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Old 07-18-10, 08:08 AM   #1
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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa broke his elbow in a bicycle accident

I guess whatever keeps cycling in the news.

From the LA Times blog.
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Old 07-18-10, 09:18 AM   #2
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Welcome to the club Antonio.
I hope you have as much trouble handling things as we do in accidents.
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Old 07-18-10, 09:33 AM   #3
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I'm sorry for the Mayor's injury, but I can't help feeling hopeful.

Perhaps now Tony V. will turn some attention to the hazards of biking in our fair-weather city.

By all rights, Los Angeles should be a bike paradise, but the policy of the LADOT (a city department, controlled partially by the Mayor) is to prioritize fast car travel at the expensive of pedestrian and bike safety. But with more and better bike lanes and improved street designs, LA could be a safe place for anyone to bike.

There have been some good changes this year; the new LA bike plan (http://www.labikeplan.org/) is much better than the previous version, thanks to the hard work of many advocates, and the LAPD have really changed their attitude towards bikes, even participating constructively in the last Critical Mass in Hollywood (http://la.streetsblog.org/2010/06/26/kumbaya/).

Along with the great changes in nearby cities like Long Beach (http://www.bikelongbeach.org/), Pasadena and Santa Monica, things are improving for bike riders in Los Angeles county, but we have a long way to go before the average person considers their bike a safe and normal method of transportation.

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I'm sorry for the Mayor's injury, but I can't help feeling hopeful.

Perhaps now Tony V. will turn some attention to the hazards of biking in our fair-weather city.

By all rights, Los Angeles should be a bike paradise, but the policy of the LADOT (a city department, controlled partially by the Mayor) is to prioritize fast car travel at the expensive of pedestrian and bike safety. But with more and better bike lanes and improved street designs, LA could be a safe place for anyone to bike.

There have been some good changes this year; the new LA bike plan (http://www.labikeplan.org/) is much better than the previous version, thanks to the hard work of many advocates, and the LAPD have really changed their attitude towards bikes, even participating constructively in the last Critical Mass in Hollywood (http://la.streetsblog.org/2010/06/26/kumbaya/).

Along with the great changes in nearby cities like Long Beach (http://www.bikelongbeach.org/), Pasadena and Santa Monica, things are improving for bike riders in Los Angeles county, but we have a long way to go before the average person considers their bike a safe and normal method of transportation.
Well put.
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Old 07-18-10, 10:42 AM   #5
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Let the blogging begin!

This is big news, hopefully the Mayor will have a speedy recovery and get back into the saddle...
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Apparently he and Lu bike regularly. You think someone who's on a bike regularly with his girlfriend would have a safe street campaign for peds and cyclists. Maybe now he will.

http://la.streetsblog.org/

In addition to the positive changes mentioned by jeisenbe, we have a cycling advocate running for the City Council in CD4, LaBonge's district. That's how you get changes in the City.
http://stephenbox.com/

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Apparently he and Lu bike regularly. You think someone who's on a bike regularly with his girlfriend would have a safe street campaign for peds and cyclists. Maybe now he will.

In addition to the positive changes mentioned by jeisenbe, we have a cycling advocate running for the City Council in CD4, LaBonge's district. That's how you get changes in the City.
http://stephenbox.com/
Yeah, go Stephen! I should move to CD4 to vote for him. ;-)
Does he post on BF? Anyone in LA who lives in CD4 (Parts of Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, N Hollywood, Park Mile, Wilshire Center, and Los Feliz) should vote for him, and consider volunteering to get out the vote in their neighborhood.
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Yeah, go Stephen! I should move to CD4 to vote for him. ;-)
Does he post on BF? Anyone in LA who lives in CD4 (Parts of Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, N Hollywood, Park Mile, Wilshire Center, and Los Feliz) should vote for him, and consider volunteering to get out the vote in their neighborhood.
Yeah I'm gonna volunteer. He's in my district.

And I'm proud to say I've never voted for that do nothing LaBonge. He'll have rides around his district, but ask what safety improvements he's done for cyclists or pedestrians--nothing. It took us 10 years to get a light at Traders. Only after a pedestrian lost his life did we get a signal. Now if it has anything to do with Griffith Park, he's out there in front of cameras.
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Stephen has posted here on BF, as has his wife, Enci.
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Wow! And now this statement!
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What percentage of LA's budget is 3.2M?
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I think they should invest in better taxi drivers!
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What percentage of LA's budget is 3.2M?
The city budget is $6.8 billion, with 12% (800 million) for "transportation", according to the Mayor's office: http://mayor.lacity.org/Issues/Balan...dex.htm#budget
The LADOT budget is somewhere around 400 million (with other transportation costs related to police and some other departements, I guess?)

So, 3.2 million is 0.04% of the budget, and 0.5% of the transportation budget, and about 1% of the LADOT budget

Considering that walking and bikes are 10 to 15% of all trips in Los Angeles (especially because of the number of people walking to and from transit), that's way too low a percentage.

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The city budget is $6.8 billion, with 12% (800 million) for "transportation", according to the Mayor's office: http://mayor.lacity.org/Issues/Balan...dex.htm#budget
The LADOT budget is somewhere around 400 million (with other transportation costs related to police and some other departements, I guess?)

So, 3.2 million is 0.04% of the budget, and 0.5% of the transportation budget, and about 1% of the LADOT budget

Considering that walking and bikes are 10 to 15% of all trips in Los Angeles (especially because of the number of people walking to and from transit), that's way too low a percentage.
Alice should change her post to "Ow! And now we're getting screwed!"
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I wonder how the City of Bell prepares its budget. They must a pretty sharp City Manager and Mayor.
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I wonder how the City of Bell prepares its budget. They must a pretty sharp City Manager and Mayor.
Isn't that something? The whole crowd who ran that not-so-wealthy city were stealing the city blind.

And in broad daylight too.
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