Monthly Archives: November 2014

Celebration or Psyche-Out? Cedillo Schedules Safe Streets Meets

Called out by the LA Times for being anti-safe streets, Councilman Gil Cedillo has scheduled four street design community meetingsĀ  in North East Los Angeles (three this week, and one next week). Is the councilman simply trying to burnish his image or should we be celebrating a whiplash-turnaround in transportation policy? If this is a […]


Cash Mob to Strike NELA!

While council member Gil Cedillo works hard to keep North Figueroa safe for cut-through speeders, LADOT is working to support the local businesses that make NELA’s neighborhood culture possible. After all, no one here wants to live out their lives as anonymous blurs decorating the blank gray shoulders of a faux freeway. North Figueroa isn’t […]

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Cedillo Schedules Street Safety Meetings for Marmion Way, Avenue 26, Fig4all Potluck

Gil Cedillo stuffed many of our dreams of a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly North Figueroa Street into the recycling bin earlier this year and he is desperate for good press in his mediocre (at best) first year in office. North Figueroa is off the table for now, it seems. However, Cedillo’s office has scheduled two three […]


What is in your bicycle tool bag?

I was fixing a bike at home and thought somebody out there would be interested in seeing what I carry in my bicycle repair tool bag. At the Flying Pigeon LA shop I have a full assortment of tools but out on the road I have found my own idiosyncratic collection of stuff to carry […]


Carfree Cargo

One of the most diligently-repeated delusions of modern America is that, “You can’t live here without a car.” This phrase is in heavy rotation not only in Los Angeles, the city that invented sprawl, but almost everywhere in the country. I remember an Internet friend telling a story on a cycling forum ages ago. He […]


Getting Friendly on the “Friendly Ride”

Last Sunday I broke with my long-ride routines and joined the “Friendly Ride,” put on by the Mid-City West Community Council and the New Urbanism Film Festival. It was a neighborhood ride, designed to showcase a proposed micro-network of Neighborhood Greenways in Hollywood and the Miracle Mile. I say “micro-network,” because the ask is for […]

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Flying Pigeon LA inventory on Friday, November 7, 2014

This inventory video shows some of the bikes we carry that are made in places other than China, which is an interesting achievement given just how many bikes sold in the U.S. come from that one country. First up is a pair of bikes from Detroit Bikes, the A-Type and the B-Type, made in (surprise!) […]

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Dance of the Dinosaurs

Another election is over, the earth has stopped trembling, and the dinosaurs are licking their wounds as they contemplate their new territories. But while they glare at each other, the furry little fellows scurrying around their feet keep multiplying. Climate change is in the air, and the weather doesn’t look too good for cold-blooded types. […]

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Spoke(n) Art Ride on Saturday, November 8, 2014

Hot chocolate and pan dulce is the theme for this Saturday’s free-of-charge Spoke(n) Art bicycle tour of art galleries in NELA. Show up at Flying Pigeon LA bike shop (3404 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065) on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 6 p.m. The slow-paced trek to art galleries leaves at 6:30 p.m. […]

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