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Traveling in the Rain…L.A. Stories

10:03 AM PST on February 6, 2009

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When I was in New York last December to meet with the NYC Streetsblog crew, they were working on a post about how the NYCDOT deals with snow and bike lanes.  I chuckled to myself, at least that's one thing we don't have to deal with in Los Angeles.

But, every now and then, it does rain.  That we don't have to deal with wet commutes on a regular basis is both a good and bad thing.  Good, because biking in the rain or waiting for a bus in the lane can be a bad experience and the less we have to deal with it the better.  Bad because people that aren't used to commuting in bad weather make the road a dangerous place.

While I personally haven't had any unfortunate run-ins on the road because of weather, it does create challenges for people.  At the Bus Bench, Browne Molyneaux tweeted about some transit issues on her morning commute:

Note to car drivers, when it rains and you see the Blue Line knowthey have a hell of a time stopping this train. It is really sliding.

Today I've been warned by loved ones that it would be crazy to take my bike to my annual Friday lunch or to go out with friends tonight.  Given that it's supposed to rain well into the weekend, I ask all of you: is it really that bad to commute in the rain in L.A., and if you have a bad or weird story to share please do so in the comments.

Photo: Carmyarmyofme/Flickr

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