First Tour de Ballona

Bolstered by coverage Friday both in the Daily Breeze newspaper (link) as well as on KTLA’s news broadcast that evening (link), some 60 cyclists came together Saturday morning  for the inaugural Tour de Ballona organized by the Concerned Bicyclists of Ballona Creek to increase awareness of the creek bikeway and spotilght its continuing safety issues.

The casually paced 3.7-mile trip went from Sawtelle Avenue to the sea, where on the bridge o’er the troubled waters were found tables staffed by LAPD officers along with the nonprofit Friends of Ballona Wetlands and the Ballona Creek Renaissance. In addition, L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s Field Deputy Jim Kennedy was on hand and on his bike to show that making the creek a safer and more accessible place was important to his boss.

Of course, I made a timelapse vid, below, of the trek with my handlebar cam, and took stills  with another, viewable here on Flickr.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaTMk45Bbpg[/youtube]

A second Tour de Ballona is scheduled for November 8.

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