StreetsVid: A Chat with Joe Linton, Let’s Get Excited for CicLAvia

The second part of our new series introducing and interviewing the members of our local board of directors. While I don’t think anyone that reads Streetsblog with any regularity needs an introduction to Joe Linton, he provides some interesting perspective not just about CicLAvia and advocacy, but also about the role of the Internet and blogs in changing the way people communicate and advocate.

But first, we talked CicLAvia. The 7.5 mile open street festival rolls back into Los Angeles this Sunday. For more on CicLAvia than what Linton offers below, check out the CicLAvia blog and website.

And there’s a lot of good news happening in Los Angeles this year in addition to the 3, there are other open street events scheduled for July and October, CicLAvias. Here, Linton talks about two other projects that cyclists in mid-city are looking forward to in the next year. Bonus points if you can tell me why Linton refers to parts of one of the projects as “wimpy.”

Anyone that knows Linton knows that he is a tireless advocate for a host of livability issues: an improver L.A. River, urban-gardening and other green living tips, transportation and more. He chronicles his various loves on a series of websites including the CicLAvia blog, Streetsblog, the Eco-Village blog, and his art blog Handmade Ransom Notes.

On top of that, some Streetsbloggers might be surprised to hear that Linton is as well known in the world of river advocacy as he is the world of bicycle and active transportation advocacy. Linton’s chronicles his adventures with the L.A. River at Creek Freak.

Last, we ask everyone we interview if there were one thing that they could change about transportation in Los Angeles, what would it be. Linton’s answer may surprise you.

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