This year’s Los Angeles Bike to Work Week

May 16, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Usually, it’s the simpler and gentler solution to problems that are the first to get overlooked. For example, if you want or need to lose weight, typically eating less and exercising more helps.

So when it comes to alternative transportation, bikes are a great way to lessen our carbon footprints and to be “green” in how we can rely less on cars. So it’s that time of year to be reminded just how easy using a bike can be to travel to work or to do local errands.

Monday, May 17th, 2010 marks the start of Bike to Work Week here in Los Angeles.

Why Bike to Work Week is Important

With statistics like these, it’s easy to see why:

  • 25% of all trips are made within a mile of the home
  • 40% of all trips are within two miles of the home

So the goal of Bike to Work Week isn’t only about biking to work, although that’s definitely important–it’s also about using a bike for short trips to the grocery store, dropping a letter off at the post office, or going to the bank.

In Los Angeles, driving to a location may be easy, but parking isn’t. It sometimes take longer to find parking then it does to get to where you’re going.

For this year’s Los Angeles’ Bike to Work Week, here’s the current list of events:

Monday:

In front of the new LAPD Headquarters, at 8:00am, Chief Charlie Beck will join Metro Chair Ara Najarian, City Council member Tom LaBonge, and several others who’ll encourage motorists to safely share the road with bicyclists.  LAPD has partnered this year with Metro, LADOT, and LACBC to promote bicycle safety throughout the city.

At 7:00pm, the Glendale Library is hosting a showing of “Contested Streets.”  This film tells the story of New York City in the 20th Century, and how their transportation decisions forever altered the Big Apple. In recent years, New York City has become a leader in the use of bikes, road safety, and commuting.

Tuesday:

The Blessing of the Bikes at Good Samaritan Hospital, located at 1225 Wilshire Blvd. is the place to be.  Get Blessed! Get Breakfast! Get a Free Bike Check! It all starts at 8:00am.

Wednesday:

At 8:00am, Metro is sponsoring a bike tour of Downtown Los Angeles, starting and ending at the historic Olvera Street South Plaza.  If you want a preview, here’s the map.

Thursday:

Bike to Work Day is being observed at several local transit agencies–including Metro and LADOT. They’re providing free rides to cyclists and “pit stops" around the county to make the morning commute easier. Many of the pit stops will feature food and free prizes. For a list of participating transit agencies, click here, and for a map of the pit stops, click here.

Friday:

Bicycle Riders All Aboard! The Pasadena Crosstown Ride will scour the streets of Pasadena, picking up new riders at various Pasadena districts (Paseo, Lake, Playhouse), before ending up at One Colorado for a fun evening including a silent auction, music, prizes, drinks, food and more! Meet at 6:00 PM for registration and food, Ride departs at 7:00 PM at the One Colorado Courtyard, in Pasadena.

After the ride, be sure to watch the screening of “Return of the Scorcher,” a classic bike film that captures the essence of bike lifestyles from all over the world.

And after the movie is the C.I.C.L.E. Pedal Party. It sounds like a fun night for everyone!

Travelin’ Local’s mission includes not only the unique and special places here that we like to escape to and find places to do various things—we’re also passionate about Los Angeles, and want it to always be the best that it can be.

And this year’s Los Angeles Bike to Work Week is a great way to accomplish that

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