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.

Bike path along I-405 will be closed Oct 21 – Nov 30

Attention all cyclists: the bike path along the west side of the southbound I-405 from Waterford St. to Constitution Ave. will be closed from Monday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Nov. 30 due to construction of a drainage system at Waterford/Church.

Construction will require excavation, saw cutting of the sidewalk and potholing for utilities.

The detour route for cyclists is: north on Church Lane, right to eastbound Montana, right to southbound Sepulveda, and right to westbound Constitution.

The detour routes for pedestrians is: north on Church Lane, left on Sunset, left on Barrington, left on San Vicent, and left on Wilshire.

Motion asks Metro to pursue countywide bike sharing program to help people get to and from transit stations

Above is one of the more interesting motions to come forth in the October round of meetings for the Metro Board of Directors. It involves one of our favorite issues: first mile, last mile — i.e. how to get people to and from transit stations.

The gist of it: The motion, by five members of the board, seeks to have Metro pursue a countywide bike share program that would put bikes at key transit stations throughout Los Angeles County. The motion sailed through the Board's Executive Management Committee on Thursday and will be considered by the full Board next Thursday.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti explained the rationale for the motion on Thursday, saying he believes it would be better to create a countywide program instead of having individual cities pursue their own programs. A county program, the mayor said, is “the best way to create a simple system that crosses city boundaries.”

The city of L.A. had been pursuing a bike share program with BikeNation, but that effort has been stalled.

Damien Newton at L.A. Streetsblog has a good post on the motion, which is hardly surprising: Damien has long been following the bike share issue in our region.

The article includes this quote from Metro Board Member and L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin that I think sums up this effort and the challenge ahead for Metro:

“To be successful, we need to make sure our bike share program is user friendly. We can’t have a maze of competing bureaucratic regulations, standards and fees from city to city. A single membership card and a single membership fee will provide easy access to the system, allowing someone to check out a bike in Venice and return it in Santa Monica, or check it out in West Hollywood and return it in Silverlake.”


Reminder: Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal this Sunday

Photo: Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition Official Facebook

Photo: Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition Official Facebook

The next Metro sponsored bike ride, the Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal, takes place on Sunday, October 20. The ride will be led by C.I.C.L.E. and supported by the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition.

Grab your bike and get ready to ride from downtown Pomona to the Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona. The free ride is open to all cyclists, and you’ll be able to explore the Farm Store, game booths, a corn maze and much more at the festival. Some trailers will even be provided so you can haul back your jack’o’lantern finds, but if you’re set on doing some Halloween shopping, it’s best to bring your own basket or trailer. And all riders are encouraged to dress to impress in costume!

When: Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., ride leaves promptly at 11 a.m.
Where: Thomas Plaza – S. Thomas St., Pomona, CA 91776
Accessible by: Foothill Transit buses 291, 480, 286, 195, 197, Silver Streak and Omnitrans Bus 61

The ride is 11 miles and family-friendly. Admission to the Pumpkin Festival is free; prices for individual activities vary.

For the ride, make sure to bring water, a snack and a bicycle in good working order. All participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem or other safe child carrying device.

Why Do You Ride, Walk or Roll? – Active Transportation Booth @ CicLAvia

At the 8th CicLAvia on Sunday, Metro distributed bicycle patch kits, blinkers, and maps while asking passing participants, “Why do you ride (a bike), walk, or roll?”

Some of the answers we received were: “because it’s cheaper,” “’cause it’s cooler than driving a car,” “burn fat, not oil,” “’cause it’s easier than driving through traffic” and “because it connects me to my neighborhood and gets me home quickly.”

Click on the pictures below to see some of the answers we received!