Why I Cycle: What do you use your bike for?

In celebration of National Bike Month and in anticipation of Bike Week L.A. (May 16-20) we’ve launched a new survey series entitled ‘Why I Cycle’. This series spotlights local bicyclists who have made the daring leap from car-dependent to car-free or at least car-light in Los Angeles.

Want to share your story? Point your browser to thesource.metro.net/cyclesurvey

Why I Cycle: What do you use your bike for?

If you’re anything like our readers who’ve filled out our Why I Cycle survey, then you use your bike for a wide variety of reasons.

We asked, “For what purpose do you ride a bicycle?

The responses were for the most part evenly distributed amongst the categories (respondents were allowed to choose as many categories that applied to them). 79% of respondents said they use their bikes for recreation. 17% said they ride competitively. 49% use bikes to connect to buses and/or trains to fill in a commuting gap.

More than anything I think these results show that, despite their relative low cost, bikes are versatile multi-purpose tools.

Since people seem to be using their bikes for such a wide variety of purposes (many of them rather mundane) it should come to no surprise that people don’t limit themselves to wearing special bike clothes when riding. We asked, “On a typical bike ride what do you wear?

Why I Cycle: What do you wear?

As you can see, 72% opt for normal street wear and 22% prefer special bike clothes. Maybe we should have also asked, “Do you consider yourself cycle chic?

Click through the jump for a great photo of cycle chic – and don’t forget to take the survey if you haven’t already!

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Why I Cycle: How often do you cycle?

In celebration of National Bike Month and in anticipation of Bike Week L.A. (May 16-20) we’ve launched a new survey series entitled ‘Why I Cycle’. This series spotlights local bicyclists who have made the daring leap from car-dependent to car-free or at least car-light in Los Angeles.

Want to share your story? Point your browser to thesource.metro.net/cyclesurvey

Why I Cycle - Frequency

The first question on our Why I Cycle survey asked readers, “How often do you ride a bicycle?

48% of respondents say they ride daily and 41% ride at least a few times a week.

Here are a few responses from these regular riders to the question, “What’s the No. 1 reason you bicycle?” Responses have not been edited for spelling or grammar.

Because I hate driving in LA. One day I just said thats It and SOLD my Car. Been riding for 3 years everyday with combining Metro and Bike. intown i’m faster on my bike than most cars. plus im in great shape and always in a great mood.

-Every day cyclist

Freedom. Freedom to stop as I please, to take in the sights, explore new areas and revisit familiar places. Nobody honks at you when you slow down. Nobody is distracted by cell phones. I ride my bike to be free of the constraint of the vehicle.

- Every day cyclist

Budget cuts have reduced the suburban bus line that passes closest to my house. It doesn’t come early enough, so I bike to catch the earlier train.

- A few times a week cyclist

It’s at just the right pace to experience the world — faster than walking so I don’t get bored, but slower than driving so I can see what’s going on around me.

- Every day cyclist

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@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.

And when it comes to complaints, the best way to get them addressed is to use theCustomer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

#MetroFail

richardx7 @metrolosangeles If there are three carts to every Metro, why are there only two buses available to transfer people from Washington to 7th?

ashleycarey Paid more than I make in a week to refill my @metrolosangeles TAP card yesterday at Ralph’s. It didn’t go through, TAP won’t help me at all.

SamValley @metrolosangeles Due to one of your drivers’ bad directions, I missed an event I wanted to attend.

Kythera Fabulous! According to #nextrip, the previous bus didn’t exist, and the next one is 15 minutes late this morning! #metrolosangeles #fail

ashleycarey The @metrolosangeles 181 westbound is ten minutes behind schedule, which could very possibly cost me my job.

#MetroWin

plusMETRO Gas prices keep going up, and @MetroLosAngeles day pass prices are going down. You make the choice. #GoMetro

LLHargett Today’s commute was a pure pleasure @metrolosangeles. #LA #hoponthebus

TheDudeAbides It is nice to have transit options to LATFOB. Thanks @LADOT @metrolosangeles and @latimesfob #leavethecarathome

NeelSodha Love my Big Blue Bus 10 family!!!! #bigbluebus #whyitaketransit #metrolosangeles

justridingalong I love the @metrolosangeles train. http://twitpic.com/4radrv

Waltarrrrr Just would like to thank @metrolosangeles for providing this triple train to Pasadena. 10 bikes per car! yfrog.com/h84o5xgj

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Reminder: take our survey and tell us why you cycle

Bicycle at Red Line Station.Bike Week L.A. is approaching and we’re looking to hear stories from our readers who use pedal power to get around.

We launched our new reader survey series Why I Cycle last week and have already received a great response. Nearly 100 readers have shared their cycling habits, stories and wishes with us.

If you haven’t taken the time to fill out the survey, now’s your chance. You don’t have to be a daily cyclist – in fact, if you rarely ride we’d love to hear why.

Visit thesource.metro.net/cyclesurvey to share your story. We’ll start posting results tomorrow.

Readers approve of decision to allow bikes on Metro Rail during peak hours

I’ll keep the above poll open for voting, but the results thus far (posted below) seem pretty clear: readers approve of the Metro Board’s decision last week to immediately lift the ban on bikes on Metro Rail during peak hours.

Take our Why I Cycle survey

Hollywood/Western Biker Chick

Do you love to bring your bike on Metro? Tell us why!

Bikes are huge right now! CicLAvia was a rousing success, Metro just lifted its rush hour ban on bikes on trains and National Bike Month is days away. Because of this we thought it was a great time to launch a new series on the Source titled “Why I Cycle” to spotlight local bicyclists who have made the daring leap from car-dependent to car-free or at least car-light in Los Angeles.

If CicLAvia is any indication, cycling in L.A. has never been more popular (or important in light of rising gas prices, congestion and air pollution). More and more people are utilizing bikes for fun and transportation, and we’d like to reveal how they roll through personal accounts of bicycle use, and in particular, connections with L.A.’s Metro system.

Point your browser to thesource.metro.net/cyclesurvey, fill out the survey and we’ll spotlight your own story on the Source. We’ll publish survey responses over the next month to inspire and guide others in L.A. who are considering joining L.A.’s two-wheeled revolution.

And don’t forget, Metro is celebrating Bike Week L.A. on May 16-20.

Remember our 2010 Reader Survey? We've (finally) compiled the results for you.

Survey results.

Readers want more of everything, especially more coverage of transportation projects and what goes on behind the scenes at Metro.

As 2010 was winding down and The Source was celebrating the end of its first year of Metro blogging, we put together a poll to find out more about our readers and what they thought about Metro’s Web 2.0 venture.

We closed the survey in January of this year and were left with a messy spreadsheet of data. We went through the data at the time, but our day-to-day blogging duties got in the way of compiling an honest-to-goodness report on the results.

I’m happy to write that even though we’re well on our way to 2012, we’ve compiled the report and you can download it right here. Continue reading


@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.

And when it comes to complaints, the best way to get them addressed is to use theCustomer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

#MetroFail

skrooz It’s hard when I try 2 be part of the solution when there’s no parking spaces in the @metrolosangeles Green station in Norwalk AND Lakewood!

iamjoecalixto i hate the @metrolosangeles line 90/91 past 8pm! theyre an hour behind schedule!!!

ADD_Avenger Seriously @metrolosangeles the #I405 is one of the busiest freeways in the country we NEED to #BuildASepulvedaTrainBefore2039

ADD_Avenger The reason we don’t have a #Masstransit system in #LA that people WANT to use is that they complain to their friends not @metrolosangeles

tedder42 The lady driving @metrolosangeles #720 (bus 9521) is angry and aggravated. Where’s my seatbelt?

sportstsar @metrolosangeles Orange Line driver on Warner Center bus 9492 just slammed the door on my arm as I was exiting, ripping off a piece of skin

theglutster 25 minutes waiting for the “Commerce Center” eastbound Rapid, yet, three “Main st.” ones have passed. Yes, I hate you @MetroLosAngeles #fail

#MetroWin

LAMisoSoup Big shoutout to Carrie on the #84 to DTLA today. Best bus driver ever. Made my morning. @metrolosangeles

thelittlefella I’m proud to have a new convert @theChony to @metrolosangeles! Sierra Madre Villa Sta. to Culver City via gold line & 733. What a commute!

oooESTHERooo 1st time using @metrolosangeles! on the way 2 the @grilldcheez event in #LA. i love public transit! #hopethisworksout

malcolmbmiller @metrolosangeles the #flyaway really is awesome. one of the best amenities of LA public transit.

AndreaC007 I celebrate earth day taking @metrolosangeles feeling good about my carbon footprint.

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@MetroLosAngeles Twitter Tuesday

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday, a weekly feature here at The Source in which we’ll round up the latest Metro related tweets in the Twitterverse. To follow Metro on Twitter just search for @MetroLosAngeles. We recommend adding the #MetroLosAngeles tag to your tweets to get our attention.

And when it comes to complaints, the best way to get them addressed is to use theCustomer Comment Form on Metro.net. There you can provide all the detail needed so that customer service reps may best address your problems.

#MetroFail

davidklor Seriously? Three turkey leg bones on the Blue Line platform this morning? #metrolosangeles keeps it classy.

alloutattack Bus #9305 is disgusting: filthy floors, gross seats. Oh and the row broken free from the ceiling that’s kneecapping peeps. @metrolosangeles

silusesMac @metrolosangeles, hate those Thomas buses on line 96, no AC on a hot day is torture, when are the newer buses going to fully replace them

andiedavino @metrolosangeles please thank your redline train driver nb @ 835 left 2 minutes early fr US & leaving me behind, thus making me late 4 work

ahealthydesign 704 Dtown->Hwood = great AM. PM: No seat, kid kickin my gut, man pushin my behind. More buses pls #metrolosangeles http://twitpic.com/4mgjmp

metrofied84 #metrolosangeles your buses are overcrowded run the articulated ones in WeHo for the love of god I’m suffocating

clarely Way back, bus is 15 minutes late… and now I have a sunburn. #transitfail @metrolosangeles

clarely @metrolosangeles Your bus drivers need to STOP when there are customers at a stop waving at them. Am now out of luck to get somewhere bc of the 212.

johnharpster @metrolosangeles 733 is over 20 min late to Main/Grand.. but I’ve seen about 8 going the other direction #forreal

#MetroWin

John_Mundy @metrolosangeles LA bus drivers are honestly the nicest bus drivers I’ve met in the world. #LA

Waltarrrrr Ya know, it’s pretty awesome that @metrolosangeles isn’t really affected by oil prices. ALL their buses run on compressed natural gas.

toybuilder @metrolosangeles‘s #nextbus service is a great example of GPS, broadband, databases, mobile web, and Google maps coming together!

calwatch The silver line is doing great tonight… Too bad @metrolosangeles only runs it once an hour after 10. So much for rail like service.

There’s more tweets after the jump…

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