Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition – mayor of South Pasadena, biking to work since 1977

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 weekly Why You Ride series – because for many Angelenos, every week is Bike Week!

Dr. Richard Schneider is an overachiever in many ways. He’s a pathologist at two hospitals — one in Hollywood, the other in Lynwood. He’s the mayor of South Pasadena. And he’s biked to work nearly every day since 1977.

Name: Dr. Richard Schneider
Start: South Pasadena
End: Hollywood and Lynwood
Distance: 10 miles (Hollywood), 17 miles (Lynwood)
Time: 35-55 minutes (Hollywood), 70-85 minutes (Lynwood)

Dr. Richard Schneider and his bicycle (plus high-visibility jacket, helmet, and lights)

Dr. Richard Schneider, mayor of South Pasadena, and his bicycle (plus high-visibility jacket, helmet, and lights)

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@Metrolosangeles Twitter Tuesday, June 11 edition

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Why You Ride: Bicycle Edition — the “bikiest” guy in LA

It’s time again for the Golden Pedal Awards, Metro’s annual competition for stories about commuting via bicycling. We collected nominations all throughout Bike Week LA and will be publishing a Why You Ride series with one winner a week — to remind us that every week is Bike Week!

Our first winner this year is Justin Resnick — probably “the bikiest guy in LA,” according to his colleague Rick Gutierrez, who nominated Justin for a Golden Pedal Award. Justin studies bicycle and pedestrian planning as a UCLA urban planning graduate student, serves as the president of the UCLA Bicycle Coalition, and works for the LADOT Bike Program. He bikes from Santa Monica to UCLA almost every day and to downtown Los Angeles one to two times a week. (And according to Rick, Justin bikes everywhere else too, including “nights out on the town.”)

Name: Justin Resnick
Start: Santa Monica
End: UCLA or downtown Los Angeles
Distance: 5 miles to UCLA, 18 miles to downtown LA
Time: 25 minutes to UCLA, 75 minutes to downtown LA

Photo of Justin and bicycle

Justin and his bicycle tabling for the UCLA Bicycle Coalition. The front and rear racks on the bike make it easy to carry things on his commute.

Justin commutes on a single-speed road bike that he built himself. He makes the ride easier by using “business-like” bicycle accessories that allow him to shift quickly from his bike to the office. His panniers, for instance, look like standard briefcases and have shoulder straps for carrying, as well as flaps that roll down to hide the pannier hooks. His shoes look like regular office shoes, but have clips that attach to his bike pedals (for more efficient pedaling). He calls his outfit being a “cyclist in stealth mode.”

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Metro extends period to pay ExpressLanes violations

Metro has become aware of an issue impacting those who receive violation notices for the ExpressLanes on the 10 and 110 freeways: some people are receiving the notices in the mail very close to the due date. Metro is also aware that many people don’t open their mail right away — by the time they do, the notices are due.

As a result, Metro is extending the time when payment (without penalties) is due to 14 days. Example: Let’s say you were traveling in the ExpressLanes without a transponder today and are cited. The notice takes three to six days to be mailed. If it’s mailed on June 11, you would have until June 25 to pay it, either online, over the phone (call 511 and say “ExpressLanes”), at an ExpressLanes customer service center (see below) or by U.S. mail (see instructions on the violation notice).

Harbor Gateway FasTrak Walk In Center
500 West 190th Street, Gardena, CA 90248

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 9am-1pm

El Monte FasTrak Walk In Center
3501 Santa Anita Avenue, El Monte, CA 91731

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 9am-1pm

Preview of June Service Council meetings

As we roll into summer, agendas are set for our June Service Councils meetings. Please note that some of the presentations are tentative at the time of this posting.  One item on all of the Service Council agendas is the election of a chair and vice-chair for the next year (July 2013 – June 2014).

If you would like information about any of the five Metro Service Councils, you can click on the name of the Council listed after the jump to view their web page. All Service Council meetings include a report from Metro Service Council Director Jon Hillmer providing previous month’s statistics on ridership, performance and other measures of Metro service.

Meeting topics for June Service Council meetings include:

San Fernando Valley (6:30 pm, Wednesday,  6/5) Presentation on Orange Line Bike Capacity Shortage Study, from the CSUN Transportation Tiger Team;  recognition of service for departing San Fernando Service Council member Kathryn Engel .

San Gabriel Valley (5 pm, Monday,  6/10) –  Report on Line 485/258 Test Trip; presentation on June shakeup changes in the San Gabriel Valley region (no major changes scheduled system-wide); approval of a potential Line 485 regional meeting date and location. The Service Council Director will also provide a breakdown of complaints by line in the San Gabriel Valley service area

Westside/Central (5 pm, Wednesday,  6 /12)  –  Update on the Council’s Regional Corridor Study; presentation on Ciclavia’s June 23rd Iconic Wilshire Blvd. event; presentation on June shakeup changes in the Westside/Central region (no major changes scheduled system-wide)

Gateway Cities (2 pm, Thursday,  6/13) –  Report on Artesia Station construction completion; update on the Florence Avenue Corridor Study; Recognition of service for departing Gateway Cities Service Council members Josue Barrios and Sergio Infanzon; presentation on June shakeup changes in the Gateway Cities region (no major changes scheduled system-wide)

South Bay (9:30 am, Friday, 6/14) –  Update on Crenshaw Corridor Split Stops; Update on restoration of the Rosa Parks name to the Willowbrook Station; recognition of service for departing South Bay Service Council member Kim Turner; presentation on June shakeup changes in the South Bay region (no major changes scheduled system-wide)

For a detailed listing of all Council meeting dates, times and locations, click here. As always, the public is encouraged to attend and share their comments with the Service Councils on improving bus service throughout LA County. If you would like to provide input to a Council but cannot attend a meeting, you can submit your comments in writing through the Service Council web page or send them to service councils@metro.net. If your comments are for a specific Council, please make sure to indicate which one you are addressing in your message .

@Metrolosangeles Twitter Tuesday, May 28 edition

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@Metrolosangeles Twitter Tuesday, May 21 edition

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Data nerds rejoice! More metro data now available.

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Metro Research launched a new web page on metro.net today. Click here to check it out!

On the new page you can take a quick poll about Metro’s services, sign up for Metro research opportunities and find links to transportation data resources. The page will also be a hub for sharing research data and reports inside and outside the agency.

In addition, results from 10 years of the annual customer satisfaction survey as well as several other surveys and focus groups are available for your perusal.

@Metrolosangeles Twitter Tuesday, May 7 shortstack

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@Metrolosangeles Twitter Tuesday, CicLAvia edition (lots of good pics)

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Many more tweets posted after the jump! 

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