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!

Reminder: Go Metro to CicLAvia in the Heart of downtown Los Angeles this Sunday

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A friendly reminder that CicLAvia is scheduled for this Sunday with a nice course covering the different corners of downtown while stretching from MacArthur Park (Red/Purple Line) to Mariachi Plaza (Gold Line).

In fact, as the map shows the route is accessible by all Metro Rail’s downtown lines, as well as Metrolink.

There are, of course, many bus detours in order to accommodate the downtown route. Please see the entire list after the jump.

Also, don’t forget to show your TAP card at the Mariachi Plaza CicLAvia merchandise tent to get a 15 percent discount! More info

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Go Metro to Rediscover the “Heart of L.A.” at CicLAvia Sunday, Oct. 6

Here’s something to cure your post-summer blues: after three long months, CicLAvia is back this Oct. 6, allowing bicyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders and others the rare opportunity to explore miles of L.A. city streets sans cars.

The planned “Heart of L.A.” route consists of 7.5 miles of protected roadways in downtown Los Angeles that will be open to the public for free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spurs branching from MacArthur Park, Central/14th Place, Chinatown, and Mariachi Plaza will converge along Spring Street, so bring your running shoes, roller blades, or unicycles (seriously!) and retread the route that started it all.

While the course includes 12 crossing points for vehicular traffic, street closures will impact Metro Bus routes beginning 9 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. Sunday evening.  Metro bus lines impacted by CicLAvia are: 2, 4, 10/48, 14/37, 16, 18, 20, 28, 30, 33, 40, 45, 51/52, 53, 55, 60, 62, 66, 70, 71, 76, 78/79, 83, 84/68, 92, 96, 460, 487, 603, 720, 733, 745, and Metro Silver Line. Metro passengers should expect bus detours and delays, including temporary bus stop relocations along the route.

To avoid delays due to street closures, and for a CicLAvia that’s auto-free from start to finish, customers are encouraged to go Metro to any of the eleven Metro Rail stations along the event route. Enhanced service with longer and more frequent trains is planned to accommodate increased ridership.

Don’t forget, gates at Metro Rail stations are now latched and customers must have a valid TAP card and TAP before boarding every line. Avoid long lines at TAP vending machines by loading fare or a pass on your TAP card in advance. One-way fare is $1.50 per line or $5 for a Day Pass. Bicyclists should use the wider ADA fare gates and NOT the turnstiles or emergency exit swing gates. Additionally, bikes are prohibited on escalators, and should be transported instead via elevators or stairs at all rail stations.

For more information on routes and connections, use the Trip Planner or call 323.GO.METRO.

By the way, Metrolink will have two Bike Cars on select Antelope Valley, San Bernardino, Orange County Line trains. The trains with two Bike Cars are listed in the schedule below. These Bike Cars are designed to hold 18 bikes each and space will be limited to a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you’re planning on attending, take lots of photos and tweet us @metrolosangeles or tag us on Instagram @metrolosangeles. We love photos of bikes on transit!

Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – doing serious advocacy work with serious style

During Bike Week LA, we collected nominations for the Golden Pedal Awards, Metro’s annual competition for great stories about bicycling. We’re featuring these stories in a Why You Ride series – because for many Angelenos, every week is Bike Week!

Maria Sipin was nominated by her sister Andrea for maintaining an impeccable standard of style on her 10-mile bicycle commute to and from the Metrolink station every day — “Not only does she ride in her chambray dress and ballet flats with ease, but she makes helmet hair disappear instantly,” Andrea told us.

We’ve always been impressed by Maria’s ability to integrate her passion for bicycling — she is a certified League Cycling Instructor and a bicycle advocate with the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition — with her work as a disease prevention specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), where she encourages youth to bicycle for health and independence.

Name: Maria Sipin
Start: Walnut
End: Hollywood
Distance: 5 miles bicycling +  Metrolink + Metro (one way)
Time: 1 hour (including time on the train)

Maria poses with her bike at Venice Beach.

Maria and her hybrid city bicycle at CicLAvia to the Sea in April.

Maria tells us more about her bike advocacy (and shares some fashion tips with us — we can always use those at Metro) after the jump. Continue reading