City aims to shed car-centric reputation through over $3 million investment

LA hosts bike safety summit

Los Angeles authorities have revealed plans to make the city safer for bikes, following a ‘bike summit’ held last week, as reported by ABC.

The famously car-centric city unveiled plans for public service announcements educating cyclists and drivers about sharing the road safely. The City Council is also set to buld 1,600 miles of cycle ways and has dedicated $3 million for bike improvements.

At the bike summit LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city officials invited cycle advocates to share their thoughts on improving bike safety. Villaraigosa himself had an accident while riding last month when a parked taxi pulled out across a bike lane, shattering the Mayor’s elbow.

The LA County Bicycle Coalition’s Aurisha Smolarski said: "The city has prioritised cars for so many years, so I think if you start taking away space from the motor vehicles and start giving it to other modes of transportation like bicycling and pedestrians, that’s going to start sending a message out to people that they can use alternative modes of transportation."

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