My Ballona Has A First Name, It’s V-I-T-A-L

Short-sighted efforts by crime-weary residents, impatient politicians and over-burdened law enforcement are disconnecting the Ballona Creek Bikeway from the communities it serves. Attacks on cyclists (the most recent reported one occurring last August around 1 p.m.) continue that disenfranchisement and negative opinion continues to fester that the creek route is not safe — a liability to be avoided not a resource to be revered.

On my commutes to work and back I make a point to include what’s considered the most troubled section of the path, between Inglewood and Sepulveda boulevards. Many people have opted to avoid it even in broad daylight. Here in a 38-second timelapse video — now with extra grain and blur! –  made Monday night I roll it after dark from Inglewood Boulevard by the Mar Vista Gardens projects to Duquesne Avenue in Culver City, and find it far more serene than sinister.

Spearheaded by Streetsblog LA’s Damien Newton, I’m somewhat on the sidelines of the team of Ballona Creek enthusiasts he’s gathered and who’ve taken up the name The Concerned Bicyclists of the Ballona Creek and the call to increase public awareness and usage of the creek’s bikeway. Their first event is slated for October 25, centered around a ride along the waterway from Sawtelle to the sea. I’ll be there.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."