I'd like to update you on my efforts to promote a
new attitude and a new culture of road-sharing in
among motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
of you are aware of the horrible incident that occurred
July 4 between a motorist and two cyclists on Mandeville
Canyon Road. The
incident was tragic, sending two experienced cyclists
to the hospital with serious injuries.
It also escalated long-simmering tensions between
cyclists and residents of Mandeville
Canyon Road, and shone
a bright spotlight on the problems cyclists face trying
to navigate Southern California.
the wake of the incident, I immediately called a Town
Hall meeting to try to resolve the Mandeville
also introduced a council motion endorsing a Cyclists' Bill of Rights.
the weekend, many of the residents of Mandeville,
and many of the cyclists who most frequently use the
road, expressed concerns that the purpose and scope
of the Town Hall had been lost.
They were worried that the tenor of debate
had become too intense.
They also were concerned that the specific
and unique issues of Mandeville
were being obscured, with people suggesting they intended
to discuss beach bike paths, bike racks on buses,
and other issues.
recognition of that, I decided to cancel the Town
Hall, and instead created a Task Force to focus exclusively
on the Mandeville
group includes representatives of: the three Mandeville
homeowners associations; the four cycling clubs that
train on Mandeville
Canyon Road; the Los Angeles
County Bicycle Coalition; and various city agencies,
including my office.
Task Force held a productive and promising first meeting
Residents, cyclists and City staff are working
together to develop a strategy to improve safety on
Mandeville Canyon and to create mutual understanding
among those who share the popular but narrow,
winding canyon road.
We're looking at road improvements, signage,
increased enforcement, and better education.
Kent Strumpel, my appointee to the City's Bicycle
Advisory Committee, has a detailed account of the
I'll post my staff's official minutes later, after
task force members have reviewed them.
many people in the Los
Angeles cycling community have
told me there is still a pressing need for a Town
Hall to discuss the broader concerns of cyclists and
I agree, and I have asked my staff to work
with the cycling community and other interested parties
to craft an agenda for such a Town Hall.
I intend to hold it shortly after Labor Day,
in City Council Chambers or another central location,
with the co-sponsorship of some of my council colleagues,
and broadcast it on Channel 35.
this Town Hall meeting, we have an opportunity to
begin a genuine dialogue and a spirited public campaign
about how motorists, cyclists and pedestrians can
better share our roadways.
We all want to get somewhere, and we want to
get there safely, quickly and peacefully.
With this Town Hall, I will welcome all voices
and all proposals for how to do that better.
you have any questions or suggestions, or would like
to be contacted about the Town Hall, please do not
hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councilman, 11th District
P.S. Tonight, KCRW's "Which Way LA?" will
feature a lively discussion of the subject of the
Cyclists' Bill of Rights, and of the specific Mandeville
you'd like to listen, it airs at 7 p.m. on 89.9 FM,
and will be available later on the KCRW