Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl joined the Department of Transportation, Metro, and bike advocates to announce the various events taking place during Bike Week.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the unique power of the bicycle as a mode of transportation in Los Angeles,” said Rosendahl at a news conference this morning to announce the event.
LA Bike Week 2012 will feature a series of activities to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and ride their bike to work — including a blessing of the bikes on Tuesday, and free rides for those wearing bike helmets on the bus and trains on Thursday.
“The City is going to great lengths to create new transportation opportunities for the public,” said Rosendahl. “But it won’t make a difference without you. Hop on a bike next week to get to work or take advantage of the free trips for cyclists on Metro, DASH and Commuter Express.”
A spokesperson from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange were also at the event.
See the schedule below for a list of events.
Bike Week LA 2012 Events
Tuesday, May 15 – 9th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital, 8 am
Wednesday, May 16 – Expo/Mid-City Bike Ride starts at Exposition Park, across from Expo Park/USC Station, 8 am – Flyer
Thursday, May 17 - Bike to Work Day – Free rides, pit stops and more!
Friday, May 18 – Bike to School Day – Support your local school!
See detailed information about the events by visiting metro.net and be sure to show your support for cycling in the City of Los Angeles!
Rosendahl, who chairs the Transportation Committee, says the City has made significant progress over the last year in making sure the roads are safe for all users.
Last year, the City implemented a bike plan that promised 200 miles of bike facilities over a five year period. In addition, the City also passed a bike anti-harassment ordinance that has been a model for at least two other cities around the country.