Jay Beeler

Our people are mad as hell and they’re not taking it anymore. They are protesting to their city council representatives and lodging dozens of complaints on Nextdoor. In fact, there must have been 50 comments logged on the topic of bike lanes and bollards during the past few weeks.

There was a time when I would have sided with the majority in calling the redesigned traffic lanes on Bellflower “a stupid idea.” After reading some of those comments (posted below in the letters section) I began to appreciate the words of Dougie Cringean on the concepts of “road diets” and “20 is plenty” in reference to miles per hour.

As a former biker I’d ride with Craig Dougherty (before he moved to a palatial estate on The Peninsula) to the Seal Beach Pier early on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. At 5:30 the streets were uncrowded and traffic did not pose a threat.

Fast forward a couple of decades and being on the receiving end of bike vs. traffic fatality reports from the LBPD, I’m glad that the physical activity has changed to walking to the office, using an exercise machine and swimming – when the pool is not cold.

Those roundabouts and bollards make perfect sense now. Even before they began to pop up I envisioned making certain east-west residential streets into bike thoroughfares.

It will probably be a few decades before we see bike use anywhere close to the cities in Japan and China. Credit (or blame) former mayor Bob Foster and current City Manager Pat West for the push for more bike lanes and “wasting” the federal funds made available for these projects.

On the other hand it would be nice to see some of the funds made available for infrastructure use to fix the bumpy rides on Clark and Freeman Avenues.

In the future I’ll limit my bollard complaints to the three in the northeast corner of PCH and Bellflower, restricting all vehicular traffic from making right turns into the shopping center or onto eastbound 7th Street. Now that’s stupid.


Finally, a few more aphorisms:

  • There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m.; for example, it could be the right number.
  • No one ever says “It’s only a game” when their team is winning.
  • I’ve reached the age where ‘happy hour’ is a nap.
  • Be careful about reading the fine print, there’s no way you’re going to like it.
  • The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.
  • Do you realize that, in about 40 years, we’ll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos?
  • Money can’t buy happiness but somehow it’s more comfortable to cry in a Jaguar than in a Ford.
  • After 60 if you don’t wake up aching in every joint, you’re probably dead.
  • Always be yourself because the people that matter don’t mind and the ones that mind don’t matter.
  • Life isn’t tied with a bow but it’s still a gift.


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