Monday, May 11, 2009

A Smooth Ride Into Downtown Los Angeles

Rode my bike to El Pueblo today for our Bike to Work Week Kick-Off ceremony. Fortunately, my home in Boyle Heights is only a couple of miles away so it was very convenient and with overcast skies this morning, the weather was really nice. I pointed out to folks at the event that riding our bikes allows us to improve both our personal health and the health of our environment, as we work to reduce calories and green house gases. I was joined by Metro CEO Art Leahy and other officials. Metro and our Department of Transportation did a fantastic job putting this together. There’ll be several events throughout the week, including Blessing of the Bikes tomorrow, free ridership on Metro buses and trains on Thursday for bike riders and Ride to School Day on Friday, which will allow our kids to get involved. For motorists, please take into consideration that bicyclists have the same rights and obligations as any other vehicle. Make sure there is at least three feet of space between your car and a bicyclist when passing and avoid honking your horn if possible. Now, let’s all try to get out of our cars this week and onto our bikes. It’s a lot of fun.