In 2011, community organizers and legislators in Los Angeles approved a plan to expand and improve the bike paths throughout the city. Planning and funds were approved for 139 miles of bike paths and approximately 1,500 of bike lanes added to existing roads. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa—and avid cyclist who broke his elbow after he was struck by a taxi cab while riding in July of 2010—says his goal is to add 40 new “bikeable miles” a year. On November 16, Mayor Villaraigosa attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a newly completed bike path along the Los Angeles River near Tampa Avenue.
“These are things that’ll happen over a long period of time, but they’re going to happen,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “We did 76 this year, baby!”
Officials hope the bike path will breathe new life into the area and attract more families. The bike paths will make Los Angeles safer for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians. It is great that Los Angeles, a growing cycling community, has a mayor that is enthusiastic and progressive about making the nation’s second-largest city more accessible to cyclists.
Bonnici Law Group, APC—San Diego bicycle accident attorney.