Graffiti at Former Bikes and Hikes Space Has Been Reported and Removed – WEHO TIMES West Hollywood News, Nightlife and Events

The spray paint building at 8500 Santa Monica Boulevard was reported and immediately painted over on Friday. The graffiti was left by former tenants Bikes and Hikes which moved to a new location in West Hollywood. Some community members were up and arms when they say the space boarded up with plywood, the awning was ripped off from it’s storefront and spray paint on the walls announcing their move to their new location at 7740 Santa Monica Boulevard.

WeHo Times readers said the place had been vandalized, and expressed there should be consequences for leaving the space looking like it was condemned.

Former Bikes and Hikes West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES

“That’s how he treats the community that supports his business?” Wrote John Cleese. “I hope he reconsiders his actions and paints it over promptly. If he doesn’t, criminal and civil sanctions are justified.”

“Interesting that they think it is ok to vandalize their former location as they did,” wrote Sam. “They need to be cited for the blight they left.”

“Love that they have a new better location, and I have supported them many times when I needed parts for my bike, but the city should absolutely fine them for the way they left the building,” wrote Diego Tenoch

Then there were those who didn’t think it was a big deal.

“Cited for vandalism, are you kidding me!?” Wrote John M Beeler.

“It’s fine, everyone chill,” wrote Richard Daherty.

“That building is literally being knocked down,” wrote @lizzyinlala. “Who is complaining about letting customers know where to go? 😂”

Whether community members believed it was vandalized or not, several requests were made for graffiti removal at that location. By Friday afternoon, the graffiti was painted over, but the space is still somewhat of an eyesore.

Bikes and Hikes West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES
Bikes and Hikes West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES

The new Bikes and Hikes moved to the West Hollywood mid-city area, next door to the former Studs Theater (formerly known as the Tom Kat Theater, but more famously remembered as The Pussycat Theater). Though the new home is slightly smaller, the upside to their move, according to Jason Bowers, the General Manager, is that they are no longer renters and have actually purchased the property they now reside in.

Bikes and Hikes West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES

According to their website, since 2010, Bikes and Hikes LA has introduced thousands of guests to the vibrant city of Los Angeles through unique, sustainable tourism. Their guided biking and hiking tours offer an intimate, health-conscious way to explore LA up close and personal.

The southwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard has been in talks for a redevelopment project, but that may not likely happen for several years, if at all.

Graffiti placed on public and private property located in the City of West Hollywood is removed at no charge. Graffiti is generally removed within 3 days of notification and graffiti of a graphic or obscene manner is removed immediately. To report graffiti, you can call the City’s Graffiti Hotline at (323) 848-6557 or fill out a Service Request.

For additional information regarding the City’s graffiti removal services, call (323) 848-6879.

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