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LAPD to Step Up Patrols Along L.A. River After Assault on Cyclist

Flying Pigeon bicycle shop owner Josef Bray-Ali describes the May 16 attack on a cyclist along the L.A. River. Credit: Ajay Singh
Flying Pigeon bicycle shop owner Josef Bray-Ali describes the May 16 attack on a cyclist along the L.A. River. Credit: Ajay Singh
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, reports Eastsider L.A.

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.
Ish May 28, 2013 at 01:26 AM
For once, I agree with this guy. Not once have I seen a cop or any kind of patrol near that area. I bike there and the Arroyo Seco Bike lane regularly and have witnessed taggers, pot smoking, drinking, and possibly other illegal doings. I don't feel safe anywhere near that area after sundown.

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