Monthly Archives: August 2013

Brewery Ride on Saturday, September 7, 2013 to @LittleBearLA

We’re going on another mellow bike ride to a local brewery. Join us! This month we’re making the trek to the The Little Bear in Downtown Los Angeles. Meet at the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013. We are going to roll out at 6:30 p.m. on a […]

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Larchmont’s Last Stand

Well, not the Boulevard’s last bike rack, but its last meter converted to a bike rack…the city, for reason’s no one has yet explained to me despite numerous inquiries, is removing the paystations placed along the boulevard a good while back and reverting to parking meters. I have noticed Larchmontians slouching with befuddled expressions in […]

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Bike Talk – Agenda 21, billionaires, bike loans, quality of life, and coaster brakes

Sorry, the audio for this interview is no longer available. We’re working on reposting it when we can get a copy. http://flyingpigeon-la.com/kpfk_130824_112000biketalk.mp3 On Tuesday morning I had the honor of co-hosting Bike Talk, a locally produced podcast through 90.7 KPFK. The shows producer, Nick Richert, assembled an international panel of professional bike planners and advocates […]

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Reality Check

Oh, those pesky statistics! Always putting the lie to the NIMBY blither of knee-jerk bikelane opponents. Of course you heard about New York’s Ninth Avenue, and how the bike lanes there increased business receipts 49% (while similar streets in the borough showed only a 3% rise). Although the naysayers don’t seem to care about safety, […]

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Come the Evolution

Looks like bicycling and its benefits are popping up in every corner of the region. While Los Angeles lumbers majestically and slowly on, like the stereotypical dinosaur, the nimble little cities scurrying around its feet are developing the successes of the future. We’ve frequently mentioned Santa Monica and Long Beach (and, on the flip side, […]

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Who to blame for LA’s busted sidewalks?

“Los Angeles followed the state code until 1973, when federal funds became available to repair sidewalks at no cost to property owners. Because of this federal funding, the city assumed responsibility for most sidewalk repairs. Three years later, when the federal funds ran out, Los Angeles was left with no sidewalk repair program. Then, in […]

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Soto Street Bridge in El Sereno to speed up cars, connect 2nd rate bike lanes

Eastern Group Publishing published a report on the planned demolition of the Soto Street bridge on the El Sereno/Lincoln Heights border. The project has been in the works since 2004 and will begin construction this October. The Department of Public Works will host another community briefing on Wednesday, August 14, at 6 p.m. at the […]

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Piss off environmentalists and pedicab to save the planet

Nothing makes rich liberals turn up their noses more than poor people trying their hand at “green” capitalism without their help – and hence the silence from the environmental press on Santa Monica’s recently enacted pedicab licensing program. The class issues in America’s environmental movement are so deep that there is a special category for […]

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Even Strip Malls Aren’t Safe

Seems as though even strip malls aren’t safe…from the benefits of bicycle infrastructure, that is. Despite the form factor being pretty distant from the Main Street type development that most people who care about such things associate with the social economics of bicycling, people will still ride to them if given the chance. The strip […]

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Flying Pigeon LA inventory on August 2, 2013

This episode of our shop inventory features our lovely pre-K assistant as well as our inventory of Kool Stop rod brake pad inserts, Kleen Kanteens, ProBar’s, Linus bikes, bikes from Beater Bikes and Gazelle Cycles, and a big Christiania cargo tricycle from boxcycles. I mention the Brewery Ride happening on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at […]

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