Villaraigosa signs plan to make LA more bike-friendly

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Bike enthusiasts and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (center) celebrate the new LA city bike plan outside City Hall on March 2, 2011 in Los Angeles.

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.

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