L.A. Bike Week comes to a close this Saturday… which is why we suggest letting the pros inspire you to keep Bike Week in your heart all year long!
The 2015 Amgen Tour of California has been headed this way from Sacramento since last weekend. This Sunday, May 17, watch some of the world’s best cyclists tear through the final stage of the race from downtown L.A. to Rose Bowl Stadium via Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Cypress Park, Mt. Washington, Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Pasadena.
As someone who’s only peripherally interested in bikes (bus/train+walking is my preferred alternative to driving), I can attest that watching the Tour in person is a blast, even if you’re not familiar with professional cycling. Last year the race went through Old Pasadena, creating one of those rare environments where roads are closed and Angelenos of all stripes are out and about on foot. (You’ll be able to see more of this when CicLAvia arrives in Pasadena May 31!)
This year, the race starts at L.A. Live at 9:15 a.m. and ends with riders crossing the Colorado Bridge and entering the Arroyo to finish at the Rose Bowl around 12:30 p.m. The course passes by many Metro Rail stations, making it easy to see the race and explore a new neighborhood without the hassle of driving. Catch the Tour of California at:
- L.A. Live (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station)
- Grand Park (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park)
- Chinatown (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)
- Cypress Park (Gold Line to Heritage Square/Arroyo Station)
- Mt. Washington (Gold Line to Southwest Museum Station)
- Highland Park (Gold Line to Highland Park Station)
- Pasadena (Gold Line to Del Mar or Memorial Park Station — it’s a 7-10 min walk from either station to the Colorado Bridge)
Of course, viewing the race in downtown L.A., Chinatown, Highland Park and Pasadena puts you within walking distance of countless shops and eateries. Be sure to check our Destination Discounts page for an extensive list of businesses in all four neighborhoods where you’ll receive special discounts with your TAP card. The area immediately surrounding Heritage Square and Southwest Museum Station is more residential, but there are still some great local gems where you can grab a bite. Antigua Coffee House is minutes from Heritage Square at 3400 N Figueroa Street, and serves up a delicious Mayan Mocha made from house-roasted beans. From Southwest Museum Station, walk south to Figueroa St. and look for Rico’s Mar Azul Mariscos Truck in Sycamore Park. The seafood cocktails are fantastic (and they claim their prices haven’t changed since 1982).
Now you’ve got the scoop on the Tour, here are a few more transit-adjacent events/activities happening this weekend (feel free to add to the list in the comments):
- Mad Max: Fury Road, premieres this Friday at a theater near you (and Metro bus or rail).
- RuPaul DragCon, this Saturday and Sunday at the L.A. Convention Center (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station).
- Artists and Fleas vintage market, this Saturday and Sunday in the DTLA Arts District (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District).
- Mad Men series finale screening, this Sunday at the Ace Hotel in DTLA (Metro Red/Purple Line to 7th Street/Metro Center or Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station).
- 29th Annual Bug Fair: Year of the Butterfly, this Saturday and Sunday at the L.A. County Natural History Museum (Metro Expo Line to Expo/Vermont or Expo Park/USC).
And finally, some handy links to help you navigate our system:
- Metro trip planner
- Google Maps transit directions
- All Metro bus and rail maps and timetables
- Metro system map
- Metro Rail and transitway interactive map
- Fares and TAP card info
- How to Ride
- Nextrip real-time bus and train arrival
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