Skip to Content
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Log In
1_30_09_car_free.jpg

The Los Angeles County Bike Coalition's newest campaign, Car-Free Fridays, launched this morning at 8:00 A.M. at the Hollywood and Western Red Line Station.  After interviews with the press and a short wait for stragglers, City Council President Eric Garcetti and the Bike Coalition led a group of sixty cyclists to city hall to show that biking is both a viable, safe, easy and fun way of commuting at around 8:40 A.M.

“Riding your
bike on Car-Free Fridays is a great way to reduce your impact on the
environment and get a work out at the same time,” said Council President
Eric Garcetti. 

The ride ended at City Hall just before 9:30.  By then the group had shrunk, as many riders peeled off to commute to work but the remaining 40 riders posed with Garcetti in front of the City Hall's east entrance for visitors.

The bike coalition says there are many benefits to riding a bike a couple of times a week. 

Riding a bicycle for just 10 miles a week can save at least $520 a year, shedcalories, work to reduce California'semissions from cars and light trucks which are the largest single source ofgreenhouse gas emissions in California.It helps reduce traffic congestion which costs the regional economy $9.3billion annually.

For anyone reading this blog for the first time, I'll offer a simpler argument.  Which of the pictures below looks like a better and more fun way of commuting?  Both pictures were taken this morning.

1_30_09_car_fre_resizr.jpg
1_30_09_car_full.jpg

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog Los Angeles

Friday Metro Transit Updates: Ridership Growing, Service Changes, and Electric Bus Charger Issues

Metro daily ridership is back up to nearly a million riders per weekday. Some Metro electric bus chargers aren't working. Metro's twice yearly bus service changes take effect Sunday, including service increases on three San Fernando Valley lines.

June 21, 2024

Eyes on the Path: Construction Progress on Pacoima Wash Walk/Bike Path

New fencing, asphalt path and bike/walk bridge all appear done - the facility is expected to open this fall

June 20, 2024

Latest on Metro Micro: Still Few Riders, High Costs

For all of L.A. County, Metro Micro weekday ridership is just 2,300 daily riders, less than half of Metro's 5,000 rider goal

June 18, 2024
See all posts