February 25, 2014 |
It's been three months now since the city of Los Angeles, in its wisdom, slapped down the new, controversial bicycle lanes in the 2nd Street tunnel. Where there used to be four lanes of car traffic moving smoothly in both directions, there are now only two, plus a bike lane on either side. This is part of the city's ongoing efforts to make Los Angeles more bike-friendly. At the moment, there are about 350 miles of bike lanes in the city, among some 6,500 miles of streets. So how's it working out?
January 15, 2014 |
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has inadvertently stepped into - or should we say, driven into - L.A.'s jaywalking ticket controversy. On Tuesday, the mayor was being driven to City Hall when his official car, a black SUV, struck a pedestrian on Second Street near Spring Street. The woman in her 60s was taken to the hospital as a precaution. The mayor was on the phone at the time and apparently didn't see the accident. The collision comes a few weeks after the Downtown News first reported on a jaywalking crackdown in the city's Historic Core and the Financial District, in which Los Angeles police officers are ticketing walkers who step into the street during the “countdown.” What many walkers (including me)
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January 14, 2014 |
A pedestrian in her 60s was hospitalized Tuesday after being struck by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's vehicle in downtown Los Angeles, according to the mayor's office. Garcetti was in the car, speaking on the phone, when the accident occurred, according to a written statement released by his office. He did not see what happened, the statement said. "I'm very concerned about her and wish her a speedy recovery,” Garcetti said. "I look forward to speaking with her soon. " The police vehicle in which Garcetti was riding was heading east on Second Street near Spring Street, on the way to City Hall.
October 7, 2013 |
The fluorescent green Spring Street bike lane that bicyclists and downtown residents loved but film location scouts and production managers hated has been stripped off the street. It's been repainted a darker shade of green. In fact, it looks more turquoise than green. That should make the film folks happy -- or at least, happier than when Spring Street, one of the most filmed and photographed locales in Los Angeles, featured a 1.4-mile strip of green so bright that under lights for filming it bounced off and tinted everything it touched, including actors' faces.
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October 6, 2013 |
In 2008, Carlos Morales, an El Sereno, Calif., resident, weighed 400 pounds. Today, he weighs 200 pounds and is not only a CicLAvia participant but an enthusiastic cyclist who rides his bike 1,000 miles a month. “Cycling is my passion, it saved my life,” said the 53-year-old Morales, who was among thousands who participated in Sunday's bike festival centered in downtown Los Angeles. Joined by fellow members of the East Side Bike Club, founded in June 2008, Morales cycled on what he nicknamed the “10-footer” bike because five people pedal it at once.
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October 4, 2013 |
First it was bright green. Now it's darker. City officials said this week that crews were in the middle of reapplying the green paint that once boldly defined the 1.5-mile long bike lane that runs down Spring Street from Cesar Chavez Avenue to 9th Street in downtown Los Angeles. Bicyclists claimed the bright-green lane was helpful in defining the path to motorists. But after a prolonged bout with some in Hollywood who claimed the lane's bright color made location filming difficult, and with new marching orders from the Los Angeles City Council, the lane is now being painted a bit differently and in a darker shade of green, a type of forest green.