LACBC: Padding the Numbers Counting Bikes?
Bicycle Count and Rider Safety Courses
Held Same Place and Same Time
Both Organized by LACBC
If simply having a bicycle count and publicizing it to all the bicyclists in the city was not enough to get people out on their bikes to help pad the numbers, bicycle safety classes are being held at the same time and place where the counts are taking place.
In a thinly veiled effort to pad the numbers in Eagle Rock, the LA County Bike Coalition, the organizer of the count, has also organized 3 bicycle safety courses nearby at the same time.
The count locations map shows two at the intersection of Eagle Rock and Colorado Boulevards. The count will be on Saturday Sept. 14 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., one on Colorado east of Eagle Rock, and the other on Eagle Rock south of Colorado. Aside from this place and time being the most pedestrian and bicycle busy time of the week, to increase the numbers further, they also organized three bicycle “skills” courses at nearby locations.
(Will activist bicyclists circle the block of Eagle Rock and Colorado for
the entire count time
to horrendously inflate the numbers?)
Two three hour “Bicycling on the Road” courses, and one 8 hour “Bicycle Safety” class are being held nearby. The closest one will be only two blocks away at the Eagle Rock City Hall (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), another at the Pacific Community Center in Glendale (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), and the third in Pasadena from (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), all happening during the time of the count.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that all of these groups will be routed through the intersection of Eagle Rock and Colorado boulevards during the counting period of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
I called the LACBC and asked if this was intentionally done to pad the numbers, and if not, would the Eagle Rock class be rescheduled and would the Pasadena and Glendale classes be prevented from traveling to the Eagle Rock Count locations?
They said it was not done intentionally, and that the route for the “road work” portion of the class would be looked at to ensure that class participants would not cross the counting “screenlines.”
We probably should stop by that day to verify whether that is true or not.