About half way through the above video, KTLA’s Eric Spillman talks to the L.A. Marathon’s Peter Abraham about the transportation plan for people wishing to be at the end of the marathon. Under KTLA’s banner of "Parking Problems," Abraham rationally explains that you should probably bike (free bike valet!) or take transit to the end of the race. That’s when things go off the tracks if you will.
Spillman (panicked): But there will be enough parking, theoretically.
Abraham (bemused): Theoretically, there is…
A couple of moments later, Spillman and the anchors have the following discussion
Anchor Woman: …I am a little concerned about one suggestion. If you’re going to run in the marathon, ride your bike there? Isn’t it enough that you’re going to be running 26.2 miles?
Anchor Man (pumping his arms and looking ridiculous): YOU GOTTA GET WARMED UP!
Spillman: No, no, no, no, no. Mostly it’s about the spectators. You can park a few blocks away, from the finish here; which is Ocean Ave. and Santa Monica Boulevard here in Santa Monica. Then, you can get on your bike and ride here and avoid a lot of parking problems.
So there you have it…don’t worry about biking too far if you want to enjoy the festivities at the end of the L.A. Marathon. Just drive until you see car parking then get out and bike the rest of they way. Thanks, KTLA, for reminding me of the state of transportation discussions on L.A.’s television news.