Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Gone tourin'

I'm going to be out on the road for the next week in a half. See ya then with some more bike travel pics!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Goodbye silkscreen stuff...

I bequeathed my silkscreening gear to a friend and talented artist. Watch out Long Beach for the madness he'll create.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A dog owner for 15 minutes...

While waiting for a sandwich at Sipology on Broadway (the first one was given to the wrong person), someone coming from some Pride festivities came up to me and asked, "Can you do me a favor?" Sure. "Can you watch my dog while I get an iced coffee?" Sure.

Thus, I became an accidental dog owner for 15 minutes.

The owner came out, resumed ownership of the dog and bade me a "Happy Pride!"

Cutting out All Bike Projects?

A Repost via LACBC



NEED CYCLISTS TO ATTEND AND GIVE PUBLIC COMMENT TO CITY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY May 18, 10 am! Get there by 9:30am to sign up for public comment.

WHEN: Monday, May 18, 10:00AM
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers. 200 N. Spring Street 90012, Room 340


Los Angeles is facing a perilous budget crisis. All city departments are being asked to submit plans on how they will cut spending, and LADOT have proposed to eliminate the entire Bikeways staff. Not just lay off some people, but cut it altogether.

A May 4th Inter-departmental Correspondence titled Shared Responsibility and Sacrifice signed by LADOT General Manager Rita Robinson and addressed to the Budget and Finance Committee, contains the following text under the heading, Transit Capital Programming:

"Discontinue bikeways function, including bicycle path maintenance, bicycle programs, and school bicycle and transit education. Discontinue work on Safe Routes to School."

Numerous bicycle projects are underway which will be curtailed or compromised by this short-sighted move, including:

• The update of the city's bicycle plan, already behind schedule.
• Numerous bike lane projects.
• The Expo Bikeway, in which the city must complete its environmental review by the end of the year (to keep pace with the light rail project) or the bikeway may be delayed for years.
• The Sharrows study, which should lead to an implementation plan for this much-needed bikeway enhancement.

Some talking points:
• With more people riding bikes than ever before, with a vibrant cycling culture developing and with congestion and climate change consequences screaming at us, this is exactly the wrong time to cut the entire bikeways staff
• If you think cycling doesn't get enough attention in Los Angeles now, wait until we have no staff at all to look out for our needs.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Open Letter to City regarding 2nd Street Sharrows

Inspired by the administration's new transparency, I have decided to make public my communiques with the city regarding bicycling infrastructure and bicycle programs within the city. This is done in an effort to show that I am actively trying to engage the city and give them input and to monitor how responsive they are to the input. Tony is Tony Cruz the city's Bicycle Ambassador, Sumi has been the city's ad hoc bicycle coordinator, Charlie is Charles Gandy, the city's new Mobility Coordinator.

Sent 05/15/09

Tony, Sumi, Charlie,
I've been communicating with DeLong's office re: the Sharrows on 2nd. I really urge that when you guys roll them out and do the press releases you make the following points very clear:

-those lanes were "sharable" by bikes before the sharrows were being put in
-the new sharrows do not take away any rights from motorists NOR do they give bicyclists any special rights, they are just very bold and large visual indicators that bikes can already be legally on the road and they invite cyclists that may not know that right to be on the road.
-the placement of the sharrows (presumably in the middle of the lane) is where the cyclist SHOULD ride, out of the door zone. (Will we have an opportunity to preview their placement to ensure they are indeed out of the door zone?)

Gary has said he has already gotten some blow back from some constituents, most likely because they feel like cyclists are being given special rights or an unfair allocation of road resources. I think to mitigate this response the existing road rights of cyclists should be discussed. This also will start to spread the idea that bikes are allowed on ALL streets in Long Beach (which is important because it will prevent others from getting unfair tickets).

I'm going to defer to Dan and Chris if they have anything to add, but I think we're all in agreement that it's important to note these things, so motorists understand that 1) we're not taking anything away from them 2)bikes are allowed to ride on roads where there isn't the benefit of sharrows as well.


Chris Quint is a regional cycling safety trainer for the League of American Bicyclists.

Received 05/16/09

I support Russ' suggestions for all the reasons stated. Road users of all kinds need to understand these issues so all know the rights and responsibilities we all share.

Chris Quint

Friday, May 15, 2009

A Letter to Councilman Delong RE Sharrows

Dear Councilman Delong and Anne,
I saw the post in LBPost this morning regarding the sharrows on 2nd. I don't think this is in the city's plan when they roll it out, but I really would like you to communicate that all lanes are sharable lanes by bikes (as per CVC 21200) and the "sharrow" adds no special privileges to bikes nor does it strip any rights from motorists. You will hear a lot of flack from motorists asking why cyclists are getting "special rights" on that street. They're not.

It ONLY makes visible the California Vehicle Code which already allows for bikes to legally be on the road. Bikes already have the right to ride where the sharrows will be, this special striping is only a really loud visual indicator of this and invites bikes to use the road (which they can legally do).

What is frustrating, is I was riding EXACTLY where the sharrows would be when I received my ticket. I even tried explaining this to the citing police officer that there were going to be sharrows in a few months (not that would have affected the legality of what I was doing) and he didn't care.

I guess, what I am asking is that when you begin your roll out, you really explain this point. Nothing is being taken away from motorists. It's a right that has always been there. Otherwise, as a cyclist, I will no doubt be the subject of ire and abuse. Further, I would ask that you please ask the city to devote some funds and resources to educating law enforcement and public about the rights of cyclists. This will have a much more PROFOUND and lasting effect on whether a city is bicycle friendly or not. If the police had been educated, I would have not received the complete and utterly incorrect ticket I did get.

As a post-script. Nothing has happened regarding my ticket. I'm still waiting to hear from Lt. Levy and Gray Morrison from PD.


Bike Haiku Submissions

Keep them coming...

It's “Bike to Work Day”
Happy cyclists on the road
Should be every day
-Keith M.

wind blowing my hair
sunshine warming, legs cycling
happy to be live.
-Jeanine B.

A bad day cycling
Beats any day in a car
Get out and bike now!
-Jamie F.

Bicycle Haikus

Submit your Haiku!

I ride in the lane/
Avoiding terrible doors/
Someone tell P.D.

Policeman told me /
"You can't ride there." "Yes, I can!" /
Two Twelve Double-O

Bikes are traffic too/
The first roads were for bikes, man/
So quit your honking

Soccer Mom's of Death/
On the phone while driving fast/
Hope YOUR kids ride bikes

Lawless cop on bike/
You're riding on the sidewalk/
You muddle my rights

Get on the sidewalk!/
Roads are for cars you moron!/
Thanks for the advice.

Spring gently breezes/
Crackling sounds of bike on road/
Why would I drive ever?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Biking stuff to Bike to Work Day...

Today is Bike to Work Day, though I'm sure you wouldn't know it by looking at the 405. However, there is hope. In population centers around the country, small contingencies of intrepid "bike commuters" are riding their bikes to their places of employment (or in these tough times, to the nearest bar).

Here in Long Beach, the bike advocacy group that I volunteer with put on a pit-stop for said cyclists. We carried stuff, of course, by bike in an amazing bike parade of cargo bicycles ranging from an Xtracycle, Bob trailer, flatbed trailer, front loading Bilenky cargo bike, panniers and the backpack. Talking the talk AND biking the bike.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Food photography at the LBMA...

Some more food photography, this time at the LBMA. I arrived and it was after hour's at the restaurant. One of the most striking features of the outdoor seating are the bright yellow umbrellas. They were closed at the time, but the writers I were with opened them up so that I could get a nice background (thanks Jenny and Greg).

The other challenge was balancing the light from the outside and the light on the food. I first tried to strobe it with a softbox but it looked so harsh. Fortunately, I brought a diffuser. I positioned the food so that it was getting hit with a hard beam of light that we diffused. This let me bridge the exposure difference between the light on the food and the outside and nothing was getting blown out.

So, I got my yellow umbrellas and balanced light. The next part was to play with the plating of the food with the chef. We tried a few things and settled on a more dynamic (if a salad can be dynamic) arrangement of the salad. Half-tossed with bright red strawberries sort of haphazardly placed and mangos against the white plate as a sort of visual border. It was topped off with a few vertical elements to balance the picture (in this case a mimosa and nice bottle of champagne).

The big silence...and other festering thoughts

In the continuing saga of my incorrect citation the BIG news is that there is no big news. The great silence. After a few days of optimism that something would be done (receiving emails from various public officials), that THIS could be the great defining moment in Long Beach where law enforcement and bicycle advocates could work together....Nothing.

I've been assured that "something" would be done. But what? And why am I not involved in the middle of that "something"?

I have some ideas. No one asks me what they are. Even when I volunteer them, which I do often, what comes of it?

And this is what is really bothersome to me. I might as well just say it. How is it that the city can mobilize and allocate resources so quickly to have the Long Beach Bike Festival, but not do the same to address bikes and law enforcement when the latter would have a much more PROFOUND affect on the city in terms of being bicycle friendly?

Don't get me wrong, I like to watch a bike race as much as the next guy, but I'm skeptical as to how "aware" it made people of bikes in the city. It made them aware that they could race on a closed course or do skids down the street, but for me, it felt like there was a real lack in any "hey man, cyclists are people too and they're not doing anything wrong so lay off the horn." It made them aware, perhaps, of the new bike lanes and bike infrastructure, but it certainly didn't make anyone aware of the cyclists MOST BASIC RIGHT to ride on the street lawfully.

I wish the city would show as much verve and enthusiasm towards these more fundamentally important ( and admittedly less sexy) issues as they do to things such as festivals and races.

I could be wrong. It might be the fact that while watching the racers gracefully swoop around the corners with ease and aplomb, a few spectators had a thought, nay, a quasi-religious moment thinking, "watching this race has affirmed in me the belief that cyclists do indeed have a legal right to the roadway that should be respected. I should treat them with the common courtesy as is due any other roadway user....OUCH! Dude did you see that crash! He totally ate shit!" And maybe, there were several spectators that had this epiphany despite the distracting carnage on turn 6, but I can assure you that the officer that ticketed me last week was not among the converted.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bike to Work Day in the Press Telegram

Near the eve of Bike to Work Day, Tim Grobaty of our finest local news source wrote a piece on why he's poopooing Bike to Work Day. You can read it here.

Executive Summary:
-What!? I have to ride my bike to work again?
-We're the media and I can make a big deal out of nothing cause that's my job.
-Lots of whiny quotes by cyclists.
-A positive story about cycling is just boooring.

With friends like these...

My response to Tim with some writing to tips to enliven a bike story.

Dear Tim,
Well, the offer to give you a personally guided bike ride around the city still stands. An enjoyable bike ride of the "oh look at the birdie" sort probably would make an uninteresting piece. But maybe one where we dispel the myths of how difficult and dangerous it is (see above comments) would be more interesting.

Or perhaps a piece on how cyclists have the the same rights on the road but are treated as 2nd class road users would be more interesting. Or more interesting still, how about the fact that the police in our city aren't aware that bikes can ride lawfully on the street and ticket cyclists for a right that is clearly spelled out in the California Vehicle Code. Or how they ride on the sidewalk and against traffic violating the CVC, while lawful and educated cyclists get harangued for trying to do a little good.

Or perhaps you could frame the piece in such a way that it points out the fact that the plight of the urban cyclist is a transporation civil rights issue (+1 for historical references), where a group of people going about their lawful business are constantly harassed, illegally ticketed and besmirched in the media.

That wouldn't be SO boring and closer to the mark, no? So let's take Orangey for a ride.


More food shoots...

Busy again today. Got to shoot one of my favorite restaurants of all time, Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach! They prepared some Buffalo sloppy Joe's and smoked hot wings, topped off with a Drake's Double Hopped IPA. Amazing as usual. I also shot at Michael's on Naples, a super nice fine dining restaurant that is a fusion of Northern and Southern Italian cooking -- so the owner tells me. What that means, I'm not so sure, but if the ink squid lobster ravioli and the prosciutto wrapped scallops are any indication, then fuze on!

Monday, May 11, 2009


The Xtracycle is gone and off to her new home. The new owner is also a photographer/cinematographer who lives in Westwood. Although he has no plans to make an Xtracycle-exclusive business he does plan on using it to replace short car trips and the occasional commutes to work.

Along with the Xtracycle he also bought some cranks, some Albatross bars and my CETMA rack. Glad to see all these things go to a good home. We chatted for a while and I recorded some audio and will cut it up into a video in the next few days.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Saying goodbye to the Xtracycle

I took apart my Xtracycle this weekend. A little sad since she has served me well and lauched my career as a bicycling photographer. It came apart easy enough. I hope the next owner does great things with her as well.

Friday, May 08, 2009

The Indignity of Bike Commuting in Long Beach...

Just received in my email a photo from an anonymous source (to be known as "Deep Vs"), a photo of myself getting the ticket! The wonders of the internets never cease to impress. After applying some CSI magic, it is pretty clear that the bike I was riding 1) had fenders 2) had a transverse bag and red Ortlieb on the right. I'm not sure of how many brakeless riders ride with fenders or like to put English bike luggage on their bikes in Long Beach, my guess would be none.

This would be the bike in question. My touring bike and yes, it has brakes, two of them in fact.

I have to admit, my first reaction when I got the photo was a real sense of humiliation and frustration. I was doing nothing wrong and got pulled over and taught my lesson in public. I have more sympathy now and will make less assumptions of others that I see that are getting pulled over.

I'm also frustrated at the message this public dressing down gives to motorists. I'm sure quite a few drivers and people at the restaurant were thinking, "oh finally, those crazy bicyclists riding on the street are getting what they deserve...they shouldn't be in the street anyway" Hey, it's a fair assumption. We all think these things to greater or lesser degrees.

When those in the position of authority don't know the laws, it becomes pretty much impossible for any lawful cyclist to defend their rights. We depend on those in authority to KNOW what is right and to be the just arbiter in a dispute.

Let's complicate the situation a little further. Let's say my incident involved a motor vehicle. I was riding lawfully in the street and there was some sort of accident. The motorist keeps shouting "he was riding in the middle of the lane, he can't do that, it was HIS fault!" If I get stuck with an officer or a judge that knows nothing about the laws and bikes, then I would be as they - S.O.L. I would have no one to appeal to without going through the hassle and expense of hiring a lawyer.

I have no doubt that this happens more often than we suspect. It is critical that law enforcement be involved in creating a bicycle friendly community. ABSOLUTELY critical! It makes no difference if Long Beach has 10 or 10,000 miles of bike lanes if the most basic and fundamental rights we have as cyclists aren't respected or understood. What good are all the stripes, if you turn down a street without one and are automatically put in the position when your rights are questioned, where you are treated like a 2nd class road user, where you are ticketed and ridiculed for doing nothing than lawfully riding your bike in the middle of a day trying to do some shopping?

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Not a Country Kitchen..

When I wasn't busy fighting the man, so to speak, I was shooting food today. This assignment was at the Wednesday's Farmer's Market at Marine Stadium. The vendor is RedOak BBQ and let me tell you, it was tasty. I was salivating the second I saw the giant BBQ grill and that they were using wood logs and not charcoal to cook and flavor the meat.

The lighting was a bit tricky since it was midday. I decided to shoot under the shade of a large truck so I could control the light better.

I cropped in close, lit it with my softbox and a hand from Jenny with my lucky piece of ragged matt board. Shooting tight and with the nice wood board and table cloth it felt like a country kitchen. Of course, when you pull back it is anything but!

Open Letter to Chief Batts

I received an email from Chief Batts to call the office and describe the incident. After doing so, I wrote this email to the Chief:

Dear Chief Batts,
I called and spoke with a Sergeant regarding the citation and he is looking into it. With regards to your incident, I don't think that is the same "gentleman" we're talking about. This incident occurred on Anaheim as he was commuting to work. He is also a trained cycling safety instructor.

What I hope to come from all this is the start of a dialogue between the bicycle community and the police. I know that there are many lawless cyclists out there and they SHOULD be ticketed. Cyclists riding the wrong way. Cyclists blowing through red lights. Cyclists on the sidewalk. Cyclists under 18 riding with no brakes and a helmet. They should be ticketed. I think we have so many with an utter disregard of the law because there is NOT ENOUGH enforcement.

That said, the police should also be sensitized to identify what is lawful and safe riding. Riding as far to the right as you can is NOT safe. Riding closer to the middle of the lane IS safe, it increases visibility, lets the rider avoid the door zone, etc., The phrasing in 21202 allows for this, cyclists only have to ride to the right as long as it is "practicable" (a big difference from "possible"). "Practicable" allows us to claim the lane when we deem it unsafe to ride to the right. Many cities make this point clear with signs that say "BIcyclists allowed full use of the lane."

I believe that the police is one of the most important keys to making Long Beach bicycle friendly. Without proper enforcement we will just see a rise in unlawful cyclists and more hostile interactions between motorists and cyclists that will escalate into violence (there are many incidents of this happening in Los Angeles right now). That is why it is paramount that officers on your force that work in areas with a high concentration of cyclists (downtown, Belmont Shore, CSULB) should receive training to differentiate when a cyclist is lawfully riding in the street (claiming the middle of the lane when need be) and when they are putting themselves and others in danger. Further, I would also like to see the bicycle mounted police follow the CVC. It is very difficult for me to defend my rights to a motorist who is yelling at me to "get on the sidewalk" or "you don't belong here", when the bicycle mounted police can often be seen riding on the sidewalk, against traffic or in the door zone.

If you are willing, the bicycle advocacy group I work with, The Long Beach Cyclists, has trained bicycle safety educators from the League of American Bicyclists. We would very much like to set up a program with the police department to slowly train the force with issues regards to bicycles in traffic. The League offers a curriculum specially tailored to law enforcement. I think this would more quickly and efficiently make Long Beach more bicycle friendly than any thing else we can do.

Thank you once again for responding to me personally. I hope you will seriously consider bicycle training for some of your force.

Russ Roca

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

What it's really all about...

I've been ruminating over my recent ticket and while in the larger sense it really is insignificant, what is really frustrating is that I feel it speaks to what is at the core of this whole "bicycle friendly" debate. On the coattails of Long Beach being awarded being a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly City, it really makes me question how bike friendly it is.

Yes there are bike lanes (many that are poorly striped, I might add...ahem PCH), bike paths, bike parking and even a small bike-share program. But is that enough? It looks good on paper, these xxx amount of miles of lanes and stripes, but does the city feel any friendlier to me as a bicyclist?

Well, since about 11am this morning, I would have to say NO.

My basic fundamental right (and all the responsibilities that go along with it) have yet to be respected. I still feel like drivers don't know that I have the right to be on the road and now I know that the LBPD isn't aware of that right either.

I recently saw a special on Bhutan, a small Asian country that in the 70s decided NOT to measure the success of the country by the GNP (Gross National Product) but by GNH (Gross National Happiness). I would like to submit, that bicycle advocates, city planners, bicyclists and the League of American Bicyclists adopt something similar.

In addition to just looking at the raw numbers, the miles of bike lanes or bike paths or sharrows, that they also seriously take into account the road culture of the city. Is the animosity between bike and driver so thick that you can cut it with a knife? Are the police/authority figures trained to understand bikes in traffic and sensitized to what cyclists face?

Given the choice of riding in a city with no bike paths but a healthy road culture or a city with 400 miles of bike paths but with a climate where that if you happen to turn on a street without a bike facility you feel like prey -- I would choose the former.

Bike paths are like the chaparone at the school dance. Of course everyone is going to behave when they're around. There's no virtue in that. The true test is when the chaparone leaves. Does it all revert into some state of nature?

And what would help with creating healthy road culture? Well, the same things that I have been trying to tell the city nearly EVERY single chance I get. Education and enforcement.

With the case of my ticket, a little of both -- educate the enforcement.

To obey the law, people must know the law. An aggressive PSA campaign, strong pro-bicyclst rights messages (none of this "share the road" crap anymore...I want in no uncertain terms that bikes have the rights and responsibilities of other road users) from the Chief of Police, mayor, City Manager, Bike Ambassador and Mobility Coordinator.

The LAW should follow the law. Bike Police should ride on the street and not on the sidewalk and not against traffic. People look up to them as the barometer of acceptable behavior (for better or worse), and if they ride on the sidewalk, what chance does a lawbiding cyclist on the street have?

Education. Education. Education. You can only control so much of a person's behavior with urban planning (remember the chaperon analogy?). The goal should be to engender good behaviors in both cyclists and motorists even when no one is looking, even when there isn't a drop of paint anywhere on the road. Isn't that really what bicycle friendly should really strive for?

Wrong Citation?

I got an email from someone with keen eyes (thanks Gary and crew!) and they note that the citation on my ticket is incorrect. I was cited for 21201(a), which states:

21201. (a) No person shall operate a bicycle on a roadway unless it is equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make one braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.

But the description says "Must right to right of roadway" (sic). I don't know the semantics of ticket writing, but is this automatic grounds for dismissal? I clearly have 2 brakes on my bike. I don't even own a fixed gear bike.

Is there a case of fixed gear profiling going on in Long Beach? Maybe the cops are familiar with law, but not the basic ones that govern lawful riding?

I just got a ticket! WTF?

Middle of the day. Hardly any traffic and I just got pulled over for not riding on the "right side." I'm no racer but 15mph on 2nd Street isn't going that much slower than car traffic through there.

I tried to explain to the officer that any closer and I would be in the "door zone." He seemed nonplussed.

I cited the vehicle code and told him that it said I was to ride to the right as "practicable" which is a big difference than "possible", because it was up to me to determine if there were any hazards. He didn't seem to care.

I told him that I was riding exactly where the new sharrows would be on 2nd street in a few months. The new wha? I don't see them now.

I was holding him up. Although I was on the right travel lane and he was on the left and he wanted me to know about it.

I'm about as law biding a cyclist as you can get in Long Beach. I ride in the correct direction of traffic. I don't ride on the sidewalk. One of the first things I keep trying to advocate for is that we have to educate the enforcement on the laws regarding bicycling. Maybe NOW might be a good time to start.

For those that are curious, the CVC as pertaining to bicycles is the following. I was exercising my right (3) because I was avoiding the rather unpleasant "fixed object"...aka door, but also because when I ride as far as the right as practical, I always get buzzed too close. Hence, riding more "practicable."

21202. (a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:
(1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.
(2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
(3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes) that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge, subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this section, a "substandard width lane" is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.

Let the good times roll...

Monday, May 04, 2009

A goodbye to some dear friends...

If you've been following my story on PathLessPedaled.com then you probably know that I'm selling all my belongings to finally go on my epic bike tour. We've gotten rid of cupboards full of mugs and wine glasses and I've narrowed down to just two pairs of shoes.

Now, for me, it's getting to the tough stuff. I spent many years patronizing my local camera store, Terry's Camera, a victim to redevelopment. I got to know the owners really well and I learned a lot about shooting and darkroom work from them. It was during that time that I also amassed a pretty good collection of cameras.

I experimented with everything under the sun. Holgas to Hasselblads and Leicas to Linhoffs. I've shot, developed and printed 35mm, 6x6, 6x9, 4x5 and Polaroid Type 55. Sheet film to roll film. I've let go of many bits of equipment already, but have always hung on to a few that I dearly enjoyed. Now (unless I get a sudden influx of money somehow), it's time to let go of some old friends that will enable me to go on a new adventure.

It's really weird to sell these guys. I've done some good work with them - portraits of KRUMP dancers, portraits of my brother in the army, etc., To me, these cameras, the old forgotten farts of the camera world will always be "real cameras." Blasphemy, I know. I shoot with digital and it pays the bills, but I'll always have a soft spot for a smoothly running Rolleiflex.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Bike Parking by Bike

Yesterday The Long Beach Cyclists set up bike parking at the Art Theater again. We have 5 portable racks that we have figured out how to carry to location by bike. Bikestation has an Xtracycle and a few of them get loaded on there and I carry a few on the Bilenky.

Using 4 toe straps and 3 bungees, I was able to secure a pair of the racks down pretty well (amazing what you can do with toe straps!).

Sadly, no one came to park so we ended up just having an impromptu meeting at Portfolio Annex and then dinner at the brewery. Our CSULB members have passed out hundreds of flyers, there were flyers at the Art, it was sent out electronically via MySpace and Facebook...I'm beginning to wonder how it is we can more effectively reach cyclists.

We're suppose to offer bike parking one last time on June 6th. I'm going to try to make a more concerted effort to spread the word. Posters maybe? Or going on the weekly rides and handing it out directly to cyclists?