LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles officials have approved a plan that aims to get residents of the notoriously auto-centric city out of their cars and onto bicycles.

The bicycle master plan approved by the City Council Tuesday sets a long-term goal of some 1,680 miles of interconnected bikeways and calls for 200 miles of the new bike paths to be added every five years.

Bike enthusiasts have lobbied vigorously for the plan, arguing that sharing streets with cars, as most do now, is too dangerous.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also became a fierce advocate for designated bike lanes last year after he shattered an elbow in a bike accident with a taxi cab.

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Comments (12)
  1. John says:

    Good. Now these guys can get out of my way when I’m driving through LA in my lifted F250.

    1. Adam Richards says:

      oooooh, my lifted F250, you’re so f-ing gay.



  2. Buck says:

    As long as they stay outta left turn lane. All ok with me. They too slow turning left in traffic

    1. CA562DUDE says:

      I agree 100% and they dont even follow the traiffic laws!!! and they wonder why they get hit etc…. they should be required to have Insureance etc… thats why we pay DMV fees for the raods to use TO DRIVE ON!!!

  3. truth says:

    eff bikes and the hippy snitches that ride them. i have more respect for the spandex clad armstrong wannabes.

    1. Will Campbell says:

      I’m sure the spandex-clad armstrong wannabes are absolutely thrilled to have the such support.

  4. James says:

    I’m sorry for those who love to ride bikes through the city, but this is yet another idiotic plan approved by the city. Just look at Silverlake Blvd. in Los Angeles, which was converted from a 4 lane street (2 on each side) to a 2 lane street (1 on each side) with bike lanes on both sides. They doubled traffic and the time to get through that area for a few bycicle riders that take the route now nand then. Now they want to do the same thing throughout the city? So now a few thousand (maybe) bycicle riders get a path they will use every once in a while at the cost of a few million drivers who will suffer more traffic. Next they will take away your F250 because it’s too big.

    1. Will Campbell says:

      James is ten times as mistakenly delusional as he is pathetically “sorry” for those of us who enjoy riding in the city. Silver Lake Boulevard north of Sunset Boulevard was never a four-lane street. There was always street parking along the curbs and only two traffic lanes. As a bonus the traffic lanes were wide enough to accommodate Class II bike lanes without impacting vehicular flow.

      His defensiveness doesn’t surprise me, nor does his narrow-mindedness in failing to see that if you make Los Angeles more bike friendly and at little impact to motorists, more people will ditch their lifted trucks (whose gastanks they’ll soon be spending $4 a gallon to fill), get out and ride and instead feel sorry for octane-dependents like him.

  5. Jackie Winters says:

    At least if you ride a bike you don’t have to worry about it being a Lemon like cars and trucks.

  6. Melissa says:

    Stop being fat EVERYBODY and ride a bike! 🙂

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