— Cycle LA —
Los Angeles may be synonymous with car culture, but a steadily growing number of bicyclists are claiming their share of the road. It’s a movement that’s gained support in recent years, such as the 2012 launch of the city’s first “bike share” program, a European style rental service that enables people to pick up bikes at kiosks across the city. With so many miles of Los Angeles waiting to be explored, it’s a good thing you have various bike rental and tours to choose from. West Hollywood-based Bikes and Hikes LA offers seven different tours, including a 32-mile “LA in a Day” bike tour and a slightly less intimidating Old Hollywood/Hancock Park bike tour. Pedal…or Not offers guided tours of Venice and Santa Monica on electric bicycles for those who want the option of letting a good old-fashioned motor do some of the work. Perry’s Beach Café and Rentals has eight bike rental locations in Santa Monica and Venice so that visitors can easily explore the coast on two wheels.
To help you explore LA on your bike, Metro has a variety of options for cyclists that let you combine your ride with Metro Rail and bus. You can take your bike on Metro Rail anytime, in any direction, space permitting. Bicycle racks are available on a fi rst-come, fi rst-served basis on Metro buses. And bicycle racks and lockers can be found at many stations throughout the system.
CicLAvia is inspired by Ciclovía, the original, weekly street closure event in Bogotá, Colombia. CicLAvia opens miles of LA streets to pedestrians and bicyclists, allowing participants to walk, bike, socialize, celebrate and learn more about the City of Angels. Twice a year in April and October, CicLAvia encourages Angelenos and visitors to rediscover roadways and neighbourhood’s that too often go unnoticed in a car.
Paths of Enlightenment
If you’ve seen the opening credits to NCIS: Los Angeles, you’ll recognize the coastal bike path that runs through Santa Monica and Venice, perhaps the most popular dedicated bike path in the region, if not the state. This route starts in the Pacific Palisades, runs southeast to Marina del Rey and continues another dozen miles between Playa del Rey and Redondo Beach. This coastal bike path isn’t the counties longest; that distinction goes to the San Gabriel River Trail, which runs almost 40 miles between the Azusa foothills and Seal Beach. Other “Class I” bike paths include one that runs along Ballona Creek between Playa del Rey and Baldwin Hills, another one that parallels the Los Angeles River between Maywood and Long Beach, and a path that winds its way through the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area in Encino. For more information about biking trails and other outdoor activities, please visit the Department of Recreation and Parks website at www.laparks.org.
Information courtesy of http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/