On a day when Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigos was trumpeting a 7.5-mile temporary bike route called “CicLAvia” for Oct. 10 (we don't get it either), a Washington, D.C. transportation group announced that L.A. has the second worst roads in the nation. (This inspired a newscaster on KNX 1070 Newsradio to quip that the cyclists on the route would be able to ride right into the nearest pothole).
For anyone who has popped a tire or cracked an aluminum wheel (raises hand) in the city's bone-shaking crevices we call streets the nonprofit group TRIP's declaration that L.A. has one of America's “roughest rides” is only surprise insofar as we came in second. Sixty-three percent of the region's streets were deemed to be in “poor condition,” according to the report (PDF).
The good news is that the latest TRIP ranking has L.A. in second. The last one, in December, put the city in first place. We were beat out by San Jose. Apparently its roads aren't paved with silicon riches.
Our favorite pothole routes have included:
-Beverly Boulevard around Larchmont Village (repaved in some parts not long after Fox 11 News followed our report and did live shots from a few jacuzzi-sized craters).
-Wilshire Boulevard, from Miracle Mile to downtown. We'd go four-wheel-drive for this stretch.
-Venice Boulevard from Venice through to Mar Vista and Culver City. Yee-haw.
-Western Avenue through Koreatown. A medley of motion.
-Pico Boulevard through West L.A. Will break for asphalt canyons.