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

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!


Reminder: Bike Week L.A. guided ride tomorrow morning

The new cycle tracks on Rosemead Boulevard in Temple City. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

The new cycle tracks on Rosemead Boulevard in Temple City. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

Don’t forget to join us for a free guided bike ride tomorrow morning! L.A.D.O.T. Bike Program‘s Michelle Mowery and the Bodacious Bike Babes (BBB) will be leading the group from Union Station to Boyle Heights and back. Along the way you’ll be able to experience the 1st Street green bike lanes and more. 

The ride will depart promptly at 8:30 a.m. from the Patsaouras Bus Plaza and return to Union Station by 9:30 a.m. for some light refreshments.

And while you’re marking your calendars, keep in mind that Thursday is Bike to Work Day–read this previous post for info on how to get a free ride on Metro with your bicycle, and pledge to ride for a chance to win prizes. Friday is Bike Night at Union Station! There will be music, fashion, food, prizes and free bike valet for all.

Video: Bike Week L.A. kicks off with new bicycle ridership report

This morning at Union Station officials kicked off “Bike Week L.A.” a week-long effort this week to encourage people to bicycle as a way to commute to work and for recreation. See full details of Bike Week L.A. here. 

Los Angeles City Councilman and Metro Board Member Mike Bonin joined with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to announce the results of the LACBC’s biannual survey of bicycle riding. The report found that bicycle riding in the City of Los Angeles has increased 7.5 percent since 2011. The count also found that:

  • The busiest time for bicycling is the evening commute period, suggesting that most people are riding for transportation.
  • People strongly prefer riding on dedicated facilities like bike paths and bike lanes over streets with no bicycle facilities.
  • Fewer than one in five bicyclists are female while female ridership is highest on bike paths and bike lanes, suggesting that the lack of safe and comfortable facilities is causing a gender disparity among bicyclists.
  • Bike lanes improve bicyclist behavior, cutting sidewalk riding in half compared to streets without and reducing wrong-way riding as well.
  • This report shows that as ridership continues to grow in Los Angeles, not everyone feels safe riding without better bicycle facilities.

Download the full report here.

 

Bikes and walking + transit = lower greenhouse gas emissions

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I thought that posting the above chart would be a nice way to begin Bike Week. As the chart neatly shows, taking transit can be an effective way to reduce greenhouse gases — especially those who bike or walk to and from light rail stations. It makes sense: no fossil fuels are needed to power your legs.

The chart is from Metro’s  First Mile/Last Mile Strategic Plan that was adopted by the Metro Board of Directors in April.

Greenhouse gases, of course, are the primary agents for climate change. As the amount of carbon dioxide and other gases from the burning of fossil fuels increases in our atmosphere, the planet is growing warmer. Here’s a good explanation of the basics from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The reduction of important topic given how much climate change has been in the news lately. The White House released a report last week on the ongoing impacts in the United States from climate change, including warmer temperatures, increased rains and flooding in some areas, drought in others and more intense wildfires and tree die-offs due to insects. The report followed one by the United Nations released in March that found the same phenomenon on a global level.

The state of California, too, agrees there are impacts and we’re already seeing them:

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There are some important caveats when it comes to figuring out greenhouse gas emissions from transit. One involves how a project is built. It helps to have a green construction policy to help curtail pollution from trucks and other heavy equipment (and Metro does have such a policy). Even more important: the number of people riding a train or bus. The more people riding, the more efficient buses and trains are. (See this Duke University study comparing passenger per mile emissions from a bus getting 2.33 mpg versus a car that gets 25 mpg).

Metro’s numbers are based on a study looking at the Gold Line and Orange Line published in the academic journal Environmental Research Letters in 2013 by researchers from UCLA, Arizona State University and UC Berkeley. The Federal Transit Administration in 2010 also published a useful guide to comparing greenhouse gas emissions from cars and public transit. The FTA’s work shows that heavy rail transit (typically subways such as Metro’s Red/Purple Line that use bigger, heavier trains) are even more efficient than buses and light rail, due in part to heavier ridership.

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How to bring your bike on board and ride Metro for free on Bike to Work Day, May 15

For a free ride on Bike to Work Day, May 15, use the Gate Help intercom to notify an attendant who will open the ADA gate for you!

For a free ride on Bike to Work Day, May 15, use the Gate Help intercom to notify an attendant who will open the ADA gate for you!

Next week is Bike Week LA, and Bike to Work Day takes place Thursday, May 15. Metro is once again offering free rides to all those who board with a bicycle or bicycle helmet on that day. To claim your free ride on Metro Rail at latched stations, use the Gate Help intercom located near the fare gates to notify an attendant who will open the ADA gates for you.

Additional details and tips on how to bring your bike on board below.

  • Board trains 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.
  • If bringing your bike on a bus, try to sit or stand near the front of the bus to keep an eye on your bicycle. At your stop, notify the operator you will be removing your bike and exit from the front door.

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