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Celebrate Bike to Work Week Downtown

By Eric Richardson
Published: Sunday, May 11, 2008, at 09:28PM
Ride to City Hall Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A nifty backpack from last year's Bike to Work day.

May 12 - 16 is Bike to Work week, and Downtowners have a number of opportunities to join into the two-wheeled fun.

Whether you ride to work or just ride to ride, there are Bike to Work week events Downtowners should know about.

Tuesday, May 13th, Good Samaritan Hospital hosts the 5th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles. Festivities kick off at 8am and run until 9:30am. You can check out video of last year's event on Youtube.

Thursday, May 15th, is Metro's official Bike to Work Day. There are "pit stops" throughout the county that'll be offering materials and free stuff from 6am to 9am, including four Downtown: Union Station, City Hall, Ketchum-YMCA and the Reagan Building.

Thursday also finds the 2nd Annual Bike Instead of Work Ride, which will begin at the Hollywood and Western pit stop location and travel Downtown to deliver a Cyclist's Bill of Rights to City Hall and then on to USC for an event.

A personal aside: Many people cite the easy trip to work as one of their main reasons for moving Downtown. For me, taking a Downtown job instead made my commute too short -- it no longer made sense to bike to work when my commute was a whole six blocks. Then I started working out of the apartment and my commute went to twenty-five feet instead. Now I simply bike because it's my favorite way of getting around, not to get to work.


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