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Some cyclists want to strip Santa Monica of biking award

July 8, 2009 |  7:00 pm


Santa Monica is known as a bicycle-friendly place, but a local group is demanding that an award given to the city by a national bike-riding advocacy organization be returned, claiming police and officials are not concerned enough with bicyclists' safety.

Here's more from the Santa Monica Daily Press:

Co-founder of BikeRoWave, a local not-for-profit bike repair shop, and writer of the Cyclists' Bill of Rights, Alex Thompson has created a petition demanding a revision of the bronze award given to Santa Monica by the League of American Bicyclists, an organization centered in Washington, D.C., with a goal of promoting safe bicycle riding.

"I don't think it's deserved," Thompson said of the award. "I feel the requirements for the bronze award are insanely weak."

Photo: Cyclists ride through a park in Santa Monica. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times