Introducing Today’s Guest Writer: Angela Serratore

10_5_09_waiting.jpgWaiting for the bus.

I thought today we’d try something a little different.  There are a lot of issues related to the transportation and the quest to make Los Angeles’ streets more livable, sustainable and environmentally friendly.  Unfortunately, I sometimes neglect some of those related issues when racing to the next "breaking news" story.  One of the major issues that doesn’t get a lot of ink here is historic preservation.

Today’s writer, Angela Serratore, is a freelance writer focusing
on urban historic preservation and related issues.  After four years in
Western Massachusetts and one in the District of Columbia, she returned
to her ancestral homeland of Sherman Oaks to apply to graduate school
and pester her elected officials about pedestrian-unsafe intersections.
Her favorite Los Angeles transit resource is the DASH, and willingly admits that she does not
know how to ride a bicycle.

  • I love Angela.

    Angela is also living in Sherman Oaks without a car. The girl walks everywhere, patiently rides the bus (and uses Google Transit), and definitely has gone from LA to Orange County & San Diego using solely transit & walking. So yes, the girl knows way more than I do about historical preservation and the built environment. But I enjoy listening to her observations about mobility and accessibility in LA expressly because she’s not a transportation geek. She has a refreshing take on things.

  • angle

    Great to have some unique voices represented here!

    On a related note, I’ve had a number of conversations with people about the best ways for adults to learn to ride a bicycle. A really good method is summed up in the “Adult Beginners” section of this Sheldon Brown article:

    http://sheldonbrown.com/teachride.html

    Not that I’m implying that there’s ANYTHING wrong with walking, mind you.

  • Not that there’s anything wrong with walking (some of my best friends are pedestrians), but another resource if you someday decide you want to learn to ride. C.I.C.L.E. teaches “Learn to Bike” classes for adults who’ve never ridden:
    http://www.cicle.org/bike_now/ed_program_page.php