Why I Ride: Nathan Baird, Bike Program Intern

Why I Ride

Why I Ride‘ is a series where Metro employees share their transit routines – read more about the concept here.

Name: Nathan Baird
Position: Bike Program Intern

How often do you take transit?

Six to seven days a week.

What lines/routes?

The Gold Line the most often, but also the Red Line. When I was in school, the Silver Line & the 184/190 at least two days a week (out to Cal Poly Pomona). As a Pasadena resident, I frequently take advantage of the 780 Rapid to get to Glendale, Griffith Park, and Hollywood adjacent destinations. I also take Metrolink now and then. Occasionally I even take the 460 to visit my grandparents in Anaheim.

Are you car-free? If so, why? If not, why not?

I got rid of my car in November 2006. Almost four years later, I’ve put myself through graduate school with the savings, had a lot more time to read, and have been a much happier person due to not having to deal with a daily car commute and all its hassles.

Do you use any other alternative transportation (bicycle, rideshare, etc)?

I work with the Metro Bike Program, so I’m obviously a big fan of bike-transit integration: taking my bike with me on rail and buses, parking my bike at stations and stops, etc.

Do you think being a regular Metro rider is important to your job?

Yes. It’s incredibly important to understanding how Metro policies work in everyday life.

Is there anything else you’d like to add (anecdote, advice, etc)?

Here’s one quick tip: the new Metro bike maps includes Rapid Bus route info. They’re marked with a dashed gray line and a number indicating the line number.