Bike to school event draws former Olympic cyclist to L.A. middle school

Student marvels at the lightweight racing bike owned by former Olympic team cyclist Tony Cruz.

The dust has settled on this year’s Bike Week L.A. May 14-18, but not without a final report on the Bike to School event held at New Designs Charter School – University Campus in Los Angeles on May 18.

The first event of its kind held during the official Bike Week encouraged more student bike riding for health and environmental benefits, as well as relieving auto congestion around school zones.

The event included a meet and greet for students arriving to school on bicycles, a student assembly with guest speakers from Safe Moves, Metro, LADOT, school officials and others who spoke to students on traffic safety and alternative modes of transportation.

Joining the event was former 2000 Olympic cyclist Tony Cruz, who shared his experiences as an Olympic team rider and gave out pointers for riding safely to and from school. The school event was followed by bike safety courses for students during their physical education classes.

Check out Safe Moves’ video of the event, which can be viewed by other L.A. area schools interested in encouraging their students to bicycle to their campus.

The School Bicycle Safety and Transit Education Program is sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Programs are conducted by Safe Moves. Video produced by Safe Moves.

The art of transit

Photo by Julie Mellors, via Flickr creative commons

Go ahead and guess where this photo was taken. Look closely for some hints. Hint: football is played there. Answer is after the jump.

To submit a photo for the Art of Transit, post it to Metro’s Flickr group, email it to or Tweet it to @metrolosangeles with an #artoftransit hashtag. Many of the photos we’ve featured can be seen in these galleries on Flickr.

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Some info on state bills that seek to expedite litigation against transit agencies

Several readers have asked whether recent state bills could potentially expedite litigation against Metro or other transit agencies.

Here’s the good word from Assemblyman Mike Feuer’s office:

•SB 92, signed into law last year, expedited challenges under California environmental law for only the AEG stadium project.

•AB 900, also signed into law last year, was meant to extend similar acceleration of challenges under California environmental law to other types of “leadership projects,” but did not include transportation projects.

•Assemblyman Mike Feuer’s bill, AB 1444, would have expedited the litigation process under California environmental law while preserving judicial review in Superior Court by, among other things, requiring concurrent preparation of the administrative record and the record of proceedings, and his bill applies to all kinds of projects. His bill has been held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. There are similar bills by Asm. Perea and Senator Simitian that would do much the same as AB 1444. If one of the bills passes the Legislature and is signed by the Governor, it would not take effect until Jan. 1 – meaning that it does not apply to litigation filed prior to that date.

Transportation headlines, Thursday, May 31

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

Beverly Hills Unified School District files state lawsuit against Metro (P.R. Newswire)

As I posted earlier, it’s Metro’s policy to decline comment on litigation filed against the agency. The above news release is from the School District.

Metrolink raises fares by average of seven percent (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

The increase is the largest in the agency’s history and the 11th in the past 14 years, according to agency records. The fare increase, triggered largely by soaring fuel costs, will help cover about a third of a $13-million budget deficit, with the rest of the money coming from the five counties that fund Metrolink (which includes Metro on behalf of L.A. County). One transit advocate backed the increases, as long as there were no service cuts.

Wi-Fi and Amtrak: missed connections (New York Times)

The heavily-promoted wi-fi service in the Northeast Corridor has led to a lot of jokes and angry passengers who say it’s slow and frequently non-existent. Amtrak officials say they’ve heard the complaints and are updating equipment in order to improve service by year’s end.

Expo Line landscaping lunacy (Huffington Post)

Columnist Lisa Novick opines that only California native plants should be used along phase 2 of the Expo Line in order to save water and fit in better with the local environment (or, what’s left of it).

Motorists to begin seeing first electronic ExpressLanes message boards along Harbor Freeway


The target opening date is now November of this year for the 110 freeway part of the project. The news release from Metro is below and here is the ExpressLanes home page.

Construction work on the Harbor Freeway Transitway portion of the ExpressLanes project is nearing completion with Metro poised to open the first segment of the program to the public later this year.

With construction now nearly 70 percent completed, starting Friday June 1, motorists will begin seeing large electronic digital ExpressLanes message boards display various information regarding the program. No date has been announced for the official opening but work is progressing for a possible November 2012 opening along the Harbor Freeway Transitway portion of the project.

Metro, in partnership with Caltrans, is embarking on a one-year demonstration program that will convert 11 miles of existing carpool lanes on the I-110 (Harbor Freeway Transitway) between the Harbor Gateway Transit Center/182nd Street and Adams Boulevard near downtown Los Angeles and 14 miles on the I-10 (El Monte Busway) between Union Station/Alameda Street and the I-605 Freeway to toll lanes.


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Metro and litigation

Metro’s long-standing policy has been to decline comment on litigation filed against the agency. I thought that was worth repeating today.

Metro helps combat human sex trafficking

County Supervisor Don Knabe at the event this morning. Photo by Anna Chen/Metro.

Los Angeles County and Metro Board Member Don Knabe will join local law enforcement officials, Metro executives and local businesses Thursday morning to unveil a multimedia awareness campaign aimed at informing the public about the heinous crime of child sex trafficking.

The press event will take place Thursday, May 31, at 9 a.m. outside the main entrance of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration. Joining Supervisor Knabe will be:

  • Leroy D. Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff
  • Jim McDonnell, Police Chief, City of Long Beach
  • Art Leahy, CEO, Metro
  • Lee Ann Muller, President, Clear Channel Outdoor Southern California Division President
  • Chris Kelly, Former Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook & Founder of the Safer California Foundation

The campaign, originally called for by Supervisor Knabe, will appear at Metro train stations and bus stops, rail cars and buses. The information will also appear on Metro’s website.

Thanks to a generous donation by Clear Channel, over 50 digital displays and 15 traditional billboards will broadcast the message across Los Angeles County.