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A More Bike Friendly LA On the Way?

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Dedicated bike paths, more bike lanes, and bike rental programs, oh my!

KCBS2 is reporting today that City Councilman Ed Reyes put forth a motion during the City Council meeting to make his council district more bike friendly. He has asked city officials "to create a plan that includes bike-only roadways, more bike lanes on wide streets and sidewalks, and a public bicycle prgram that would allow Angelenos to rent bikes online or at Metro shops."

Reyes, who represents Distrcit 1, has been a vocal supporter of bicyclists in the past. His District area is centered around the 110 freeway and mainly westward from around the Mt. Washington area to the 10 freeway and includes neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Elysian Park, Cypress Park, and Glassell Park (just about anywhere with a "Park" it seems).

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The coucilman sees a vital link in transit options for residents between the Metro system and bicycling, explaining that this motion will bring together all components of people's lives, such as jobs, school, arts, and leisure, through a better infastructure that is connected to our existing public transit system, particularly the Red and Gold Lines. Reyes is hoping that this motion gives residents the chance to be more eco-friendly by using bikes, and that it can be readily accomplished at the neighborhood level.

So maybe now it's time to get planning for a New Year's resolution to get a bike and ride it. Perhaps visiting the Bicycle Kitchen for one of their basic tune-up workshops would be a good idea to get you ready to ride. How about getting to know the folks at the LA County Bicycle Coalition?

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