The mayor of Los Angeles declared himself an LA cyclist…and promptly fell off his bike last month and broke his elbow. He’s recovering, but the painful experience prodded him to focus more on a basic question of transportation planning: how can cars and bikes co-exist? Do they need to be physically segregated by barriers or buffers? The Mayor is holding a bike summit downtown at LA Metro this morning where he’s taking questions directly from the bike-advocate community. Question number one: in a flat city with perfect weather and a fitness-conscious population, why is it so challenging to get people on bikes?
Ted Rogers, freelance advertising copy writer who maintains the bikinginla blog