Monthly Archives: April 2015

Wasted Space

Beverly Hills is a city trammeled by a lack of imagination. Poor, beleaguered Mark Elliot, of Better Bike, a Safe Streets advocacy group in the 90210, has been trying to promote bike lanes and bike parking for years, but the city has remained obdurately thickheaded about any concept that doesn’t require dedicating every public square […]


Riding a cargo bike with a kid to Dodger Stadium

In countless public hearings about bike projects across the country people stand up and testify that “it is impossible to ride a bike when you have kids and a family.” I’ve been living an “impossible” dream the past few years, I guess. Let’s go one step further. Riding your kid up a mountain to a […]


And the Beat Goes On….

Yesterday was cold and cloudy all morning, which is perfect bicycling weather if you ask me, but…people who think in shallow clichés might be surprised to see folks out on bikes when it isn’t shorts-and-flipflops warm. I am glad to report that LA seems to be growing beyond its reputation as a sump for weather […]

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Our Own Day Here by Richard Risemberg

It can be hard to live in a big American city, or any car-dominated place, and maintain a healthy understanding of your identity, the natural world, and your status when you’re walking, riding the bus, or a bike everywhere you go. It is easy to describe yourself and your life from the perspective of those […]

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Save the Date: May 1st!

Join us on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop (located at 3404 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065) for a reading and question & answer session with author and photographer Richard Risemberg. Risemberg just published two books, both of which will be available the day of […]

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When the Force Isn’t with You

Yesterday I detoured through Downtown on my way to South Pasadena. I took the Fourth Street Not-a-Greenway to K-Town, then switched to Seventh and its fine little Door-Zone Bike Lane till it vanished a block or so before Los Angeles Street. Los Angeles Street would take me to the Union Station, where I was hoping […]


Spoke(n) Art Ride on Saturday, April 11, 2015

Magic? You want magic? Join the Spoke(n) Art Ride this Saturday, April 11, 2015 for a very special art gallery tour of North East Los Angeles and opening at the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop. This month we’re starting the ride with an art show in our shop (!!!) featuring the work Highland Park-based artist […]


LAUSD School Board Elections Matter to Commuters, Property Owners, and People with Lungs

Why vote in a local school board election? If you don’t have kids it doesn’t matter, right? Wrong. First, the quality of local public schools can drastically affect the value of surrounding private property. Second, schools generate lots and lots of car trips and in California schools are exempt from air quality and traffic congestion […]

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Forget Jake…It’s Chinatown!

Yes, sometimes even in Los Angeles, good things happen on purpose. Forget Jake and his cynical advisor from the film…the real Chinatown’s BID has installed a peculiar but extensive bike corral in front of 727 N Broadway, known to LA hipsters as the site of the latest iteration of Scoops artisanal ice cream (and affable […]

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