I recently read that the Glendale Police Department stepped up enforcement of motorcycle laws, citing more than 20 people locally, as part of a statewide effort to reduce the number of rider deaths.
As a rider, I'm grateful our police department is making motorcycle safety a priority. That said, it would also serve us bikers if they cracked down on the automobile drivers who think their cars are mobile offices, diners and day-care facilities.
I commute to work and love my weekend rides. I log more than 250 miles per week on my bike. I ride from Glendale to El Segundo every day, crossing several parts of Los Angeles County in the process. Those who know me can attest to the fact that I have said on numerous occasions that, "No part of my ride terrifies more than Glendale." How much weight does that statement bear? I ride four freeways during rush-hour traffic, and when I don't ride the freeways, I go through Los Feliz, Hollywood, Koreatown, South Central L.A., Culver City, and ultimately El Segundo. Glendale scares me the most, because nowhere else do drivers seem to care less about the safety of those around them.