Temple City to host Rosemead Boulevard Grand Opening Festival on May 10

Photo: C.I.C.L.E.

Photo: C.I.C.L.E.

Join Temple City in celebrating the completion of the Rosemead Boulevard Safety Enhancements and Beautification Project this Saturday, May 10, at the Grand Opening Festival. The community event will take place on the southbound lanes of Rosemead Boulevard between Las Tunas Drive and Broadway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities include a scavenger hunt, public art walking tours, raffle prizes, interactive exhibits and more.

It’s also where Metro will kick off Bike Week L.A. with the Old Roots, New Routes Temple City Bike Ride led by C.I.C.L.E. and Eastside Bike Club. The ride leaves at 11 a.m. and will head down L.A. County’s newest cycle tracks.

The Rosemead Boulevard Safety Enhancements and Beautification Project was funded $2.25 million through Metro’s 2011 Call for Projects. For the full press release from Temple City, keep reading after the jump.

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Metro Sponsors “Old Roots, New Routes Ride”, led by C.I.C.L.E. and the Eastside Bike Club!

On Saturday, May 10 Metro will sponsor the “Old Roots, New Routes” bicycle ride, led by C.I.C.L.E. and the Eastside Bike Club. This ride will be part of the Rosemead Boulevard Grand Opening (GO!) celebration. The event will celebrate Temple City’s streetscape redesign of Rosemead Boulevard, a project partially funded by Metro’s Call for Projects. The redesign transforms the city’s main commercial corridor into a vibrant community destination featuring new sidewalks, canopy trees, public art and Los Angeles County’s newest cycle tracks.

Cycle tracks provide space that is intended to be exclusively used by bicyclists. This space is separated from motor vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes and sidewalks by a physical barrier. By separating bicyclists from motor vehicles, cycle tracks offer an increased level of safety and make bicycling attractive to a larger share of the population.

Ride participants will have an opportunity to practice riding on the newly-implemented cycle tracks while exploring Temple City’s past, present and future. This ride will make one stop at Temple City Park for an open-air museum exhibit curated by the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum.

When: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Time: Meet at 10:30 am, ride will leave promptly at 11 am and return by 12 pm
Where: Rosemead Blvd. (between Las Tunas & Broadway) Temple City 91780
Accessible by: Metro buses 78, 79, 266, 378, 487 and 489

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Get ready for Bike Week L.A.: pledge to ride for a chance to win prizes

Have bicycle, will travel! Bike Week L.A.–taking place May 12 – 18–will soon be upon us. Here are some highlights of scheduled events so you can start planning. For a full schedule of events, click here.

Make sure your bike is in tip-top shape by attending a fix your bike event on Saturday, May 10, then join us for the free Old Roots, New Routes Temple City Bike Ride at 10:30 a.m. Explore Temple City’s past, present and future by riding through Los Angeles County’s newest cycle tracks with C.I.C.L.E. and the Eastside Bike Club.

On Tuesday, May 13, head to Good Samaritan Hospital’s 11th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles. Blessings begin at 8 a.m.

On Wednesday, May 14, join Metro for a guided bike ride led by LADOT Bicycle Program Bicycle Coordinator Michelle Mowery, Bodacious Bike Babes, Metro, CICLE, LACBC, and others.  The ride will leave from Union Station’s Patsaouras Bus Plaza at 8:15 a.m. and visit the Arts Districts, Mariachi Plaza, Civic Center and Olvera Street. 

On Thursday, May 15, it’s Bike to Work Day! More than 100 pit stops around L.A. County will be offering refreshments and giveaways to those who ride. Pledge to ride and you’ll have the chance to win some great prizes, including a Novara Big Buzz Bike, Novara E.T.A. Backpack from REI, an Abus U-lock and more! Plus, Metro is offering free rides to those who have their bicycle or bike helmet with them.

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Limited edition Bike Week L.A. T-shirts, available at Bike Night at Union Station. Which color is your favorite? (Blue, the answer is blue.)

And be sure not to miss Bike Night at Union Station, the grand finale of Bike Week L.A. The event will take place on Friday, May 16 in the Fred Harvey Room and courtyard area of Union Station West from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bike Night will feature special guests, live music, food trucks, free bike valet, bike portraits, a fashion show and more. There will be a raffle with some fabulous prizes, and it’s where you can get one of the limited edition Bike Week L.A. T-shirts! (Shirts will be handed out on a first come, first served basis until supplies run out.) RSVP for Bike Night today!

Throughout the week, Bike Local discounts will be offered at bike-friendly businesses around the County. Check back for more updates on Bike Week L.A. as we gear up to roll out.

Metro launches new bike ad campaign in time For Bike Week L.A. May 12-18

Nina & JohnIn anticipation of Bike Week L.A. May 12-18, 2014, Metro has launched a new bicycle ad campaign entitled “Every Day is a Bike Day” to encourage more Angelenos to bicycle for every day transportation.

Running on county billboards, the Internet and Metro buses from May through July 2014, the new ads normalize bicycling as part of everyday life and show that bicycling is for everyone. The ads also remind drivers about bicyclists’ presence, encouraging safe and shared interactions on L.A. county streets.

The new campaign builds off Metro’s 2013 “Every Lane is a Bike Lane” campaign that encouraged motorists and bicyclists to share the road to decrease incidents and increase safety. The popular campaign helped raise awareness that bicyclists can ride in the full traffic lane in certain situations and have equal rights and responsibilities on the road per the California Vehicle Code.

Metro also partnered with the bicycling community on the campaign. Members of local bicycling groups and non-profit organizations, including Multicultural Communities for Mobility, Bici Libre, Wolfpack Hustle and Eastside Riders Bike Club are featured in the ads.

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Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – Nick Rosenblum, has only been riding his bicycle for 6 months, but is officially converted!

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: Nick Rosenblum
  • Start: Palms Boulevard at National Blvd. (Los Angeles Westside)
  • End: Venice Boulevard at Beethoven Street. (Los Angeles Westside)
  • Distance: Medium and Long Commute (1 to 5 miles and 5 miles or more)
  • Commuting Features: Traffic-congested commute via bike lanes.

 

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Nick standing by his commuter bicycle!

We received Nick’s nomination from Diana Ruzova, someone who knows him very well. Diana told us that Nick didn’t always ride his bike around the city, but after several skateboarding injuries he decided to give biking a try. We congratulate Nick for his perseverance and encourage him to continue bicycling.

Now Nick barely drives. He bikes a few miles to his job as an assistant sound editor at an animation production/post production company. Nick takes the Venice Boulevard bike lane and has to deal with nearby traffic going to and from the freeway. He also bikes to Hollywood, Manhattan Beach and other parts of the region.

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

A few photos from yesterday’s CicLAvia on Wilshire Boulevard

Photo by Gary Leonard for Metro.

Photo by Gary Leonard for Metro.

No surprise: another big crowd for CicLAvia on Sunday, with cyclists, walkers and others taking over Wilshire Boulevard between downtown Los Angeles and the Miracle Mile. Here are a few pics.

Above photo is by Andy Sternberg, via Flickr creative commons. 

 

Go Metro to CicLAvia on April 6 and save 15% on official T-shirts

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Enjoy a car-free day on Wilshire Boulevard at CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard this Sunday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wilshire Blvd. will be closed to car traffic between Downtown L.A. and Fairfax Avenue for pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy.

Getting to CicLAvia is easy via Metro Rail — there are four Red or Purple Line stations along or very close to Wilshire (7th/Metro Center, Westlake/MacArthur Park, Wilshire/Normandie, Wilshire/Western) and both the Blue Line and Expo Line also serve 7th/Metro Center. Riders can also transfer to the Red/Purple Line at Union Station from the Gold Line — or ride deeper into downtown via city streets and bike lanes. Bicyclists who want to get to CicLAvia by Metro should review Metro’s bike rules.

Metrolink will have two Bike Cars on select Antelope Valley, San Bernardino and Orange County Line trains. Take Metrolink to Union Station and transfer to the Metro Red/Purple Line, or ride your bike directly from Union Station to Wilshire (click for Downtown Los Angeles bike map).

The best part about going Metro to CicLAvia? Saving money on merch! Just show your valid TAP card at the MacArthur Park hub to save 15% on CicLAvia T-shirts.

Finally, if you’re heading to CicLAvia, drop by and visit Metro’s booth and mock subway car — look for it near LACMA. Metro staff will be there with plenty of information about Metro’s current bus and rail offerings as well as the Purple Line Extension project. It is also the gathering point for all Metro employees participating in the CicLAvia Challenge! Be there at 9 a.m. for the team photo.