Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mayor Takes A Spill, Gets A Clue


In an interesting turn of events, Mr. Mayor Villaraigosa of Los Angeles learned what it's really like to ride a bike on the mean streets of a city landscape. While riding in a bike lane, the mayor was cut off by a taxi cab (sound familiar?) and fell to the ground, breaking his elbow, reports the NY Times.

The Mayor had previously stated on a radio program that he came away from a conference in Copenhagen feeling he "needed to do more" in the arena of promoting bicycling as a form of clean transportation for the city of LA. Hey, better late than never.

Now all he has to do is figure out a way to get taxi drivers to stop driving like maniacs and get cops to ticket people parked in bike lanes, as well as encourage officers themselves, to park elsewhere.