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Biking culture, LA style.

For such a car obsessed place, the California mega city of Los Angeles has a thriving and active bike culture. Dozens of group rides can be found for all interest levels from Santa Monica to downtown. There is also a strong political force where the city council passed a law requiring motorists to give cyclists room three feet of space on the road. I’ve always kept a close eye on LA and watched its progression along with really great blogs like: BikinginLA, TakeoverLA, wolfpack hustle and of course, trackosaurusrex.

I mean look at their police force:
(cake anyone?)
20120521-131829.jpg(Rider spotlight of Officer Gordon Helper from the Wolfpack Hustle.)

I mean bike cops aren’t necessarily your friends but it gives them a better understanding vs our NYPD who show up at your bike accident, after being hit by a car and give the cyclists traffic violations, if they do any investigation at all.

Here is a recent article about LA’s bike scene from the NY Times, covering the politics and the fourth annual CicLAvia, which attracted over 100,000 riders.

Los Angeles Lives by Car, but Learns to Embrace Bikes.
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photo by: Monica Almeida/The New York Times
Photo Caption: The fourth annual event, which closed 10 miles of Los Angeles streets to car traffic, drew nearly 100,000 bicyclists.

By: Adam Nagoyrney
Published: May 19th, 2012

LOS ANGELES — It was a warm April morning in downtown Los Angeles, and there was not a car on the road. For five hours, the streets were commandeered by nearly 100,000 people on bicycles — old and young, wearing spandex and silly hats, dogs and babies perched on handlebar baskets — in a celebration that produced a sight that once would have seemed inconceivable in this city of cars.

“Bike ridership is up dramatically in L.A.,” the mayor said.
It was the fourth time this city closed its streets for the event known as CicLAvia, and it was the largest one yet.

These days in Los Angeles, there are midnight bike rides, East Side bike rides, women’s bike rides and nude bike rides rolling out nearly every day. In the past 18 months, close to 40 miles of bike paths and lanes have been created across the city and the City Council passed a measure to prevent bicyclists from being harassed by motorists.

Read more here.

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