In the past, we used to have this thing called Bike Week during May, but a week really wasn’t enough to celebrate all things bicycle. So this year, we’re doing Bike Month! For the entire month of May, we’ll be celebrating the fun, convenience, and freedom that the bicycle brings to transportation along with the rest of the nation.
Do you ride your bike to the beach every weekend? Or are you not so comfortable riding your bike on the street? No matter what level you’re at bicycle-wise, we’ve got an event for you. Check out the calendar at metro.net/bikemonth for more info on community rides, bike commute workshops, traffic safety classes, bike-in movie nights, and the biggest celebration of all: Bike Night at Union Station. All Bike Month events are free and open to people of all levels of skill and experience.
A few notable events you should get on your calendars right away include:
- Gear UP! in Santa Monica, May 1 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- CicLAvia Southeast Cities, May 15 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Bike to Work Day, May 19 — ride Metro and Metrolink for free when you bring your bike or helmet on board a bus or train. Check out the Bike Month Map below for locations of all L.A. County Bike to Work Day Pit Stops, which will provide refreshments, encouragement, and possibly prizes!
- Bike Night at Union Station: May 27 — live music, food, games, raffles, and a bike fashion show presented by the OTIS School of Fashion and Design. Jungle Fire will be playing Afro-Latin Funk tunes from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and raffles for shiny new rides from Public Bikes, Linus Bikes, Tern Bicycles, and Dahon will take place throughout the evening. Your favorite food trucks will be there too! You can RSVP now on Facebook.
All Metro buses have bike racks for riders to store their bicycles. For info on how to use triple bike racks on Metro buses: watch this tutorial. If you’re taking your bike on a train, please follow the signs to place your bike in the designated areas. And a friendly reminder: bicycles are allowed on trains as long as you can safely board without blocking any aisles and doorways. If the car is too crowded to board, please wait for the next train.
With so many events happening throughout the month of May, your only problem may be deciding which one you’re looking forward to most! So…which one are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!