Also, I received another note from my friend Bill that I'd like to pass on. It's part of his reaction to the hullaballoo that followed our mayor Villaraigosa's bicycle accident last week:
Since the mayor's bicycle crash last week, while driving and riding around the town, I have been paying attention to both motorists and bicyclists on the mean streets of LA just checking to see who is the real problem: my findings; it's the motorists fault...and the bicyclists fault. Every LA intersection is the bar scene from Star Wars. While bicyclists are running red lights or at best giving it a Chicago stop (in Chicago, they may call it an LA stop), there are three more cars making a left hand turn after the original car turned left on the red light. So, wake up LA, everyone is at fault; everyone should lighten up on the pedal. So, do you get to be the kettle and I get to be the pot; or do I get to be the kettle....I personally have seen four motorists (and at least as many cyclists) blatantly run reds in the last week, sometimes after having stopped first. And a few pedestrians as well! There's little excuse for throwing of first stones on either side....
I also was aware that one of three motorists was talking on his cellphone while driving; and one of three bicyclists had his iPod bug in his ears: everyone is driving/riding distracted. It is the bar scene from Star Wars (in LA, it may be the bar scene from Sodom and Gomorrah...on wheels).