Car free LA

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The car is no longer king in LA. With over 120 miles of new bike ways created within the city of Los Angeles in the last two years, increased Metro transit options and the expanded frequency and reach of CicLAvia—the nation’s largest open streets event—the city is putting the brakes on its car-centric roots

The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LA Tourism) is inviting travellers to be a part of this green movement with the launch of ‘Car Free LA,’ – an eco-friendly initiative designed to showcase the city’s unexpected car-free offerings.

‘Car Free LA’ features a series of expertly-tailored itineraries centered around exploring Los Angeles’ various neighborhoods on foot, bike and public transportation while highlighting the city’s iconic attractions, vibrant music scene, historic architecture, arts and culture, eclectic cuisine and endless entertainment. ‘Car Free LA’ itineraries are available for free at: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/CarFreeLA.

From taking the Angel’s Flight Railway to the top of Bunker Hill, then setting out on foot to explore MOCA, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Grand Park, to heading out by bike on a scenic beach ride, these self-guided itineraries give visitors the tools they need to navigate the city without relying on a car. In addition to saving money on gas, travellers can add time to their vacations and discover a side of Los Angeles they might otherwise overlook from behind the wheel.

Visitors to the ‘Car Free LA’ site can also find up-to-date information on car-free events such as CicLAvia and popular guided tours from Bikes and Hikes LA, Starline Tours and more. In addition, the site provides details on bike rentals from companies like Pedal or Not and Perry’s Café and Rentals and a listing of LA’s scenic hiking trails.

The “’Car Free LA’ program makes its debut at a time when the city’s focus on walking, biking, and public transportation is at an all-time high. In January 2013, Los Angeles adopted a new bike rental program that will put 4,000 bikes on the road with 400 rental stations throughout the city in the coming months, making it the second-biggest public bike rental program in the U.S. New transit oriented developments will ultimately create 87 miles of rail connecting destinations across LA County, further changing the face of LA.

 

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