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Ride the Rails: History, Architecture, and Hollywood Lore in Downtown L.A.

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    Ride the Rails: History, Architecture, and Hollywood Lore in Downtown L.A. For Immediate Release: 2 June 2008 Press Contact: Liz Elliott or Shay Sanchez (323)
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      Ride the Rails: History, Architecture, and Hollywood Lore in
      Downtown L.A.
      For Immediate Release: 2 June 2008

      Press Contact:
      Liz Elliott or Shay Sanchez
      (323) 478-0060

      All Aboard! A fantastic bicycle journey of the most landmark rail
      and trolley lines throughout Downtown Los Angeles is traveling your
      way on Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 9:45am. Bicyclists of all ages
      and skill levels are invited to join this leisurely paced ride as we
      tour legendary locations in both Hollywood films and history books.
      The League Certified cycling instructors of C.I.C.L.E. are
      partnering with M.T.A., Angels Flight Railway Foundation, Angeleno
      Heights Trolley Line, and California State Parks to bring riders an
      intriguing, one-of-a-kind `Urban Expeditions' enjoyable to the
      historian, bicyclist and film critic alike.

      Known as the `Last of the Great Railway Stations' and the backdrop
      to hundreds of films, the architecturally ornate Los Angeles Union
      Station will be the first stop on this bicycle trip. Next stop-
      Angels Flight. Hailed as the `Shortest Railway in the World',
      Angels Flight, built in 1901, has triumphed through redevelopment
      and tragedy for over a century. Riders will also celebrate its re-
      opening this year with the original cars, Sinai and Olivet, after a
      12 year hiatus. Traveling right along, we head to Angelino Heights
      for a look at the Victorian Queen Anne architecture and oldest
      trolley line in Los Angeles. Second to only Bunker Hill, Angelino
      Heights as the oldest district in Los Angeles, Angelino Heights was
      connected to downtown L.A. along Temple St. by a small cable car
      line and later an electric streetcar. Last stop is the Los Angeles
      State Historic Park, home to many things including the Southern
      Pacific Railroad's River Station in 1875 which packed a waterwheel,
      Pacific Hotel, freight yard, passenger station and much more on the
      once river-front property.

      This ride is a recreational social event open to all skill levels.
      The ride will begin at Union Station located at 800 N. Alameda St.
      and wind through the streets of Downtown Los Angeles. The pace of
      the ride is relaxed, and please take note that this ride does
      contain moderate hills. The ride is lead by experienced cyclists.
      The ride will end at Union Station. Riders are reminded to bring
      water and have their bikes inspected for safety.
      `Ride the Rails' is a part of Urban Expeditions program, a monthly
      ride series of community-focused bicycle rides aimed at getting
      people out of their cars and onto their bikes for a cleaner, greener
      city. The Urban Expeditions series is made possible in part by REI.

      Where: Meet at the fish tank inside Union Station, 800 N. Alameda
      St.
      Who: C.I.C.L.E., M.T.A., Angels Flight Foundation, Angeleno Heights
      Trolley Line, Inc., California State Parks, and You!
      When: Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 9:15am. Ride tour starts promptly
      at 9:45am.
      How: Free!
      What to Bring: A bicycle in good running order (please have your
      bike inspected and tuned at least once a year at your local bike
      shop). All participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted
      by a parent or guardian. Children under age 9 should be on a tag-a-
      long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device.
      More Info: Contact www.CICLE.org or call 323.478.0060
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