neptronix wrote:Do they have any bikeways in los angeles? or any part of southern California outside of maybe long beach and Santa Monica?
Here in the mountain states ( Utah, Colorado etc ), bikeways are popular. Separate a slow moving bicycle from fast moving car traffic, and whaddya know.. less bicyclists are getting killed.
With all the money California has, you'd think they could put some in.
I grew up near San Luis Obispo, CA, and spent time out in LA. It seems that only the smaller cities, some very liberal parts of northern California, and college areas care about bikeability out there.
I was never interested in biking out on So Cal.. ride your bike on the side walk through sprawl, dodging homeless people, gangsters, and aggresive drivers? nooooo thank you.
There are some paths through Los Angeles. I ride on the western most section of the LA river halfway to downtown which has a path.
The rest is, as you imagine mostly. But no sidewalk riding in the neighborhood streets and there are some major roads that have bike lanes (that apparently double as temporary parking spots
). Homeless people and gangsters don't bother bikers for numerous reasons. But the aggressive drivers are definitely plenty as well as the persons just not paying attention. This, I describe, is in the heart of Los Angeles with varying conditions across the greater LA area from light easy car free paths to sections that I wouldn't ride on my e-bike (It's not fast enough yet). Planning is key and Google Maps is requisite.
I think that the weather has something to do with the numbers of people being hurt and/or killed. Now is the time when the "fair weather" riders are out in addition to the seasoned riders increasing the chances that tragedy will occur. I think people (drivers actually) should be made aware of the season and that increasing numbers of bikers are out on the streets. They should drive expecting to cross paths with bikers while keeping an eye out for them.
Get a Cycle Analyst and a Multimeter, you're still a noob if you don't have at least one of each.
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