Next week is Bike to Work Week throughout Los Angeles County. In addition to the events in Downtown Los Angeles sponsored by LADOT and LAPD; there are events in Culver City, Glendale, Pasadena and Long Beach. And that’s not even including the dozens of "pit stops" that will be set up during commuting hours next Thursday on Bike to Work Day.
It’s not news to anyone who regularly reads Streetsblog that cyclists have a lot of gripes with the agencies that sponsor a lot of these events, and just because there are some cool events next week doesn’t mean we should let any of these agencies off the hook. Thanks for the support Chief Beck, but the LAPD still needs to come through with some policy changes. Same goes for you Metro!
And LADOT…oh, LADOT. Last year in my Bike to Work Week preview I chided you for not getting out the Draft of the Bike Plan in the time frame you promised. This year is back to the future for me. Again, cyclists are waiting for a Bike Plan Draft we were promised in
February, March, April, sometime soon. C’mon!
So enjoy Bike to Work Week! But a note to our friends at LADOT, LAPD and Metro: don’t think one week of parties lets you off the hook for the long-term changes we’ve been promised.
For a full list of events, read on after the jump. If there’s something I’m missing, let me know and I’ll make sure to include it.
Downtown Los Angeles – In front of the new LAPD Headquarters, now with bike racks, Chief
Charlie Beck will join Metro Chair Ara Najarian, City
Council member Tom LaBonge, LADOT General Manager Rita
Robinson, LACBC Executive Director Jennifer
Klausner, and Metro CEO Art Leahy, will encourage motorists to safely share the
road with bicyclists. The press conference begins at 8:00 A.M.
Glendale – At 7:00 P.M., the Glendale Library hosts a showing of Contested Streets. This film tells the story of New York City in the 20th Century and how the transportation decision forever altered the city. It should be noted that the film ends before the Janette Sadik-Kahn takeover of NYCDOT.
Downtown Los Angeles – It’s the Blessing of the Bikes at Good Samaritan Hospital at 8:00 A.M. Always a crowd pleaser, and there’s good food! And, the hospital hands out the "Golden Spoke." Previous winners include LaBonge and former Mayor Richard Riordan.
Downtown Los Angeles – Metro sponsors a bike tour of Downtown Los Angeles starting and ending at the Olvera Street South Plaza. Ride starts at 8:00.
Everywhere – It’s Bike to Work Day! Some transit agencies, including Metro and LADOT, offer free rides to cyclists and of course there will be "pit stops" set up around the county to make the morning commute easier. For a list or participating transit agencies, click here. For a map of the pit stops, click here.
Pasadena – It’s the Pasadena Crosstown Ride. Very similar to Wednesday’s ride in the Downtown, but in Pasadena. The ride starts at 7:00 P.M. in the One Colorado Courtyard. Arrive a little early so you have time to sign-in. Following the ride will be a screening of "Return of the Scorcher" and then an after party. Sounds like a good time at One Colorado.
Culver City – It’s the first annual Culver City Family Bike Ride. The ride runs from 10 A.M. to noon and starts and ends at Veteran’s Memorial Park Children’s Playground.
Pasaden- Families and Bikes Day in Central Park. Join C.I.C.L.E. and the City of Pasadena and
other enthusiastic parents on Saturday, May 22nd from 10:00 AM – 2:00
PM for this free, fun and informational day centered around the
Glendale – Another tour ride. This time, visit all of the historic parks of Glendale in one fell swoop. Meet at 9:00 A.M. at Chess Park on Brand Blvd. (227 N. Brand Blvd).