The Caltrans District 7 Transportation Museum in Los Angeles features “Bike Local! Bicycles as Everyday Transportation” during the month of May for bike month.
The exhibit illustrates that biking is a viable alternative to driving, especially for local errands and commuting to work or school. Exhibit highlights include a wide variety of affordable commuting and recreational bikes, classic bikes, materials on biking safely, illustrations of bike-friendly street-design, videos of bike commutes, a wall-size map of bike routes in Los Angeles County, and displays of biking accessories that make riding safer and easier.
“Half of all car trips are less than three miles. Since that’s a distance that just about everyone can bike, we wanted to focus on biking as an easy, everyday activity that has many benefits — for your health, the environment, and congestion reduction,” said Caltrans District 7 Bicycle and Pedestrian
Coordinator Dale Benson. “You don’t have to be an athlete, own a $5,000 bike, or have special clothes to ride a bike. Anyone can do it.”
The District 7 office in Los Angeles says this bike exhibit underscores Caltrans’ commitment to “Complete Streets,” a policy of providing safe
mobility for all users, including bicyclists, as part of the Department’s mission to improve mobility across California. Caltrans points out the ‘bike-friendly’ components of several District 7 projects such as the US 101 widening project in Ventura County and the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project, both of which include bike paths separated from the roadway.
Bike Local! Bicycles as Everyday Transportation is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through June 1, 2013 at District 7 Headquarters, 100 South Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. The District HQ sidewalk features cute bicycle shaped bike racks for your bike parking convenience.