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Bike Paths of Glory

Brad Rowe on a Bicycle

What a view! But the ride up La Brea was treacherous dodging cars and hipsters. Man does Los Angeles need some urban bike trails! See map of LA and its bike trails. Ouch.

I think we should have a ‘walk / bike grid’ with dedicated trails every mile east to west and north to south. It would take cars off the road and encourage good exercise and green commuting.

What is YOUR city doing to accommodate bikers and provide a more ‘green’ environment for those who want some exercise or just want to go out for some fresh air? Would our representatives even listen to our requests?

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Where are all the bike paths?
Where are all the bike trails?

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4 Comments so far

  1. Jane January 16th, 2011 11:51 am

    sfgate.comHaving just finished a ride acros the Golden Gate Bridge, this was a timely post. SF is known for having pretty progressive biking infrastructure, but we could do better 0 even here there is an ‘us vs. them’ problem between bikes and cars, and it realy doesn’t need to be that way. Neither are going anywhere, although we could do with less cars for sure.

    We do have a number of designated bike lanes on a most of our major streets around the city, and with the lack of parking, plus the fact the city is actually pretty small – biking is the best way to get around. However the hills make it daunting for a lot of people. One new project that will hopefully get some good traction is the new bike sharing program.
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/27/MN4D1G2BCN.DTL

    IF this works well here, this could be a great thing to spread to other ciities.

    Also, most of the regional bus companies (both in and outside of the city) have bike racks on the buses, so even if can’t ride the entire whole way, you can take your bike and ride where you can.

    Cheers

  2. Rob Stathem January 19th, 2011 12:32 pm

    I agree with Brad, not to mention, it would be MUCH safer to have designated biking trails.

    In Southern Orange County, it’s a problem as well. If you drive on PCH in Laguna then you know exactly what I’m talking about. I’m always cautious and careful of my surroundings and bicycle riders should have safer means of enjoying exercise.

  3. Yami March 10th, 2011 2:02 am

    Well … Yeah of course it would be great to have a bike trail in every place ..

  4. Gomile April 11th, 2011 1:48 am

    Hi, I live in Europe and everywhere I’ve been, and I did my share of travel, bikes always seem to be an urban issue. Cars and pedestrians are simply dominating and especially in the larger European cities bikes are an object of animosity. Even if you have bike trails around the city, the pedestrians are still walking on them, drivers park their car on them etc.Is it because of city administration and their lack of good will and sense of environment, lack of public awareness on the benefit of cycling or is it simply a social/cultural issue. When i say cultural, for instance in Scandinavian and north European countries most of the city population have bikes and are using it to go to work, out, it is their basic mean of transport. To conclude, it is just a matter of culture which is being nurtured from the childhood and is integrated in the local population’s mindset. I think that L.A. has a problem with the fact that it is a large city and it would simply take too long to get from point A to pint B, but on the other had you could calculate this into your daily/weekly training or exercise in the gym and on gas (gas in Europe is quite expensive) and in the end you save a lot of money.

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