Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – Daniella Alcedo, an inspiring bike advocate behind bike rides, a radio show, and more!

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: Daniella Alcedo
  • Distance: Short commutes (Less than one mile), medium commutes (one to five miles), and long commutes (five miles or more)
  • Type of commute: Scenic 
  • The Commuter: Comrade commuter – for friends and family who bike together. Chic commuter – for those who ride with flair
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Daniella Alcedo co-hosts the #WomenTalkBikes’ radio show. Photo: Maria Sipin.

Maria Sipin, a Golden Pedal Award winner in 2013 and supporter of Bike Week LA, nominated Daniella for the award. Thanks Maria!

Daniella’s ties to bicycling go beyond mere commuting. Her dedication to the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition and getting people involved through bike rides is inspiring. She leads the Ride Around Pomona Ride each month along with other social rides and invites all bicyclists to join. As Maria says, “Daniella is one of the reasons I became more involved in advocacy work. She changed my mind about it in general by challenging the misconceptions I had about activism and bicycling.”

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Daniella and friends at a Metro Rail platform on one of their bike rides in LA County.

Although Daniella may not commute by bike daily, she serves those who do and gets others excited about volunteering for bike events. As the founder of the radio show #WomenTalkBikes, she elevates the voices of women bicyclists, including those with commuter stories to share.

With help from our generous Bike Week LA sponsors, Daniella will receive a Bike Week LA bag with a Nathan safety vest, patch kits, ankle straps, bike maps, Metro Bike Guides, and “Every Lane is a Bike Lane” bumper stickers.

Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – Sweeyoke Ooi, known for her cycling adventures, advocacy and positive energy

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: Sweeyoke Ooi
  • Commuting Mode: Hybrid (Bike / Public Transit)
Swee, at Metro Bike Night's photo both having such a blast.

Sweeyoke at Metro Bike Night 2014’s photo both having a blast.

Sweeyoke Ooi loves bicycles! She also loves public transportation. Combining the two, this resident of Torrance is able to get just about anywhere in Los Angeles County.

Swee has also been an avid supporter or Metro’s Bike Week LA. You may have seen her taking photos at press conferences, riding like the wind at the Wednesday morning guided ride, visiting pit stops on Thursday’s Bike to Work Day, and dancing up a storm at Friday’s Metro Bike Night at Union Station.

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Metro Releases 2014 Bike Map!

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Click above for a pdf version to view larger.

Metro released its 2014 Bike Map just in time for Bike Week LA!

This map is small enough to fit in a backpack or pannier, yet it folds out to show Los Angeles County’s bike paths, lanes, routes, cycle tracks, path access points, Metro Rail lines, busways and Metrolink stations, including those with bicycle parking.

Metro collected and mapped information from 88 cities and LA County in order to produce the map. The updated map shows 305 miles of Class 1 bike paths, 835 miles of Class 2 bike lanes, 522 miles of Class 3 bike routes and a brand new cycle track in Temple City. This represents an increase of 17 percent or 240 total bikeway miles in just two years.

The map differentiates between LA County’s Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, and cycle track bikeways by color coding facilities. Class 1 bike paths (green) are separated from streets. Class 2 bike lanes (orange) are striped for one-way travel on streets or highways. Class 3 bike routes (pink) are shared use facilities with motor vehicles and include signage indicating a bike travel route. Cycle Tracks (purple) are on-road or raised facilities physically separated from motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Metro’s comprehensive bike maps help people make trips by bicycle by facilitating the discovery of new bikeways and connections to Metro transit. They also aid city planners, engineers and community members to collaborate and close gaps in the network by building bikeways that connect to those of neighboring jurisdictions. Find the new 2014 map online, at bicycle events throughout the year or submit an online request for a printed map.

Metro Bike Night at Union Station: it’s a wrap!

From the Snap Yourself Bike Night photo booth, check out more photos from the event here!

Metro hosted its first-ever Bike Night at Union Station last Friday and more than 750 people came to check it out. Thanks to all who attended–we hope you had a great time! And if you weren’t able to come, here’s a sample of what you missed:

 

Sprinkling of pics from Bike to Work Day, here and around the U.S.

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Reminder: first ever Metro Bike Night at Union Station tomorrow evening

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The Rhythm Roots Allstars will be performing at Metro Bike Night.

Wrap up a scorching hot Bike Week at the first ever Metro Bike Night at Union Station! The free event will take place tomorrow from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fred Harvey Room and courtyard outside.

Bike Night will feature a free bicycle valet, food trucks, outdoor booths, trivia, bike portraits, a fashion show and more. Live music will be provided by the Rhythm Roots Allstars of funk, latin, calypsoul, electro-brazillian, dancehall, afrobeat and dub. The band will be performing two 45-minute sets at 6 and 7 p.m.

There will also be a raffle for a chance to win a Tern folding bike, a one-year supply of Clif Bar products, Abus U-locks, 30-day Metro passes, Bike Week LA special edition t-shirts and more! 

Stay updated on future Metro events at Union Station by checking the calendar listing.

Photos from this morning’s guided bike ride between Union Station and Boyle Heights

Thanks to everyone who came out this morning for the Guided Ride from Union Station to Boyle Heights that was part of Bike Week LA! It was a nice turnout on a very warm day and everyone seemed to have a good time.

More on Bike Week LA events here. And a reminder: Thursday is Bike to Work Day. More info:

Give bicycling to work a try. With almost 100 “pit stops” offering refreshments across Los Angeles County, there is no excuse not to ride your bike to work. Click here to find the one nearest you. Don’t forget to pledge to be entered to win great prizes, including a new bike from REI.

Free rides on Bike to Work Day will be offered on Glendale Beeline, Long Beach Transit, Metrolink (must bring a bike to ride for free), Montebello Bus Lines, Norwalk Transit System, Torrance Transit, DASH & Commute Express, Beach Cities Transit, City of El Monte Transit, and Pasadena ARTS. Free rides for Bike to Work participants will also be offered on Metro Bus and Metro Rail.

And Friday night is Metro Bike Night at Union Station:

You are invited to Metro Bike Night at Union Station! Hosted by Metro and partners in the bicycle community, this is an evening wrap-up event for Bike Week 2014.

Metro Bike Night will take place in the Fred Harvey Room and outside courtyard area on Friday, May 16 from 5:30-8:30pm. This free event will feature special guests, live music, food trucks, outdoor booths, free bike valet, bike short films, trivia, bike portraits and a fashion show. There will also be a raffle for a chance to win a Tern folding bike, a one year supply of Clif Bar products, Abus U-locks, 30-Day Metro passes, Bike Week LA special edition t-shirts and more!

Come out to win prizes and wrap up BIKE WEEK LA 2014!

More info on the event’s Facebook page!