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Last week, officials in Los Angeles unveiled the city’s newest bike lane, reports the Los Angeles Times. The 2.2-mile bike lane along 7th Street from Catalina Avenue in Koreatown to Figueroa Street in downtown eliminates an entire car lane and instead dedicates the space to the approximately 27,000 bicyclists who ride in Los Angeles every day.

“Hold on to your hats, folks, we’re actually removing a lane for a car — in favor of a bike lane — in Los Angeles,” City Councilman Ed Reyes said during a news conference at MacArthur Park. “By doing so, we, as a city, are changing the way we see bicycles, as not only a recreational vehicle but as a legitimate form of public transportation.”

“It’s really symbolic,” said Allison Mannos of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. “It’s not only showing that L.A. is changing overall and becoming more bike-friendly as a city … [but] we’re able to bring [bike lanes] to areas where people are depending on their bikes every day,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

Read the entire article at: SustainableCitiesCollective

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