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Villaraigosa Injured in Bicycle Accident Last Night
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sustained a broken elbow last night during a bicycle accident, but is recovering comfortably at home, reports LA Now.
"The mayor was riding in the bicycle lane on Venice Boulevard in Mid-City at about 6:50 p.m. when a taxi abruptly pulled in front of him. The mayor hit his brakes and fell off the bike."
Villaraigosa was released around 10 p.m. and went to Getty House, the mayor's official residence, to recuperate.
Cyclist advocates have been pushing the mayor to work more actively to make the streets safer for riders.
Last month, the Mayor issued a statement in response to a disturbing video showing LAPD officers harassing cyclists during a group ride in Hollywood. "Bicyclists have every right to use our City streets and to be treated with courtesy and respect—both by drivers and law enforcement," said Villaraigosa.