May 12-16, 2008 is celebrated around the country as Bike to Work Week and on Thursday, May 15, 2008, local cyclists will converge on Hollywood and Western in a demonstration of cycling solidarity.
The Hollywood and Western Pit Stop is hosted by illuminateLA and will offer refreshments, swag and encouragement to cyclists from 6 am to 9:00 am followed by a ride to City Hall.
There will also be entertainment and Hollywood Pro Bike Shop will be offering bicycle tune-ups, all of which will serve to prep the crowd for a ride downtown to “Bang the Drum” at City Hall where we will deliver the Cyclists’ Bill of Rights.
Invited guests include Mayor “But I don’t look good in spandex!” Villaraigosa, Deputy Mayor Jaime “Hummer” de la Vega, City Council President Eric Garcetti, City Council President Pro Tempore Wendy Greuel, Councilmember Tom LaBonge and our good friends from last year, Deputy Mayor Larry “I’ll ride with you in ’08” Frank and Caltrans 7 District Manager Doug “I love cyclists” Failing.
This year, after City Hall we head to the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative at USC for free lunch (gotta register online) and a panel discussion on LA’s bike plan featuring Erik Knutzen of the BWC, Lynne Goldsmith of the Metro and…us, the cycling community!
It all starts at Hollywood & Western in the early hours, goes to City Hall and then to USC. Join us for a day of “Biking Instead of Working!”
Bike to Work Day is intended to encourage the cycling community to keep on riding, to educate motorists about cyclists rights to the road and to urge our leaders to support the cycling community with appropriate enforcement.