Ask any Beverly Hills Starline tour guide and he’ll tell you Marilyn Monroe lived here. So did Will Rogers and Tom Cruise and Madonna. On my thrill-o-meter? Any member of the ‘Justified’ cast. Seeing Timothy Olyphant at camp pick-up and Jere Burns eating pasta at our local Il Fornaio makes me swoon. With celebrities in my midst and an embarrassment of Palm trees, how could I not want to share Beverly Hills with tourists?
Not all 35,000 Beverly Hills residents agree. At times, mashing us together with tourists creates more excitement than a Kim Kardashian sighting. How many times have I found myself in my sensible hybrid, rushing to make carpool pick up and I’m stuck behind a lumbering double-decker tour bus?
BH residents living North of Sunset have it worse. The tour Vans stop-and-go pointing out stars’ homes while residents impatient to just get home pull questionable moves like the Wrap-Around pass. The close-call head-ons are common as crows.
I’ve been on bus tours. Sometimes you need to cover a lot of ground quickly. Beverly Hills is only 5-square miles so buses feel like overkill. I wish that more tourists would consider other ways to see our city.
This morning I saw this healthy, attractive group riding around North of Sunset. They were part of the Bikes and Hikes LA 323-796-8555. Ride past 30+ celebrity homes, walk a famous mansion, see Rodeo Drive, 9/11 Memorial and more…I think they are on to something, don’t you?
Thank you Beverly Hills City Council for putting in pilot bike lanes. I think this is going to please the tourists and the residents. Whatever means tourists use to explore BH, I hope that patience will prevail and drivers, walkers and cyclists can all learn to get along.