Mayor Villaraigosa announces CicLAvia on Huffington Post!
As we reported earlier, Mayor Villaraigosa pledged to support and attend CicLAvia on 10-10-10 at his Bike Summit earlier this week. Yesterday, the mayor posted his own reflections on the Bike Summit over at Huffington Post, in which he wrote about his partnership with CicLAvia:
It’s clear we haven’t done enough to incorporate bicycles into our transportation planning. But with so much community engagement, and so many good ideas, we can and we will do a better job.
For starters, we need to build more bicycle infrastructure, enforce existing laws, and change drivers’ attitudes towards cyclists. Our reputation as the car capital of the world does not excuse our drivers from common courtesy on the road or from obeying the law.
Also, Los Angeles is an ideal place for cycling, and we’ve got to get Angelenos to reconsider biking as a viable, fun means of transportation. A great first step is the event my office is planning with CicLAvia on Sunday, October 10th. On 10/10/10 , we will be closing off certain city streets from Boyle Heights to East Hollywood exclusively for cyclists and pedestrians. Events like this are already a huge success in Mexico City – they can be a success here as well.
Thank you, Mayor Villaraigosa — We look forward to working with you and seeing you out there on 10-10-10! You can read the mayor’s full post here.