Bike Month is normally in May, but due to COVID-19 many of the planned activities were cancelled as we stayed safer at home. So this year Metro will be celebrating Bike Month in September, and Ride a Bike Day will take place on Sept. 22 (which also happens to be World Car Free Day). We’ll be offering virtual bike safety classes, as well as self-guided bike rides, to help you make the most of Bike Month and get around safely.
Check out the following virtual events:
Metro’s Bicycle Education Safety Training (BEST) Program continue to offer FREE virtual classes. Choose from a variety of bike topics including basic bike repairs, rules of the road, and other tips to bike safely in your neighborhood. Some classes will also be available in Spanish. Attendees are encouraged to participate from the comfort of your own homes, so we can all continue to practice safe physical distancing. Once registered further instructions for connecting via a virtual platform will be sent. RSVP for an upcoming class here.
Explore and do a self-guided bike ride! BEST Program Partners have designed a series of self-guided bike rides throughout L.A. County combining easy, fun, and family-friendly bike rides with facts and tidbits about L.A.’s history, environment, landmarks, and other points of interest. Ride at your own pace, wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, and get to know your community in a whole new way! Sign up here to receive more Self-Guided Ride info.
In addition, Metro Art is celebrating Bike Month along with the Metro Bike Program by partnering with local community driven radio and arts foundation, dublab, to continue Deep Routes, a radio series where each episode is a collaged soundtrack of interviews and music that offers a multimedia dive into the various intersecting musical histories embedded into the streets, buildings, and neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Listen to Deep Routes while watching the broadcasted livestream of the accompanying geographies as seen from a Metro Bike by tuning in on Tuesday 9/15 and 9/22 from 3 – 4 p.m. to get excited for your own future self-guided ride.
Before heading out on a ride, make sure to review the following:
- Make sure your bicycle is in good working condition. Check the tire air pressure and make sure the other components such as brakes, handlebars, chain, seat, etc. are properly secure and adjusted
- Follow the rules of the road by riding in the direction of traffic and obeying stop signs and lights
- Gear up with a helmet, gloves and face mask. Be visible with front and rear lights
- Enjoy the fresh air and remember to greet others from a safe distance (at least 6 feet)
- Consult the LA Metro Bike Map for bike infrastructure closures
- Don ‘t be distracted by devices
- Brush up on bike “How to Ride” tutorials on Metro ‘s YouTube channel
If you don’t currently own a bike, Metro Bike Share offers convenient round-the-clock access to a fleet of bicycles for short trips, available 24/7, 365 days a year in Los Angeles County.
During the month of September, we’re offering the following Metro Bike Share promotions:
Get a 30-Day Pass for $1: Use the promo code RIDESEPTEMBER online or in the Metro Bike Share app to redeem. TAP users can redeem this offer through taptogo.net.
Play Bike Month Bingo: The first 50 people to to get BINGO will receive a Metro Bike Share hip pack. One lucky winner will get a free 365-Day Pass on us! Download the Bingo board here.
Finally, a reminder: don’t forget to wash your hands before and after every trip, keep physical distance between yourself and others while using stations and while riding, and wear a mask while in public. Ride safely!
Another step that you should take before going on a bike ride in September is to check the air quality outside. The Bobcat fire causing all the smoke over LA County is expected to be contained by October 15.