- When the LAPD pull these motorists over, often times in groups of 3 or 4 cars, they are stopped directly in obstruction of the bike lane. While the police are likely well within their rights to stop cars wherever they choose, this is a huge obstacle for Silver Lake cyclists and a hazard for them to safely ride in this area.
- Police conduct their stops where Silver Lake Boulevard bends and declines steeply next to the dog park, forcing bikers into really unsafe conditions. When coming around that corner on a bicycle going down hill, cyclists are forced to make a split second adjustment into rush hour traffic as they all of a sudden see that the bike lane is blocked.
- In addition to that, I would love to see some attention paid to motorcyclists who use bicycle lanes to maneuver in and out of traffic. On many an evening commute, I am backed up in the typical traffic at Silver Lake Boulevard and Berkley Avenue when large motorcycles zoom by cars in the bike lane. Doesn’t this endanger the bicyclists that these lanes are intended for? Where are the police for that?
Additionally, it seems that police would do the community and their quotas a favor if they monitored some of the local stop signs that motorists blow through. This not only endangers other motorists but could prove deadly for cyclists and pedestrians. The intersections I am referring to are those at Griffith Park Boulevard and Edgecliffe Drive as well as Effie Street and virtually any of those hilltop intersections (Golden Gate and Micheltorena more specifically).