Skip The Gridlock, Get Some Exercise, It's Bike to Work Day! - KMSP-TV

Skip The Gridlock, Get Some Exercise, It's Bike to Work Day!

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Los Angeles, CA -

Today was special. Special to bike riders. The county called it "Ride Your Bike To Work Day," but to people who live in San Pedro they would have been  happier if it was "Take This Bike Lane Away Day!!!"

We spent the morning at the intersection of Westmont and Taper. Just a few feet from a new bike lane. But, the painted strip for bike riders is like a bad painting to homeowners and others who feel what was a perfectly fine street is now broken.

Janet Nave, with a local neighborhood council, said a lot of people are angry "because two lanes were removed for bike lanes without community input."

others say there was public input when LA's bike plan was developed, but they had no idea car lanes would be reduced for bikes. The traffic created, they told me, is just awful.

Neighbor Dave Rivera says "the frustration is that the flow of traffic has been disrupted here."

Another neighbor, Laurie Jacobs, says before the bike lane there was "a little bit of a bottleneck. Now, it's a big bottleneck!"

Councilman Joe Buscaino says his "goal is to bring peace to this issue." So he's having a big town hall meeting June 11th to hash it all out. He's trying to walk the fine line between bike advocates who say if you build bike lanes people will use them and homeowners who want them to go away!

Meanwhile, Monday at 4pm there will be dueling protests on Westmont in San Pedro. In one, homeowners. The other: bike riders. Stay tuned!

Hal Eisner

 

(FOX 11 / CNS) Commuters could see more bicyclists than usual on Southland streets today as people ditch their cars in celebration of Bike to Work Day.

The event is designed to encourage people to use alternate transportation for a day, relying on pedal power instead of gasoline. Several cities will set up special pit stops for bicyclists, offering
free bike checks, drinks and snacks. Bicyclists will also be able to take advantage of free rides on select Metro bus routes.

People who pledge to use Metro as part of their ride to work will be automatically entered in a contest to win a $700 cycling package from REI. About 60 retailers will be offering discounts to bikers Friday through Sunday.

Specific information is available at www.metro.net/bikeweek.

People boarding DASH and Commuter Express buses today with a bicycle helmet will ride for free, though Commuter Express buses have limited rack space for bikes and DASH buses have no racks. In Long Beach, Mayor Bob Foster will bike to Cal State Long Beach and visit one of two bicyclist pit stops in the city. Another pit stop will be at Long Beach City Hall, providing coffee, breakfast snacks, giveaways and bicycle check-ups.

Pasadena will have a pit stop behind City Hall on Euclid Avenue, with refreshments, prizes and displays by bicycle vendors. West Hollywood will have a "Bike Hub'' on Santa Monica Boulevard east of Hancock Avenue, also offering coffee, snacks and bike safety giveaways.

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