Chandler Bikeway

Smooth well-maintained surface

Chandler bikeway’s smooth well-maintained surface

After going to an appointment in the Valley, Google Maps indicated that there’s a protected bikeway less than a mile away. Instead of jumping on the Red line like I usually do, I went on an adventure to check out the Chandler Bikeway.

 

Chandler Bikeway runs 1.91 miles east and west along side Chandler Boulevard and just east of the NoHo Train Station. Beginning at Vineland and ending at N. Victory Boulevard at abandoned train tracks one block before downtown, it lies between the eastbound and westbound Chandler Boulevard traffic lanes.

 

Leaving the train station and going east via Chandler the street ends at Vineland before beginning again. After making the left at Vineland, look to your right. There you’ll see a park bench at the driveway’s apron. This is the beginning of The Chandler Bikeway.

The beginning of the bikeway at Vineland

The beginning of the bikeway at Vineland

This isn’t anything like our LA River Trail. This is clean and I feel much safer. Chandler Bikeway also attracts a diverse group of users where LA River Trail attracts a lot of the spandex crowd. I didn’t see a lot of that here. There are women pushing strollers, teenagers skateboarding, couples walking and a guy riding his bike alongside of his golden retriever.

There’s a eastbound and a westbound bike lane to the left of the trail as I’m riding east. To the right of me is a lane for walkers only.

 

Learning to ride without training wheels

Learning to ride without training wheels

A bicyclist works out his dog on the bikeway

A bicyclist works out his dog on the bikeway

Bicyclists enjoy the bikeway on a beautiful sunny day. Note the woman walking with a stroller in the walking lane.

Bicyclists enjoy the bikeway on a beautiful sunny day. Note the woman walking with a stroller in the walking lane.

Runners and walkers enjoy the pedestrian path.

Runners and walkers enjoy the pedestrian path.

Woman walking her dog and a stroller in the pedestrian only lane.

Woman walking her dog and a stroller in the pedestrian only lane.

 

On the righthand side of the trail there are murals painted on the industrial warehouse walls depicting the history of Burbank. As I rode down the well maintained roadway there are sculptures of bicyclists, flowers in bloom and shade trees.

Flowers in bloom line parts of the bikeway

Flowers in bloom line parts of the bikeway

Family Outing, a bronze sculpture created by Gary Lee Price, was installed in Burbank on the Chandler Bikeway at Hollywood Way on May 3, 2007.

Family Outing, a bronze sculpture created by Gary Lee Price, was installed in Burbank on the Chandler Bikeway at Hollywood Way on May 3, 2007.

Murals line the bikeway to the right. This would be a great place for cafes, coffees shops and bakeries.

Murals line the bikeway to the right. This would be a great place for cafes, coffees shops and bakeries.

Mural at the bikeway. I think it has something to do with the internet. Your guess is as good as mine

Mural at the bikeway. I think it has something to do with the internet. Your guess is as good as mine

Where the bikeway crosses the roadway, cars actually stop at the light or stop signs when making their right hand turns. They cross the intersection gingerly when making a left. That behavior is unheard of in Los Angeles, because cars are in a hurry and too impatient to watch for anyone other that another car–and barely that. This is a good example how walking and biking infrastructure make the neighborhood and roadway safer. The drivers have been well trained because their children, their neighbor’s children and probably they use the bike way themselves.

Busy Cahuenga intersection at the bikeway

Busy Cahuenga intersection at the bikeway

I rode to its terminus at Victory Boulevard. I could see the tall buildings in the background of downtown Burbank and abandoned train tracks ahead to my left. This is where the proposed Orange Line Light Rail would go through if it’s ever approved.

Trackwalker, a bronze sculpture created by artist Shiela Cavalluzzi, uses original tracks from a section of the former Southern Pacific Transportation Company railroad. To commemorate the city’s 100th anniversary of its incorporation, Trackwalker was installed on the Chandler Bikeway at Mariposa Street on April 29, 2011. A  trainwalker would monitor the lines for debris and unsafe conditions.

Trackwalker, a bronze sculpture created by artist Shiela Cavalluzzi, uses original tracks from a section of the former Southern Pacific Transportation Company railroad. To commemorate the city’s 100th anniversary of its incorporation, Trackwalker was installed on the Chandler Bikeway at Mariposa Street on April 29, 2011. A trainwalker would monitor the lines for debris and unsafe conditions.

Bikeway ends at the abandoned train tracks in the background to the left. The proposed Orange Light Rail would go through the tracks and displace the Chandler Bikeway.

Bikeway ends at the abandoned train tracks in the background to the left. The proposed Orange Light Rail would go through the tracks and displace the Chandler Bikeway.

Since I rode nearly 2 miles from the train station I made a left back at Keystone Street. It is a low traffic, tree-lined residential street. The road heads downhill most of the way south. Once I reach Disney Studios I make a right to again head east on Riverside Drive. There’s a bike lane on Riverside Drive which ends at Victory near Griffith Park. In the Rancho Burbank community they have a unique treatment to prevent cars from rolling through the stop signs and hitting equestrians, walkers and bikers. They have bulb outs at each intersection with a short protected pathway connected to each. It’s the only protected bikeway I’ve seen in the county.

Only protected bike lane near LA. Too bad it's only a few feet long.

Only protected bike lane near LA. Too bad it’s only a few feet long.

Riverside Drive in the Burbank Rancho community

Riverside Drive in the Burbank Rancho community

Why don't we have these beg buttons along 4th street at Highland and Rossmore?!

Why don’t we have these beg buttons along 4th street at Highland and Rossmore?!

Many horses walk the streets in Rancho Burbank. It's like you're not in the City.

Many horses walk the streets in Rancho Burbank. It’s like you’re not in the City.

As I turned right on Victory here’s where the street became dangerous as the cars queued up to enter the 5. Fortunately it was a virtually parking lot so I was able to make the left into LA River Trail. From there it was a easy ride back to Silverlake.

Start of the LA River Trail

Start of the LA River Trail

 

As I was riding down the LA River Trail, I thought a great placement for another bikeway like Chandler would be at the median on Eagle Rock Boulevard. Right now it’s wasted space. This would make that dangerous street much safer and the community healthier.

A section of Chandler Bikeway, where the murals line the path is ripe for development. I envision a cafe where you can buy a bagel sandwich and an expresso. A safe place to relax, people watch away from potential conflicts with automobiles. This would be a great space for a People Street treatment.

Jalapeño Cheddar bagels are the stars of this assortment

Jalapeño Cheddar bagels are the stars of this assortment

When I bake bagels the most popular is the Jalapeño Cheddar bagel. Here’s an assortment I baked for an event. The key to a chewy bagel is the dunking water. Some bakers use malt syrup in their water. I use honey. It makes my bagels chewy with a shiny golden brown topping. Like anything, it’s actually a personal preference. I’ve seen where some use nothing but filtered water.

 

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Happy Easter

The most fun part of making Challah--the braiding!

The most fun part of making Challah–the braiding!

I don’t know when it happened, but Challah became my most requested bread around Easter. Italian Catholic, Central American Catholics and Catholics/Buddhists ask for Challah during Easter.

It started with my sister’s mother-in-law, who is Jewish. I baked some for her and then I mentioned it to one of my neighbors and they requested it. Now no matter what religion, it’s my most requested bread around Easter. I like to think it’s because of LA’s diversity and acceptance for different cultural related foods that so many folk want it.

Today I brought it to an Easter brunch and it was devoured. The host said she set some aside to make french toast tomorrow. That’s what makes Challah so versatile: a rich, eggy bread that makes it a perfect base for bread puddings and breakfast pastries.

Happy Easter and Pesach Tov.

Challah using 4 strand braiding--so fun.

Challah using 4 strand braiding–so fun.

Nothing better than fresh baked bread

Nothing better than fresh baked bread

Challah with jam at the Easter Buffet.

Challah with jam at the Easter Buffet.

What you won’t see driving–Peeple’s Liberation Army–only in Silverlake.

The Peeple's Liberation Army

The Peeple’s Liberation Army

 

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Soup Up Your Ride as a Grocery Getter

Originally posted on Shop by Bike:

When people think of bicycling for practical reasons, bike commuting usually comes to mind first. But since
work commutes are often the longest trips we make all week, it may make more sense to bike around town for short errands at the pharmacy, post office, bank, coffee shop or grocery store instead. While it’s easy enough to slip a bottle of pills into your pocket or a small package to mail into a backpack, for errands like groceries you’ll want a bike that’s set up to carry a load. You need what my friend Katie calls her grocery getter.

My friend Katie works in the bicycle industry, which means she has all the hottest performance-oriented bicycles: sleek road bikes, plush mountain bikes and a custom cyclocross bike so hot it made the rounds as a display bike at trade shows internationally. What she didn’t have was a practical bike for…

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CicLAvia

It started with this tweet.

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The 9:00 ride and the 9:30 ride blended into one as they left at the same time. Colin Bogard of LACBC led nearly 40 bicyclists from Silverlake’s Polka Dot Park to Mid-Wilshire near CicLAvia’s western terminus. We began traveling north on Sunset and then merged onto Hollywood Boulevard. As we approached, we noticed that road was closed to vehicular traffic. If you’ve ever read this blog, you know how I feel about street closures. They become open street festivals! I couldn’t believe our luck; this was an auspicious sign that it would be fun day.

 

This open street fair celebrates the Thai New Year called Songkran Festival. It’s their longest holiday of the year. If I wasn’t traveling in a group, I would have stopped and joined the festivities.

My riding buddies.Ok I know I look like a gangbanger on the 2nd one. The sun was in my eyes!  l to rt Jake, from State Farm, Matthew Mooney, Angel and me

My riding buddies.Ok I know I look like a gangbanger on the 2nd one. The sun was in my eyes!
l to rt Jake, from State Farm, Matthew Mooney, Angel and me

 

Colin lead us through Hollywood to check out The City’s only bicycle friendly street on Yucca. Then south for a view of the new proposed bike lanes on Vine. Vine already has those silly sharrows which didn’t affect us since we had a large group and took over an entire lane. The silly sharrows eventually disappeared and Vine became S. Rossmore. Here the houses reflected old Los Angeles with gorgeous craftsmen and Art Deco detailed apartment buildings. Several blocks later we saw the familiar street closure saw horses with the police standing guard and bicyclists riding down the street.

 

My riding companions and I rode off from the larger group and we headed toward the western end of Mid-Wilshire at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Museum Row. This was the first time I spent eight hours at a CicLAvia. I met some of my sister’s friends at the museum’s bar. The bartender looked like Tony Parker from the Spurs, so cute.

Tony Parker impersonator

Tony Parker impersonator

 

I even attended a Glendale/Hyperion Bridge strategy meeting  on LACMA’s lawn then ended the day at Guisados tacos back on Sunset.

 

I’ll let my Mid-Wilshire pictures to the talking. Here are some of the sights from Sunday’s festival. The next CicLAvia is on October 5th, my birthday! Try to make it. I promise you won’t regret it.

 

Korean drum circle. You couldn't keep still listening to them. Everyone was bobbing their heads or stamping their feet.

Korean drum circle. You couldn’t keep still listening to them. Everyone was bobbing their heads or stamping their feet.

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The characters dance with a fellow cyclist

The characters dance with a fellow cyclist

Korean characters brought to you by the Korean Embassy

Korean characters brought to you by the Korean Embassy

Old man character dances as people watch on the route. Did see as many groups entertaining cyclists as CicLAvia's past.

Old man character dances as people watch on the route. Didn’t see as many groups entertaining cyclists as CicLAvia’s past.

Korean drummers set the tone for an exciting CicLAvia. We were amped up after their drumming ended.

Korean drummers set the tone for an exciting CicLAvia. We were amped up after their drumming ended.

They know how to celebrate the day! Patrick and Mike

Bike Ambassadors. They know how to celebrate the day! Patrick and Mike

 

Crowds at LACMA

Crowds at LACMA

'bents!

‘bents!

Bikers ride by the street light installation

Bikers ride by the street light installation

Check out this cute kids! A father enjoy a car free day with his family. This is what CicLAvia is all about.

Check out these cute kids! A father enjoys a car free day with his family. This is what CicLAvia is all about.

Remember the hype surrounding this levitated mass and all the energy involved to get it here? It's just a rock.

Remember the hype surrounding this levitated mass and all the energy involved to get it here? It’s just a rock.

My sis. This is the only time you can get her out on her bike. Build safe infrastructure and people will get out of their cars.

My sister, Tracy. This is the only time you can get her out on her bike. Build safe infrastructure and people will get out of their cars.

A cycling group enjoying LACMA. Check out the bad bunny. He had to be hot in that suit!

A cycling group enjoying LACMA. Check out the bad bunny. He had to be hot in that suit! It was 81 degrees.

The lack of cars didn't keep people away from the museums.

The lack of cars for transportation didn’t keep people away from the museums.

Lucha VaVoom cyclist on the LACMA lawn

Lucha VaVoom cyclist on the LACMA lawn

On our way to downtown. Lots of boring office buildings and strip malls between Mid-Wilshire and downtown.

On our way to downtown. Lots of boring office buildings and strip malls between Mid-Wilshire and downtown.

Angel doesn't hesitate to help a fallen cyclist as he busts out his first aide kit!

Angel doesn’t hesitate to help a fallen cyclist as he busts out his first aide kit!

Angel administers aide to a fallen cyclist

Angel administers aide to a fallen cyclist

Woman stands after Angel administers First Aide

Woman stands after Angel administers first aide

Downtown hub w/ Mooney

Downtown hub w/ Mooney

 

There’s one dessert so connected with the Art Deco era that it’s as iconic as Wilshire Boulevard. Invented in the 1930’s it’s the most requested dessert and most beloved in America. It has a million iterations. Have you guessed it yet?

 

While Los Angeles began to expand by building some of it’s most iconic Art Deco structures on Wilshire, at the same time on the other side of the country Ruth Graves Wakefield created United States’ most iconic dessert–the Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie. Every chocolate chip cookie ever baked is a variation on Wakefield’s original recipe. Everytime I make chocolate chip cookies I imagine baking in the 30’s, like using a strong arm to mix the batter in a porcelain bowl and coffee can flour sifters. Maybe even a baker stood in one of Wilshire’s Art Deco structures and mixed chocolate chunks into this new Wakefield sweet butter infused batter.

One of the many variations of Wakefield's original formula. This one is uses coconut oil along with butter and 70% cacao chocolate chips. Extremely rich. I won't even mention the calorie count.

One of the many variations of Wakefield’s original formula. This one uses coconut oil along with butter and 70% cacao chocolate chips. Extremely rich. I won’t even mention the calorie count.

A big chocolate chip cookie luv to all the volunteers and organizers who made CicLAvia happen, especially their volunteer coordinator–Henny–you rock! Thanks to Colin for leading us to the promised land from the safe bicycle infrastructure desert that’s Sunset Boulevard.

 

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30 Days of Biking

When we say run errands it usually doesn’t involve running or any physical activity other than getting in our car driving for 1 mile for this errand and then driving another 2 miles for another errand. It usually involves waiting in line behind other cars, so you’re not running anywhere. Sometimes it can even involve driving to the gym for a few miles then actually running on a treadmill or even more funny–riding on a spin bike. It’s sad, but socially acceptable due to people viewing life through their windshield. At the same time many people complain about not having time to exercise and lose weight to lead a healthy lifestyle. Enter 30 Days of Biking. It’s a month long challenge, beginning April 1st, to use your bike everyday.

 

It doesn’t matter how long you stay in the saddle. You can go down your block and come back and that will count as riding your bike for the day. The object is to get you on your bike everyday and discover how something simple like running errands to the post office or picking up a few groceries at Trader can easily be incorporated into your busy lifestyle. In fact I find that living in LA the bicycle is the fastest way to do errands. You need to exercise plus do spend time in line at the post office? Make it active. Burn some calories by hopping on your bike. Hate grocery shopping as much as I do? Make it fun and burn even more calories by riding back with groceries in your basket or on your back. Be careful! The freedom to move on your own power may become addictive.

 

I’m embarrassed to admit that I was that person who would get in my car drive down on Franklin and wait behind a long line of cars then search for parking at Crunch gym. Even worse I was that person rushing to get into a spin class, frazzled and stressed after driving to ride a bike to nowhere. Looking back at that now all I can do is shake my head and smile about how ridiculous that was.

 

Here’s my example about incorporating biking daily. I went to the post office and picked up a package using my bike #30daysofbiking.

Actively running errands by bike

Actively running errands to the post office

 

It’s as simple as that.

 

It’s still not too late to join at 30daysofbiking.com. Challenge yourself, get healthier and lose some weight. Most importantly it will give you more time to enjoy other activities.

 

 

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Errands by Bike plus Active Shopping Thai Style

Trendy clothing shops, the latest desired restaurants and bakeries line 3rd Street in Mid-City LA. There’s always the opportunity to spy a casually coiffed celebrity purchasing coffee or lunching at outdoor seating. Despite this illusion of a covetable locale, looking closely there are for lease signs on every block. 3rd Street could use an infusion of more customers willing to spend their money to show off the latest fashions or to eat cutting edge cuisine. However, I only go there once a month to visit my esthetician. I’d spend more money there regularly, but to ride a bike to 3rd Street isn’t a pleasant experience and once I get there bike parking is barely existent.

So I arrive at my usual esthetician appointment at Matty’s on 3rd Street. I park my bike next to the building, enter and find that my esthetician’s gone. She left no word. Took her appointment book–gone. Desperate I try their new esthetician and let her do my brows but I knew I had to start looking for another one.

I don’t enjoy bad mouthing businesses because I know how much time, money and effort small business owners invest to keep their businesses afloat, but face it–in my backyard Silverlake isn’t the place you go to find a good esthetician.

My sister says, “Go to Pamela at Wildflower on Laurel Canyon Blvd. Yours waxed your brows too straight. I always thought it looked like you had caterpillars running across your forehead.”

“Why didn’t you tell me?!”

“I thought you knew.”

“I hate riding out to The Valley,” I whine. “There’s large boulevards and fast moving traffic. The streets are de facto freeways!”

“Take the red line.”

My problem with 3rd Street wasn’t the entire trip. I mostly ride through low traffic 4th Street. 4th Street runs through Koreatown, Little Pakistan then Hancock Park, so it’s a ride redolent of spices, roses and garlic but once 4th Street ends at Park La Brea, I have to jump on 3rd. What a miserable beat up street with equally miserable driving. I rode my bike over there for 6 months and I was already thinking about a change and now it was made for me–a new esthetician means a new bike adventure to The Valley. I am taking my business and dollars from Mid-City over to Laurel Canyon Village where I surprisingly find that it was more comfortable and friendlier to someone using their bike to spend their money.

Redline terminus--NoHo station opens into Chandler

Redline terminus–NoHo station opens into Chandler

Quiet tree-lined Chandler Blvd.

Quiet tree-lined Chandler Blvd.

Taking the red line to its terminus in North Hollywood, made for a low stress enjoyable short ride to my esthetician. As soon as I get off the train, the Chandler Blvd bike lane begins at the North Hollywood Metro Station. Once I pass two industrial blocks, Chandler becomes a tree lined corridor with apartment buildings and houses on either side of the street. In the middle of travel lanes is the Orange line with a bus only street. Why don’t we have anything like this near downtown?

A big beautiful Orange Line bus

A big beautiful Orange Line bus

Bus only lane between eastbound and westbound Chandler Blvd. No waiting behind single occupied cars

Bus only lane between eastbound and westbound Chandler Blvd. No waiting behind single occupied cars

I’m so enthralled with my enjoyable ride that I ride right past the Laurel Canyon Village exit. I ride all the way to Coldwater Canyon. I make a U-ie and make it back to Weddington Avenue the street that runs next to and parallel with Laurel Canyon Boulevard. I avoid the crazy, speeding traffic on Laurel Canyon and ride down the residential Weddington. My new esthetician is right at the corner and I arrive smiling, excited about my new find.

On the train ride back I decide to get off at Western and Hollywood Metro station and take an Active Shopping trip to Thai Town to search for mirin, a Japanese cooking wine, and curry leaves. One of the best things about riding a bike is the easy and convenient ability to stop and drop into any store. There’s no worrying about driving past the store  then once arriving, beginning the frustratingly futile search for parking.

Silom market in Thai Town

Silom market in Thai Town

Buddhas greet you at the entrance. Acknowledging them is always auspicious.

Buddhas greet you at the entrance. Acknowledging them is always auspicious.

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

Thai condiments--good prices too!

Thai condiments–good prices too!

Silom is my favorite grocery store in Thai Town. Usually they have my favorite Asian condiments and ingredients but I’m not as fortunate this time, because they have a new brand of Mirin and only kefir lime leaves. I didn’t find what I want, but I fill my bike sacks with large bottles of teriyaki marinade and sauce for the price of a 12 oz size at a major grocery store. I either use teriyaki or miso in marinades for my salmon, so I use it a lot.

How to load up your bike bags with condiments

How to load up your bike bags with condiments

Riding from Hollywood, I decide that I need eggs so I ride over to Traders. I find more than eggs to fill my bike sacks.

Haul from today's Thai Town and Traders Active Shopping trip

Haul from today’s Thai Town and Traders Active Shopping trip

Here’s an easy Thai inspired dessert I adapted from epicurious.com–Banana and Mango Spring Rolls with Coconut-Chocolate Ganache:

Banana and Mango Spring Rolls with Coconut-Chocolate Ganache

Banana and Mango Spring Rolls with Coconut-Chocolate Ganache

For the Ganache

8 oz cream of coconut

8 oz semi sweet chocolate chopped

1 tsp grated ginger

2 oz butter

I make a day ahead  and leave at room temperature

For the spring rolls

8 spring roll wrappers

4 Ecuadorian bananas (tiny bananas cut lengthwise)

2 Filipino mangoes (kidney shaped ones peeled, pitted and cut into ½ inch strips, 3 inches long)

1 egg

peanut oil

Heat the coconut cream until steam rises from cream. Pour over chocolate whisk until thoroughly mixed add butter and grated ginger whisk to incorporate.

Take a spring roll and arrange it diamond shape in front of you then add 1 banana slice and 2 strips of mango in the middle of the spring roll wrapper horizontally. Take the pointed end at the bottom of the diamond and fold it over the fruit. Then fold in the sides. Brush some of the beatened egg on the unfolded portion of the diamond. Then roll the folded wrapper to the top of the unfold point to a complete roll completely covering the fruit.

After rolling up all the fruit, put enough oil into a caste iron or heavy skillet until it’s 1 ½ inches deep. Heat oil until the oil pops if you add a drop of water. Be careful not to get burned by the popping oil. Fry spring rolls 2 at a time until golden brown let cool slighty.

Plate the roll by drizzling the ganache on top of each roll. Makes 8.

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Whose Streets? Our Streets!

I had planned to ride the much touted and controversial Crash Marathon Bicycle Ride at 4:30 am. However laziness prevailed and I decided to stay close to home and watch the 29th Annual Los Angeles Marathon in my hood. The City of Los Angeles closed Sunset in Silverlake to vehicular traffic, thereby opening the streets for cyclists, skateboarders, walkers and runners. Due to CicLAvia’s popularity, street closures now become an impromptu open street festival for neighbors to relax, play and meet.

Last year Marathon Crash racers awaiting the start

Last year Marathon Crash racers awaiting the start

I awoke to the sound of helicopters following the core amateur running group. When I walked down to Sunset Boulevard, there were crowds of runners barely moving up the hill on Sunset toward Polka Dot Plaza at Maltman. Neighbors streamed out onto the streets cheering on participants by slapping Dodger Blue plastic inflatable rods together yelling, “Good job! You’re almost up the hill! You can do it!” Others congregated at Morning Nights Cafe in the plaza seated at the plaza’s green tables and chairs. Locals crowded Millie’s Cafe, across Sunset from the plaza, cheering on the marathoners.

Children showed off their skateboarding skills while families from the neighborhood walked and waved as they marched down the middle of Sunset, like they were in a parade and we waved back at them yelling, “Yay! Good job!” While people on bicycles respected the marathoners’ space and rode along side them ringing cowbells to motivate the runners.

Skateboarder and runners enjoying the open streets--what could be better?

Skateboarder and runners enjoying the open streets–what could be better?

Some of my neighbors gathered at Triangle park next to Polka Dot plaza and watched the runners go by. Most of our dogs were off leash because the threat of cars was diminished. My little dog Karma finally got to chase the pigeons without me worrying that she would run into a massive SUV hurriedly trying to make a right turn.

Neighbors enjoy polka dot park on a car free Sunday

Neighbors enjoy polka dot park on a car free Sunday

Karma in Triangle park without a leash

Karma in Triangle park without a leash

This is what open street events do for a community. It makes neighbors meet one another without the metal barrier of the automobile. People crossed Sunset without having to push a beg button and race a 20 seconds cross sign countdown, while running for their lives because of impatient drivers making a left hand turn. There’s no noise or dirty fumes from the relentless parade of cars. Just the voices of children laughing and people talking.

Here are some pictures of today’s open streets festival. I even saw a bakfiet in the wild. A father and his children taking advantage of the wide open streets. I was talking to neighbors when he rode by so I missed that picture. Darn. One of my neighbors, Eric, asked, “Can we cross the street during this thing?” He’s usually in his car and couldn’t see the positive effects on the community. So I responded paraphrasing William Mulholland, “They’re your streets. Take it!”

A virtual cool chocolate cheesecake to all the participants–marathoners and neighbors–from velobakery. Good job everyone!

A cool Chocolate Cheesecake for the win

A cool Chocolate Cheesecake for the win

Neighborhood families parading the route

Neighborhood families parading the route

The LA Marathon attracted a diverse group of runners. LA's bike community can learn from the running community on outreach to people of color.

The LA Marathon attracted a diverse group of runners. LA’s bike community can learn from the running community on outreach to people of color.

A couple enjoying the calm streets

A couple enjoying the calm streets

A man cheers on the runners while a bicyclist joins the route

A man cheers on the runners while a bicyclist joins the route

More runners

More runners

Locals and marathoners walking together
Locals and marathoners walking together

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