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L.A. Area Bus Riders With Bikes Ride Free Today

Bicyclists can ride Los Angeles area buses for free on select routes Thursday as part of “Bike Week LA,” which started Monday.

Sponsored by Metro and other area transit agencies, bike week is meant to celebrate pedal power.

On Tuesday, Good Samaritan Hospital hosted its annual “Blessing of the Bicycles” as part of the weeklong event.

Local cycling groups hosted guided tours Wednesday in the San Fernando Valley, downtown Los Angeles, Culver City, Pasadena, and Gardena.

As part of “Bike to Work Day” today, bicyclists boarding DASH and Commuter Express buses with a bicycle helmet will ride for free, though Commuter Express buses have limited rack space for bikes and DASH buses have no racks.

Other area bus lines also will offer free rides to cyclists today, when two-wheel enthusiasts will be stationed at along bike routes to hand out drinks, prizes and information.

Those who pledged to use Metro as a link in their ride to work today were automatically entered in a contest to win a $700 cycling package from REI.

About 60 retailers will be offering discounts to bikers Friday through Sunday. More information about Bike Week LA is posted at www.metro.net/bikeweek.