no offense, but you don't deserve kudos for eschewing the automobile in LA.
use of bicycles is admirable, but not 100-percent of the time -- that's just being foolish.
all your publicity is giving cycling advocates a bad-name.
do us all a favor and move to portland already.
Firstly, I've never advocated that everyone should get rid of their car and bike around. ("I'm not anti-car, but I do believe that we need real transportation options."...it's in my profile.) That's just foolish.
Hey, I'll be the first to admit, carfree might not be for everyone. You've got kids in tow or you've got a job that's 60 miles away. Fine. Some people have some constraints that they either can't change or don't want to. But at the same time, there are lots of people that hop in their car to go to a store that's less than a mile away, or work less than five miles away (a distance you could easily bike to, bus to, or walk to).
What I don't get is how all my publicity is giving cycling advocates a bad-name. How's that work? I ride like a vehicle. I follow traffic rules. I use hand signals. I'm working directly with my community to create bike-friendly events and raise awareness. I've helped educate people on how to ride safely in traffic and shown people how to commute.
I show, through my actions and not just a lot of talk, that a bicycle is a viable mode of transport.
Is it possible that a cycling advocate can ride a bike too much? Should I rent a car now and then and show that I'm "normal"? (Maybe I should write to Ed Begely Jr. to lose the vermiculture bin and solar panels cause that's too eco-friendly and he's creeping people out.)
I think we've had enough of arm-chair "cycling advocates" that don't walk the walk. Or maybe I'm just being foolish.