We Challenge Jerry Brown to a Bike Ride Across Los Angeles
We need to talk. Not once but twice you’ve blindsided California cyclists by vetoing legislation that would make it illegal for a motorist to pass a cyclist by less than three feet. Congratulations on leaving Rick Perry in the dust by being the only governor to veto such a law an unprecedented second time.
I like to think of myself as a very low maintenance constituent but as a cyclist and co-owner of a cycling related business, I gotta say if you had to pick the one thing that would personally affect me each and every single day, your vetoes of safe passing laws would be very hard to top.
All we wanted was 36 lousy inches that would make an infinite amount of difference in terms of safety and give authorities a solid foundation when it comes to issuing citations when cyclists are struck from behind. If you haven’t noticed, your wet noodle stance on distracted driving hasn’t exactly convinced anyone to put their phone down and keep their eyes on the road. All too often, the guilty party walks away with a slap on the wrist thanks to no specific law being on the books. Meanwhile, if the cyclist is lucky, they’re alert during the ride to the ER.
So here’s what we’re going to do, Jerry, you possessor manly physical fitness you, you and me and whoever wants to tag along are going to take a little bike ride from our headquarters to the beach. That’s 19 mostly downhill miles and yes, consider this a challenge. 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.
Seriously though, if you have any aspirations of going for a second second term, you’re going to need to start building up some goodwill because right now you’ve vetoed yourself into a hole at least 100,000 votes deep and what better way to start digging out than by taking a bike ride across the largest city in California?
Just picture it- we’d depart from a modern day mom and pop that began as a tiny-tiny company with just a single pair of pants that has grown into a tiny company (with world-wide distribution) employing a dozen people in the name of keeping US craftsmanship alive. Along the way to the beach we’ll ride though a variety of economically and ethnically diverse neighborhoods while basking in some the “best” bicycle infrastructure Los Angeles has to offer.
If you need to regroup after riding the harrowing stretch of Santa Monica Blvd that lacks a bike line due to Beverly Hills being a black hole for cycling, we can take a pit stop. I’ll even spring for lunch. (If you really wanted to get crafty, we could turn our lunch into a fundraising luncheon for you at the conveniently located Beverly Hilton. Just a thought.)
Once we leave Beverly Hills, we’ll have a bike lane all the way to the 405. Crossing under the 405 gets a little Mad Max-ish but it builds character as the say. The good news (if we survive that gauntlet) is the rest of the way is all downhill- unless we get doored or mowed down. Door to ocean we’re looking at a an hour and a half or so of ride time.
I know you’re a busy guy but wouldn’t it be worth a couple hours of your time to regain all those vote you will be losing come 2014? Plus, it’d be another thing you could taunt your pal Chris Christie about.
So think about it Jerry. If you’re down, your people can contact my people here. You pick the time and the day and I’ll take care of the rest. I’ll even make sure to get you a bike with a comfy seat that’s easy on your back. My dad’s your age and he still rides all the time. I’ll be sure to hit him up for some tips.