Forget the busway – explore the bike path

I flew along the path at 12, 13 mph, exhilarated. I wanted to kiss the genius who had greenlighted the plan for the bike path – until I hit the first stoplight, that is. The folks from the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition that I met last Saturday were right: The pedestrian buttons on the signal poles are designed for pedestrians, and are simply too far away from the curb cuts for a cyclist to reach them easily. The lights also take forever to change. That was a problem for Eric Foxman, 54, of West Hills, who took time out this particular morning for a bike ride before work. “You spend as much time sitting as you do riding,” he complained. Averaging 22 mph on his bike, he couldn’t possibly keep pace with the bus and catch all the green lights in time. The pathway was nice and smooth, but with all the stops, “it’s not much of a workout,” he said. Around Balboa Boulevard, the bike path abruptly ended. No problem, I had a map in my backpack. Or did I? No, I apparently had left it in my car. The Balboa Station was no help – the map showed only the bus route, not the bike path, and while I had spotted plenty of MTA employees at other stations, there were none here. On a hunch, I continued along Victory Boulevard, and was relieved to see bike path markings painted on the sidewalk. But along about White Oak, the markings ended again. Ah, but there was a bike lane on the street I could take … Great. Riding on White Oak in rush-hour traffic is not my idea of fun, but I managed to find the bike path again at Oxnard. Note to MTA: More signage would help. The bikeway abruptly ended again at Variel. I looked to the south: No bike lane. I looked to the west: just a sidewalk. But I knew the terminus of the Orange Line was just two blocks away on Owensmouth, so I forged on. After dodging a few low-hanging branches, I pulled into the Warner Center station at 9:30 a.m. Total distance: 15 miles. Total ride time, 1 hour, 23 minutes and 25 seconds. Average speed: 10.7 mph, with a maximum speed of 16 mph. Not bad, but nothing that was going to keep Lance Armstrong awake at night. Now I needed to get back to my car. Buying the one-way ticket from one of the machines was a cinch. Getting the bike on the bus – not so much. The bus’s bike racks were a mystery. I found a pin I was supposed to pull and two hooks with instructions like “put the wheel in A.” Which wheel? Where’s A? I was baffled. An older gentleman wheeling a bike with a flat tire was baffled. An MTA employee shouted encouragement from the curb, but the bus pulled away, leaving me clinging to a strap, still confused. I attempted to work the origami-like device for two more stops, then gave up and just sat down with the bike leaning against me. The ride was a little jouncy, but smooth enough that I wasn’t in danger of impaling myself on the handlebars. The ride back to North Hollywood took exactly 40 minutes. As I settled back into the comfortable seat, I realized suddenly that I didn’t have to think. I could just relax and breathe. After a few years, a car commute becomes routine, but you can never quite relax – you have to always be on your guard for the idiot in the Infiniti who pulls into your lane without signaling, the moron in the SUV talking on the cell phone, the flying tire tread from the semi in front of you that takes out your front headlight. But not on the bus. Maybe it was the endorphins, but I felt a Zen-like calm drift over me. I pondered all the people who think they’re too good for mass transit, and thought: Suckers. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – I’m no Lance Armstrong, which made me the right person to ride the bike path that parallels the 14-mile Orange Line busway, which opened this week between North Hollywood and Warner Center. If I could do this, anyone could. The task itself got off to a rocky start. I’d strapped my bike to a rack on the trunk of my car for the trip to the MTA’s North Hollywood Station, where I arrived at 7:20 a.m. to find the parking lot full. I eventually found a two-hour spot on the street, then had to spend a couple of minutes finding the start of the bike path. That’s because the first two miles aren’t a path at all, but a bike lane along Chandler Boulevard. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Fortunately, it’s a nice, wide bike lane, and I didn’t feel the slightest bit threatened by the traffic whizzing by. The actual bike path materialized at Ethel Avenue, and I was instantly charmed. To my left, separated by a green fence, I could see the busway. To my right was a sculptured soundwall. The smooth asphalt path ahead of me was completely empty, and the air was fresh and crisp, like champagne. I met Walter Boge, 84, of Sherman Oaks, who said he and his wife had ridden the Orange Line bus last Saturday and had liked it. He had since incorporated the route’s jogging path into his morning walk. ‘`I go 20 minutes, a half-hour – that’s enough for an old man like me,” he joked. “It’s kind of pretty, although the wall blocks out the view a little, but the landscaping is coming along.”

Redwoods football faces undefeated Shasta College with chance to win conference title

first_imgEUREKA >> For the better part of the last decade, the College of the Redwoods football team’s final game has been more about building momentum for the future rather than playing for immediate results.Today, much to the Corsairs’ liking, is the exception rather than the rule.Redwoods’ 2016 regular-season finale against Shasta College has quite the added significance attached to it. The Corsairs, riding a four-game winning streak in conference play, face the Knights with the Pacific 7 …last_img read more

Blue Jackets end Sharks six-game road winning streak

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio — The Erik Karlsson injury watch resumed in Columbus on Saturday.Karlsson left the ice midway through the Sharks 4-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets after re-aggravating his injured groin, missing the game’s last 33:04.The two-time Norris Trophy winner suited up for his fourth straight game Saturday after missing nine games with a groin injury. Head coach Pete DeBoer initially labeled the injury as “not serious” after he held Karlsson off the ice for most of the third period …last_img read more

New UN body to focus on women

first_imgRay Maota Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is sworn in as executive director of UN Women by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon. The UN Women logo. (Images: UN Women) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nanette Braun Head of Communications UN Women Headquarters +1 212 906 6829 RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa joins UN Security Council • UN lifetime award for Tutu • Africa: Serious about food • Unesco, AU to boost journalism The creation of a new body, UN Women – or the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – was celebrated on 30 January 2011 at the 16th Summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Speaking about the new entity at the summit, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said: “There is progress here and there on the continent regarding women’s rights, but we must go much further to ensure greater gender equality in Africa. It is not just a matter of justice as the facts show indeed that gender equality is a factor of growth and social peace.”The entity should place emphasis on African women’s access to education, health and political responsibility, Ban added.Achieving gender equality was a key theme of the 2011 AU summit.“We need to empower African women who produce food, raise children and drive the economy. When women take their rightful place at the negotiating table, in parliament and in leadership positions across society, we can unleash Africa’s enormous potential. UN Women is here to help reach this goal,” said the secretary-general.Unveiling UN Women’s new logo at the summit, its executive director Michelle Bachelet said: “A vision of how much more is possible when men and women have equal rights and opportunities will drive UN Women. We will be bold and ambitious in our aspirations and we will also be practical in building an organisation that can make a lasting difference in women’s lives.”Bachelet was Chile’s first woman president, serving her term from 11 March 2006 to 11 March 2010. She prioritised women’s issues during her tenure and has been working with the UN Development Fund for Women (Unifem) since leaving office.Pushing gender equalityUN Women was created in July 2010 at a UN General Assembly session and became operational on 1 January 2011.It merges four previously distinct entities of the UN focusing on gender equality: Division for the Advancement of Women; International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women; Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women; and Unifem.UN Women will see to the development of women-friendly policies, and help member states implement and monitor them.Celebrating African leadersAt this year’s AU summit, President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo took over the rotating presidency of the AU from Malawian President Bing wa Mutharika.The choice of Mbasogo has been criticised as taking the AU back to the days when dictators led the now-defunct Organisation of African Unity. Mbasogo has ruled Equatorial Guinea with an iron fist for more than 30 years after executing his predecessor.The UN secretary-general spoke about the unrest in Egypt and the political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire at the summit, but also commended the successful secession referendum in Sudan.French President Nicholas Sarkozy said that France would continue to support development on the African continent.President of South Africa Jacob Zuma also addressed delegates at the summit.“Today we also celebrate many outstanding leaders on the continent. We were inspired by Julius Nyerere, Kenneth Kaunda, Patrice Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah, Haile Sellasie, Jomo Kenyatta, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Ahmed Ben Bella, Samora Machel, Agostinho Neto, Ahmed Sekou Toure, Amilcar Cabral, Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa, and many others.”“We continue to draw inspiration from their selflessness, commitment and dedication to this continent and its people,” added Zuma.last_img read more

South Africa’s rugby museum becomes top global attraction

first_img21 September 2015 The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum in Cape Town has been named in the top 1% of world attractions by Trip Advisor, the world’s largest travel site.The museum, established by the South African Rugby Union (Saru), celebrates its second birthday on Heritage Day. It has been awarded Trip Advisor’s highest accolade, a Travellers’ Choice Award, in its latest citations.SARU’s #SpringbokExperience Rugby Museum @bokrugby has been named in the top 1% of world attractions, by @TripAdvisor @VandAWaterfront— Springbok Experience (@Bokmuseum)September 17, 2015The granting of the award is determined by Trip Advisor’s algorithm. It takes into account several factors, including the reviews of travellers.More than boots and blazers“This is a very gratifying award and is reward for all the hard work that went into the establishment of The Springbok Experience as well as for the on-going dedication of the staff,” said Jurie Roux, Saru chief executive.“We have had fantastic feedback from visitors whose overwhelming response has been that it is so much more than they were expecting: it’s not just boots and blazers, it really is an experience.”Visual and interactive“It delivers a technology-driven ‘wow’ experience for visitors, combining iconic object, interactive games and a rich audio-visual component to tell South Africa’s story through the eyes of its most powerful sport,” informs the museum’s website.“There are 91 media channels playing across touch screens, monitors and projectors, which requires 14km of cabling to help tell the story,” said Roux. “That story carries on across half a kilometre of printed graphic panels as well as through some beautifully preserved objects.“We have a short movie about rugby in South Africa today as well as the game-playing ‘Springbok Trials’ zone, which has a series of specially created interactive games that test rugby skills such as passing, kicking, fitness and reactions.”The museum is located at Portswood House at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and opened its doors in 2013. (Image: Springbok Experience Rugby Museum)RecognitionIn 2014, the museum was nominated for the International Award in the UK’s Museum and Heritage Awards.Still to comeRoux said that the handprints of former national captains would be unveiled later this month as part of the museum’s latest showpiece.Trip Advisor offers listings for 4.9 million global accommodations, restaurants and attractions on its website, which attracts 380 million unique users each month.Source: News24Wire and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Achieving socio-economic transformation and development by connecting online and taking action offline

first_imgThe online social networking platform forgood is now a Play Your Part ambassador.Brand South Africa and forgood call on you to register on www.forgood.co.za and play your part in improving the lives of disadvantaged learners and schools in underdeveloped communities by contributing essential resources to causes in your area. (Image: Brand South Africa)Phindi MadunaBrand South Africa welcomes aboard online social networking platform – forgood, as a Play Your Part ambassador.This contemporary platform inspires active citizenship by connecting individuals and organisations, in the private and public sector, with the means to make positive differences in the lives of fellow citizens and organisations who need a helping hand. At the heart of forgood’s efforts is the creation of meaningful and impactful connections between socially responsible people and causes.“There are some fantastic organisations doing amazing things across the country; we’re the central hub that connects individuals and corporates with those Causes.” says forgood’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Hadfield. “Essentially we’re connecting the dots and making it easier for Causes who are constantly in need and individuals or groups who want to do good but have no idea where to start.” continues Hadfield.According to forgood, more than 12 000 social impact connections have been facilitated by the platform to date.Brand South Africa and forgood share the view that citizens can change their communities and the world for good by contributing some of their resources – be it time, money, skills or goods.“Brand South Africa believes that active citizenship is an important building block of the Nation Brand because it contributes towards the strengthening and development of the country and its competitiveness. That is why Brand South Africa promotes active citizenship through collaborations with socially responsible stakeholders like forgood,” says Brand South Africa’s General Manager: Marketing, Sithembile Ntombela.Register for free as a benefactor or a possible beneficiary on www.forgood.co.za. Once registered, benefactors and beneficiaries can interact and start conversations on how to form mutually beneficial relationships.Benefactors can explore the database of verified causes, and begin to volunteer their time, skills, money or goods or give back on their own terms by creating a customised offer to causes in a chosen area.In addition, beneficiaries can share their needs, receive and respond to offers that interest them. Indeed, socio-economic transformation and development can be achieved by connecting online and taking action offline.With 2018 around the corner, many learners are looking forward to the new school year and schools are preparing for the year ahead. Brand South Africa and forgood call on you to register on www.forgood.co.za and play your part in improving the lives of disadvantaged learners and schools in underdeveloped communities by contributing essential resources to causes in your area.For more information on the Back to School and other campaigns:Visit forgood at www.forgood.co.zaYou can also email them on contact@forgood.co.za or if you prefer the phone, call +27 11 325 2594.Follow the conversation on Facebook – forgoodSA and Twitter – @forgoodSA.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Rockets extend streak to 15 with win over Celtics

first_imgHouston scored five straight points, highlighted by a 3-pointer from P.J. Tucker, to cut the lead to three with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. But the Celtics scored the next four points to make it 74-67.Boston’s offense went cold after that, and the Celtics didn’t score for more than three minutes as Houston scored nine points in a row to take a 76-74 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the third.Gordon and Ariza got things going during that stretch by hitting consecutive 3s.The game was tied later in the third when the Celtics got a delay-of-game warning before coach Brad Stevens received a technical foul. Harden made a free throw on the technical and Nene added a basket soon after that to put Houston up 84-81.Boston used an 8-2 spurt, with four points each from Greg Monroe and Smart, to take an 89-86 lead into the fourth quarter.TIP-INSCeltics: Irving finished with 18 points and six assists. … Boston made 13 of 24 3-pointers. … Terry Rozier had 17 points and Monroe had 18.Rockets: Ryan Anderson missed his third straight game with a sore left hip. D’Antoni said he expects Anderson to return sometime next week. … Paul received a technical for arguing a foul in the second quarter. … Clint Capela had eight points and 17 rebounds.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Monday. 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(AP Photo/George Bridges)HOUSTON — Eric Gordon scored 29 points off the bench, James Harden had 26 points and 10 assists, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Boston Celtics 123-120 on Saturday night to extend their winning streak to a season-high 15 games.Houston trailed by six before using a 10-2 run, with the last five points coming from Trevor Ariza, to take a 117-115 lead with 1:16 remaining. Ariza made a 3-pointer before stealing the ball from Kyrie Irving and finishing with a basket on the other end to cap the run.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Rockets: Begin a four-game road trip at Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games MOST READ Al Horford missed shots on Boston’s next two possessions before Chris Paul made two free throws with 15 seconds left to push the lead to four. Irving made a layup seconds later, but Harden made one of two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to make it 120-117.Irving and Paul hit two free throws each before Irving made one and purposely missed the second with 2.8 seconds left. Gordon made one of two free throws to make it 123-120 with 2.3 seconds remaining, and Marcus Smart’s 3-point attempt bounced off the rim at the buzzer to give Houston the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHouston’s winning streak ties the second-longest in franchise history, accomplished twice during Hakeem Olajuwon’s tenure in the 1990s, and trails only a 22-game run the Rockets had in the 2007-08 season. It’s their second long winning streak of the season after the NBA-leading Rockets won 14 in a row from Nov. 16 to Dec. 18.Marcus Morris had 21 points off the bench for the Celtics, who had won four in a row since the All-Star break. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Balanced Heat help playoff cause by topping Pistons Paul, who sat out with an injury in the previous game against the Celtics, added 15 points and Ariza had 21.Boston took the first meeting this season by rallying from a 26-point deficit for a 99-98 win on Dec. 28.Boston led by three entering the fourth and was up by the same margin early in the quarter before Houston used a 6-2 run to take a 96-95 lead with about 9 1/2 minutes left.Morris got to work after that, hitting consecutive 3s to put the Celtics back on top. Gordon got hot for Houston after that, hitting two 3-pointers in less than 30 seconds to power a 6-2 run that got Houston to 103-102 with about eight minutes remaining.But Morris scored five straight points after that to push Boston’s lead to 108-102 and prompt Houston coach Mike D’Antoni to call a timeout with about 6 1/2 minutes left.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Lennon calls for stricter penalty for racial abusers

first_imgBurnley winger Aaron Lennon says “something has to be done” to get rid of racism in football after the incident at Stamford Bridge last weekend.Sterling was the subject of an alleged racist abuse on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, and Lennon believes that only a severe punishment for such behavior will eradicate the issue.“There’s always going to be a small group, a minority of fans who act stupidly and come out with crazy things but in this day and age, I can’t believe it’s still going on,” Lennon told Sky Sports.“Something has to be done for it to be stopped and hopefully it will get sorted in the near future.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“It’s not for me to decide, I think they need to come down harder on things like this because there’s no need for it in the game, there’s no need for it anywhere, to be honest.“Football has come a long way, and it just needs to be stamped out.“It’s never nice in any walk of life to see this, especially in football because like I said it has come such a long way.“But it’s a small minority of people, you have to think football as a whole has improved a lot, but there’s still a lot to be done.”last_img read more

BSE closes points 4912 down on September 13

first_imgNew Delhi, September 13 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 49.12 points down to stand at 19,732.76. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 0.10 points down to stand at 5,850.60. JPPOWER and NHPC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.03% and 6.50% along with Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. and Oriental Bank with an increase of 6.37% and 6.10% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Financial Technologies (India) Ltd. and Shriram City Union Finance Ltd. with a decrease of 8.37% and 3.80% along with Pipavav Defence and Wipro with a decrease 3.62% and 3.61% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 92.38 points at 10,942.01 while the banking sector is up 14.91 points at 11,589.03 and the realty sector is up 34.97 points at 1,318.32. The Indian currency is down 0.34% at Rs 63.72 per dollar.last_img read more