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Illustration by Doug Scott
Los Angeles Map
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Santa Monica Farmers MarketThe Santa Monica farmers market now features an on-street bike valet for the many riders heading in for fresh, local food.
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Photo by Richard Risemberg
The Casbah CafeThe Casbah Café offers deli items, market goods, coffee and more in their cozy Silver Lake space.
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The Golden Saddle CycleryThe Golden Saddle Cyclery is a full-service bike shop in Silver Lake.
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Cyclist in South PasadenaA cyclist waits for a Gold Line train to pass in South Pasadena, north-east of LA’s downtown and next to Highland Park.
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Marvin Braude bike path, Santa MonicaThe Marvin Braude bike path in Santa Monica winds its way down the beach for many miles along the Pacific Coast.
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Silverlake IntelligensiaIntelligensia coffee has some of the best joe anywhere, with some locations serving food and all offering excellent pastries. Most of the staff ride, and bike parking is always right out front.
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Between Marina del Ray and Playa del RayA surfer portaging a board over the bicycle bridge on the Marvin Braude bike path, between Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey, a mile south of Venice Beach.
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CicLAvia street festivalCruising the automobile-free streets of downtown LA during the city’s popular CicLAvia street festival.
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LA's Miracle MileComing home from a business meeting in LA’s Miracle Mile.
Los Angeles Map
Santa Monica Farmers Market
The Casbah Cafe
The Golden Saddle Cyclery
Cyclist in South Pasadena
Marvin Braude bike path, Santa Monica
Between Marina del Ray and Playa del Ray
CicLAvia street festival
LA's Miracle Mile
Los Angeles Visitors' Guide
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Flying Pigeon Spoke ’n Art, Dim Sum & Brewery rides (Start from 3714 N Figueroa St.) A commuter-oriented shop in Highland Park that hosts monthly rides to local craft breweries, dim sum parlors or art galleries.
Midnight Ridazz (various locations) Informal group rides through the streets of LA after dark – fun and edgy, with a community orientation. These have tempted a lot of Angelenos back onto their bikes!
Wolfpack Hustle (various locations) Fast and furious, these are mostly a combination of road ride and Alley Cat, often involving teams and hard riding.
CicLAvia (various locations)
Rose Bowl Vintage Ride (Brookside Park, Pasadena) The first Sunday of every month, this ride covers 25 miles (40 kilometers) in the San Gabriel Valley, from the Rose Bowl to Arcadia and Sierra Madre and back. One of LA’s most pleasant social rides – and any bike is okay, despite the name.
(4) Santa Monica Art Rides (Irregularly-scheduled and run by the Santa Monica Museum of Art and local advocacy group, Santa Monica Spoke) These easy, scenic rambles highlight the busy art and architecture scene of that seaside city. See SM Spoke’s website for announcements.
Good Girl Dinette (110 North Ave. 56) Vietnamese-American comfort food diner in Highland Park with plenty of bike racks out front and a free soda to the first cyclist to show up each day.
(5) The Original Farmers Market (Third & Fairfax) Dozens of shops, eateries, greengrocers and bars, both old-school and new wave, and plenty of space to hang out in. More bike racks on the north side, but the corral is much nicer.
Pete’s Cafe (400 S Main St.) One of the first eateries to venture into the loft district years ago, before it was popular, it’s still a great choice for lunch or dinner in the heart of downtown. Lock your wheels to one of the racks out front and watch the city’s fixie riders cruise by in a never-ending stream.
(7) Library Alehouse (2911 Main St.) Craft beer, great food, quiet back patio if you want to chat with your sweetie or pals, and it’s right on Santa Monica’s Main Street, the bike-friendliest part of the region. Bike parking, bike lanes and bikes everywhere.
Village Idiot (7383 Melrose Ave.) Big and noisy pub on Melrose with a mini-bike-corral to keep your steed safe while you eat and drink. Craft beers on tap!
(8) Intelligentsia Coffee (1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd. and Venice; 3922 West Sunset Blvd., LA) Some of the best joe anywhere, with some locations serving food and all offering excellent pastries. Most of the staff ride, and bike parking is always right out front.
(9) Eagle Rock Brewery (3056 Roswell St.) Working craft brewery with bar and plenty of bike parking in a gritty part of Northeast Los Angeles – and not far from the LA River bike path.
(10) Cafe de Leche (5000 York Blvd.) A Flying Pigeon bicycle hangs from the ceiling, a brand-new bike lane passes right in front and the owners fought hard to get LA’s first on-street bike corral installed on the corner. Great coffee, too!