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Enough mobility talk; time for some horseplay

October 02, 2013|By Robert Greene
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Tuesday was the Walking Day of Action, Sunday is CicLAvia and every day in Los Angeles is drivers' day, so who are we leaving out?

It's Wednesday in Los Angeles: the Day of the Horse.

The Times editorial page and Opinion L.A. have been examining the role of cycling and cyclists in the city and, by extension, the use of our streets, the enhancement of community and mobility, and the relationship between activists and government.

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It's not quite clear where the horse comes into the equation. We do have horse trails in Los Angeles, and the horse does have a storied history here. But it's unlikley that we will have horse lanes on most city streets.

But there are parts of this metropolis that are horse country. Consider Shadow Hills, in a corner of Councilman Felipe Fuentes' Seventh District. Opinion L.A. checked in during the recent election with the Shadow Hills Property Owners Assn., and it became clear then, if it wasn't already, that in that neighborhood it's all about the horses.

Fuentes and 12th District Councilman Mitchell Englander, whose district includes the part of Chatsworth that still is given over to horses, in addition to the portion that is given over to office parks, presented the motion declaring the Day of the Horse. If you're in downtown Los Angeles on your way to the 11 a.m. demonstration to put th Los Angeles County Supervisors on probation or the noon demonstration to issue an injunction against the city attorney's office issuing any more gang injunctions, you can first stop by City Hall at 9:30 and visit horses in two makeshift corrals on the South Lawn.


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This post is part of an ongoing conversation to explore how the city’s cyclists, drivers and pedestrians share and compete for road space, and to consider policy choices that keep people safe and traffic flowing. For more: and #roadshareLA.

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