Taking a Look at Bike to Work Week

5_15_09_header.JPGPhoto of Wednesdays Tour of the Downtown: Gary Leonard/Metro

Some people think that Bike to Work Day and Bike to Work Week are cop-outs.  I’ve heard and read a couple of notable cyclists that complain that governments roll out the red carpet for cyclists one week per year to try and make up for the other 51.

I take a somewhat less pessimistic view.  Since we live in a city that still doesn’t do bike counts when it counts cars, this is our week to show everyone how many of us ride bikes, and how diverse our growing community is.  After all, they can’t ignore our presence on the streets when we’re at events they help program.  Metro, LADOT and the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition worked together on the events within the city while C.I.C.L.E. and the City of Pasadena worked together on Bike Week Pasadena. 

What follows is a compilation of photos, with a video, of images from around the county this week.  If people have their own images, please send them to me or provide a link in the comments section.  Right now, we’re a little heavy on pictures taken by government employees.

(Update: A new batch of pictures just came in, keep them coming!)

Will Campbell provides this video of his attempt to do all six pit stops in the Downtown core

Monday

5_15_09_monday_allen.jpgBike Week kicks off Downtown.  Councilman Huizar, at the podium, biked to the event, his first time biking to work.  Photo: Charles Allen/LADOT

5_15_09_cicle.jpgCICLE programmed a week of events in Pasadena, including an airing of Contested Streets on Monday. Bike Week Pasadena continues through tomorrow.
5_15_09_blessing.jpgTuesday was Good Samaritan’s Blessing of the Bikes. For Streetsblog’s coverage of the event, click here.
5_15_09_wednesday_Gary_Leonard.JPGRiders gather at a Red Line stop for a ride through the Downtown on Wednesday. Photo Gary Leaonard/Metro

5_15_09_orcutt.jpgWednesday was Ladies Night in Pasadena. Photo: Beth Orcutt
5_15_09_metro_bike_ride.jpgMetro also organized a "Bike Train" for employees in Pasadena to Bike to Work on Thursday.

5_15_09_pulsipher.jpgOutside the Regan building. Photo: David Pulsipher

5_15_09_cliff_bar.jpgCliff Bar sponsored a Bike to Work stand at Western and Hollywood.
5_15_09_Union_Station_Pit_Stop_gary_leonard.jpgMetro sponsored a stand in Union Station. Will Campbell complained it wasn’t easy to find. Photo: Gary Leonard/Metro

5_15_09_helen__s_cycles.jpgHelen’s Cycles in Santa Monica. Photo:Lisa Newton/Traveling Local
5_15_09_REI_store.jpgThe REI store in Santa Monica.  Photo: LN/Traveling Local

5_15_09_walgrove.jpgKidical Mass at Walgrove Elementary Photo: Dr. Michael Cahn/ Safe Bicycle Routes for L.A. Schools

If you have more or better pictures, send them along!  I’ll continue to update this post as more images, and video, come in.

  • Here’s a good look at the pit stops in Santa Monica.

    It was a fun morning……………….:)

  • Will Campbell

    Maybe it’s semantix, but I see my point of view more as realistic than pessimistic.

    And yes, certainly it is hard for cyclists to be ignored yesterday but it will be very easy to forget about us next week. Or the middle of October.

    Anyway, speaking of bike counts I tallied 68 cyclists on my ride from work yesterday, otherwise known as the entirely ignored and unpit-stopped “Bike To Home Night” component of Bike To Work Day. I was ecstatic that the number of riders I encountered was three-to four-times the norm — until I realized what a pathetically low number I was celebrating.

    But I’ll keep dreaming of the day it’s five or ten times that amount. If that’s not optimism I don’t know what is.

  • Don’t fret. There’s still plenty of people biking (to work or elsewhere) even if they didn’t show up to any of the designated areas. I bike everyday. To me it was just another day. I went to work. Not everyone gets the day off to go to rallys and stuff.

  • Hey Will, it’s Alan, the guest star from Pit Stop #1 in your video. This vid is terrific! Nice meeting you… spell my name right! ;-)

  • Will Campbell

    Sorry for the misspell, Alan. I promise I’ll get it right next time!

  • Okay Will, then I’ll see you at the same pit stop next year! :-)

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