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  • Rebel Without a Car – Vegan Cheese-Making /  illuminateLA
    simplest vegan cheeses you can make at home is the Vegan Nut Cheese that I found on Recipe Zaar You only need 100g margarine 175 ground mixed nuts and 1 tsp yeast extract Melt butter stir in nuts and yeast extract pour in a glass container chill and that s it Now this seemed a bit too fatty to me so I started looking into something that is not made with melted fat I came across the Macademia Pine Nut Cheese Here is what you need 2 cups macadamia nuts soaked for 8 hours and drained 2 cups filtered water or rejuvelac 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt 1 lemon juiced 1 cup pine nuts soaked for 8 hours and drained Blend macademia nuts water salt and lemon until smooth then add the pine nuts and blend again Pour in a dehydrator or an oven on low temperature and dehydrate for 6 8 hours or until it resembles cream or ricotta cheese stirring periodically to avoid crust from forming on top If you like the traditional way of making cheese with the curd and whey then the soya cream cheese might be your perfect fit Heat a liter of soya milk to 90 degrees Fahrenheit 32 degrees celsius use a themometer to measure the temperature accurately Add the strained juice of one lemon no pips and 15 20 drops of vegetarian rennet you can get Vegeren from Just Wholefoods of Cirencester Stir and leave to cool until it separates into curds and whey Place a large flour sieve over a bowl or pot and cover the sieve with a yard square piece of muslin folded in half twice Pour the curds and whey on to the muslin and allow to drain Pull up the sides of the muslin and twist together to squeeze the rest of the liquid from the solid Open the muslin and you got your vegan creme fraiche Scrape it off the muslin into a bowl for serving or storage Add salt to make cream cheese If you like pudding I suggest you make the tofu pudding which I discovered a few years ago and I was so impressed It is now one of my favorites Get some silken or medium or firm tofu depending on how soft you want your pudding Put in a blender with 3 Tbsp of maple syrup or sugar fine sugar so it doesn t end up crunching between your teeth and add a few drops of vanilla or almond extract or organic cocoa powder Blend until smooth and serve cool in glass or in ceramic Decorate with your favorite fruit and that s it One thing I love about making my own dishes is not only that I avoid the plastic containers but also that I know exactly what I put into my body Don t use food coloring unnatural preservatives or stuff that you can t pronounce The more natural the products are the healthier you will be And as performers

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  • Will Brad be refused entry to tonights South Bay Bicycle Coalition meeting? /  illuminateLA
    out that showed a picture of the substandard bike lanes Daily Breeze and mentioned Todd speaking as chairman of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition supporting the lane as progress it was posted on the Facebook group and the website The posting got some opposition from those who said the lanes were too narrow including Stephen Box and Dan Gutierrez Dan posted reasons why the lanes are not compliant and emailed me details on design standards and I told Todd that the coalition should not be in the business of supporting such substandard facilities Todd said he would take care of it with the city As of last week the lanes were still there in substandard condition Todd also started removing unfavorable Facebook postings from the group I told him that since he has decided to censure the Facebook group that we should also remove any indications that the SBBC endorses the substandard lanes so I removed his posting of the Daily Breeze article on the group He then said that I need to turn over the Facebook group to him as well as the web domain address and then we could proceed with further business of the coalition He also gave a deadline to do such and stated that if I did not turn over complete control of these things to him he would consider me hostile to the group In the interest of the community of South Bay Bicycle Advocates who should not be supporting substandard facilities and as a member of the marketing committee I refused He formed a parrallel Facebook group and has attempted to promote a new web domain address He has since stated that I am hostile to the group and now wants to exclude me from it including having REI staff physically restrain me

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  • The Vision of the Backbone Bikeway Network /  illuminateLA
    controlled by the state and federal government Freeways are a big controversy with environmental groups health organizations homeowners businesses and community activists Backbone roads that I m familiar with are part of the streets that I ve ridden in orange Backbone roads that I m familiar with are part of the streets that I ve ridden in orange The Backbone Bikeway Network is the opposite of what a freeway represents The arterials of the Backbone bring money into the community they help our local economy growth and they connect city departments that no other plan so far has done What is the Backbone Bikeway Network The Backbone Bikeway Network sets priorities for the city departments without extra funding without asking for anything new The Backbone is safe and efficient to ride because the roads get priority maintenance from the various departments be it Street Maintenance LAPD enforcement and Public Works resurfacing The Backbone is a Lifeline through our already alive communities connecting people of all modes foot public transit bikes and cars to the heart city centers shopping destinations and brains schools universities libraries studios jobs of the city These Arterials have amenities like bike parking traffic lights that recognize a bicycle way finding and signage bike shops quick stops etc The opportunities are endless The Backbone is a network of Complete Streets with people that benefit the economy and the communities by providing an efficient way to get across town without obstacles and by providing easy and safe access to all It integrates with the community it opens up the streets to people and creates a harmony between the users instead of conflict and anger The Bone sets a vision and a service standard for our streets that we all use to keep these streets well lit well maintained prioritize enforcement etc Cyclists go where motorists go Cyclists go where the Metro connects Cyclists are people who have the same destination as motorists they just choose two wheels instead of four The Backbone Bikeway Network was chosen by cyclists without bias to the current street conditions and without influence from the DOT as to what is feasible or infeasible The cyclists who created this network set their standards to the highest not the minimum The cyclists who created this network asked each other what they would like to see in our city without setting any limitation from the DOT the Bikeways Department or Michelle Mowery who likes to say No and Infeasible to anything that would mean progress on our streets for cyclists The cyclists in the LA Bike Working group dared to dream big and they created a visionary map that has brought a glint of hope to not only for cyclists but also motorists who would like to bike across town as well as some City Departments who find themselves without any visionary leadership Why is the Backbone on big streets and not on smaller quieter streets like 4th Street or Moorpark The Backbone Bikeway Network does

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  • Rebel Without A Car – Make Your Own Dairy Products /  illuminateLA
    was available to purchase in glass When I m at home I love the taste of milk out of glass or ceramic mug It s so refreshing and delicious But since none of these options are available I have to put up with milk in a big plastic jug or homogenized milk that is in a carton But I realized that if I could make cheese yogurt sour cream or butter I wouldn t have to buy them in plastic containers If you scroll around online for some recipes you will be surprised how easily cheese and yogurt can be made Cheese is simply made out of milk Heat it add lemon stir curdle drain VOILA These are the steps So easy Here is a very simple recipe Add your own herbs to add your favorite flavor Once you get the basics down you can experiment with more complex recipes Soft cheeses like cheese for pizza and cream cheese is according to the Colorado State University Extension website very easy to make and I m sure very rewarding If you are not into making your own cheese I would suggest that you find a local Mom Pop store in your area and buy the cheese from there I buy my cheese at a local store that has an abundant variety of cheeses and they even slice the hard cheeses for me and then wrap it in paper In paper I ditched the stores that wrapped in plastic or in styrofoam Butter is another easy made recipe and I remember my mom experimenting with it once during the holidays when we were expecting some people She was standing in the kitchen whipping heavy cream for only a few minutes and I was stunned that she just created butter in front of my eyes It was yummy I found this great video of Robert Krampf making butter from heavy cream in his dining room The video is funny and educational and of course I love it that he uses his own physical energy to make butter instead of using a blender All you need is a glass jar and heavy cream Another jar for draining and one that you place the butter in Very simple and no more excuses for buying butter in plastic tubs or wraps Yogurt can also easily be made at home and if you live in a warm climate I suggest you use the sun s power to make it instead of heating the milk on the stove All you need is milk yogurt starter a glass jar and a warm place Nature will do the rest Watch this video and see how easy it is and you will never buy yogurt in a plastic container again Once your yogurt is done mix it with some fruit honey or whatever you like I have been making Kefir from kefir grains for about a year and a half now and they have a substitute for people who don t

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  • Sharon McNary from KPCC has it all wrong! /  illuminateLA
    the weaker Why Donavan 01 28 2010 21 47 8 I wonder if people who have the nerve to prescribe safety gear helmets safety vest etc for cyclists think twice about what they wear to walk down the street or cross at the crosswalk More pedestrians are killed by cars than cyclists I make a conscious and informed decision to not wear a helmet and dress for my destination not my commute Riding a bike is safe Period I was going to fill out the survey yesterday but did not get around to it After reading this I thought I should fill it out and give them the emergency room photo I decided to instead give them a photo of me with 4 kids in my bakfiets Let s all go for a bike ride ubrayj02 01 28 2010 23 44 9 One thing I know for sure hot women dressed up always slow down traffic Slower car speeds are generally safer for bikes joelinton 01 29 2010 01 13 10 Great points Enci Sad that this report doesn t get it but the more a driver notices a bicyclist the less likely that the driver will hit the bicyclist Biking for visibility is key to biking safely that includes where one positions oneself in the lane what kinds of lights reflectors one has at night what one wears and other factors Once I biked while dressed as Santa Claus and I felt very safe because drivers really noticed me The Friendinator 01 29 2010 04 11 11 I think she s doing thorough research and asking an objective question in order to compile info Can t hate someone for not knowing why you do what Ya know I do wear a helmet lately though Riding looking cool is great but riding without a skull is pretty lame I d assume Dave 01 29 2010 10 06 12 There was a safety campaign in Brussels I think it was which basically said Dress up while riding your bike you ll be more visible I think all this mania about safety clothing and safety helmets and safety everything is simply an excuse for allowing people to drive dangerously People are allowed to drive however they want and if this causes problems most often some kind of fault is found with the other party to show that they didn t protect themselves enough from the innocent driver This kind of thing makes me want to spew all kinds of profanity it is so wrong That s a great last paragraph Erik Knutzen 01 29 2010 10 12 13 Isn t Sharon familiar with how the Danes calm traffic http www theregister co uk 2007 03 28 bikini bandits Sharon McNary in the KPCC newsroom 01 29 2010 11 00 14 OuchOuchOuchOuch I ve got some road rash now I confess Every one of the nearly 4 500 miles I ve ridden on my road bike since 2005 were done while wearing Spandex bike shorts and a helmet And gloves and eye protection and clippy shoes But that doesn t mean I ve got all the answers for all cyclists out there Or the fashion answers for all the women riders out there Sorry Enci that you took my questions as criticism And I m relieved to hear you wear a helmet when you re not being photographed because to me although it s not required of adults I do think helmets save brains and lives I also appreciate your raising this topic with your audience Now for my possibly lame to you explanation In the journalism vernacular we call it back pedaling My office is moving close enough to my home that I can ride to work every day rather than the once weekly 28 mile round trip I try to do these days And I ve been thinking of converting my touring bike into a true commuter bike to carry my laptop extra shoes gorilla lock clothing change etc Yesterday I went online looking for clipless pedal converters that would let me ride in normal street shoes Would I take it one step further I have at times imagined myself riding to work in a skirt on a step thru bike like the real world women models I see in the Title9 athletic clothing catalogues and like European women do in World War II movies but I don t wear a skirt that often in my daily life But now perhaps I owe it to Enci to try it and get a new perspective On the issue of women s rights to wear what they want I absolutely agree with you Being subjected to harassment or being accused of being distracting simply for wearing what a woman wears is dehumanizing If I rode wearing your skirt I d worry that it would flare up around my butt If it were more of an a line skirt I d have less of a worry If you and I were riding side by side you in your skirt and me in my Spandex shorts and we both crashed I guess we d get similar injuries becasue we would have about the same about of skin showing Anyway let me close with an invitation If you d like to hang out in person I ll be meeting some of my fellow women bike riders at the Ballona Creek bridge at 8 a m tomorrow That s Saturday Jan 23 I ll be there for a half hour to 45 minutes before joining up with a larger group that is riding the PV loop and back I ll be the one in the helmet and Spandex bike shorts Cheers and ride safe out there Sharon McNary Brigitte 01 29 2010 12 50 15 Love the post Keep rockin Enci You re an inspiration Stephen Box 01 29 2010 14 58 16 How soon we forget Flashback over a hundred years ago and the same debate

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  • How to Make LA Safe, Effective and More Enjoyable for Cyclists /  illuminateLA
    s based on Constitution and our laws Don t take no for an answer I definitely want to encourage all ages and all skill levels to get on the road and ride a bike and I know that where I might feel safe someone else might not or visa versa I m very much in favor of looking at things from all sides and by considering all walks be it the point of view of a 10 year old who has to lock up his bike behind a bush where he is invisible or from a young woman s pov who has to bend down to unlock her bike or from an older persons point of view who can t carry their bike up or down the stairs I believe that End of Trip Facilities are of vital importance for a better bikeable LA If people can t lock up their bikes they won t ride It s that simple Riding to Blockbuster the movie theater a quick coffee with a friend a neighborhood bar or the bookstore can be discouraging if I have nowhere to lock my bike up safely It is easier to drive because a driving space is almost always open for me So most bikes stay in the garage or on the patio or back yard or are only used for recreation where one doesn t have an end destination except home after the few hours of exercise End of Trip Facilities cost very little and they are priceless to those who want to get out of the car be it because of health reasons or because they don t want to give up their great vehicle parking space or because they are are bike commuters or because they want to change the world It doesn t matter why someone ride they simply need a secure bike parking spot if they want to get off their bike End of Trip Facilities are something that we as advocates need to look into and find ways to get them out onto every street and in front of every store and into every public building Claremont is doing this and it is an innovative and exciting program that will go a long way to encouraging cycling in their bike priority zone We should be able to do that as well But before we go out and lobby we need to know what the effective ways to lock up our bikes are Visibility security design location frequency clearance etc are all things we need to consider And we need to oversee these projects not just let the experts do it Double check Advise Don t take no for an answer Make sure our money is spent bettering our communities End of trip facilities also includes showers But showers are only good if they are safe and according to health standards and we need to speak up if they seem unsafe Down the hallway in the corner where there is not

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  • Cyclists/LAPD Task Force off to a Good Start /  illuminateLA
    s not feasible Anything else No Thank you Next or I would just get ignored So I was expecting the same thing if not more of it because this was a bunch of guys with guns and authority on their side But I was surprised Everybody was open to what I had to say I think it was the first time in a long time that I didn t feel like cops were a threat to me and against me Nobody in that room talked down on me looked down on me or thought less of me because I was a woman or because I rode a bike As a woman I m very used to being called by cops Sweetheart and then hearing You need to know or You shouldn t it s dangerous In this meeting I felt a mutual respect from all sides and I m only hoping that it will continue This was the first meeting of many and I know it will take time for change But during this time we all have to be committed to make the changes that are necessary for a bikeable Los Angeles A lot of the laws books and rules of the LAPD are outdated A lot of our policies need rewriting Educating motorists is going to be necessary not only about the rights of cyclists but also their duties in an incident LAPD education is also on the table Counting cyclists filing complaints and thefts etc Lots of issues lots of new ideas have surfaced during the meeting I m willing to do whatever is necessary to make our streets safer for all users I m willing to go to Sacramento and lobby again like Stephen and I did last year with Krekorian s Safe Streets Bill I

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  • Every Street is a Bike Route /  illuminateLA
    such as bike parking better maintenance enhanced signal sensitivity supporting Hug a Cyclist signs Nothing about it in the book Should Bike Routes have any specific maintenance standards I can t find anything about that either Do cyclists get any trip accommodations with traffic signals or signs Nope I ride Bike Routes sometimes when they are on my way to somewhere but in general my experiences on them are not very positive and oftentimes very confusing The Los Angeles current Draft Bike Plan states that the consultants did a public outreach survey where 9 of respondents answered that bicycle routes on major arterials were their most preferred facility versus 12 of respondents who answered that bicycle routes on local streets were most preferred For type of facility most needed to reach destination 15 answered bicycle routes on major arterials and 5 answered bicycle routes on local streets This survey doesn t reveal to us who took the survey how many filled out the survey and who favored what Did motorists favor cyclists to be on a side street or did cyclists favor to be on the side streets Was the survey specific to neighborhoods or just general What do cyclists want on the local streets What do they not like about the existing local Bike Routes Fountain Blvd turns into a Bike Route twice during a 4 mile stretch which has bike lane signs every few blocks only to confuse the cyclist as s he rides and looks for the invisible lanes and this route places cyclists into the door zone the street has major cracks and holes at some places some blocks are dark and the traffic light cutouts are not sensitized for a cyclist 98th Street has a two block long Bike Route as does San Gabriel for two blocks on Serra Ave Woodman another Bike Route is notorious for accidents because the street is so wide and fast Vine Rossmore taught me how to bunny hop to avoid bending my wheels because of its horrendous road conditions Olympic Blvd is a street that is so wide and fast that it could be considered a freeway and if Bike Routes are supposed to encourage new cyclists to get on the road this street will get a new cyclist right back into their car Bike Route Bike Lane What s the difference Lincoln Blvd has been written about in many blogs about how bad it is not only for cyclists but also for pedestrians The 405 Freeway is probably safer than Sepulveda Blvd I m not very familiar with East or South LA but I know when I go through those neighborhoods the streets are mini freeways and there is no way you could convince a new cyclist to use the few designated Bike Routes as a safe option to other routes A Bike Route has absolutely no meaning to me as a cyclist The signs don t mean anything when drivers squeeze or honk at me or when

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