Get this. It’s about the recent Mariposa Bridge deliberations and discussions.
Not a bad article, and it goes into some interesting detail. But this woman…?
Horse riders are fearful bicyclists will spook their horses while they are in the middle of the bridge, suspended roughly 30 feet above the river. However, many of the examples they’ve cited of bikes frightening their horses involve cyclists riding on the horse trails in Griffith Park, where cycling is already banned.
Collaboration and what might seem like a “reasonable” compromise is not possible, equestrians said this week, largely because they believe bicyclists are arrogant scofflaws and “jerks.” They have argued a vandal spray painting over park signs that state “no bicycles” is evidence of this.
Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy said one of the male proponents of sharing the bridge, though she wouldn’t say who, looked like someone who had made an obscene gesture when she tried to explain to him that bike riding is not allowed on the bridle trail recently. She would have supported a reasonable shared use concept, she said, were it not for that type of experience.
Can you imagine this woman? She really is awful, isn’t she?
That’s one of the most stupid statements that we have ever heard a Burbank council member make. And we’re talking about over 40 years of council watching.
One of the more interesting aspects of the article is how it details the legislative history of the Mariposa Bridge. Turns out it was designed, paid for, and dedicated to horse, pedestrian, and bicycle use.
Built in the late 1930s and dedicated in March 1939, it had the backing of cowboy celebrity Gene Autry at the time and was requested as “a suitable bridge for pedestrians and equestrians,” according to a city resolution from August 1938.
According to city records, Autry asked the Burbank City Council at that time to “lend every effort to see that the privileges of Griffith Park are not denied to the citizens of Burbank and those who patronize the local stables.” A petition signed by “several thousand” was also submitted in support of the resolution.
A Burbank Daily Review article in December 1938 said Burbankers and others had campaigned for the bridge, which would be for “only equestrians, cyclists and hikers,” after an earlier crossing was destroyed. They were concerned even then about automobile traffic on Riverside Drive, according to articles from the time.
“It will provide a motor-free thoroughfare from Burbank and Glendale into Griffith Park for hikers, bicyclists and riders,” a Burbank Daily Review article said in March 1939, days before the bridge opened.
Our advice to bicyclists is to continue using this Mariposa Street Bridge. Then take the above history to court when you want to fight any ticket you get.
A good lawyer might also be able to tell you how to have this new ordinance voided. If it was paid for by the public and intended for multiple use, and had a 70-year-long past practice of such — as well as no demonstrated history of problems — then it might be extremely difficult for the city to now claim in court that their restrictive effort has any basis in good public policy.
The horse people didn’t pay for this alone. And unlike their constant lying about the thing, there’s no evidence that it ever was equestrian-only. Quite the opposite.
Btw … when are we getting rid of these cruel backyard horse stables in Burbank? Can’t have it both ways, you phony animal activists.