15 Scooter Riding Tips for Navigating Los Angeles Traffic

15 Scooter Riding Tips for Heavy Traffic

It would seem at first that when you’re embroiled in heavy traffic, it’s great that you’re riding a scooter, like a Bird or Lime. But this can present its own set of dangers that you may not expect. To help make sure you ride safely on your scooter, here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

1. Make Sure You and Your Scooter Are Ready

That means you’re not drunk and you’re physically able to use your scooter. You should have all your protective gear on, such as a helmet. At the same time, you also have to make sure that the scooter is in perfect working condition with enough battery to get you to where you’re going.

2. Ride Smoothly

This means you don’t do the abrupt “go fast and stop” way of riding down the streets when on your scooter. Accelerate smoothly, and brake gently. This is the essence of safe scooter riding, and it protects not just you but the condition of the scooter too.

3. Be Aware of Others

You have to account for the various vehicles on the road as well as well as the others on scooters too. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for pedestrians, especially children who may suddenly sprint from the sidewalk. Look both ways and make sure your vision is clear.

Learn how to anticipate other people so that you’re able to make quick lane changes.

4. Be Careful When You Overtake

What you really want to watch out for is overtaking near an intersection, when you’re in between the other driver and their crossing. It’s best when you’re on the other side when you overtake so that if they make a sudden turn for the entrance you’re not in the way.

5. Turn Your Head to Indicate Where You’re Going

Since you have no signals to turn on. It helps other drivers when you simply turn your head to the direction you plan to go to. People behind you will know where you’re going and they can anticipate your action.

6. Practice Your Braking Skills Beforehand

You really don’t want to practice your scooter braking skills when you’re already caught in traffic. In these conditions, you should already know how to properly brake properly so you don’t end up hitting the vehicle in front of you.

Always keep a finger close to the front brake lever, while you also have a foot over the rear brake lever. These actions keep you ready to stop at a moment’s notice.

7. Slow Down in Tight Conditions

While speeding does have its own thrill, what you need to remember is that slower speeds give you more time to react to unexpected situations. That’s especially true in and weather in and heavy traffic conditions. Something may just hurl down to get in front of you, and a slower speed gives you more time to press on the brakes.

8. Be Ready with Power

Just keep your scooter in the lower gears during heavy traffic, as those will give you the best chances of squeezing through the various vehicles.

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9. Always Check in All Directions

When you’re crossing the road, you need to look left and right. That’s a good rule when you’re riding too. You have to check if there will be a possible hazard coming at you from any direction. It’s great if you can get into the habit of first checking left and then going into a clockwise pattern to check around you. After checking right, use your rearview mirrors.

10. Anticipate Slower Traffic

There will be times when the lane you’re in will slow down. When that happens, keep to the left or right of the car ahead of you, so if the lane traffic completely stops you can take advantage of the gap if it’s possible. If it’s not possible as there’s not enough space, just be ready when traffic moves again.

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11. Check Your Side Every 15 Seconds

It’s very easy to just focus on what’s ahead of us, and forget that some vehicles may suddenly come right behind us. You have to pay attention to what’s going on behind you, especially when you’re stopping your motorcycle or making a turn.

That means you should check your left and right side view every 10 or 15 seconds.

12. Remember the 2 to 4-Second Following Rule

When you’re riding in broad daylight, you should keep enough distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. This distance should take at least 2 to 4 seconds to travel should the vehicle suddenly stop for no reason. At night, this distance should be increased to 4 to 6 seconds.

It’s easy enough to test this distance. Note when the car in front of you passes a landmark, like a tree or a spot on the road. Then count the number of seconds (1-Mississippi-2-Mississippi) it takes for you to reach that same spot.

13. Check Out the Road Surface Ahead

There may be potholes, wet spots, or large stones that can spell travel for you and your scooter. Always be aware of what’s coming. If there’s a blind turn and you can’t see ahead, then you better slow down.

14. Obey the Road Rules

Whether or not there are cops around giving out tickets, you just have to obey the traffic laws so that you don’t cause even worse traffic with your shenanigans. Don’t even think about jumping the red light, as it’s just too dangerous.

15. Be In the Lookout for Open Zones

It can be hard on the nerves when you’re constantly sandwiched between 2 cars in separate lanes when you’re caught in traffic. But there are sometimes open zones that you can breeze in through when you’re riding in a low gear.

Remember all these rules and you’ll be good when you’re stuck in traffic while out on your scooter!

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Top 10 Best Kept Secrets of the Régime des Fleurs Cult Perfume Brand

Top 10 Best Kept Secrets of the Régime des Fleurs Cult Perfume Brand

What is a cult brand? A cult brand is a brand that may not be very well known in general circles, but it inspires a devoted customer base. Such is the case with Régime des Fleurs, which is so low key that very few people know about it. Those who do know about, however, include some of the most knowledgeable experts in the fashion industry as well as the most fanatical artistic types in the niche of fragrances.

So let’s shed a spotlight into one of the most secrets yet sought-after brands in scents:

  1. Régime des Fleurs was actually founded in 2014. But they operated only in cyberspace, with cofounders Alia Raza and Ezra Woods communicating with customers only through their computers and through Instagram.
  2. For the most part, they relied on Internet word of mouth to spread the word of their perfumes. That meant they had to produce something that people would actually want to talk about, and they succeeded without a doubt. They used seductive notes like Earl Grey vapor and white ambergris to separate themselves from the rest of the crowd. Their fragrances were also blended by hand, which gave them an artisanal quality.
  3. Even their bottles were designed to catch attention. These were all custom-painted. They used unusual hues and shades, including lustrous peacock colors and luminous orange. These bottles also sported a small gold crest with the brand’s initials, and it looked supremely regal.
  4. The founders operated Régime des Fleurs for nearly 4 years in this way. They only recently opened a storefront atelier in LA, and they did so quietly without any bombastic fanfare.
  5. The location of their storefront was carefully chosen, as it was in Mid-City. It was right there in the middle of a neighborhood which has gradually been transformed by the arrival of various spaces dedicated to fashion and art.
  6. Right in front of the atelier, Régime des Fleurs offers its full lineup of products, with also includes formerly limited edition collaborations. These eclectic items include vinyl records from a project with Chloë Sevigny and Michel Gaubert along with candles hand-painted by noted textile artist George Venson of Voutsa.
  7. The Fait Main line is in the production area behind a white curtain, and this is the original collection of esoteric fragrances. This area also acts as the shipping hub for the online business.
  8. Customers have encouraged Alia Raza and Ezra Woods to run the place like an art gallery. Régime des Fleurs has a deep connection with its devoted fan base, and so they have catered to their customers’ preferences. They’ve featured dreamlike stylized oil paintings and artworks cast in lead crystal and blown glass. Featured artists include Max Jansons, Dylan Palmer, Samantha Thomas, and Kathy Klein.
  9. In a recent opening party, Kathy Klein set up psychedelic designs with flower petals on the floor.
  10. Out back, the flowers continue to emphasize the brand’s connection with botanical nature, with a parking lot filled with gorgeous flowering vines like passionflowers, morning glories, jasmine, and bougainvillea.

Get them here: 3305 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

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The Best Hiking Trails to the Iconic Hollywood Sign

The Best Hiking Trails to the Iconic Hollywood Sign

NYC may have its Statue of Liberty, but in LA there’s no need for a huge and fancy statue to symbolize the city. It’s a HOLLYWOOD sign right up there on the side of the mountain. It’s a sight that’s one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, and invariably every movie and TV show displays the sign to immediately tell people where the action is.

While it seems like a great view from below, you know what’s better? It’s if you can hike up to it so that you can take a selfie with that huge sign as your immediate background. There’s an easy way to get there, and there’s another hiking trail you can use if you want more of a challenge.

The Easy Trail

If you want to take things easy, it’s understandable. All you need to do is to take the Mount Hollywood trail to take you right to the sign. You start in Griffith Park, with 2 possible starting points in the area.

The starting point for the shorter trail starts at the parking lot of the Griffith Observatory. This hike is about 3 miles long, which is like a stroll in the park for most hikers. For newbies, it’s not all that bad either.

The other starting point is on a fire road intersecting N. Vermont Canyon Road. It’s only a little bit longer. You can find parking at both spots, but you may have to compete with other hikers especially if you come later in the day. You should come in early in the morning so parking is easier, plus you can enjoy a cooler hike.

The Charlie Turner Trailhead also has another starting point for the Mt. Hollywood trail. You can’t miss it, as you’ll see various signs that should point you the right direction.

Just remember, this is the easy trail with different starting points. It’ll be a little over 3 miles, and it should take you about 2 hours to hike. It’ll take you right next to the sign.

Hollywood Hiking Trail in Los Angeles

The Challenging Trail

If you’re really fit and itching to prove it, then this is the trail for you. This is the Canyon Drive trail, and you’ll end up behind the sign with this hike. What’s more, you get to see the awesome view of downtown LA as well as the San Fernando Valley.

It’s about 6½ miles long and you’ll need about 4 hours to complete the journey. Keep in mind that you’ll hike going up by about 1100 feet, so be prepared. Take lots of water with you, and make sure you have sunscreen.

Plenty of people start this trail at the wee hours of the morning. This gives you a cooler hike and at the end, the sunlight gives you a great view. But you may also want to try it at sunset too. The view is a lot more unique, and you get enchanting hues with your views of downtown LA and the San Fernando Valley.

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Day of the Dead Playing Cards Made in LA by Local Artist Steve Minty

Day of the Dead Playing Cards Made in LA by Local Artist Steve Minty

The Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos in Spanish, is a widely celebrated holiday in Mexico and the United States. The holiday actually spans several days when family and friends gather to remember and pray for their deceased loved ones. Most people also visit the graves of their loved ones, and light candles and place flowers on them, as well as enjoy a picnic with their family.

In modern times, it’s celebrated from October 31 to November 2.

The Day of the Dead is the inspiration behind the Muertos Playing Cards. Steve Minty designed the deck of cards while the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) manufactured them.

Every card is designed with the theme of celebrating life and death in the tradition of Dia de Muertos. The history of the Day of the Dead tradition in particular and Mexican culture, in general, is reflected in the design, while the social classes present in the past are also depicted. The deck has a contemporary feel complemented by an elegant look with its gold-on-black design.

Each deck comes with 54 custom playing cards and two gaff cards. The characters and numbers are printed with gold ink on a black background, a combination that makes them pop out. The deck is packaged in a gold foil and embossed tuck box, too, for added luxury.  

Steve Minty drew inspiration for his designs from the message of the Day of the Dead. He was also influenced by Aztec art, the Mexico-American Wars, and the works of Jose Posada.

The cards are then creatively named to reflect characters although the usual card characters – spade, hearts, clubs, and diamonds – are still used. The card characters include El Padre, La Hermana, El Soldado, El Catrin, La Viuda, El Bandito, El Caudillo, La Bailarina, El Campesino, El Azteca, La Catrina, and El Caballero. The Joker cards have the Muertos insignia and the sugar skull (i.e., Calaveras).

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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