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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 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!
Cafecito Organico (710 N Heliotrope Drive and 534 N Hoover St.) Two locations with plenty of bike parking. Lots of cyclists on staff.
The following Santa Monica hotels generally keep bikes available for use by guests, and should be accustomed to hosting cyclists:
(1) Oceana (849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica) A retreat from the busy streets of LA, this boutique hotel feels more like home than hotel.
(2) Shutters on the Beach (One Pico Blvd., Santa Monica) Where they pride themselves on helping you relax.
(3) Kyoto Grand Hotel (120 South Los Angeles St.) Located in the heart of downtown, across the street from the stunning CalTrans building and just blocks from the Civic Center, Chinatown and Little Tokyo.
(6) Perry’s Cafe (Santa Monica and Venice) Eight locations along the famed beach bike path, they offer food as well as bike and skate rentals.
(11) Santa Monica Bike Center (1555 2nd St., Unit A, Santa Monica) Bike hub for commuters that also offers rentals and repairs in the city’s downtown, right next to the Third Street Promenade and a major mall, and a block from the beachfront bike path. Offers “road, comfort, cruiser, tag-a-longs, kids’ wagons, kids’ bikes, baby seats and even a Tail Wagon for those people traveling with pets.”
(12) Orange 20 Bikes (4351 Melrose Ave.) Large, friendly shop in the Hel-Mel “Bicycle District,” offering everything from fixies to commuters to cargo bikes. Across the street from the famed Bicycle Kitchen.
(13) Golden Saddle Cyclery (1618 Lucile Ave.) New commuter- and city bike-oriented shop in Silver Lake, LA’s hippest district. Minutes (by bike) from both Downtown and East Hollywood.
Bike Attack (2400 Main St., Santa Monica) Friendly little neighborhood bike shop on Santa Monica’s Main Street.
(14) Flying Pigeon LA (3714 N Figueroa St.) Yes, they sell actual Flying Pigeon bikes, as well as Pashleys, a variety of Dutch bikes, fast commuters, cargo bikes and the appropriate gear, plus repairs. Next door to the Bike Oven. Also offers rentals of single-speeds for local riding.
LA Brakeless (12220 Venice Blvd.) Fixie-oriented, but they sell and fix anything, and they’re as deeply involved in community affairs as the other shops mentioned here. In Mar Vista, on the Venice boulevard bike lanes, across the street from Bikerowave, a community-run bike repair shop.
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) – Non-profit umbrella group coordinating bike advocacy throughout the region, with an informative website.
Bikeside – Westside-based advocacy group, generally more radical than the LACBC.
CICLE – Eastside/ downtown group focused on rider education, it also hosts the area’s Tweed Rides.
Santa Monica Spoke – Works with the city to design and promote bike infrastructure and programs.