Why You Share the Ride: bike to rail equals time to read

During Rideshare Week, we’ll be featuring stories submitted by real commuters talking about why they share the ride. Join the conversation and let us know why you share the ride! Tweet us @metrolosangeles using the hashtag #RideshareLA. And don’t forget to pledge online for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

The following rideshare story comes to us from Bond Harper, who commutes from Culver City to Universal City.

BondHarper“I ride my bike to the Culver City Metro Station and take the train to Universal City. I love the consistency of my commute times compared to driving (you never know how traffic will be!). I’ve also realized that I can read a book a week on the train, so I’ve had fun catching up on novels and learning new things with non-fiction. It is so easy to hop off in Hollywood or downtown to meet someone for dinner or attend an event.”


5 replies

  1. Over and over I am instructed by Metro to bike to work and over and over every bus I wish to ride on shows up with two bicycles already loaded on the rack. Where are the 3 bike racks?!

    • Hi Christopher,

      The Governor recently signed a bill allowing 40-foot buses operated by Metro (and other agencies) to have racks that hold three bikes, so they are coming! It will take a little time to order equipment and install, and we’ll update as soon as they start hitting the streets.

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

      • I was already aware of the governor’s “signature”. That was earlier this year, not “recent”. At this pace I won’t be around to benefit from the 3-bike rack. I am fed up with being force to wait 45 minutes to 1 hour for the next bus simply because I have a bicycle. I am going back to using my car. Well done Metro.

  2. When is the Source going to acknowledge the latest INRIX traffic analysis that shows commute times on the Northbound 405 are actually a minute LONGER with the finished project/carpool lane than before?! Metro spent $1 billion on this project, and we have nothing to show for it. No alternative, reliable way to travel between the Westside and the Valley. All we have is more asphalt that remains congested most of the day. And for $1 billion. When will Metro acknowledge that this money should have been spent an alternative mode of transportation in the corridor, i.e. a rail line? You keep telling us we should shift to transit, and yet you keep wasting money on more highway projects that just encourage more traffic and do nothing to improve our MOBILITY.

    • Can you provide us a url to the analysis that you refer to? From what I can find the latest data are from 2013. If you compare 2012 to 2013, that is out dated. In my experience driving the 405 (SB anytime from 7:30-11:30 am, NB generally 10:30-1:00pm, mainly between the 118 & 105) it has gotten better from the work that has been done. Specifically, SB from Getty onward improved. Northbound the improvement starts before the 10 and extends all the way to the 101.