Prompted by the attack on a cyclist riding Ballona Creek in August, Damien Newton at Streetsblog Los Angeles spearheaded the gathering together of a group of cyclists — myself included — to become the Concerned Cyclists of Ballona Creek and brainstorm ways to increase awareness and connection to the waterway’s off-street bikepath so integral to the westside communties it serves, yet one becoming increasingly disenfranchised because of short-sighted efforts by crime-weary residents, impatient politicians and over-burdened law enforcement. And the thugs too, of course.
The result of those brainstorms was: group fun rides hell yeah! And the first one is happening this Saturday at 11 a.m. (now made even more important in the wake of another cyclist being assaulted last week, dammit!).
We will gather at the Culver Drive entrance to the bikeway, just west of Sawtelle Boulevard, and depart heading bayward on a 3.7-mile casually paced ride to the bridge over the creek’s mouth (7.4-mile if you roundtrip it; route map). Nonprofits organizations such as the Friends of Ballona Wetlands and the Ballona Creek Renaissance will be setting up tables to supply information about other events and usage for the creek, its wetlands and the bikeway.
Hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it Saturday there’s another one slated for November 8.