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Bike to Work Week Kicks Off; Full Calendar of Downtown Activities

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, May 17, 2010, at 09:08AM
Bike Week LA Kickoff Eric Richardson [Flickr]

LADOT General Manager Rita Robinson speaks during a Monday morning kickoff for Bike Week LA 2010. Behind Robinson are LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Metro CEO Art Leahy, Councilman Tom LaBonge, Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and LA County Bicycle Coalition head J

Bike Week LA 2010 kicked off under drizzly skies this morning as city and transportation officials gathered outside the Police Administration Building to encourage motorists to share the road and to announce a week of cycling events.

On Tuesday morning, Good Samaritan Hospital will host its annual Blessing of the Bicycles. This will be the seventh year for the non-denominational event, which takes place at 8am at the City West hospital's main entrance off Witmer.

Wednesday, Metro hosts its 2nd Annual Downtown Bike Ride, meeting at Olvera Street at 8am and taking a tour of the central city. The goal of the approximately 4-mile ride is to demonstrate how major work sites, transit, civic and entertainment centers can be reached by bicycle.

Bike to Work Day is Thursday, with free rides on all Metro bus and rail lines for those with their bikes or carrying a helmet. DASH lines will also give a free ride to those with helmets, though the buses have no accommodations for cycles.

From 6 to 9am, pit stop locations at City Hall, Union Station's East Portal and the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition's office at 634 S. Spring will offer refreshments and giveaways to cyclists.

While not officially a part of Bike Week LA, Downtown's big cycling event is Saturday, when the Amgen Tour of California rolls through for a 21-mile time trial stage.

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