Politicians and bike enthusiasts met on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall Wednesday morning to support a plan that promotes bicycle safety.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the measure that calls for the creation of 200 miles of new bike lanes in the next five years.
“At a time when gas prices exceed $4 a gallon,” said Villaraigosa, “we are investing in bicycling as a mode of transportation and in the process encouraging Angelinos to lead healthy active lifestyles.”
Villaraigosa said the plan would eventually create more than 1,600 miles [corrected from earlier version] of interconnected bike routes spanning the city. The plan is funded by Measure R, a 2008 sales tax increase that set aside money for transportation projects.