In a city built for cars, Angelenos discover the joys of cycling

With 7.6 million registered cars, 650 miles of freeways, and nearly 6 million parking spots, Los Angeles isn’t the most welcoming place for bikes.

Too bad yes. But Angelenos ride through anyway. And they have a great time. Ask anyone who’s biked along Muscle Beach in Venice, or ridden down the recently traffic-free stretch of Griffith Park Drive, or driven through vibrant Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, and they’ll tell you the same thing: There is nothing better than exploring the city on two wheels.

Since the pandemic, more and more people in LA have been pumping up their tires and discovering (or rediscovering) the joys of cycling. They’ve tried new routes, found horseback riding groups, and even taken part in nightly bike parades. For some, this is a rare opportunity. As more Angelenos become passionate about cycling, it’s easier to advocate for protected bike lanes and better trail conditions that make riding safer — and more enjoyable — for everyone.

Bike-curious? This guide can help you get started.

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