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Still plenty of stuff to cover for those newer riders strapping on their helmets for Bike to Work Week.  We’ve covered some of the basics, but let’s get out on the street and address some concerns about those two-ton contraptions you happen to share the road with.  You know, cars.

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Bike Week LA in the news

Bike Week LA has been getting a ton of press, and LADOT Bike Blog is compiling all of it for posterity.  Here’s your one-stop-shop for Bike Week LA news.  We’ll try to keep updating with more links as the week progresses.

LA Times, LA Now Blog: MTA’s Bike Week L.A. aims to encourage commuters to bicycle more and drive less

LAist: Get Pedaling, It’s Bike Week L.A.

Streetsblog Los Angeles: Celebrations Throughout the County for Bike to Work Week

KTLA: Bike Week Begins!

KTLA: Bike Week Kicks Off Los Angeles, Marie Mortera Reports

KNX 1070: Break Out Those Schwinns for “Bike Week”

The Source: LAPD Chief Becks: respect cyclists – it’s the law

Blog Downtown: Bike to Work Week Kicks Off; Full Calendar of Downtown Activities

KPCC: LA City officials kick off Bike Week

KPCC: Bicyclists ride Metro free on ‘Bike to Work Day’

NBC LA: Burn Calories, Not Gasoline

LA Downtown News: Get in Gear

Biking In LA: Bike to Work Week

Travelin’ Local: This year’s Los Angeles Bike to Work Week

Green LA Girl: Green Weekender: From Bikes to Boats

Streetsblog: 7th Annual Blessing of the Bikes: A Photoblog

Bi [sic] le: Blessing of the Bicycles

Streetsblog: Bike Week Day 3: 2nd Annual Downtown Bike Ride

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Blessing of the Bikes

They braved gloomy skies, misting rain, wet roads, and chilly conditions.  They were there to get their bikes blessed, and no amount of inclement weather was going to stop them.

At 8 AM this morning at the Good Samaritan Hospital, the Annual Blessing of the Bicycles took place to much fanfare and jubilation.  LADOT Bike Blog was there too.

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LADOT Bike Blog is back for more “Biking for Newbies”.  Again, if there’s anything you guys would like us to cover with this feature in throughout Bike to Work Week, just let us know in comments and we’ll try to tack it on.

Speaking of Bike to Work Week, make sure you check out all the cool things that are happening.  You can check out Metro’s website, look at what we’ve provided for you, or get a recap on Monday’s event.

Anyhow, more “Biking for Newbies!”

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Bike Week LA

On a beautiful, albeit cloudy, Monday morning, people began to gather at LAPD headquarters in front of the Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium.  From 7 AM on, more and more bicycles began to appear while tables, tents, and video cameras were set up.  It was the long heralded kick-off for Bike Week LA, and LADOT Bike Blog was there to document it.

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It’s almost here!  It’s almost here!  Bike to Work Week is almost here!

You can ride to work while looking dapper

Just a friendly reminder that Bike to Work Week starts this coming Monday.  LADOT Bikeways will be out in force along with a whole bunch of other bicycle organizations for the kick-off event Monday morning at 8 AM.  It will be in the plaza in front of the new LAPD headquarters downtown.  There will be informational booths and tables, lots of free stuff, and the city staff (and maybe even a council member or two) will be there on bikes to help get Bike to Work Week started right.  You can even meet the intrepid and foolhardy author of LADOT Bike Blog!  If that’s not incentive to come on down, I don’t know what is.

And for those of you getting pumped for free rides on DASH and Commuter Express, LADOT has a news release detailing all the specifics.

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In honor of Bike to Work week, we here at LADOT Bike Blog would like to give some of those newer riders out there a crash course in the do’s and don’ts of the road.  Think of this as a FAQ for someone who hasn’t taken their bike on the road in years.  We’ll continue to post up info throughout the week.  If you’ve got something you’d like us to cover, just drop it in comments and we’ll try to get to it in a day or two.  So far, LADOT Bike Blog has done a lot to cover bike safety when you’re parking your bike, but we haven’t spoken much about bike safety when you’re on the road.  It may be old hat for some of our more experienced readers, but let’s get back to basics.

What ARE the rules on the road, anyhow?

It’s hard to be safe when you don’t exactly know what the laws in LA say you can and cannot do.  A bicyclist equipped with knowledge of his or her full legal rights on the road is much more likely to have a safe ride.

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