The nonprofit League of American Bicyclists on Oct. 18 named Los Angeles a “Bicycle Friendly Community,” citing the city’s work in the last five years promoting cycling, adding miles of bikeways and establishing a long-range bike plan.
City Councilman Ed Reyes accepted a bronze award from the League on the city’s behalf during a ceremony at MacArthur Park.
“More and more people are leaving their car keys at home and taking advantage of L.A.’s bicycle-friendly streets,” Reyes said. “We are leading the nation as a bicycle-friendly city, thanks to an active bike culture and bicycle advocates working with the city.”
The League recognized the city’s 2010 Bicycle Master Plan for adding 75 miles of new bikeways in 2011. The plan envisions the creation of about 1,600 miles of bikeways and a significant increase in bike parking in the city over the next 30 years.
The League also recognized the city’s support for the extremely popular CicLAvia events held semi-annually since October 2010, during which nearly 10 miles of city streets are closed to cars for cyclists, pedestrians, runners, skateboarders and others to use as a park.
“The latest round of BFC awards proves yet again that any city –regardless of size or geography – can take cost-effective steps to increasing bicycling in their community,” League President Andy Clarke said. “We are excited that Los Angeles recognizes that simple steps to making biking safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development.”
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Planning and Policy Director Eric Bruins credited Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the city’s Department of Transportation for fostering a strong bike culture in the city and going “above and beyond” to serve cyclists.