Bike commuting in the United States has increased by 36 percent since 2005 according to the U.S. Census Bureau and is still growing exponentially. U.S. cities large and small are in the middle of a bike boom and two-wheel travel is more popular than it has ever been.
Sightseeing on a bike.
Our very own City of Angels begs to be biked in. The coveted SoCal weather makes it easy to steer out-of-towners to Kimpton’s The Hotel Wilshire and The Hotel Palomar Los Angeles-Westwood. These two hotels are embracing a car-free lifestyle in a city renowned for its car-obsessed culture by offering Car-Free Carefree packages for guests.
Visitors who may be driving in for a family celebration, or flying in for the holidays this year, may want to consider taking advantage of these special packages ($299 per night/Hotel Wilshire and $259 per night/Hotel Palomar), which include:
- Free use of the hotels’ custom-made Public bikes with its custom cherry-red frame, orange and blue accents, brass bell and a rear basket.
- Complimentary car valet parking.
- Welcome gift including a pedometer, bottled water, healthy snack and sunscreen
- Car-free map and suggested itinerary of the neighborhood from LA Tourism’s Car Free LA including Museum Row and WeHo Car Free
- Jogging map of Westwood and West Hollywood
“The concept of a no car lifestyle is gaining momentum in Los Angeles as more businesses, locals and visitors realize what a great way it is to explore the city and discover neighborhood gems,” says Albert Smith, Director of Operations for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in Southern California.
If guests are planning a daytime excursion on wheels, they can order picnic basket lunches-to-go from The Hotel Wilshire’s The Roof on Wilshire new picnic menu (price is additional to hotel packages) prepared by Chef Eric Greenspan, or from BLVD 16, the house restaurant at Palomar. The front desk just needs 2 hours in advance with the pick-up time. The refreshing farm fresh menus include favorites such as:
- kale and pumpkin salad
- poached turkey breast sandwich with cheddar, broccoli, crispy shallots on country white bread
- roasted vegetable sandwich on local salt and pepper brioche bun
- quinoa salad with fresh herbs
- chocolate-covered strawberries and more
The Hotel Wilshire is located the finish line of CicLAvia’s Wilshire corridor event. CicLAvia is the temporary opening of designated Los Angeles streets to all Angelenos on foot or on wheels, and the temporary closing of these same streets to car traffic. The event is free to the public and will be held in June 2014.