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Beverly Hills Shuns Bike Paths in Resisting Transit Plan

Blocks from the boutiques of Rodeo Drive, Mark Elliot navigated his bicycle over the cracked asphalt of Santa Monica Boulevard, dodging nails, discarded tools and a few sewer grates. Ferraris and Maseratis whizzed by, nearly pinning the 49-year-old against a fence.

Beverly Hills, the California enclave that epitomizes the 90210 lifestyle of palm trees, al fresco dining and mansions hidden behind shrubs, can be hostile terrain for two-wheeled commuters. The city of 35,000 has resisted adding bike lanes to a park-lined stretch of its main east-west thoroughfare. It’s also suing to reroute a planned subway line. And its stretch of Wilshire Boulevard may end up being the longest on the most-traveled street in Los Angeles without rush-hour bus-only lanes.