ECHO PARK — Would you ever ride a bicycle to work in Los Angeles? Specifically, from Echo Park to Downtown?
That’s the route that Matthew Fleischer, the senior digital editor of the L.A. Times Opinion section, talks about as he rides his bike in a 360-degree video.
Fleischer encourages drivers to see things from the bicyclist’s point of view, and invites drivers to join him on his daily three-mile ride — a commute that he says is, statistically speaking, relatively safe. Of the 77 cyclists who have been killed in Los Angeles since 2011, none happened to have occurred on his morning route, he said.
Fleischer, in an accompanying article, also speaks favorably of road diets, noting that the best way to reduce congestion is to get people out of their cars.
“Of all trips taken outside the house in L.A., 47% are three miles or less,” Fleischer writes. “Angelenos use their cars for 84% of these trips. Even if you allow for the way L.A.’s hills prevent many from regularly biking or walking, this is a ridiculously high percentage of drivers for such a short distance.”
In the video, Fleischer huffs-and-puffs up a steep hill, rolls past a stop sign, gets honked at by a truck and then is forced to ride on the sidewalk when traffic gets too close for comfort on Glendale Boulevard near Echo Park Lake.
After watching his video, are you more likely to jump on a bike and ride Downtown or are you better off driving, taking the bus or walking?
And if you’re a cyclist, got any tips that would improve on Fleischer’s Echo Park-to-Downtown commute?
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