Editor’s note: Since movng to Los Angeles a lot of people from other parts of the world have gasped in horror – asking how someone who loves riding a bike for transportation and fun can live happily in LA. The answer is pretty easy: LA would be a bike paradise if the giant lanes of cars were restructured for bikes and public transportation. Plus, as crazy as that sounds, it’s not impossible. Why? Because people are awesome. Check this out!
Bike route image via Swrve
Governor Jerry Brown’s shocking last-minute veto of the “Give Me 3” legislation that mandated a minimum of three feet of passing space between motorists and bicyclists has ground the gears of quite a few cyclists, including one particular Angeleno—Matt Rolletta, co-owner of Swrve cycling apparel in Los Angeles.
Rolletta penned a letter to Brown last Friday, challenging him to a 19-mile ride across Los Angeles, from Swrve headquarters in Glassell Park to the Santa Monica shoreline. Reminding Brown that he’s “vetoed [himself] into a hole at least 100,000 votes deep” and will need to do some serious climbing should he choose to run again in 2014, Rolletta adds, “While I respect your bravado for pulling down a prime Linda Ronstadt, I don’t think you’re man enough to handle a taste of what it feels like to get #JerryBrowned.”
Brown would pedal “though a variety of of economically and ethnically diverse neighborhoods while basking in some the ‘best’ bicycle infrastructure Los Angeles has to offer” during the ride, as Rolletta notes in his letter, which you can read in full here.
As of today, Brown has yet to accept or reject Rolletta’s challenge. Here’s to hoping the good governor temporarily hops off his post in Sacramento and onto a bike here in Los Angeles.
written by Lauren Llyod for LAist