Cyclists sign the pledge. Photo courtesy David De La Torre
The L.A. River Path through Elysian Valley is the scene of frequent confrontations and collisions between pedestrians and cyclists. But last weekend, cyclists got off their bikes and pedestrians took a break from strolling to sign a pledge to “share the path.” About 100 cyclists and 60 pedestrians signed the pledge during the first annual “Share the Path” event , according to David De La Torre, an Elysian Valley activist. De La Torre and many other residents who have expressed concern about the safety of pedestrians along the popular but narrow path since it was extended through Elysian Valley in 2010.
The event, which was co-sponsored by the Elysian Valley neighborhood council, Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch and the L.A. County Bike Coalition, provided an opportunity for the cyclists and pedestrians to meet each other and receive information on river path etiquette “This event is a great way to educate cyclists and pedestrians and prevent future incidents from happening,” said De La Torre in a neighborhood watch announcement.