A key responsibility of our Beverly Hills Public Works department is to ensure that our roads are safe for all users. For the past five years, however, the city has neglected to make even the most basic repairs to Santa Monica Boulevard. Instead our transportation folks wait for a corridor-wide reconstruction (now pushed back to 2015) to make improvements. In the meantime, cyclists suffer as we navigate blacktop moguls amid frantic auto traffic. Now we have to keep an eye out for particular hazards like this one: a sheared-off lamppost west of Beverly Blvd. that waits patiently to impale the errant cyclist or unfortunate victim of a car-bike collision on this very busy corridor.