Car Free Fridays!

For Immediate Release


First Bike Ride Jan. 30!

Advocates strive to create a more bike-able, cleaner and healthier Los Angeles County

Los Angeles, Calif. — Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) has launched a new campaign called “Car-Free Fridays” to encourage both new and experienced riders to commit to using the bicycle as a means to commute to work and to make their shorter trips by bike at least one Friday of the month.

The campaign is aimed to get more people on bikes and to highlight the global and personal benefits of riding a bicycle. To celebrate the first “Car-Free Friday,” on January 30, LACBC will host a ride, meeting at 8 a.m. at Hollywood/Western Metro Red Line Station and will head downtown, to L.A. City Hall.

Sustainable choices and transportation alternatives are a popular means of reducing our carbon footprint, reducing air pollution, staying healthy and saving money. Choosing to commute by bicycle, even on occasion, can have immediate positive results on our health and on the environment.

“Riding your bike on Car-Free Fridays is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment and get a work out at the same time,” said Council President Eric Garcetti.

“If you already ride or walk your commute, pair up with a co-worker or classmate and show them the joys of car-freedom this Friday, and every last Friday of the month. If your New Year’s resolution included reducing your carbon footprint with a human-powered commute, this is the perfect day to give it a try.” said Jen Klausner, Executive Director, LACBC.

“I started using my bike to go to the grocery store, and I noticed that I came home happier and I even saved a few bucks on gas,” says Susan Beeker, a new rider who now commutes at least three times per week on her bicycle.

“Car-Free Fridays is great idea that will encourage folks to start and continue bicycling”, comments Ron Milam, of BikeSage.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle has become a priority for many Angelenos, but it is not always easy to dedicate extra time and money to get to the gym every week.

“According to the British Heart Association, cycling at least three hours a week cuts your risk of heart disease in half compared to those who do not cycle or perform other exercise,” said Marisa K. Bell, MD Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. “Other studies have shown that exercise such as cycling can reduce levels of depression and stress and improve mood and self-esteem.”

Riding a bicycle for just 10 miles a week can save at least $520 a year, shed calories, work to reduce California’s emissions from cars and light trucks which are the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in California. It helps reduce traffic congestion which costs the regional economy $9.3 billion annually.

Founded in 1998, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC is the only nonprofit, membership-supported organization working exclusively for the millions of bicyclists in Los Angeles County. Through advocacy, education and outreach, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. region a safe and enjoyable place to ride.

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  1. elisa m

    I wish that Birmingham had something like this. Or at least a council who recognized that there are actually commuters in the city. Maybe I will try to start a grass roots Car Free Friday…?

  2. Ghost Rider

    It sounds like a great idea…and I hope it takes off!

    Locally, one of the cities on the other side of the Bay is doing their version of Ciclovia soon. Things are looking up!

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