11/10/2010 08:36 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NYT Visits LA On The Cheap

Seven days and six nights without a car turned out to be not only possible but in many ways afforded me a more unfiltered view of Los Angeles than I would have gotten behind the wheel, taking highways rather than local roads and further buffered from my surroundings by a windshield and a loud radio. I could pedal down the Pacific coast, pause at food trucks and pop into parks uninterrupted by the need to find a parking spot -- or worse, a valet. Los Angeles felt within reach.