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Friday is Bike to Work Day. Will You Make the Ride?

National Bike to Work Day is one part of a month-wide celebration of cycling.

For most of us, slogging through traffic is just part of the work-week routine. But if you live close enough to consider biking, Friday is your day.

May 18 is National Bike to Work Day, a push that encourages biking as a way to save time, money and the environment. The day is part of a month-wide celebration, Bike to Work Month.

According to the League of American Bicyclists, California is the 20th most bicycle-friendly state in the U.S. Washington State is No. 1.

The U.S. Census says only 1 percent of L.A. commuters are bicyclists. In the Torrance area, that number is .3 percent, while Long Beach comes in a 1.1 percent.

Biking to work in this area isn't the easiest feat, but it's possible in some parts. The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (which celebrated Bike to Work Day on Thursday) offers these tips for planning your route and what to wear for the ride.

Also be sure to check out the South Bay Bicycle Coalition. Founded in 2009, the group is a network of area cyclists who are working to improve the area's transportation structure. Seven South Bay communities  last year. The plan calls for a total of 36.7 miles of bikeways in Redondo Beach. Currently, Redondo, Manhattan and Hermosa beaches have 14.1, 3.2 and 5.1 miles of existing bikeways, respectively. 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in February. It calls for about $330 million to be spent over 20 years to build new bikeways and support facilities and to pay for educational programs that encourage cycling.

Do you bike to work? Share your experience in the comments section below.

Jeff Ginsburg May 18, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I rode my bike to work and locked it up at the Riviera Village's FIRST Bike Corral located at Catalina Ave & Avenue I...even found the bike corral available as a check-in on Foursquare! I agree biking is a great alternative to driving a car when you can get away without needing a car for the day :)
Jim Light May 18, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Unfortunately, I am forced to drive to work. But I will be riding my bike to the No Power Plant rally today at 5:30PM at Herondo/190th and PCH!
Jane May 19, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Call it national f**k up real traffic day. Riding 4 abreast. Blowing stop signs. Hitting pedestians. Ignoring every traffic law.
Jane May 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Like you didn't create enough PM10s screwing up traffic? More PM10s are created by autos than the power plant.

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