reports Eastsider L.A.The Los Angeles Police Department is planning to increase its bike patrols and deploy undercover officers along the Los Angeles River path in the wake of an attack on a biker by suspected gang members last week,
The cyclist, a Glendale man, was beaten up and robbed on May 16 near Riverdale Avenue in the Elysian Valley, according to the Eastsider, which quoted LAPD Northeast Division Capt. Jeff Bert as saying that there has been an increase in tagging activity in Elysian Valley lately, although it's not clear if the biker's assailants were gang members.
Police patrols and undercover operations might be the only way to ensure the safety of bikers along the Los Angeles River because, as biking activist and Flying Pigeon bicycle shop owner Josef Bray-Ali argues in the accompanying video, many of the locations along the river are not on maps, making it difficult for the police to respond to 911 calls.
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