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Happy Bike Week, L.A! Bike from Work (to Beer) on Thursday

It's Bike Week here in Los Angeles. Among the activities: a bike from work event at Angel City Brewing with GOOD LA.



It's Bike Week here in Los Angeles which means there's no better time to strap on that helmet, squeeze into some Spandex, and try out a few of L.A.'s new bike lanes. But this week also serves as a perfect mid-month check-in for our 30-day GOOD Challenge to stop driving so damn much. With only 15 days of May to go, can you find ways to bike, walk, or take transit instead of driving?

To keep you motivated, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition has plenty of two-wheeled activities happening all week (as part of a bigger roster of activities happening all month, in fact). From Tuesday morning's Blessing of the Bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital to a Wednesday morning ride through downtown (meet at Union Station at 8:00 a.m.), there are lots of ways to show your support for biking in L.A. Plus, Thursday is Bike to Work Day, and if you pledge to ride to work online you can be entered to win prizes like an REI cyclist kit or a gift card to Target.

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What L.A.'s New Bike Plan Means For Cyclists—and the City

Today, Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa signs a comprehensive new bike plan for the city. We asked local experts what it means for cyclists.



Despite Los Angeles' near-perfect weather, mostly-flat terrain, and an enthusiastic biking community, cyclists in L.A. still remain second-class citizens behind those piloting automobiles through the city. After yesterday's City Council ruling, that all could change. The 2010 Bike Plan, to be signed this morning, is perhaps the most ambitious pro-cyclist action in L.A. history, designating a 1,680-mile bikeway system and sweeping new bike-friendly policies.

The plan promises several changes for L.A. bikers: the Citywide Bikeway System [PDF] will introduce three new interconnected bike path networks—Backbone (long crosstown routes on busy streets), Neighborhood (short connectors through small streets) and Green (along recreation areas)—throughout the city, a new pledge for Bicycle Friendly Streets will make streets more pleasant for riders and walkers, and a series of education programs and safety policies will help cars and cyclists co-exist (you can download the entire plan here). Of course, this is just a plan, and one that's long overdue—for more on that, read last week's cover story in the LA Weekly. The real challenges may prove to be finding the proper funding to drive the plan towards implementation. That will take some massive commitment on behalf of the city.

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