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California lawmakers pave way for more L.A. County bike lanes

A bicyclist rides on the sidewalk despite the bike lane on 7th Street in downtown Los Angeles.

California legislators shot down proposals for sweeping changes to California's environmental-protection laws this month, but one environmental bill benefiting Los Angeles County bicyclists made it through to the governor's desk.

Lawmakers approved AB 2245, which would exempt hundreds of miles of proposed bikeways from the California Environmental Quality Act.

The bill was introduced to help the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which plans to add 832 miles of new bike lanes in the coming years and would benefit from streamlining the environmental-review process. Read about it here at PolitiCal.

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Photo: A bicyclist rides on the sidewalk despite the bike lane on 7th Street in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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