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Wednesday, January 21st
Offsite Blogging CCIV
This week's Flying Pigeon LA column looks at the sudden movement towards a safer and more community-friendly North Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, which took place only after a year of failed negotiations finally inspired residents to take to the street in protests—which were dismissed by a local NGO as "less than productive." But then, They Always Say that.

Meanwhile, on Orange 20 Bikes, I take a moment to announce that OMG, for Sure? A CicLAvia in the Valley? Which I look forward to riding in a few short weeks!

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:28:49 -0800 [link]  

Saturday, January 17th
"Velo-la.com" URL For Sale
Several years ago, I bought the URL "velo-la.com," thinking to use it for a series of expos in the Los Angeles area. I never gathered the resources necessary to carry out that plan, so now I'd like to sell the URL for any reasonable offer. It could work for someone else's expo, a bike shop, an online community, an advocacy group, a magazine, or whatever else your entrepreneurial imagination might come up with.

If you are interested, email me via this site's comments page, and maybe we can make a deal.

This domain name is paid up through the middle of May, 2015.

Richard Risemberg on Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:53:23 -0800 [link]  

Wednesday, January 14th
Offsite Blogging CCIII
We have "hope"-themed posts today for both Orange 20 Bikes and Flying Pigeon LA, with the former seeing Shadows of Hope in both Northeast Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, and the latter detailing what the Five Blocks of Hope in that neighborhood may entail.

These might be turning points for the region…or not. We'll have to wait and see, so don't retire your banners and keyboards yet…. It ain't over till it's over.

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:31:11 -0800 [link]  

Wednesday, January 7th
Offsite Blogging CCII
Couple more posts for you this week, probably to no one's surprise…

On Orange 20 Bikes' website, I sing, Don't Cry for Me, Infrastructure, as I examine why it took a year and a half for LADOT to replace a damaged bike rack at a popular café.

And over on Flying Pigeon LA, I call out Northeast LA's rogue council member Gil Cedillo as A Tyrant and a Bully…despite his application of those very terms to his beleaguered constituents.

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 07 Jan 2015 21:37:48 -0800 [link]  

Thursday, January 1st
Offsite Blogging CCI
Here we are at the very end of the year, and Im still inflicting posts on you!

On Orange 20's site, this week, I offer Fixing Flats: a Primer, and follow up with a plug for my recent book, which is full of urbanist Rants & Raves.

The on Flying Pigeon LA's blog, I delve into the Shadows of the Past, especially some startling confessions from shadowy Gil Cedillo, council member for much of Northeast Los Angeles, and staunch bike lane opponent today…but not during his campaign….

Richard Risemberg on Thu, 01 Jan 2015 02:24:57 -0800 [link]  

Wednesday, December 24th
Offsite Blogging CC
Well, here's all you're gonna get for the holidays from me: yep, two more posts. One's the usual complaining, this time about The Politics of Betrayal, posted on Orange 20 Bikes's website.

Followed by something a little more positive for Flying Pigeon LA: A Return to Normalcy, which notes the gradual mainstreming—or should we say re-mainstreaming?—of everyday bicycling to the transporatation matrix.

See you on New Year's Eve!

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 21:42:59 -0800 [link]  

Wednesday, December 17th
Offsite Blogging CXCIX
Orange 20 Bikes this week examines some corporate chainstore efforts at providing bike parking, and says, "Close…But No Cigar."

And Flying Pigeon LA examines the sad case of a council member who accuses his constituents of trying to bully him when they ask for safer streets, in a stunning, perhaps shocking, example of Tantrumocracy.

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:48:49 -0800 [link]  

Return of the Rain
It's actually rained twice this winter in Los Angeles, which, if you're following the news about California's intesen drought, you know is good news indeed.

And it's even better news that it doesn't seem to be chasing cyclists into buses or their cars.

I indulged in my usual Tuesday ride to South Pasadena today. Rain had fallen steadily since midnight, but by 9:30, when I left, it had diminished to a regular but gentle patter. Coddled in wool, I soon removed my jacket and rode on happily through the sprinkle.

And I wasn't alone: Fourth Street bore, if anything, slightly more cyclists than usual—and many of them, if I may judge by the cut and cost of their attire and the kinds of bikes they rode, were middle-class people on the way to work. And there seemed fewer cars. When I cut north through Larchmont Village—I have a soft spot for the place—several riders were pedaling into it ahead of me, and a number of parked bikes indicated that the rain had had little deterrent effect. The sopping streets carried me to Buster's Coffee and my meeting with Chuck Schmidt without incident.

When I left to go home, it was raining hard enough that the application of water exceeded the self-drying property of well-made wool, so I finally put on the rain cape. It rained steadily all the way home, but, nose and toes aside, I stayed dry. The air was cool and fresh-smelling, the light gentle, the reflections on wet streets endlessly intriguing.

The bike, of course, has fenders, and a dyno hub meant that I could run my lights without fear of depleting batteries. The pannier kept my various waterproofs handy as the weather changed, and…"a good time was had by all"!

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:08:37 -0800 [link]  

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