By now readers have hopefully digested the hint: Avoid driving this weekend, particularly near the 405 freeway and instead enjoy some down time in your own neighborhood. There really is no better way to do the latter than on a bicycle. It’s faster than walking, provides some exercise and there’s usually ample parking.
So, for those looking to dust off the old 10-speed or just rent a bike for the weekend, here are some resources to help get you on your way.
If you’re searching for a bike to rent, a good place to start is Yelp.com, which has local listings and reviews for over 30 bike rental options in the L.A. area. Just plug in your neighborhood and give a ring to the one that suits you best.
Many shops that sell bikes will also rent them for a daily fee, so it’s a good bet to call up your local shop and inquire about their policies and rental rates. Ironically, perhaps the most ubiquitous bike rental operations in L.A. are the beachfront shops that rent out beach cruisers by the hour; however, those shops will probably be hard to get to this weekend, unless you live close to the beach.
A lot more bike info after the jump…
Here’s a list of some of my favorite places to get a fresh dab of chain oil and a some new tubes. More listing can be found by searching Yelp for bike tune-ups.
Bicycle Ambulance (Santa Monica)
2212 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Bikerowave (Mar Vista)
12255 Venice Blvd
Mar Vista, CA 90066
Bicycle Kitchen / La Bicicocina (HelMel)
706 Heliotrope Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Valley Bikery (Van Nuys)
14416 Victory Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Flying Pigeon L.A. (Northeast Los Angeles)
3714 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Rider Information and Resources:
Bike Metro — Your go-to guide for all of Metro’s bike-related amenities and policies. Here’s a selection of additional helpful tools:
- L.A. County Bikeways Map
- Bike Pocket Guides (English)
- Bike Pocket Guides (Spanish)
- Bicycle locker instructions and locations
City of L.A. Department of Transportation Bicycling Services — More helpful tools for biking in the City of L.A.:
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Resources Page — Even more links to maps, parking information, safe riding tips and relevant state and local laws.
Safe travels to everyone — remember to wear a bean protector (i.e. helmet) — and enjoy the oportunty to rediscover your neighborhoods on two wheels. Anyone who wants to suggest good rides — particularly in the San Fernando Valley — please feel free to do so on the comments page.