UPDATE: Patch.com Corrects Bike Lane Misinformation.

We here at Gringos stated in the previous post about Figueroa Bike Lanes, that the Patch.com confused the days of the February 13th bike lane meeting.  They later changed the posted date of the article to February 11th though the article was hastily written on the 13th.   Patch.com writer, David Fonseca, has since contacted us via twitter saying the reason for the posted date change was a

Really mundane reason: Changed pub-date to drop it off front page so it wouldn’t lead the newsletter.

No funny business then, however there still is the matter that they did not offer up a retraction for the error.   To this fact Mr. Fonseca responded,

I absolutely should have run the correction. Since the body and the headline of the story contained the word “Tonight” I though it would have been obvious that this was a transcription error that didn’t require much explanation. But, in retrospect, I was wrong. Here’s the correction we posted in the story:

Correction: The original version of this story read: Both supporters and opponents of proposed bicycle lanes on North Figueroa Street and Colorado Boulevard will have an opportunity to tonight (Thursday, Feb. 13) … It was changed to reflect that Feb. 13 is a Wednesday.

Good on them.  It’s hard for people to attend meetings if they do not know when they are.   The confusion was mentioned in more than one comment on the Patch.  Glad that’s done with; this investigative reporting is wearing me out, need a Blue Dream bake I mean break.

On the other front, it still seems the loudest voices for the Figueroa bike lanes still are keeping their blinders on, and refusing to budge.  They forget that hipsters like me, are bike enthusiasts, have no problems with bike lanes, but only question why the bike lanes have to be on Figueroa and not safer, bike friendlier and totally more aesthetically pleasing options like Marmion Way.  To this idea, Figueroa bike lane advocate, Josef Bray-Ali responded,

Maybe the problem for those who don’t like the bike lanes is that people with that opinion don’t get together and network the way people who ride bikes in LA do. They don’t share any important, voluntary, cultural experiences together. They instead sit at home and absorb whatever they are fed and scoot around in their isolated personal bubbles. They also represent the height of western apathy and the fading light of the 20th century.

Yep, that must be it, only people who support the Figueroa bike lanes have important, voluntary, cultural experiences.  That attitude will most def not persuade people to your way of thinking; it just angers people more.  Not like we need to give car drivers anymore reason to honk and yell at hipsters like me when we’re flowing on our fixies.  Let’s try to keep cool heads, we all live in this community together.


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