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 morningĀ  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 stillsĀ  with another, viewable here on Flickr.

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A second Tour de Ballona is scheduled for November 8.

The Culver City Hategate Saga Is Finally Over For Now

What was prompted by the nazi swastiki-augmented hate graffiti I found in Culver City along Ballona Creek bikeway that begat this post here and then continued with this post here after a city paint-out attempt a few days later left it still mind-blowingly legible, can finally and successfully be concluded here thanks to the nastinessĀ  being found entirely painted out on Friday’s ride in to work:

The interesting thing was that on Thursday’s ride I found one of the crew I’d seen at work on Wednesday morning and I stopped to ask him why it had been left visible. He told me that the taggers had apparently used some sort of paint — perhaps metallic or oil-based — that allowed it to creep back through anything put on top of it.

That didn’t jive in the slightest with the fact that the gate had only been touched up twice to cover the dark paint of smaller gang tags instead of completely recovered, but I didn’t want to argue the point since the worker said he’d planned on returning to the scene of the slime and priming the thing with black before rolling on a second layer of the gray in hopes that would take it out once and for all — which it did, at least until the aryans come back to redecorate.