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LA Bike Week: Ride to work, get your wheels blessed, watch a bike-in movie

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Get ready Los Angeles, bike events take over the whole county starting Monday. Bike Week LA is a a series of weeklong events that are aimed at community engagement around bicycling and pedestrian safety.

The numerous events encourage commuters to leave their cars behind and promote bike safety awareness, "Kinda giving a venue for people to meet each other from the different communities," Jack Moreau, Bike Week LA events coordinator for Metro said. The events will go beyond promoting alternate transportation and safety for some: Bike Week will also celebrate a love for cycling itself, no matter a rider's level of experience. 

"It's all about trying and engaging, seeing something new," Moreau said.

"You always see something great when you're biking on the street that's why people who bike love it, become addicted to it. I mean, I know I can't resist a taco every time I smell it, and so you just suddenly get all this sensational experience out of it."

Here are some of the music performances, art shows, workshops and events you can expect at the 2015 Bike Week LA extravaganza. 


Monday: Bike Week LA Kickoff

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KCRW's Francis Anderton hosts a panel where representatives from the Los Angeles County Bicycles Coalition, the Multi-cultural Communities for Mobility, LAPD and Bike Metro come together to discuss the benefits, safety and the future of cycling in Los Angeles. 

"That's really exciting to just have that conversation between these really incredible speakers, really well-respected experts in bicycling and public health and public safety," Moreau said.

Where: Grand Park | MAP

When: 10:00-11:00am

Is Bicycling In Your Future?

This panel is dedicated to the future of cycling and transportation  and will happen later that evening.

Where: Caltrans District 7 | MAP

When: 6:00-7:30pm


Tuesday: Bicycle Blessing

The Good Samaritan Hospital is hosting a ceremony where you'll be able to have your bike blessed. The 12th annual Blessing of the Bicycles promises you safe ride on your bike whenever you hit the streets.  

Where: Good Samaritan Hospital | MAP

When: 8:30-9:30am


Wednesday: Bike-in Movie

Ride your bike to Marsh Park on Wednesday for a Bike-in Movie Night co-hosted by the Ghost Bike Foundation. Expect different videos from the biking community: documentaries, animations and some fictional pieces on an outdoor projector. Some of the event's perks will be the bike valet and popcorn!

Where: Marsh Park on the LA River | MAP

When: 8:00-10:00pm


Thursday: Ride your bike to work day + art show

 Color Wheels Art Show at CalTrans

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Creatives show love to bikes through art at the Color Wheels Art Show. The event coincides with the LA Art Walk and will include music, special bike performances, art and food.

Where: 100 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 | MAP

When: 6:00-9:00pm

Metro is giving cyclists an incentive to ride their bikes to work with free admission when they board public transportation with their bikes. Businesses and other participants are providing fuel with free snacks at pit stops located throughout the county. Bike accessories will also be given away. Find pit stops on map below.


Friday: Bike Night

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Ring in the weekend with LA Bike Week's 2nd Annual Bike Night. The night will feature a performance by the Lions and will include contests, food, crafts and more. Move to Angel City Brewery afterwards for an after-party to nightcap off Bike Week.

Where: Old Ticketing Room, Union Station | MAP

When: 5:30-8:30pm

Celebrate the whole week with tons of discounts and freebies at several bike stores and places all over LA. Find stores and other participating places below:

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