Third Annual Tour LaBonge

Summer Bike Ride Launches June 16

Los Angeles (June 16, 2010) – Councilmember Tom LaBonge will
lead “Tour LaBonge,” a series of summer evening bike rides, in Downtown Los
Angeles with a ride on Wednesday, June 16th at 5:30 p.m. Councilmember LaBonge launched the
annual tours in 2008 to highlight the stunning landscape of Los Angeles while
promoting the health and environmental benefits of bicycling.

“Bike
riding is great exercise and there’s no better way to enjoy the beautiful
sights of Los Angeles than to be on the open road, “the Councilmember
said. “I look forward to these rides
every year because I am given the opportunity to show people the City that I
love.”

The
first “Tour LaBonge” evening will commence on the South Lawn of City Hall at
5:30 p.m. The police-escorted path
will take the group through 10 miles of Downtown Los Angeles, ending at 8:00
p.m. (See flier at www.tomlabonge.com for more details.)

The following five Wednesday evenings will take cyclists through
portions of Councilmember LaBonge’s district. On June 23rd , a trip around 4th
Street showcases the heart of Wilshire, dubbed “Positively Fourth Street” for
the 1967 Bob Dylan song. For the
remaining Wednesday nights, riders will enjoy the sights and sounds of Toluca
Lake and North Hollywood, the Miracle Mile, the LA River and Griffith Park,
finishing the series with a tour of Hollywood on July 21st. Each ride will break mid-way for an ice
cream treat, provided by Councilmember LaBonge.

All
riders are required to wear helmets and sign liability waivers. Participants must be at least 12 years
of age, and children must be accompanied by parents or other responsible
adults. No pets allowed. Like other great cities of the globe,
Los Angeles is developing bicycle-friendly paths to promote environmentally
sound solutions to traffic congestion. To learn more, please visit: http://www.labikeplan.org/

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