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PHOTO CAPTION: Los Angeles is designating more streets with dedicated bike lanes.

Transit, Bike Use on the Rise in Auto-Centric LA

Los Angeles has doubled bike lanes to 292 miles and expanded light rail by 26 percent in eight years.

Published: 23-Jun-2013

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles embodied America’s love affair with the automobile in the last century. In this one, it is trying to kick the car to the curb.

The city that put drive-through restaurants on the map has doubled bike lanes to 292 miles and expanded light rail by 26 percent in eight years. Bus and train ridership is increasing while the number of passenger cars registered in Los Angeles County has declined.

The traditional combustion-engined, gasoline-powered car is under assault from those and other options: electric cars, hybrids, and car-sharing plans such as the one operated by Avis Budget’s Zipcar. Los Angeles, the largest market in the biggest US state for vehicle sales, could be the ultimate test of the conventional car’s future.


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Smart electric bicycle.

Darius Sanai takes smart's new electric-assist bicycle for a spin around London, England

Ridekick is an electrified trailer that pushes a conventional bike.

Recent research suggests that cyclist currently arrive at their locations 20% faster than car users within the busiest cities.

Evelo electric-assist bicycle is one of many brands being sold in the USA.

E-bike sales are soaring, even in the United States where some 105,000 will be sold in 2012, estimates Pike Research.


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