And on Orange 20's blog I cover another lost opportunity in Beverly Hills when I review a Paradise Ignored.
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:39:51 -0800 [link]
See The Ship Is Turning at Flying Pigeon LA, and look at Not What We Expected at Orange 20.
Good news for a change!
One's more about Seventh, and one's more about the city, so they complement each other. (And yes, I used the same photo in both posts.)
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:49:33 -0800 [link]
Nevertheless, the patch jobs are crappy--in part because the city never removes the broken concrete slabs that lie in the depths of the damage, and so the car traffic beats it up pretty badly--and so 4th Street's famous Troll Hole has finally returned.
I dropped a dime on it as usual. The city does indeed respond to requests sent in through their online form, though not always instantly. (You can turn in your favorite pothole as well, at the BSS Service Request page.) And since as of yesterday the hole had not been patched, I just wanted to let the numerous Los Angeles commuters who bicycle 4th Street to watch out at Hudson, for thought he river no longer flows, the troll is waiting for you once again.
With luck Street Services will have it patched within a few days, but until then, be careful.
As of 26 August 2011, the "Troll Hole" has been patched, not too badly either. Enjoy it while you can!
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:24:11 -0800 [link]
And Flying Pigeon LA sees me spouting off about Beverly Hills and how it is poised to pass up A Golden Opportunity to boost business and give itself a real town square with a little bit of bike love.
Take a look!
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 18 Aug 2011 07:37:36 -0800 [link]
Yesterday was overcast and cool, though dry, and loads of regular folks were out on their velos, along with a smattering of roadies. I took a few pictures, so here they are:
Santa Monica's new bike racks have been popping up all over town
Regular clothes are in style no matter what you ride
So are hats, apparently
As is a certain air of insouciance....
Baskets, bags, and backpacks abounded, and were often well-filled
And of course the Sunday bike valet...how much space would it take to park this many cars?
Santa Monica and Long Beach, farther down the coast, are now competing with each other for the crown of SoCal's best biking city, with Los Angeles far behind. Though we are getting our Seventh Street road diet and bike lanes ahead of schedule, it seems! Read about that on Streetsblog and the LADOT Bike blog..
Richard Risemberg on Mon, 15 Aug 2011 11:03:52 -0800 [link]
The primary color will be everybody's favorite, charcoal, though this time in a wool flannel rather than gabardine. The flannel is a little softer than the gab, but also a little thicker, so durability should be about equal, while they will bring a little more warmth to your legs for fall, winter, and early spring riding. These will have our traditional burdungy gusset at the cuff.
The secondary color will be olive brown, with a black gusset, in our usual mid-weight gabardine. We will have very few of these, and not in all sizes, so if olive is your choice, act fast!
Of course we still have the Classics in midnight as well as City Knickers v2.0 in true black, so visit our shopping cart to grab a pair if you fancy those colors. They are beginning to run out.
Richard Risemberg on Sat, 13 Aug 2011 15:47:54 -0800 [link]
At Orange 20, I wonder what ever happened to the bike corral that seemed so certain a few months ago. Perhaps it's true that, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, Everybody Must Get Stonewalled.
And over at Flying Pigeon LA, I look back at ourselves in the bicycle advocate world, and wonder Hey, Where'd You Go? when it was time to get real (if only a little bit).
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:22:06 -0800 [link]
Imagine how much smaller they could have made this giant garage if they'd though just a bit progressively and put in far more bike racks? (They have added more rack space over the years.) Certainly they coudl have dispensed with at least one of the eight floors. With a ton of concrete releasing a ton of CO2 into the atmosphere, and many hundreds of tons making up each floor, that alone would have made a significant difference.
Not to mention the differenced encouraging, rather than just tolerating, bicycle access would make.
I suspect they'll be having to expand bike parking yet again pretty soon.
In fact, we could not find spots for our bikes, and went over to the adjacent Farmers Market, which recently installed a bike corral itself. We passed several more cyclists pedaling toward the parking structure as we rode away. Did they stop and shop, or did they also move on to someplace more accommodating?
Richard Risemberg on Mon, 08 Aug 2011 11:56:24 -0800 [link]
This is the town of which Gertrude Stein famously said, "There is no there there."
Apparently that has changed...especially for cyclists and other lovers of urban life.
I was both delighted and dismayed to see what that often-maligned East Bay town has been doing to make cycling feasible on their streets--something which has the happy side effect of making life feasible on the streets as well. Multiple road diets, paving repairs (paving repairs!), wayfinding signage, bike lanes, loads of bike parking...in fact, 40% more bike parking than the City of Los Angeles, which is ten times larger! Even a few "bike-friendly" traffic signals.
As of June 2011, Oakland boasts:
- 105 miles of bikeways
- 5,148 bike parking spaces
- 167 wayfinding signs
- 16 bicycle-friendly traffic signals
But Oakland has all the same excuses. Our northern sister houses just under 400,000 people, with all the racial and income diversity of LA, and probably more. Here are some recent population stats:
- 27% White
- 27% Black
- 15% Asian
- 25% Latino
- 58% of the population are renters
- Population density averages 7300/sq.mi, whereas Los Angeles's is around 7500/sq. mi.--effectively the same
- The median income and poverty rate are worse than average for California
As Bikes Belong notes, "Oakland, California has the fifth highest bicycle mode share of any major U.S. city--2.2 percent and growing." Meanwhile, LA's mode share has just grown as well--to 0.99%.
Someone's doing something right, and it ain't LA, not yet. Maybe we could learn a little from that gritty little town up north....
Read the report on Oakland here.
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 04 Aug 2011 11:17:59 -0800 [link]
For Orange 20, I wrote on the dilemma Beverly Hills faces in getting more local shoppers to Beverly Drive, and how a A Lack of Imagination is all that's keeping them from seeing the (two-wheeled) answer to their prayers.
And over at Flying Pigeon LA, I cover the 4th Street Bicycle Boulevard, Beverly Hills again, and why people often see good things coming their way as a threat, in What's in a Name? ...And question why cities tend to celebrate road diets only when they fail....
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 04 Aug 2011 07:48:02 -0800 [link]