The LA Bike Summit was highly informative thanks to great speakers and workshop hosts, but I think one of the most important things was connecting all the dots between LA bike activists. The turn out was big and I got to meet face to face a lot of the people who's blogs I read, and who read my blog as well. I think this was just the sort of jolt L.A. bike activism needed to really start brainstorming and making connections. It was also great to hear first hand some of the hurdles and accomplishments of other cities like New York, Portland (so jealous), and sprawling Mexico city, which faces even greater transportation problems than Los Angeles.
(Eleanor Blue Of BikePortland.org with other Keynote speakers during Q&A)
The Bike Summit was a lot to take in. It felt like a temporary bike school with everyone rushing around to different classes, all of them about developing bike culture and infrastructure. Choosing between the different topics and workshops was often difficult with so many relevant subjects and great speakers. I attended work shops on Women and Bikes (hosted by CICLE), Advocacy in Action (LACBC), and In Pursuit Of The North American Carfree Family (BikePortland).
I took a lot of notes, and in the weeks ahead I'll be referencing some of the things discussed in future blog posts. We can no longer accept the status quo, it should not take 3 1/2 years to put some paint on the ground. We have to work toward a collective push for real city planning and development. Planning that takes into account pedestrians, cyclists and transit users at every step of the way, and not as an after thought. Viva La Velorution!
(Photo by Alex Thompson)