Bicyclists Had the Only Vehicles on the Road in Downtown Los Angeles Last Week But Why?

Posted: April 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Legal and Law | Comments Off on Bicyclists Had the Only Vehicles on the Road in Downtown Los Angeles Last Week But Why?

Yes it is true, once a year, Los Angeles has been shutting down part of the city to accommodate bike riders in pursuit of clean energy and fitness. But why do they need to close part of the city? It’s simple–bike accidents are common and fatal in Los Angeles’ crowded streets.

On April 10, 2011, Los Angeles bicyclists got their chance to be the only vehicles on the road on Sunday, with thousands of bike riders including seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who kicked off the event. The event that started off in Little Tokyo was a part of the second annual CicLAvia, which is a free event to reduce pollution and promote physical activity.

The event highlights various businesses and landmarks on the 7.5 mile route. But why did the city have to be closed down to let them ride? The answer is clear to bicycle attorney, Michael Ehline, Esq., safety. Let’s face it–car operators don’t pay very good attention to cyclists in LA. Just think how many of those riders would’ve needed a bicycle lawyer?

Although Glendale resident Sean Salinas stated that it was a great way to get a view of the streets and businesses without all the vehicles, and the Los Angeles Police Department has done a good job of organizing the event, does anyone really think they can safely ride their bike in LA on a normal day? The CicLAvia, is a non-profit organization, with the same name as the event and last year, that drew approximately 100,000 people; and organizers of the event estimate there were more people this year. According to the Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Los Angeles is committed to opening up the streets and becoming the bicycle capital of the U.S. The mayor stated that with the support of public and private partnerships the CicLAvia event will continue in Los Angeles. Event participant Greg Pincus stated that it is Los Angeles is a different place without all of the vehicles. But Attorney Ehline says: “Los Angeles has a long way to go before anyone should consider riding a bicycle on that 7.5 mile stretch that they shut down last Sunday.”

Paul Anzel, a graduate student in applied physics organized a group outing for the event and runs a bike shop on campus. Pasadena resident Leslie Keirstead age 47 and her brother of Moonpark David Keirstead age 51 came to participate in the event with their mother Gail Sturla age 71 of Los Angeles. Sterla, a hairdresser that rides her bike to work every day for a total of nine miles said she has ridden bicycles all her life and there should be more bike lanes in the city. Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney Michael P. Ehline, Esq., and his years of experience in representing bicycle accident victims, agrees there should be more bicycle lanes in the city. He also believes that drivers should be more alert when driving in areas where there are bicycle riders.

This could cut down on bicycle and motor vehicle collisions and the injuries that bicycle riders suffer or fatal injuries when involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. If you or someone you know is interested in discussing their bicycle accident, Michael Ehline is a former U.S Marine, and a cyclist who rides his mountain bike throughout Los Angeles County and who has also been involved in many close calls with inattentive vehicle operators. When you need a car accident attorney, you call a personal injury lawyer. When you have a bicycle crash, you call the bicycle injury attorney at: Ehline Law Firm PC. 633 West Fifth Street, 28th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071. 213.596.9642. In any event, it will be a long long time before anyone says “Bicyclists Have the Only Vehicles on the Road in Downtown Los Angeles” and really can mean it.

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