Hundreds of Cyclists Pedal to Mayor Villaragosa's Bicycle Summit
This morning's bicycle summit organized by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was recently spun into a bicycle advocate after a recent cycling incident that left him with a shattered elbow, started off with a laugh. Former Mayor Richard Riordan presented Villaraigosa with training wheels. But it was only a bittersweet moment as news spread that a cyclist died in the San Fernando Valley this morning.
Hundreds of cyclists packed the Metro Board room this morning where the two-hour summit was held to talk about a variety of issues. And everyone was tweeting up a storm, including the Mayor, L.A. Department of Transportation General Manager Rita Robinson, the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, L.A. City Bicycle Advisory Committee member Joe Linton, community activist and city council candidate Stephen Box, cyclist activist Alex Thompson, Ross X of @dudeonbike and blogger Gary Kavanagh. The following information is collated from them.
Topics covered included the draft bicycle plan, cicLAvia, a three-foot passing law and helmets. The latter confused many after Villaraigosa announced support for a law that would make helmets mandatory for all cyclists. "I use a helmet but I think a legal mandate is absolutely the wrong move, and not backed by precedents in European successes," tweeted Kavanagh.