I met Cassandra at a ride to the Watts Towers organized by the CicLAvia South L.A. Host Committee. Not only did the bike have an incredible level of detail and craftsmanship, she had coordinated her outfit to go with the bike. She is, in other words, style in motion. She was kind enough to tell me about the bike then and invite me to meet the Rydaz photographed here. She first joined up with the club after seeing them riding in a parade. She had been riding on her own up in Pasadena for a while, but was glad to find others to ride with. Especially as a woman–there weren’t always so many on the road. Seeing more ladies out on the road more frequently these days is empowering, but, she says, she would like to encourage more women to get on bikes. Cassandra is also one tough rider. She was doored recently, when a woman refused to heed the warnings of other members of the group and opened the door right into her, splitting her shoe open, giving her a big gash in her leg, and sending her flying. The incident was quite serious, leaving Cassandra bleeding and putting an end to the ride outing that day. Laughing, however, Cassandra admitted that her first thought was about protecting the expensive custom bike from damage rather than herself.
Seattle is booming, and in downtown, transit has been absorbing most of the city's growth in travel. With the streets full during rush hour, the only way to increase capacity is to reallocate street space from cars to more compact modes like buses and bikes.
2016 Saw A Record Number Of USA Miles Driven (KPCC) DASH Driver Honks, Passes Dangerously Close To Cyclist (Biking in L.A.) Overtime LAPD Metro Policing A Catastrophic Liability (CityWatch) Carnage: 60-Year-Old Man Hit-and-Run Killed In Boyle Heights (Eastsider) …Cyclist Killed By Van In Sun Valley (Biking in L.A., CiclaValley) …Driver Strikes And Kills Man On 101 […]
So here we are. Trapped in other people's debates. Unable to address the really urgent questions we should be addressing about how we are growing as a city. And forced to take a developer-friendly position just to maintain a deeply imperfect status quo.
Metro and Transportation Committee meetings, BKOB, Santa Monica parks, films, Bike the Vote, and much more.
One in 11 U.S. public schools are within 500 feet of a highway, exposing 4.4 million children to elevated levels of pollution, putting kids at elevated risk of developing asthma. But cheap land remains alluring to school districts, and America's system of school siting is not getting better.
Richard Masoner at Cyclelicious has a roundup of new bicycle-related bills introduced just before California's deadline on Friday. Two are big news, including one that should clarify the rules about what the law about staying to the right actually means.