"I wear my helmet" is the common answer among cyclists on the LA river path, when asked about safety. Most of those we talked to, where not aware LAPD says they are organizing extra patrols along the popular path - after a bike rider was attacked and robbed Thursday, near the Riverdale entrance.
Councilman Gil cedillo is also introducing a motion in city hall, asking for more signage,even call boxes along the path. A coalition of neighborhood councils has already called on the city to improve the situation, where the mile markers are faded, and there is no way to tell emergency personnel where to go, exactly, if someone gets hurt - be it from a robber, or just a broken ankle.
"We could use signs, metal ones this time " that from a resident who uses the path almost everyday, who adds that "the old signs were knocked over".
Another cyclist, who also lives nearby, loves the idea of call boxes. He asks, "where is the money coming from?"
Good question. To which Councilmember Cedillo says, he plans to go to the Federal Government. Washington DC has already approved about four hundred million dollars for the river improvement. Cedillo says we need a billion, adding he is hopeful he will get more money.
First, the proposal has to go to the full L.A. City council. Meanwhile, don't be surprised if you see more police officers on the path. Northeast division may even try some undercover officers to catch whoever is responsible for the recent robbery.