Architect, Mia Lehrer, is transforming the Los Angeles River as part of the L.A. River Revitalization Project.

From ABC7.com

Longtime advocate and accomplished architect, Mia Lehrer, is transforming the Los Angeles River as part of the L.A. River Revitalization Project.

Gruen Associate, Mia Lehrer + Associates and Oyler Wu Collaborative are set to design a 12-mile bike path to run alongside the river through the San Fernando Valley. The goal is to build accessibility to the river and expand greener spaces for people to enjoy.

Lehrer said the plan to revitalize the river started 10 years ago, when the Los Angeles City Council approved a new master plan with the improvements in 2007.

“It’s a living river. But it took a while to convince the authorities that this was viable,” she said.

She added the changes along the river have been carried out in phases throughout the last decade. There’s even a 5-mile stretch of the river where people can kayak.

 

Thankfully, this is something we don’t have to worry about in California. How to Ride in Alligator Country Without Becoming Lunch

From Bicycling.com

Cyclists in Houston discovered this weekend that bypassing a gator requires more than riding fast

 

While riding in Houston’s Brazos Bend State Park this past weekend, a few cyclists were surprised by a living road block: a large, scaly alligator.

The incident, which prompted plenty of “why did the alligator cross the road?” jokes, also brought out the Fort Bend Emergency Medical Service, which helped direct cyclists away from the 12-foot gator.

 

The alligator didn’t seem to be bothered by the commotion, and lazily made his way across the road on his own timetable. Wherever he was going, he wasn’t running late.

“This is not an uncommon situation on paths or roadways through wetlands,” Dr. Kent A. Vliet, an alligator behavior expert at the University of Florida, says.

 

If you’re ever faced with a gator situation in the middle of a ride, Vliet has a few tips useful tips—though he stresses that appropriate safety practices around alligators are often situation dependent. “Alligators are generally quite peaceable, shy, and retiring, but there are situations or individuals that can be troublesome,” he says.

1. Assess (to the best of your abilities) the alligator’s mood and temperament.

The alligator in this situation could be described as quite clearly laid back, Vliet says. He can tell because the alligator’s body is flat on the ground, its mouth is closed, its legs are folded back against its body, and it’s “not doing anything to cause the apparent ruckus except being there.”

When should you worry? “If an alligator is lifting itself off the ground, arching its back, gaping its jaws, possibly hissing, then some additional caution must be taken,” he cautions. “Just because many alligators are accustomed to people and will allow you to approach closely does not mean that you should!”

 

2. Make the call: Pass or turn back? 

Pass: This is appropriate in most circumstances, Vliet says: “If a cyclist can pass a non-threatening alligator with some distance between them—for instance, those in this photo that are in the opposite lane—there should be no problem.”

Turn Back: If passing would put you between a gator and a body of water, Vliet says, that’s when an alligator might be in a bad mood. “Water is refuge for an alligator. If an alligator is caught out in the open on land, it naturally feels somewhat vulnerable and threatened. One should not try to pass between that alligator and the water, as that is the direction the alligator is likely to take off if disturbed,” he says.

 

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2017 Belgian Waffle Ride

Welkom to the most unique cycling event in the U.S. — the Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) — now in its sixth year of irreverence. The only Euro-style Spring Classic on American soil will once again be hosted by the Lost Abbey Brewery on May 21, 2017. It will proffer the same type of insanity, challenge and the unparalleled experience that has made the event infamous — with another new course to surprise and delight all (not as long).

The Cervélo BWR attracts world-class cyclists from around the world. It has a cult following of fervent racers from cyclo-cross, road and mountain biking. As a result it has become known as much for its difficulty, with all the glorious trappings of the Belgian Spring Classics — as it has for the celebratory atmosphere that pervades the event’s every funky facet.

Each year the course is different. Last year’s was the longest and most difficult yet at 146 miles; 40 of which were in dirt, with 13,000 feet of elevation gain. We hope to keep the course similar to that of last year, but shorter. Now entering its third year, the Belgian Wafer Ride covers roughly 68 miles of the Cervélo BWR’s tricky trails, hellacious hills and rolling roads.

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L.A. Debuts New Interactive Vision Zero Map

From StreetsBlog.org

The city of Los Angeles has a new interactive Vision Zero map. The map shows the locations of recent traffic fatalities, identifying them by age, gender, and whether those killed were traveling by foot, bike, or car.

In case readers are not already familiar with Vision Zero, it is the city’s adopted policy to reduce traffic deaths to zero. The policy was first adopted as part of the city’s Mobility Plan 2035 and strengthened via mayoral directive. Numerous city departments – including Transportation, Police, Planning, and Public Works – are working alongside community groups to reduce fatalities and injuries. Vision Zero efforts focus primarily along the city’s High Injury Network (HIN): the six percent of streets where 65 percent of all deaths and severe injuries take place. As part of the city’s 2017 Vision Zero Action Plan, staff thoroughly analyzed crash data to identify 40 priority corridors within the High Injury Network. The city’s meager Vision Zero programs would take a major leap under a funding proposal currently wending its way through council approvals.

L.A.’s new map went online yesterday. It is the result of a motion by Councilmember Paul Koretz directing LADOT, with the Bureau of Engineering and the Information Technology Agency, to develop an interactive web-based Vision Zero HIN Map that included various data layers showing death and injury locations, similar to San Francisco’s interactive Vision Zero website.

 

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Ellipse – A smarter bike lock.

A smart bike lock that connects to your phone to provide keyless entry, theft detection, bike sharing, crash alerts and more.

Half of all cyclists have had a bike stolen.

Theft Alerts
Ellipse will send you an alert if your bike is disturbed, through its long-range Bluetooth*. You can adjust the alert sensitivity to your liking and toggle the feature on and off.

Resists Attackers of All Kinds
Ellipse’s 17mm thick steel shackle offers proven bike security. Its dual-locking mechanism means that it would have to be cut through twice to break. Bank-level encryption prevents the most determined hackers from finding a virtual way in.

 

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