The bike advocate in me gets all bah-humbuggity at the City’s and the LADWP’s annual insistence in prohibiting cyclists from getting into the holiday spirit with each year’s Festival of Lights. That’s why it’s not much more than a small consolation that the powers that be with some diligent prodding by the L.A. County Bike Coalition finally acquiesced three seasons ago and programmed a “bikes only” night — a single solitary eve in which two wheels rule and four wheels drool… at least for a couple hours.
Well with little fanfare that night is upon us, scheduled to take place between 6 and 8 p.m. tomorrow (November 20):
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) in partnership with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition will be sponsoring a preview special night for bicyclists to enjoy the Holiday Light Festival at Griffith Park.
Avid bicyclists will be able to ride their bikes through the one-mile display of dazzling lights in a special lane. A separate family lane will be made available to families who would like to bring their children to ride along the route. The family lane will be open to bicycles, tricycles, non-electric scooters and parents accompanying their children.
No cars or vehicles will be on the route during the special Bike Night.
I don’t know about how “avid” a cyclist you need to be, and “dazzling lights” might be an equal overstatement, but I’ll cut the quibbling and leave it at how much I look forward to the
day dream when the City and the DWP make the annual event a Festival of Enlightenment and finally prohibit the flagrant waste of all those untold gallons of precious gasoline idled away with the gridlock created by the thousands of vehicles that line up to wait sometimes upwards of an hour to creep along through the display.
Certainly I won’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen. And in the meantime my wife Susan and I will be out there tomorrow night on our bikes enjoying the one-night-only bone they throw us. Hope you will be, too. The more the merrier.