A few pics and tweets from CicLAvia, the heart of L.A.

Thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday’s “Heart of L.A.” CicLAvia presented by Metro and we hope you had a great time.

Next up: the South L.A. CicLAvia on Dec. 7, which should be easy-to-reach via the Blue Line and Expo Line.

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First Metro Open Street Event: CicLAvia: Heart of LA this Sunday

This Sunday’s CicLAvia: Heart of LA presented by Metro will be the first in a series of 12 events that Metro is funding through the Metro Open Streets Grant Program. The Metro Board of Directors approved the Open Streets Program in September 2014, and is providing $4 million for “Open Streets” events in the next two years.

Open streets are events which temporarily close the streets to automobiles and open them up to people to re-imagine and experience their streets while walking, biking, rollerblading or pushing a stroller in a car-free environment. The goals of the program are to encourage sustainable modes of transportation (biking, walking and transit), provide an opportunity to take transit for the first time and foster civic engagement.

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New 2.75-mile section of San Fernando Road Bike Path opens

City and county officials this morning unveiled a brand new 2.75-mile section of San Fernando Road Bike Path between Wolfskill Street and Branford streets in Pacoima.

The new bike path segment includes safety fencing, lighting, landscaping and other amenities for local cyclists seeking to ride parallel to the Metro-owned railroad right-of-way now used by Metrolink’s Antelope Valley Line and Union Pacific freight trains.

The new section is an addition to the existing bike path on San Fernando Road between Roxford Street and Wolfskill Street. The existing path is located both in the city of San Fernando and the city of Los Angeles.

Approximately 80 percent of the project cost was funded through Metro’s Call for Projects, a competitive grant process for different types of transportation projects in Los Angeles County. The Call for Projects also helped fund the original segment of the bike path and will also allow the city of L.A. and Burbank to continue building the bike path along San Fernando Road south to connect to the downtown Burbank Metrolink station.

Other project elements included the construction of a bridge over Pacoima Wash and major traffic and railroad signal modifications at Osborne Street, Pierce Street, Paxton Street and Van Nuys Boulevard completed by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. The path also has bicyclist-activated pedestrian push buttons, paved bus stop waiting areas and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) required handicap ramps.

What to expect from Metro Bus and Rail during CicLAvia this Sunday

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CicLAvia, presented by Metro, returns this Sunday with more streets to explore sans vehicular traffic. Heart of LA will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature brand new hubs in Echo Park, the Broadway Theatre district, Boyle Heights and East L.A.!

Though some of the route is new this time around, it’s as easy as ever to Go Metro to CicLAvia. The event is accessible via–count em’–11 Metro Rail stations, and bikes/skateboards/rollerblades/etc. are welcome, provided some rules are observed (more on that to follow).

What can customers expect of bus and rail service during CicLAvia? Metro Rail will follow the regular Sunday schedule on October 5, but with longer, rush hour-length trains during the event and through the evening to accommodate extra bikes, boards, and people.

On the bus side, street closures will impact Metro Bus routes beginning at 6 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. the day of the event. Though the Heart of LA course has numerous crossing points for vehicular traffic, Metro customers should expect bus detours and delays, including temporary bus stop relocations along the route. Impacted Metro Bus lines include: 2, 4, 10, 16, 18, 20, 28, 30, 40, 45, 51, 53, 55, 60, 62, 66, 68, 70, 71, 76, 78, 83, 92, 96, 460, 487, 720, 733, 745 and Metro Silver Line.

For more information about detours on specific lines, visit Metro’s CicLAvia Service Advisory page and scroll to the bottom.

By the way, if you have your valid TAP card, receive 15% off official CicLAvia shirts at the East LA Civic Center hub!

Also, please remember that bike etiquette in the station and on the train is even more important during a crowded event like CicLAvia. Cyclists planning to go Metro to the route, please review and observe the following rules:

  • When boarding, use entire platform length for more seating and bike space availability. Large groups should separate and enter through different doors to reduce crowding and delays.
  • Board with bikes using doors marked with yellow decals.
  • Always walk your bike within Metro stations or on trains.
  • For everyone’s safety, do not bring bikes on escalators; use the stairs or elevators instead.
  • Elevator priority will be given to passengers with disabilities.
  • Do not use emergency exit gates at turnstiles except during emergencies or unless directed by law enforcement or Metro personnel.
  • Observe all Bikes on Metro guidelines.

Like Metro, CicLAvia offers an alternative way to connect with our wonderful city and each other. To all who attend, have a fun and safe time–if you snap any good bikes-on-transit photos this Sunday, tweet us @metrolosangeles or tag us on Instagram @metrolosangeles! And for those who arrive via our buses and trains: thanks for going Metro.

How to save 15 percent on your CicLAvia T-shirt on Oct. 5

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CicLAvia – Heart of LA, presented by Metro, is set to take place on Sunday, October 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 10-mile route is the first to leave the City of Los Angeles as it ventures into East Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles. Heart of LA will cross through downtown L.A. and will extend into entirely new areas including Echo Park, the Historic Broadway Theater District and through Boyle Heights all the way to East L.A.

Show your CicLAvia pride by getting an official T-shirt at the East LA Civic Center Hub! If you have your TAP card, you’ll save 15 percent on shirts while supplies last. (Offer is only valid at the East LA Civic Center Hub.) And while you’re out exploring Los Angeles sans car, make sure to support local businesses. Show your TAP card and save at numerous locations along the Heart of LA route.

There are five other hubs along the Heart of LA route that are accessible via Metro; see above map for all hub locations and their adjacent Metro stations. Bicyclists who want to get to CicLAvia by Metro should review Metro’s bike rules.

“Bike to the Bowl” for the Pixies, Cat Power, and Gogol Bordello Sunday, Sept. 28

This Sunday, September 28, Metro, the Hollywood Bowl, and LA County Bicycle Coalition have teamed up to make it easy to “Bike to the Bowl” to see The Pixies, Cat Power, and Gogol Bordello!

Tickets are still available for the show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. with Cat Power. LACBC will be on hand at the Bowl’s Museum Patio to offer free, secure valet bike parking to those arriving on two wheels. The valet will be open from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

There are a few different ways to “Bike to the Bowl.” If you don’t want to make the entire trip by bike, connect to the Hollywood Bowl Shuttle (the ride is free with valid TAP card), or hop aboard the Metro Red Line, exit at Hollywood/Highland Station, and ride the rest of the way.

As a reward for your efforts, show your TAP card or bike valet ticket at the Museum Patio and receive a free scoop of ice cream, compliments of Peddler’s Creamery! Can you say sweet deal?

To find out more about LA County bike paths, lanes, routes, and racks, check out the Metro Bike Map.

Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – Javier Partida, a mentor for the youth in the Watts community

We are collecting nominations for the Year-Round Golden Pedal Awards, Metro’s competition for great stories about bicycling. We’re featuring these stories in a monthly ‘Why You Ride’ series because for many Angelenos, Bike Week never ends!

  • Name: Javier Partida (JP)
  • Origin and destination: From Century/Wilmington to 103/Success
  • Distance: Short (Less than 1 mile)
  • Type of commute: Clever commute
  • The commuter: Converted commuter (for new riders)

Thank you, John Jones III of East Side Riders BC, for nominating JP for the Golden Pedal Awards! Your participation is important!

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JP and a community member testing one of the low rider bikes.

JP is known as the fearless leader of Los Ryderz BC in Watts. Along with the East Side Riders, they make up the United Riders of South LA, a group formed to unite the new bicycle riders and clubs in the South LA region. JP works closely with at-risk youths in Watts and spends most of his time outside work mentoring them. Continue reading