But for a nice little digestif, today Gina and I rode LA's second CicLAvia, a street opening modeled after Bogotá's famous ciclovias of some thirty years' standing.
Three decades of precedent or not, it's a "radical" idea for Los Angeles, to ban cars from just seven and a half miles of roadway so that the streets can transport tens of thousands of people cleanly, sociably, and efficiently for a change.
I doubt that the route had ever moved so many human beings in so short a time!
And this time a number of merchants who closed up shop last year, fearing that no cars meant no customers, smartened up: a hundred thousand or more happy cyclists rolling slowly by your store might turn out to be good for sales...I blogged this earlier today at Orange 20; you can read it there.
Suffice to say that it was again a wonderful, exhilarating, sociable several hours, enjoyable in every sense.
I hope these two snapshots convey some of the feeling:
More to come soon!