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Welcome - my name is Kevin Klinkenberg, and this site "The Messy City" is my blog and company website. I started blogging on urban planning and design issues in 2007, and began working in the field in 1993. Please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media sites listed here. Thanks for reading.

Los Angeles gets proactive with biking

Elizabeth Gallardo of LADOT Bike Blog writes about LA's new "Bicycle Friendly Business District" pilot program, which will be starting in Northeast LA. For those who haven't been to LA for years, and think of it as the car capital of the US, it's worth visiting and taking a new look. LA is quickly becoming a far better place for pedestrians and cyclists. From the post:

The program aims to provide districts with adequate bicycle facilities including bicycle parking and repair stations, bikeways, creating maps of the bikeway network, installing signage, and facilitating bicycle wayfinding.  By cultivating bicycle friendly business practices in local businesses and developing local business districts to welcome patrons on bicycles, these districts seek to build community, increase physical activity, and make streets less congested while supporting Los Angeles neighborhood businesses.

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