The LACBC board met earlier this week at the Encino Velodrome, and has voted to establish an ad hoc committee to study LACBC chapters: more news soon! We are now officially a chapter of the LACBC (applied for), or rather: A Chapter In Waiting
by Scott David Reiter
We need to have another meeting soon, perhaps a chatroom format may be more comfortable?
We need to help coax the public mind off combustion. We need to seamlessly integrate biking into all the transportation modes. Going somewhere should be, well, as easy as riding a bicycle. Santa Monica will now work towards the Gold Medal of bike friendliness, and not just settle for the Bronze. I feel that we can surpass Portland and claim our rightful title as America’s Most Bikeable City. Heck, let’s take that even further, and develop a whole new industry opportunity. Maybe we can encourage development of low cost, planned community of hotel pods as an even cheaper alternative to youth hostels, with centralized cooking and hygiene facilities, a serious piece bicycle infrastructure. Money not spent on high priced hotels can benefit local businesses. The bicycle tourist as a economical opportunity: this could be big! It includes rides and walks of all that makes Santa Monica great: From the beautiful beach into the mountains, art, architecture, including the Wilshire Palisades Building and its “Ship Steaming to Sea” profile, Camera Obscura, etc.
Let’s move forward!
Beware of the margins of the transportation universe: The bicycle belongs into the mainstream. This will probably be our main task in Santa Monica, and elsewhere: To gently move the bicycle out of the various marginal zones, the geographical margins of the beach path, generational margins when perceived as as childhood toy, limitation to the life-style of the eco warrior, with male gender imbalance, or with an emphasis on extreme sports. Perfectly normal people cycling, these are our heros, and their stories need to be told, loud and clear.