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Councilman Jose Huizar and other cyclists ride down Spring Street's green bike lane after a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Southern California transportation officials are investing millions of dollars into a new project aimed at getting more people to bike to work, school and other places.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is putting on “Bike Week L.A.”, a series of activities this week to encourage Angelinos to travel by bike to cut down on traffic and air pollution.
Metro buses and trains will be free to people with a bicycle or bicycle helmet on Thursday.
Metro leaders said they’ll also offer participants a chance to win several prizes, including a folding bike and backpack.
Schools and community groups will offer bike pit stops around town to help promote the event. Metro wants to boost the number of bicycle trips in L.A. County. The agency has invested about $200 million in bike facilities and programs.