Over 225 People Expected at Mayor's Bicycle Summit this Morning
All of the sudden Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is a "new champion of cyclists' rights." That, after the first time riding on the streets since taking office -- or so says the Associated Press -- and breaking his elbow in an incident involving a taxi cab last month. For many, it's a great thing to finally have the Mayor's energy behind cycling, especially since he wants L.A. to be the greenest city in America (too bad Long Beach is winning the cycling infrastructure race so far).
The Mayor will meet with cyclists this morning at a bike summit he called for earlier this month. He's getting praise for holding it in the first place, but is a target of criticism for scheduling it during the work day.
Alex Thompson at BikesideLA collected a series of RSVPs on the Mayor's Facebook event page that noted the work time hindrance. "Can’t take off work that morning, sorry," wrote one cyclist. “Some people actually have jobs," sniped another.
Despite that, over 225 people were confirmed as attending on Facebook early this morning and over 375 were listed as maybes. The high attendance rate may have something to do with dialogue within the cycling community. One voice has been Damien Newton at StreetsblogLA: "Packing the room is one way to show the Mayor how important cycling is to Los Angeles," he wrote last week.