Bike Week LA is just around the corner, and we here at the LADOT Bike Blog want to do our part to spread the word! Last year’s Bike Week LA events were great and we expect this year’s events to be even better! This year’s Bike Week will take place May 16 – 20, 2011. More details are after the jump.
Bike Friendly LA
This year’s theme for Bike Week LA is Bike Friendly LA. Since last year’s event, a lot has changed to make greater LA (and Los Angeles proper) a better place to ride a bike. For starters, our own City of Los Angeles has recently passed its long awaited 2010 Bike Plan, and has installed a number of new bikeways (and enjoyed CicLAvia two times over). Metro has recently lifted its bicycle restrictions on Metro Rail during peak hours. Los Angeles County is diligently working on their Bicycle Master Plan update. Culver City has passed its first ever Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. Glendale’s Safe and Health Streets Plan has been approved. Long Beach celebrated their separated bike lanes very recently. And Pasadena has an update of their Bicycle Transportation Plan in the works, too. All over greater Los Angeles, the bicycling movement is gaining momentum and there’s no better time to commemorate our accomplishments and contemplate our futures than during Bike Week LA 2011.
Kick off Event
A kick off event will be held on May 16th at the North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station at 8:30 am. There will be raffles, prizes, and other goodies given away at this year’s kick off event. Be sure to attend and lets get Bike Week LA off to a great start!
Lankershim Bl/Chandler Bl, North Hollywood 91601
Free On-site Parking – 803 Spaces
Paid Reserved On-site Parking – 298 Spaces
95 Bike Rack Spaces
44 Bike Lockers
Blessing of the Bikes @ Good Samaritan Hospital
On Tuesday May 17th, the annual Blessing of the Bikes will take place at Good Samaritan Hospital from 8:00 am to 9:30 am. Blessings will begin at 8:00 am with breakfast and bike check-ups provided! Also, Good Samaritan Hospital is gladly accepting names of friends and loved ones whom you want to honor at the event. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downtown LA Bike Ride
On Wednesday May 18th, be prepared to roam the streets of Downtown Los Angeles at the Downtown LA Bike Ride! Riders should meet in front of Union Station (Alameda Street) at 8:00 am. The ride will begin at 8:30 am. To view the route map click here. (And we’ll see you there!)
Bike to Work Day
Thursday May 19th is Bike to Work Day. There will be various “Pit Stop” locations for bicyclists to stop by during their commutes throughout LA County. Also, many local transit agencies will be offering free rides for bicyclists (your helmet will serve as your pass)! Free ride providers include: [Updated to include Santa Monica Big Blue Bus]
- Culver City Bus
- Glendale Beeline
- Montebello Bus Lines
- Norwalk Transit
- Santa Clarita Transit
- Torrance Transit
- Santa Monica Big Blue Bus
Bike to School Day
Friday May 20th is Bike to School Day. Check with your local school to see if any activities are planned.
For complete Bike Week LA coverage, be sure to check out Metro’s Bike Week LA website.