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How to Make Beverly Hills More Bike-Friendly

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Beverly Hills is trying to become more bike-friendly.

The city is working on a plan to create a bike route through the city. To start, the city's bicycle committee is planning improvements to Crescent and Beverly drives and Carmelita Avenue and Charleville Boulevard that will make those north-south and east-west thoroughfares more hospitable to bikers, Beverly Hills Patch reports. Those improvements will include more signage, designated bike lanes and shared-lane pavement markings.

Charleville Boulevard was chosen, because it goes by schools, including Beverly Vista, Horace Mann and Beverly Hills High School. (Which should be perfect for virgins who can't drive!)

The idea is to eventually create a network of bike-friendly streets that residents can navigate easily, according to Deputy Director for Transportation Aaron Kunz. (The bicycle committee plans to tackle traffic-clogged Santa Monica Boulevard...someday.)

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The next step is installing more bicycle racks. The city is considering a “rack-on-request” program, which would allow residents and business owners to request a city rack. Greg Laemmle of the Laemmle Theatres is a passionate biker, who is particularly interested in racks in front of his Wilshire Boulevard theater.

“When bicycles are more conspicuous in the community it will stimulate the demand for racks and more,” Ron Durgin, bike safety instructor and founder of Sustainable Streets, told Patch.