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October 11, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Among the virtues of bicycle riding - not burning fossil fuel, not adding to car traffic, enjoying the scenery - is, of course, the health benefit. You get a real workout, especially if you're cycling against the wind or uphill. So when I came across a chart comparing forms of transportation in the Los Angeles city government's 2010 Bicycle Plan, I knew it would confirm that bicycling burned a lot of calories. Sure enough, bicycling 10 miles in an hour burns 484 calories, according to the chart.
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April 4, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO DUBLIN, IRELAND From LAX, United, Delta, US Airways, American, British, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus offer connecting service (change of planes) to Dublin. Restricted round-trip fares from $659 to $1,214, including taxes and fees. From Dublin, there's a direct train to Westport. The three-hour trip costs about $45 each way. WHERE TO STAY Knockranny House Hotel, Castlebar Road, Westport; 011-353-98-28600,  www.knockrannyhousehotel.ie . This elegant hotel, set in a Victorian-like mansion on a hill, is nicely located near bicycle rentals for the start of a greenway ride.
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TRAVEL
December 6, 2009 | From The Los Angeles Times
EGYPT Slide show The temples, tombs and pyramids of ancient Egypt will be the topic of a wide-ranging presentation by Vince Trotter of Smithsonian Journeys Travel Adventures. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 56 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. BICYCLING Workshop Learn how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire and make other minor adjustments along the way in the "Basic Bike Maintenance" class.
TRAVEL
April 4, 2014 | By David Farley
ACHILL ISLAND, Ireland  - Instead of asking if I wanted to see the dessert menu, the waiter took a surreptitious look around the restaurant and asked, sotto voce, "Do you want to go to the coziest pub in all of Ireland?" Before I could answer, he offered that Lynott's Pub, housed in an ancient stone building, had only four tables and that there would likely be a "trad session" - live traditional music - happening. It was my first night on Achill Island, Ireland's largest island, and I didn't have much of a plan.
TRAVEL
September 5, 2010
KAYAKING Workshop Conor Flannery will present "Cause to Paddle: A Solo Kayak Expedition," about his 2,500-mile journey to Anchorage, with advice on gear, navigation and more. When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Manhattan Beach, 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Suite E; 7 p.m. Wednesday in Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St.; and 7 p.m. Thursday in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd. Admission, info: Free. Register at http://www.rei.com/stores/14 for Manhattan Beach; http://www.
NEWS
August 12, 1990
I cannot believe the stupidity of ABC! During the final round of the British Open golf tournament, the announcers named the winner of the Tour de France bicycle race. Even though I knew the afternoon telecast would not be live, it would have seemed that way if I didn't know the outcome. The announcement was even more unbelievable when one considers that ABC was going to be the network telecasting the Tour de France later that day. Nice going, ABC! Alice Hill, Huntington Beach
NEWS
January 26, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
A cycling tour through Provence doesn't have to be all about the bike. France-based Cyclomundo offers a self-guided bicycling trip through the southern French countryside that's good for families with children or folks who want to travel at their own pace. The eight-day Provence With Youngsters itinerary starts in Avignon and winds down quiet roads to Graveson, Fontvieille, Les Baux de Provence and other stops before arriving in Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Roman ruins.
OPINION
July 20, 2011
Road rules for all Re " 'Share the road' a 2-way street," Column, July 15 I have been biking in the San Gabriel Valley for the last 40 or so years, and I have pretty much seen it all. Roughly 5% of car drivers need decaf, but 95% respect cyclists. I wish I could use those ratios for cyclists. I have seen too many peloton groups reluctant to stop for a red light; too many cyclists riding on the wrong side of the street; and far too many without a helmet. Still, my experience with cycling moves me to cut some recreational bikers a little — if undeserved — slack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1999
Regarding Richard Anderson's warning of rising gas prices (Commentary, April 8), I am certainly not whining. As a 20-year-old without a driver's permit, let alone license, I have two thoughts on the issue. On the one hand, I feel saddened for all my friends who have created lifestyles based on massive driving. On the other hand, I am tempted to feel smug that I can get most anywhere I need for daily life by bicycle and plan to continue this at least until my 25th birthday. I've bicycled to work in a suit and tie; I've ridden safely in pouring rain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2000 | JIN WHANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In an effort to make the streets safer for bicyclists, the state is now permitting communities to install special traffic signals that regulate bike traffic. The city of Davis in Northern California is the first to try out the special signals. The city, which experiences bike gridlock around the UC Davis campus, is using six bicycle-only lights as part of pilot program. The lights look much like normal traffic signals, except they are smaller.
NEWS
March 12, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Massachusetts travel outfitter Great Freedom Adventures has created a new summer tour that combines two pastimes: cycling and beer tasting, though not necessarily at the same time. The Maritime Bike and Beer Adventure Tour spends six days exploring Boston's North Shore and Cape Ann. The coastal journey begins and ends in Ipswich, about 30 miles from Boston. By day, cyclists tour sea captains' mansions, museums, galleries, marshlands and beaches in the fishing towns of Gloucester, Salem, Rockport , Newburyport and Essex.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
If it had an ounce of buoyancy, "Girl on a Bicycle" might qualify as a diverting piffle. But Jeremy Leven's attempt at old-school romantic comedy, set in a postcard-pretty tourist's vision of Paris, is more of a foolish plod than a weightless rollick. The Euro-pudding of a premise concerns Italian tour bus driver Paolo, his German flight attendant fiancée and the title character, a French model who catches his eye as she crisscrosses the city fetchingly on two wheels. The alleged hilarity grinds into gear when Paolo accidentally hits the bicyclist with his bus, then pretends to be her husband to visit her in the hospital.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The only real response to a thuddingly unfunny vigilante satire like "May I Kill U" is, "Well, I hope that filmmaker got something out of his system. " Writer-director Stuart Urban's movie introduces us to bicycle cop Baz (Kevin Bishop), who doesn't have the best response to getting hit on the head by looters during 2011 riots in London: He quickly decides to start murdering transgressors, filming his deeds with his helmet-cam, then uploading the footage so he can become a death-wish social media darling.
HEALTH
January 17, 2014 | Roy Wallack, Gear
You'd think, after 125 years, that the simple bicycle wouldn't have many radical new ideas left. Well, the glacial pace of change on two wheels is a thing of the past. The 2014 models showcase at least four huge and practical changes: mountain-bike-style braking that has broken into road bikes, new and improved mountain-bike wheel sizes, built-in lighting for commuter bikes, and even extra water and tool-storage capacity for mountain bikes. It's just too bad you can't get them all on one bike.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Los Angeles police began investigating their first homicide of the year Sunday after a 46-year-old man was shot to death while riding his bicycle in South L.A., authorities said. Don Jackson was approaching the 10000 block of South Main Street about 12:20 a.m. when an unknown suspect approached on foot and opened fire, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Jackson was struck multiple times, police said. Paramedics transported him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
OPINION
December 17, 2013 | Patt Morrison
If you're expecting a new bicycle alongside the Christmas tree, or just rolling out your old one, Michelle Mowery is on your side of the street. The city of four wheels is turning a corner on two wheels. Nearly 350 miles of new bike lanes, out of a planned 1,684, have opened to bicyclists. Mowery has spent two decades in the city's Department of Transportation as senior bicycle coordinator, and she's finally finding critical mass and critical money for L.A.'s bike plan. She knows there's an information gap about the laws, and a culture clash, but a bike-culture shift, she believes, will be the saving of L.A., from the obesity epidemic to the daily commute - including hers, from Long Beach to downtown.
BUSINESS
May 6, 1999 | ROBIN FIELDS, Robin Fields covers consumer issues for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7810 and at robin.fields@latimes.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently released two surveys--one documenting hazards in child-care settings, the other tracking bike-helmet usage. The good news: 50% of bicyclists surveyed last year said they wore helmets, up from just 18% in 1991. The biggest improvement occurred among children under age 16. Almost 70% now say they wear helmets regularly. Bike crashes kill about 900 people a year and send about 567,000 people to hospital emergency rooms, the CPSC said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1994 | STEVE RYFLE
Navigating the busy streets of Glendale on a bicycle isn't always easy. But a local transportation group is working to make cyclists feel just as welcome on the road as motorists. The Arroyo-Verdugo Transportation Coalition, a panel of city officials and business people from Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge and South Pasadena, is working on a plan to create dozens of new bike paths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County coroner officials have identified a 14-year-old girl who was killed in a gang-related shooting as she rode her bicycle. Alisia Gomez, 14, of Compton, was discovered lying on the ground  Saturday  by deputies at the corner of Elm and Alameda streets, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  Deputies had responded to reports of gunshots when they found her, the department said. Paramedics took Gomez to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
I've logged a lot of time on motorcycles, and a lot of time on mountain bikes. So I approached my first "electric bicycle" with the same skepticism that I employed in the minutes before I sat on my first electric motorcycle. That lasted 30 seconds into my first ride, by which time I was a convert. The instrument of my bicycle conversion was an electric Shima, from the German manufacturer A2B. It was followed up by a similar revelation astride A2B's Alva+. The Shima and Alva+ did for me what performance enhancing drugs did for Lance Armstrong.
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