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Alex Baum dies at 92; activist elevated bicycling culture in car-centric L.A.
Alex Baum dies at 92; activist elevated bicycling culture in car-centric L.A.

Alex Baum, a Los Angeles bicycling advocate who over decades successfully pushed for bike paths, bike lanes and a greater consciousness of bikes as legitimate transportation in a sprawling city built around cars, has died. He was 92. Baum's death Sunday in a Los Angeles hospital was caused by a bowel obstruction, his daughter Danielle Gardner said. Aligned with the French resistance, Baum was imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps and immigrated to the U.S. after the war. By trade he was a caterer, but he was more well-known for his involvement in sports organizations, including the committee that organized the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. For more than 30 years, Baum was head of...

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