Oh, so it’s the Burbank realtors who are being allowed to tell the rest of what the rules are.
“We thought we were safe,” said Jay Geisenheimer, a Rancho resident and Realtor who said she was at the December meeting and has touted Burbank’s horse-friendliness to prospective home buyers. “Who would have thought that that would mean walking or pushing a bike would be OK? Bicycles are dangerous to horses — this is a fact, period.”
No thought to the fact that maybe it’s the horses that are dangerous to both pedestrians and bike riders?
“Even the most well-trained [horse] can easily spook over things that seem, to us, innocuous: a stray plastic bag blowing in the breeze, the sound of a car horn,” wrote Deborah Valenta, in a Jan. 22 email to council members.
Then maybe we should reconsider allowing them in Burbank. They’re penned up at home in barbaric fashion, and then get easily spooked when allowed on the streets? Sounds like there’s a good and easy solution to this danger.
There’s no doubt that our city council members are being total and complete hypocrites now, especially in light of this informed statement from LA:
Patrick Joyce, a senior park ranger on the Los Angeles side of the river, said bicycles are allowed in Griffith Park and people walking or carrying bikes are considered pedestrians even on the bridle paths restricted for hikers and equestrians.
Joyce also said that bicycles and horse riders cross paths further down the river with few incidents at the Glendale Narrows, near DreamWorks. He said that plans to extend the Los Angeles River Bike Path further up the river toward the Mariposa Street Bridge means cyclists and equestrians will have to work out their differences.
“At some point, they’ll have to come to an agreement,” Joyce said.
What agreement? An agreement to give the Rancho crowd a complete and total victory about this bridge? He’s being way too nice about how our city council really operates.
And since when did Dragon Lady get into the business of making policy for Burbank? What the hell does she know about this issue?
The Burbank City Council had considered the possibility in December of restricting the bridge to horse riders and hikers only, but City Atty. Amy Albano said she was uncertain how the city would differentiate “hiker” from other pedestrians. Some council members said this week they were confused as to whether they could have banned bikes from the bridge.
This week, Albano said she was comfortable with the stronger restrictions, on the basis of the council’s findings that there were safety concerns and after visiting the 7-foot-wide bridge herself.
Ranger Amy on patrol, yes.
In the end, the council unanimously agreed to scrap the original ordinance and asked for a new one that would ban bikes altogether at the bridge.
“You cannot mix bicycles and horseback riders together,” said Mayor Bob Frutos.
Actually, you can’t mix horses and street traffic. So go fuck yourself, you hypocritical betrayer. Typical too of a guy who came out of cop management in his other life — it’s always about privilege and expedience with these types. Usually White Privilege.
That’s how they get their jobs.
It’s not clear how the bike ban will be enforced. The amended ordinance will be reintroduced in a meeting set for Feb. 9. Until then, city code allows cyclists to walk, or pedal, their bikes across the bridge.
You can tell by this passage that Garland and the Leader think that what the city is doing here is bullshit. Typical small-town preferential politics being delivered to us by the typical crowd of small-minded expedients. You see it everywhere.
One ray of hope here is Rogers. What’s his explanation for why he changed his mind, and is he stuck with it? Or is he just sucking up to the Rancho crowd now. If so, how sad.