Mayor Villaraigosa's Bike-Ride Pipe Dream Will Close Down 7 Miles Of City Streets For A Day
If you were mad about the traffic trauma created by President Obama's Westside visit last month, if the annual Los Angeles Marathon's street closures raise your blood pressure, or if you're simply tired of being passed by bicyclists as you crawl down Wilshire Boulevard, be prepared for more of the same next month:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's CicLAvia bike-ride event will shut down 7.5 miles of city streets Oct. 10 in order to open them up to cyclists, the only L.A. commuters who don't have to worry about traffic and who don't need to shut down streets in order to find room to move. Genius.
After breaking an elbow during a bike accident this summer, Villaraigosa seems to have downed a margarita pitcher of enviro-cylist Kool-Aid.
Don't get us wrong -- two wheels is often better than four. But don't make the world's most car-dependent city suffer because you want whiz down deserted streets like a school boy on his his first Schwinn.
So study this map, because it includes the streets you'll want to avoid on Oct. 10:
Oh, and the name, CicLAvia? It's a play on a similar ride that started in Bogota, Columbia, in 1976. Because as this city grapples with the high-tech challenges of the 21st Century, what it really needs is to become more like ... Bogota, Columbia.
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