Mar Vista Great Streets Carmageddon-Not

Mar Vista Great Streets Carmageddon-Not


The Nextdoor online communities in Venice and Mar Vista have been abuzz with tales of carmageddon in Mar Vista after the Great Streets trial project was installed. Posters complained of horrendous traffic delays of 10, 15, even 30 minutes with the impeding doom that it brings. I ride there almost every day and while there were some increased delays, my personal experience was very different. So I decided to document the situation and separate fact from fiction.
Cyclists breaking the law! Caught on video!

Cyclists breaking the law! Caught on video!


On online message boards such as NextDoor, discussions about cyclists on the road inevitably ends up focusing on those two-wheeled scofflaws with little respect for the law. So I decided to go undercover and catch them in the act over a course of a day.
Get your lights on

Get your lights on


If you ride your bike at night, you should be using lights -- and I've got some great suggestions. Once you get them, you should feel safe and not be subjected to (potential) victim blaming by the ignorant.
A close shave on 4th Avenue

A close shave on 4th Avenue


When you ride in LA (or anywhere), you are acutely aware of distracted drivers on their cell phones. That's an annoyance, but what truly upsets me while riding is when impatient drivers have a reckless disregard for my safety. This is such a case and it was probably the closest pass I've ever experienced from a car.
Stop it with the honking

Stop it with the honking


For many reasons, living in Venice is a wonderful thing. Of course you have the great weather and the beach, but it is potentially among the most bikeable and walkable communities in Los Angeles. I say potentially, because it most certainly can be better. And I have a car vs. bike honking video to prove it...
Playa Vista & bicycle network fail

Playa Vista & bicycle network fail


Playa Vista is booming thanks to what is being called Silicon Valley South. New developments have bike lanes on most of the streets, which makes traveling by two wheels much more approachable for many. However, it's kind of an island, as getting there safely from nearby bike paths is quite the challenge.
Yes, people do ride bikes to the grocery

Yes, people do ride bikes to the grocery


The city council recently approved the LA Mobility Plan 2035, which aims to make the streets safer for everyone. It's a positive step for the region, yet the auto-centric fear mongering and naysaying is in full force. But the fact is, people will ride (and walk) if the infrastructure is there.
Get rid of the ‘beg buttons’

Get rid of the ‘beg buttons’


Over time, I'm realizing how much pedestrians in LA are truly second-class citizens compared to cars. Before moving here, I'd often heard a mythology about how respectful cars are towards pedestrians here. But it's false. So much is stacked against an enjoyable pedestrian experience, it's incredible.
Second class pedestrians: Venice & Ocean

Second class pedestrians: Venice & Ocean


Unless you walk a lot, you probably don't realize how often pedestrians are at a disadvantage for getting around compared to drivers in cars. But the fact is, if you do walk, you'll run into situations time after time after time where pedestrians must go out of their way when cars don't.
Three Stolen Bikes

Three Stolen Bikes


On October 29th, three bikes were stolen out of my garage. They were actually locked to rings on the wall — and the cuts were clean so it looks like some bike thief pros. The CAADX was less than a week old (and I was really loving it). Two of the bikes are pictured, here. I’d appreciate any heads up if you happen to come across one of them on the market. You can reach me via email: johnmont (at) fxguide.com … read more