Is Los Angeles bike friendly?
Is Los Angeles bike friendly? It’s a simple question and Bikeside aims to answer it, so we created a survey (TAKE THE SURVEY!) to ask you if you think Los Angeles is bike friendly.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a quietly held consensus, but the reality is the question hasn’t been answered systematically. I suppose we could gather together a bunch of data – if we had the resources – like miles of roadway that are bike friendly, bike-involved collision stats, and % of trips made by bicycle, feed them all into some big huge whizbang Google mainframe computer, and it would churn out an answer.
Or we could just ask the people of Los Angeles. We could ask the cyclists because they know what it’s like to ride in Los Angeles. And we could ask non-cyclists because they know why they don’t ride in Los Angeles. Between the two of them, we could get a good picture of who thinks LA is not bike friendly, and who thinks it is, and get a start on why.
This is a short survey. It asks one question – “Is Los Angeles bike friendly?” – in three different ways. Later this year we’ll conduct a big huge survey of bike friendliness in Los Angeles, but for now we wanted to keep it simple. So here’s our question, asked three ways:
“Do you think Los Angeles is bike friendly? In other words, does Los Angeles, from the weather, to the police, to drivers and pedestrians, encourage and support cycling?”
“Put another way, on a scale from 0 to 10, how bike friendly is Los Angeles? (0 being not at all bike friendly, and 10 being very bike friendly.)”
“If LA is not bike friendly today, how many years will it take LA to become bike friendly at its current rate of improvement? (assuming there is any.)”
Please take 3 minutes, take the survey, and share it with your friends, cycling and non-cycling! Here’s the link again: