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The 12th LA River Ride kicks the tires and heads for the water.

LA County Bicycle Coalition

If you've been to a local vintage shop you've likely come across a box of old, frayed postcards. Every shop has one, right?

And you've seen those charming cards from the '60s and '70s that tout our magnificent freeway systems. The 10! The 405! The future!

Who would have known four or five decades ago that our car-besotted city would become something of a center for, well, bikes?

To whit: CicLAvia, that close-down-the-streets ride, has drawn thousands; call it a new tradition 'round these parts. And we've got new lanes from Santa Monica to downtown. And the LA River Ride? It's now less of an insider fave and more of a summer-sweet tradition for all sorts of riders.

The next river-close roll is set to spin on Sunday, June 10. The LA County Bike Coalition will once again helm.

What to expect: Some seven rides of different length, meaning that every rider at every level will find their perfect route. There's a century -- yep, that's a long'n -- and there's a family ride for younger cyclists. Griffith Park is the start point and the end point for all the rides, so that is easy.

Plus, you'll admire our river, which also continues to make headlines as a place of recreation. Do you think in four decades we'll be marveling that people rarely visited the LA River for fun back in the day? We hope like the bike's rise that the river, in a half century, has a new and nicer story to tell. 

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