8:00.
There is a very slight risk of receiving a (totally illegitimate) citation if you come with us. It should be noted that we expect to be riding through total vehicular gridlock the entire time, though, so the chances of park officials pursuing us, even if they wanted to, seem pretty slim. Anyway, we're not planning to make trouble or stop the show--indeed, we'll be contributing to it--so we don't anticipate any major conflict.
I'm told that battery powered colored lights are available at IKEA for cheap.
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I don't mind north (west) of Topanga at all.
OK, let me rephrase that:
Those of you who are not total defeatists are cordially invited to join us (etc., etc.)
Simplistic Ideologies R Coffins
Alas, i still fear that there still aren't enough regular bike commuters who use metrolink to justify more room for bicycles.