Los Angeles of U.S. to become bike-friendly city
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LOS ANGELES, Sep. 23, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- In order to reduce traffic jam, the city of Los Angeles will try every means possible to encourage its residents to ride bikes instead of driving cars, authorities said on Thursday.

"The L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) can do better to build bike infrastructure into stations and lines and encourage ridership by incorporating bikes into long-range planning," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is in Washington D.C. attending a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayor, said in a statement.

"Los Angeles has the ideal terrain and climate for bicycling, and I want to encourage both casual recreational cyclists and bicycle commuters to take advantage of more opportunities to get out on a bike," he added.

As part of a plan to turn Los Angeles into a bike-friendly city, more funding will be collected to improve bike routes and promote projects to accommodate bikes, according to the MTA.

Proposed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the plan is to spell out in the 2011 Call for Projects that more money should go toward building bike racks and similar projects, the MTA said.

The declaration is aimed at encouraging cities across Los Angeles County to compete for funding from Metro by coming up with innovative proposals to integrate bicycles in their transportation network.

The motion also calls for bike-friendly improvements to the current transit system, as well as future projects.

In the short term, Metro is to develop a plan to install triple bike racks on all of its buses, and find sources of funds to retrofit its trains to accommodate bikes.

Metro must also make sure that all future transit station designs include stair channels or ramps so bicyclists can wheel their bikes safely up and down staircases, and to increase bicycle parking at high-demand stations.

The goal is to make it more convenient for people to ride a bicycle on the first and last mile of their journey, and take public transit the rest of the way, the MTA said.

While promoting bikes, the city will also enforced the first car-free day next month as vehicles will be banished from certain downtown streets in a bid to help protect the Angelenos' health and the environment.

"CicLAvia" will be held in Los Angeles for the first time on Oct. 10. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day, a 12 km route from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights will be closed off to motor vehicles.

"As the car capital of the world, we know a lot about congestion and pollution," said Villaraigosa. The plan aims to "encourage Angelenos to get out of their cars and walk, ride or skate safely through some of the city's most diverse communities and experience the city in a new way," he said when announcing the plan.



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