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LAist Interview: The City's Bike Queen

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Michelle Mowery is the Bicycle Program's Sr. Project Coordinator for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. As Spring is basically here, we think it's a good time to ride your bicycle around town. It's much better than in the heat.

Michelle is extremely busy serving this city with bicycle love. We are happy to get a few moments with her and hope to visit her again for some more bike fun. Here, we learn a little about Michelle along with some questions about bike laws, Midnight Riders, and commuting.

What's your favorite recreational bike ride?

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I almost always ride for transportation these days but I ride to the boathouse for a workout on some Saturday mornings from my house to Alamitos Bay and ride the SGV bike path home via Seal Beach. RT about 25 miles and some really pretty sunrises.

I haven't registered my bike with the LAPD yet. Why should I? How and Where?

The bicycle licensing program is very old and is being reviewed internally by the City departments to determine future feasibility. Currently it is a mandatory requirement per the Municipal Code but there has been no determination regarding the future of the program.

Let's talk about LAMC 56.15, otherwise known as Sidewalk Riding. It seems to be very interpretive. What say you?

The Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) essentially says that you can't ride on the sidewalks with a "wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property." I generally tell cyclists if they must ride on the sidewalks, to do so at a walking pace. It is always illegal to ride on the Boardwalk in Venice per LAMC 56.15.