30 September 2008
Neat, aren't they? I wish I had known about this sooner!
I mean, is it too much to ask that the nation's second largest city at least try to be as forward-thinking as its first largest city? I don't think that's too much to ask. I'm just saying.
24 September 2008
- Did everyone get to visit a park on Park[ing] Day last Friday?
- Curbed poll: MagLev or High Speed Rail?
- Oh Amsterdam. Why do you taunt me with your clean air and bike-friendliness?
- Designing a smarter vehicle, seen on Inhabitat
- The STRiDA MAS folding bike, and the people who don't love it
- ...And a better review of the Bike Friday folding bike
- I hope for GM's sake the Chevy Volt works. Not for Bob Lutz' sake though.
- Meanwhile, Toyota completes a solar array bigger than 4 football fields
- A "bike" that goes from land to water!
- I've sworn off motorcycles but I would get on this one
- Grrrr. An Op-ed against bikes on the roads
- This solar taxi is so awesome!
- Will Metro's plan for congestion pricing work?
- Quote of last week on not wearing a bike helmet
21 September 2008
The group meets at Union Station
Inside Broadway's Million Dollar Theater
The beautiful Bradbury Building
The Mayan Theater
The Crystal Ballroom at the Millenium Biltmore, where the first Academy Awards were held
18 September 2008
Speaking of bike happiness, CICLE is hosting a group ride this Saturday, September 20. Meet in front of Union Station at 1 pm, the ride departs at 1:30 pm sharp. Here's the annoucement from their newsletter:
I'll be there!
This Saturday's Urban Expeditions Ride
That's Entertainment! Downtown L.A.
Critics agree; Urban Expeditions is "Visually stunning". "Show stopping performances!" "The ride of your life!"
This month's Urban Expeditions' episode, "That's Entertainment! Downtown L.A.", is a tautly wound drama starring Downtown Los Angeles. It airs Saturday, Sept 20th, at 1:00PM at Union Station in Downtown L.A.--don't miss a moment of it.
Downtown L.A. is haggard, gritty and desperate for a comeback. Can she reclaim her place as the queen of L.A., or is she destined to be just another forgotten has-been? From Hollywood film premiers, to famous entertainers who played there, Downtown L.A. played grand hostess to any star-studded event worth its weight in marble and gold leaf.
Take an intimate look inside the life of Downtown's Theater District and her storied past. Flash back to an era of limitless possibilities and an endless parade of stars. Before there was Hollywood, there was Downtown.
What got Charlie Chaplin hot under the collar at the Los Angeles theater? Why was Duke Ellington receiving death threats at the Mayan? From her rise to fame, to her humiliating flops, you'll fall in love with Downtown's indomitable spirit.
C.I.C.L.E. presents you with an all-new family fun episode of Urban Expeditions, sponsored by REI. From Vaudeville, to talkies, to the start of TV, you'll immerse yourself in this edge-of-your-seat story of love, greed and tragedy, plus a little slapstick thrown in for comic relief.
Stay tuned to your favorite L.A. Bicycle Education and Entertainment station--call letters C.I.C.L.E.--for the next airing of Urban Expeditions, the bike ride series that everyone's riding about.
Meet: In front of Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St, L.A.
Time: 1:00 PM. Ride Departs 1:30 PM SHARP
What to bring: Your bike. Children under age 9 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device. All participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Bikes must be in good working order, make sure the brakes stop, tires are to full pressure, and bring lights if riding in dusk or dark conditions. Water and snack are always recommended.
More Information: Call 323.478.0060 or visit, www.cicle.org
*That's what I always tell myself when drivers yell at me so I don't get upset, freak out and wreck.
15 September 2008
I sincerely hope this isn't the case and that when the investigation is completed, we find out that there was a malfunction or something. Nevertheless, it won't bring those people back, and it won't help the people who are still in the hospital and facing months of rehab. I'll definitely get on a train again, but next time, I might head towards the back.
11 September 2008
- North/South connections to the subway are being studied, including the 405 Corridor Study and adding bus service in conjunction with the subway stops, but those are not a part of this particular study.
- About 22% of the riders that would use the MWE would be coming from the San Gabriel Valley, much to the chagrin of Supervisor Gloria Molina, who has not been in favor of the project or Measure R
- Ridership on the Red and Purple Lines has grown from 120,000 riders/day in 2006/07 to 153,000 riders/day this summer
- BART in the Bay Area handles about 322,000 riders/day and would have approximately twice the mileage of the Metro subway system if the Wilshire and West Hollywood lines are constructed, meaning that the Metro system would have about twice the ridership per mile compared to BART.
- The current ridership models only account for trips back and forth from home to work, but a large amount of traffic is comprised of people headed to meetings or trips social in nature. Once those "special generators" are factored in, the project will be even more favorable in terms of receiving federal funding.
- In the 28 years since the first Metro sales tax was passed, the westside has been the only area of the county not to receive rail service.
10 September 2008
But, I'd imagine that many of you who ARE interested in alternative forms of transportation are also supporting Barack Obama for President. If not, that's fine too ... this is a free country, after all. But I am, and I wanted to share some photos from a recent event that we had in support of Obama's candidacy.
The event is called "BARACKCYCLE" and it's a once-a-month bike ride, somewhere in Los Angeles, of Obama supporters. The most recent ride began at Hollywood and Highland with a small but enthusiastic group of cyclists. We went from there, to Beverly Hills, to West Hollywood, and back. All in all, we rode 19 miles that day! In the sun! I'm not going to lie, I had a headache for the rest of the day. But it was great fun - a good way to workout, and support our favorite candidate (and bike fan), AND raise awareness of cyclists on the road. Some of those roads were scary, and I never would have ridden on them without my little team of BarackCyclists. But we did pretty good!
If you are a member of BarackObama.com, look for the next BARACKCYCLE by searching for events in the Los Angeles area. We hope to see you there!
08 September 2008
About 90% of the time, when I need to go to Santa Monica, I take the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus. They have an express bus, the aptly named 10 line, that goes from numerous stops in Downtown LA to numerous stops in central Santa Monica. It's a great bus, really ... it's quick, you can put your bike on the front, and it's usually quite timely. Unfortunately it has a limited schedule ... typically service ends by about 8 pm, but it does run on the weekends. And if you go to Santa Monica on the 10 and you miss the last bus, remember that you can always catch the 720 on Wilshire, which goes from one end to the other, pretty much all day and night.
So remember, if the Republic of Santa Monica is your destination ... the Big Blue Bus will get you there. (I wish I had a picture to put here ... suffice it to say that the bus is big, blue, and well, a bus.)
06 September 2008
So the ever-informative Treehugger has just posted some findings about bike helmets that I think you non-helmet people might want to pay attention to. They say the debate is over, because they have finally found a study that looks at pediatric and adult bicycling deaths before and after passage of a bicycle helmet law. After the bike helmet law went into effect, the death rate was cut in half. Discuss.
03 September 2008
It would be irresponsible of me to write a blog about living in a place without a car if I didn't talk about public transportation. And it would be irresponsible of me to talk about public transportation without encouraging you to support it. Today I'm going to discuss some of the transportation issues that voters must decide on this November.
First we have Measure R. Measure R is VERY IMPORTANT to the future of Los Angeles as a city of the 21st century. Basically it's a half-cent sales tax increase which will "fund and expedite rail and traffic issues, including the Subway to the Sea AND Airport, and freeway improvements throughout LA County." Even drivers can get behind that!
There is also the issue of California Prop 1A, aka the "Bullet Train", which is a statewide bond issue and won't raise taxes. Can you imagine getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco faster, safer and cheaper than by plane? I know I can ... I mean, I'm not fond of planes to begin with but you don't have to be a rocket scientist to see that plane travel is getting to be more expensive and more of a hassle than ever before.
So make sure to vote for public transportation for Los Angeles in November!
*Thanks to Davide for pointing these out to me!*
01 September 2008
Daily Mail photo found at Mixx
I mean, how cool are these things?!? I guarantee you if I went cruising around town with this monocycle, nobody would give me any trouble at all. Then again, I might cause wrecks, but still ... they are bad-ass, aren't they?
Image credit:Xinhua, found at Beijing Olympic Games
OK, so I probably can't get one of those anywhere, unless I go to China and track them down and bribe someone, or something. In the meantime, I think I may have stumbled upon the set of 4 wheels that I'd like to purchase in the future, if presented with the opportunity to do so again. It's called the Toyota iQ, and although it's clearly not as flashy as the "Beijing monocycle," it's arguably one of the smallest and most fuel-efficient four-passenger cars in the world. And I think it's pretty cute, anyway.
Image courtesy of Treehugger.com
Unfortunately this scrappy little car won't be sold in the U.S. in the near future ... only in Japan and then in Europe early next year. But I think there are a lot of people, like me, who would shell out the relatively meager $13,000 to buy it here in the U.S. I hope so, anyway! Because I want Toyota to bring it here! Click here to read more about the iQ. Alas, I will keep dreaming ...