Officials in car-centric LA approve bike lane plan

LA's bike enthusiasts have been working hard for several years to make the city more bike-friendly. The LA City Council approve the bicycle master plan on March 1, 2011, which "represents a new commitment by Los Angeles to complete streets. It is part of a move away from the auto-centric approach of the past, and toward a sustainable transportation system ... "
LA's bike enthusiasts have been working hard for several years to make the city more bike-friendly. The LA City Council approve the bicycle master plan on March 1, 2011, which "represents a new commitment by Los Angeles to complete streets. It is part of a move away from the auto-centric approach of the past, and toward a sustainable transportation system ... " Photo by Rick Darge

Los Angeles officials have approved a plan that aims to get residents of the notoriously auto-centric city out of their cars and onto bicycles.

The bicycle master plan approved by the City Council Tuesday sets a long-term goal of some 1,680 miles of interconnected bikeways and calls for 200 miles of the new bike paths to be added every five years.

Bike enthusiasts have lobbied vigorously for the plan, arguing that sharing streets with cars, as most do now, is too dangerous.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also became a fierce advocate for designated bike lanes last year after he shattered an elbow in a bike accident with a taxi cab.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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