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LA Named Bicycle Friendly Community

Los Angeles was named a Bicycle Friendly Community.

Los Angeles, along with Miami and Nashville, was announced as a Bicycle Friendly Community Thursday, making two-thirds of America's largest cities BFCs.

The League of American Bicyclists awarded Los Angeles with a bronze medal, for taking the first steps to integrate bicycling as a transportation method in the city known for Carmageddon.

"Los Angeles is honored to be recognized by the League of American Bicyclists for our work making LA a more bike-friendly city," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "From building 1,600 miles of bike-ways over the next 30 years to increasing the number of bike racks in the city by 80 percent, we're making it simpler and safer for Angelenos to get around on two wheels."     

The second largest city in America, L.A. has developed a strong bicycling culture over the past five years thanks to the 2010 Bicycle Master Plan, which has led to the expansion of the bicycling network and the addition of 75 miles of bike-ways in 2011 alone. 

According to a recent study conducted by the League of American Bicyclists, bicycling grew by 80 in the largest BFCs while it only grew by 32 percent in non-BFCs.

For a full list of BFCs, click here.

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