Studio tries to block proposed bike path

Feb. 28, 2008 at 12:20 AM

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Bicycle advocates in Los Angeles said NBC Universal is trying to block a plan to run a riverfront bike path along the studio's production lot.

The Los Angeles Times said Universal executives told one member of the city's bicycle advisory committee that they worried about security and that people might use the path to drop off unsolicited screenplays.

The bike path, which would run from downtown Los Angeles to Canoga Park, was designed to help turn the beleaguered Los Angeles River into an attraction.

Universal executives said they are not opposed to a bike path on their property, as long as it doesn't run along the river. "We have some very important, high-profile production companies that are located along that road as well, and security is a concern," Tom Smith, senior vice president of West Coast real estate for NBC Universal, told the newspaper.

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