New Metro Rail Posters Appeal to Bicyclist Etiquette

New Metro posters urge cyclists to stay with their bikes in the designated area and do not block train doors or aisles.

New Metro posters urge cyclists to stay with their bikes in the designated area and do not block train doors or aisles.

L.A.’s bicycle community may remember that last year Metro made good on a promise to remove seats from Metro trains to make more room for cyclists, as well as people with strollers or luggage. Metro added the gold decals on train doors and inside the train to help guide riders to these areas.

There is also a separate area to accommodate wheelchairs. People with or without large items standing in the wheelchair area are expected to move and make room if a person in a wheelchair enters the train.

This year Metro is introducing some cyclist etiquette guidelines that will help keep all transit riders safe on Metro Rail. Messages shown on the poster above or on passenger message boards at station platforms have started to appear systemwide.

With more passengers coming onboard with bicycles, strollers and luggage, it’s more important than ever for riders to peacefully and safely co-exist. Metro’s customer relations department receives complaints of all sorts, but complaints related to bike riders can be more easily resolved if cyclists keep a few common sense precautions in mind:

  • Use the designated area. One of the biggest breaches of bicycle etiquette on trains is likely to be a bicyclist who does not use the designated areas, leaves his/her bike and sits down, or blocks doors and aisleways. Another common practice is to enter through a door not designated for large items. Look for the train door that has the gold bike/stoller/luggage decal. Enter that door and go directly to the designated area. Do not block the area for wheelchair riders.  They have priority in their space. Maintain control of your bike at all times and take care not to brush it against other passengers. Do not use a kickstand. Keep your bike as clean as possible.
  • Bikes are allowed on trains if there is room. If all designated bike spaces are full or the train is too crowded to board safely, especially during rush hours, please wait for the next train. Other options are taking your trip before or after rush hour, parking your bike at the station or using a compact folding bike.
  • Always walk your bike in station areas, transit centers and pedestrian corridors.
  •  Use the elevators rather than the escalators. It has happened – people have lost control of their bicycle on an escalator.

Check out this Metro CicLAvia video to see a demonstration from Miss Traffic on the use of bicycles on Metro Rail.

26 thoughts on “New Metro Rail Posters Appeal to Bicyclist Etiquette

  1. I ride Metro trains frequently. I think the posters are a step in the right direction but there could be more/better signage in and on the outside of the trains themsleves. Being able to take my bike inboard a train is a massive convenience. Frankly I’m surprised that more people don’t use bikes as a part of their commute. I’m sure the number will continue to grow. Id love to see dedicated bike cars on trains; maybe at rush our at least?

  2. I agree. Bikes should be banned from the system. We don’t need bicyclists, they are rude, arrogant, sweaty, smelly, and nothing but a nuisance to others.

    If bicyclists have a problem with this then they should just move closer to where they work or find a job closer to where they live. Nobody said that they had to live so far away so the bike thing to get to work is their problem, not mine.

    People need to take responsibility for their poor actions and decisions that made them think living so far out from where they work was a great idea. Too bad.

  3. I wonder how do other cities cope with bicyclists sharing the trains with others. Maybe we can learn from them how they manage etiquette.

  4. wow. What hateful comments. Many bicyclists are not aware that others are so sensitive and regarding them as a nuisance. I personally think the signs are a great addition to metro and a good step towards a more bicycle-friendly Los Angeles. No apologies to the haters above, but Los Angeles is making moves to becoming a cycle-friendly city. I can’t believe someone would have the gall to suggest that cyclists move closer to where they work in order to inconvenience people less with their presence. Perhaps people who hate seeing/ sharing space with cyclists whether on the road or in a metro car should just stay in their homes where they can control who offends their sensibilities.

  5. Good stuff. We can all coexist. Some people are too judgemental to think so, but they’re the ones that have to live with a sucky person (themselves). Onward.

  6. Right on Jessie. We CAN all get along, and it’s riders who are doing their part to keep pollution out of the air. I have a very nice car, I just choose to get exercise, see the sights, and help make this world a little bit cleaner with each ride as you do, good for you!

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