For those of you who made the resolution to bike more this year…

Get ready for these upcoming Metro-sponsored bicycle rides led by CICLE! All rides are free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 18, 2014 – Tweed, Moxie and Mustache Ride: The Historic Arroyo Seco
Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Gold Line Highland Park Station
Ride leaves promptly at 11 a.m.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 – Ride For Love: Explore the Changes of Watts
Meeting location is TBD (check back closer to the ride date for info)
Ride leaves promptly at 11 a.m.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 – The Way Back When Ride: La Puente
Meeting location is TBD (check back closer to the ride date for info)
Ride leaves promptly at 11 a.m.

LADOT releases updated online bicycle map

LADOT bike map

LADOT bike map

If you’re trying to figure out the safest and quickest way to get to a destination and/or connect to Metro Stations on your bicycle in Los Angeles, you’re in luck! The Los Angeles Department of Transportation recently released an update to their online city of Los Angeles bikeways map.

Not only can you find info on existing bikeways throughout the city, you can even browse through the various bikeways currently in development. Pretty cool to browse through and see the development of bikeways in downtown and extending development on Venice Boulevard.

Updates to the interactive bike map include:

  • New Legend and Map Colors
  • New Layers: Bikeways in Development & Long-Terms Bikeways
  • New Details about Bikeways
  • Full Screen Mode

You can find more details about the update here. Check out LADOT’s online map here, and be sure to let the LADOT Bike program team know what you think of their new map.

Be sure to also download Metro’s countywide bike map and check out the Bike Metro website for more info. An updated Metro bike map will be released in Spring 2014. We also recommend using NextBus on your smartphone for real-time bus and train arrival information — it helps when planning trips.

How to protect your bike from theft while using the Metro system

Click here to read the kind of blog post no one at Metro wants to read: it’s a first-person account by one of our passengers who last Wednesday literally watched someone steal his $1,300 road bike from the front of a Metro bus in Hollywood.

Although bike theft from the Metro system is rare, it happens. And let’s face it: Bike theft in general is a problem that has long vexed cyclists and law enforcement.

That’s the reason that Metro made the above video. You may have also encountered the cards below on a Metro bus in recent weeks. The bike section of also has plenty of tips about taking bikes on buses and trains.

The key is to reduce the chance of a bike being stolen — even the writer of the blog post admits he could have done a few things differently. We definitely hope that Johnny gets his bike back and a few simple tips will thwart future thieves.


Waterford to Constitution bike path closure extended due to LADWP work

Waterford to Constitution Bikepath Closure Revised Notice

The closure of the bike path that runs along the west side of the I-405 will be extended until Sunday, December 22, due to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power work on a valve in the area.

Metro Participates in “Bike Talk” Radio Program

Metro participated in the November 9 installment of KPFK’s “Bike Talk” radio program, a weekly radio show that discusses issues of interest to the L.A. bicycling community.

Diego Cardoso, executive officer of countywide planning and development at Metro, discussed Metro’s efforts to fund bicycle infrastructure improvements through the Call for Projects, which has doubled the amount of funding available to cities for the Bicycle category. He also mentioned Measure R local return funds that go to cities for their priority transportation projects that can include bicycle improvements.

Diego reported that Metro is also pursuing an Open Streets Program to extend CicLAvia-type events to cities throughout the county, as well as developing a business plan to implement a countywide bike share program.

The radio show is available online or via iTunes podcast.

Work underway to connect El Monte Transit Center to Rio Hondo bike path

Some very good news for cyclists from Anthony Jusay with Metro’s Bike Planning staff: the Rio Hondo Bike Path will soon be connected to the El Monte Transit Center. Metro began construction on the project last week and work is scheduled to be completed within 60 days, weather permitting.

The project includes a paved access ramp and gate opening that connects to an existing access point to the Rio Hondo. There will be ADA-accessible curb ramps, shared-lane markings and wayfinding between the bike path and transit center that will also be added so that people biking, walking or rolling can easily navigate their way.

Also in the works is the El Monte Metro Bike Hub, which is anticipated to be open in spring 2014.  A Metro Bike Hub is a secure access, high-capacity bike parking facility — the El Monte Station will have the first one built by Metro.

Once these bike friendly features are complete at the El Monte Transit Center it will be a significant asset to the region as there are numerous bike planning efforts underway involving the cities of El Monte, South El Monte, Baldwin Park, San Gabriel, Temple City, Rosemead, Alhambra, Monterey Park, Covina and areas overseen by Los Angeles County.

For more information on current bike planning activities please visit the San Gabriel Valley Bicycle Master Plan website.

Recent work taking place at the El Monte Station. Photo by Metro.

Recent work taking place at the El Monte Station. Photo by Metro.

Upcoming bike ride with CICLE: delicious Northridge Diners & Delis Ride

Photo via CICLE Official Facebook

Never too early to teach kids about proper biking etiquette! Photo via CICLE Official Facebook

Get ready to bike to some good eats with the upcoming Northridge Diners & Delis Ride! The free ride is set to take place Saturday, Nov. 16 and is sponsored by Metro, led by CICLE, and supported by Valley BikeryPedal through Northridge and Granada Hills to visit some of the area’s tastiest spots. Stops include The Original Weiler’s Northridge Delicatessen, Gayle’s Perks, Delicious Bakery, and A Sweet Design.

When: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 11 a.m.
Where: 17141 Nordhoff Street, Dearborn Park, Northridge, Los Angeles
Accessible via Metro Bus 166/364, 167 and 236/237

The Northridge Diners & Delis Ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. The ride is under 10 miles and will be led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. Prior to the ride, CICLE will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.

What to bring: water, a snack, and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to everyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.