Bikes in the Heart of the City

L.A. as Subject's latest contribution to KCET's SoCal Focus blog looks at the long history of bicycles in Southern California, which includes an era when bicycle paths rather than freeways connected the Southland's communities:

Earlier this month, advocates of alternative transportation cheered as the City of Los Angeles approved a long-awaited bicycle master plan. With more than 1,600 miles of proposed bikeways, the plan envisions a future in which the bicycle is an integral part of urban transportation.

It also represents an embrace of the city's past and an era when bicycle paths rather than freeways or rail lines connected the Southland's communities. That era, as well as the succeeding years when cycling has competed with other modes of transportation, comes alive through archived images from Southern California's libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions.

Keep reading the full post on the KCET website.