Taking a green rental bike through DTLA? A tipsheet for first-timers

A bike tour of downtown Los Angeles — or DTLA — is a breezy way to skirt congestion and see city sights up close. The affordable green Metro bikes can be found in racks every few blocks, and are placed at such hot spots as Union Station and Grand Central Market. Zig-zag your way through the booming Arts District or pedal to the museums up the hill. The weather is usually good, and the midday traffic is relatively light. Beware of buses and car doors and always wear a helmet.

Where do I start? Anywhere, but here's a map to the bike rental locations.

How much does it cost? $3.50 for trips of 30 minutes or less. It's another $3.50 for each 30 minutes after the initial half-hour. If you're making a day of it, buy a $7 day pass for significant savings — but read the fine print since the total can add up to more than seven bucks. Note that you can get from Union Station to Staples Center in 15-20 minutes. Price options here.

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