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Bike Week LA 2011 will be here May 16th-20th

Apr 14, 2011 by Lisa Newton

Now celebrating its 17th year, Bike Week LA (formally Bike to Work Week). is the place and chance for everyone who commutes by car to become familiar with using bicycles to get work–or anywhere else–to start thinking about becoming more eco-friendly.

Indeed, even if your commute happens to be too far, for using a bicycle, Metro is very bike friendly and you can use a combination of both. And with Gasoline prices approaching $5:00 per gallon, keeping more money in your pocket while doing good and well, isn’t a bad idea!

This year Metro wants to help you feel more comfortable–and safe–while using a bike, so they’re started a new program entitled Bike Buddies. Essentially, you get to join forces with many veteran riders to learn various safety trips, means and methods if there is a safety tip you’d like to know. Bike Buddies “offers inexperienced bike riders the opportunity to learn some on-road safety tips and techniques with experienced cyclists.”

Besides the obvious health benefits of riding your bike to work, there’s also the environmental benefit of riding a non-polluting vehicle to get where you want to go.

To help you navigate the various Bike to Work Week activities, here’s a short list:

  • Monday, May 16th – Bike Week LA Kick-off Event
  • Tuesday, May 17th Blessing of the Bicycles at the Good Samaritan Hospital starting at 8:00am where you can Get Blessed! Get Breakfast! and Get a Free Bike Check!
  • Wednesday, May 18th - Meet at Union Station on Alameda Street and ride through Downtown with other bike enthusiasts and supporters. Congregate at 8:00am and the ride will leave at 8:30am.
  • Thursday, May 19th - Bike to Work Day: Be one of thousands of LA county residents participating. Visit pit stops, get a free ride on transit, and get entered to win prizes.
  • Friday, May 20th - Bike to School Day

After participating in Bike Week 2011, you’ll learn new ways to feel comfortable not using a car and feeling like you’ve made a difference, as “Green Energy” and “Sustainability” issues will continue to be at the forefront of our national energy debate and way of life.

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