LA Bike Week round-up: Group rides and giveaways celebrate cycling all week
This week is Bike Week in Los Angeles and in addition to group rides and tutorials, the celebration of cycling includes giveaways, freebies and discounts at local shops.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Metro's Bike Week L.A. began Monday and continues through the weekend in an effort to encourage Angelenos to dust off their two-wheels and ride, for their health and for the environment.
“About 40 percent of all car trips are one mile or less,” Lynne Goldsmith, bicycle program manager for Metro told The Source. “If we can encourage people to make some of those trips on a bicycle, we are helping to reduce road congestion and improve air quality."
Metro is collaborating with other public transit organizations and bike advocacy groups from across L.A. County to put on Bike Week's seven days of bicycle blessings, group rides and incentivizing giveaways.
Wednesday May 15 is Guided Ride Day and Thursday May 16 is Bike to Work Day; if you promise to do so online, you will be entered to win a free commuter bike from REI. Also on Thursday, Metrolink will be offering free rides to any passengers who board with their bike.
But the real freebies come over the weekend with Metro's "Bike Local" event where restaurants, museums, retail stores and more offer deals for participating in Bike Week events.
Peddler's Creamery: This Main Street ice cream store is offering $1 off your sweet treat purchase through Sunday when you mention Bike Week.
Los Angeles Theatre Center: Bike to a performance and save $2 on your tickets from May 17 to May 19.
Angels Flight: Although a ride typically only costs 50 cents, this historic DTLA staple is dropping that price to a quarter this weekend in honor of Bike Week. An excellent excuse to follow up your lunch at the Grand Central market with a very short ride on Angels Flight.
El Maestro Bicycle Shop: Before riding your bike this week, it may be a good idea to get it a check up. Maestro is offering $20 safety checks all week long.
Casey's Irish Pub: With all that cycling you'll be doing this week, a hearty Irish meal washed down with a Guinness may be just what the doctor ordered. And Casey's is offering 15 percent off your bill this weekend in celebration of L.A. cyclists.
Bike Week is after all, about biking, so in addition to all the deals and discounts there will be multiple organized rides throughout the city. The Source reports that that Metro has forged a partnership with Cyclists Inciting Changes Through Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.), to lead 20 community bike rides throughout L.A. County over the next two years.
These group rides are intended for all levels of cyclists and are meant to introduce Angelenos to "some of L.A. County’s iconic destinations they might not visit on their own."
“Each ride is led by a trained guide who will not only point out places of interest, but will instruct riders how to negotiate live traffic lanes and bike paths,” C.I.C.L.E Executive Director Dan Dabek told The Source.
But despite all the city's best efforts, the LAist reminds us that L.A. still lags in terms of bike-friendliness. According to Walk Score,, Los Angeles doesn't even rank in the top ten in terms of the most bikeable big cities in the country.
Cities that do make the list include Portland, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Tucson.
For more details on Bike Week events in L.A., visit Metro's website.