More Bicycles in L.A.

More Bicycles in L.A.

Amber Byfield
Sep 18, 2009

A few years ago, we went to L.A. to visit a friend. The traffic, compared to anything we'd seen in Texas, was shocking. It's a real car culture, and we wouldn't have dreamed of biking around. But now, it seems as though the bicycle scene is booming — good news for folks who like to commute or ride around their community on two wheels instead of four...

For a city to be bike-able, it needs a few things. Bicycles don't need much infrastructure, but the infrastructure they do need is critical for safety: bike lanes or at the very least a discernible route through the city on streets with gentler vehicular traffic.

We find the same problem in our hometown: it's pretty bike-friendly once you get inside a circle created by three freeways. But we happen to live outside of that circle. And have you ever tried biking on a street that's not bike-friendly? Whoosh! We're not fans of that feeling that a car is just a few feet too close.

So hearing that a big city like L.A. is opening the door for more cyclists is encouraging. In any case, it sounds like L.A. is listening to the pleas for more bike-friendly options--so if you live in the city, get ready. Maybe one of our dream bikes is in your future?

For more on L.A.'s exploding bike scene, read up here.

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