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In Fitness Deserts, Working Out Isn't as Simple as Hitting the Gym

Fitness deserts pose health challenges to millions of Americans, mostly low-income ones.


Four times a week, Kaleena Welch risks her life for a workout. She walks down the shoulder of La Brea Boulevard in South Los Angeles, where the speed limit is 45 mph and cars usually go closer to 60. When she comes to one blind curve in the road, she waits for a lull in traffic, then steps into the road.

“I have to run and jump and then the trail starts again,” she says. “It’s ridiculous. I just hope and pray.”

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Mixed Messages

Walk through L.A.'s organic (and illegal) mixed-use communities.

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The Invisible Cyclists: Immigrants and the Bike Community

Can social justice be achieved through cycling? New groups like the LA Bike Coalition offer support and advocacy for the immigrant biking population.

They ride on the sidewalks around the city, many of them without helmets or lights. For thousands of immigrants in Los Angeles, the bicycle is their primary means of transportation. But while “everybody’s sort of aware of these bikers,” says Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition organizer Allison Mannos, "there’s not really any outreach. My interest is to address the people who never get taken into account."

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