‘Bike lanes to nowhere’: for cyclists, Los Angeles is heaven and hell | The Guardian
Poor infrastructure makes LA one of the most difficult US cities to bike in. Cyclists hope the pandemic will change that
Andrew O’Reilly in Los Angeles
Thu 18 Feb 2021 11.00 GMT
With year-round perfect riding weather and a topography that allows both bike commuters to enjoy pedaling without too much strain and experienced riders to explore the nearby mountains and hills, Los Angeles in many ways is a cyclists’ paradise.
But the city’s cycling reputation is tempered by the fact that it is one of the most vexing, difficult and downright dangerous cities in the United States to ride a bike in.
“The weather here is so perfect that you really don’t need a car to shelter like you do in other parts of the country,” said Phil Gaimon, a former professional cyclist turned author and YouTube star. “But LA is also the shittiest city in the most beautiful part of the world.”