Flippin the bird at the Bird

There are nuisance birds flocking on sidewalks and other public areas in Venice and Santa Monica – they are the “Bird” electric scooters, not animal birds. The real – live birds are generally welcomed by most residents.

These birds are the result of a so called “disruptor” and much like others in that game, they start without proper licenses and with no other focus than to make a quick “buck”. In the cause of this they risk other peoples well being and in some instances even peoples lives may be at risk. To ride any motorized vehicle in the state of California some basic requirements are that you have to wear a helmet, have a valid drivers license and to obey ll traffic laws including not riding on sidewalks and areas meant for pedestrians only – common sense, right? Another adverse effect is to all legitimate rental businesses that rent bicycles and other modes of transportation along the bike path and in both Santa Monica  and Venice in general, they have seen a drop in business after the nuisance birds arrived.

Nuisance birds on the sidewalk in Venice.
Nuisance birds on the sidewalk in Venice.

The police in Santa Monica has started issuing fines to riders, and the can get very costly – no license, driving on sidewalks, not wearing a helmet etc. etc. the fines can amount to hundreds of dollars.

The LAPD need to step up enforcement in general – as it is there are problems with regular bicycles coming down Ocean Front Walk, sometimes narrowly avoiding crashing into pedestrians walking on the “Boardwalk” LAPD need to start enforcing the municipal codes that bans all vehicles and on Ocean Front Walk – please note that running in parallel with OFW is the Bike path which is meant for bicycles, so there is no reason whatsoever other than stupidity to ride your bicycle on Ocean Front Walk.

Birds left laying in front of a bicycle and rental place on the beach - the  legal rental places are adversely affected by the nuisance birds.
Birds left laying in front of a bicycle and rental place on the beach – the legal rental places are adversely affected by the nuisance birds.

Santa Monica Venice Christmas Run

The 40:th Santa Monica Venice Christmas Run was held this morning after being postponed due to the poor air quality caused by the recent wildfires.

Santa Monica Venice Christmas Run end of course in Venice at Pacific and Windward Avenues.
Santa Monica Venice Christmas Run end of course in Venice at Pacific and Windward Avenues.

The morning was perfect for the run, a cool 13℃ and a pleasant morning sun met the runners at the finish line on Windward at pacific at around 8 o’clock this morning when they started arriving.

Here is info from the run web site:

5KSTART TIME: 7:30AM
10K START TIME: 8:30AM START LINE: OCEAN VIEW PARK – 2701 BARNARD WAY, Santa Monica, CA 90405
FINISH LINE: WINDWARD AVE & PACIFIC AVE, VENICE BEACH SIGN

Finish line at Pacific and Windward.
Finish line at Pacific and Windward.

The course winds through Santa Monica and Venice and if you run 5k it is one time around and for 10k obviously 2x around the course.

A look at the runners approaching the finish line looking South on pacific from Windward Avenue in Venice.
A look at the runners approaching the finish line looking South on Pacific from Windward Avenue in Venice.
Finish Line under the Venice sign at Windward and Pacific Avenues.
Finish Line under the Venice sign at Windward and Pacific Avenues.
A Snowman helps create a Christmas atmosphere at the finish line area.
A Snowman helps create a Christmas atmosphere at the finish line area.
A DJ was on stage spinning for the runners and onlookers.
A DJ was on stage spinning for the runners and onlookers.
A look at the Dj and the stage from the Ocean Front Walk side.
A look at the Dj and the stage from the Ocean Front Walk side.
Signs put up earlier in the week warning of the road closures for the race.
Signs put up earlier in the week warning of the road closures for the race.