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Pedal to work with a City Council president

January 29, 2009 |  5:40 pm

Lisa Anne Auerbach uses her two wheeler along Broadway downtown to get where she needs to go. I've written in the past about how a ridiculous number of people bike to work in Portland, Ore., where officials over the years have pumped a lot of money into cycling infrastructure. The same hasn't happened here, but bike activists -- to their credit -- are still asking people to try cycling to work once in a while.

As part of that effort, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is asking commuters to go car-free on the last Friday of each month. Small steps, people! To launch the campaign, the group has scheduled a bike ride tomorrow at 8 a.m. from the Western Avenue Red Line station to downtown Los Angeles. City Council President Eric Garcetti will be in the pack. That means fellow cyclists can chat with him about all the things the council members could do to help cyclists now that they've finished dealing with Billy the elephant.

-- Steve Hymon

Photo: Lisa Anne Auerbach uses her two wheeler along Broadway downtown to get where she needs to go. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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