Metro Art “Journeys” by bike: Community ride to Exposition Park

Image courtesy of Metro Bike

Join Metro Art and Metro Bike Share for a special multimodal community ride celebrating Bike Month through art! 

The day begins on foot with a walking tour of the new exhibition, Journeys Continued: LA Communities Through the Eyes of Artists, at Union Station. We will hear from one of the artists, Stas Orlovski, and learn more about his interpretation of Expo Park/USC (shown above). Then we will venture by bike to see the neighborhood that inspired his work. Together, we will return to Union Station from Expo Park via the Metro E and B Lines. This multimodal ride will include walking, biking, and riding the train as a group. You don’t want to miss out! 

Combining a dramatic indigo sky, romantic architecture, archival imagery, and a dense landscape of roses, Stas Orlovski visually intertwines history and the natural world to depict a place that is both familiar and exotic, a place dreamed about and remembered. This community ride will also stop at two additional Metro stations featuring more art inspired by our transit accessible communities and the active ways we move through Los Angeles. Read on… 

 

EVENT INFO 

RSVP on Eventbrite here (space is limited) 

Start: Historic Union Station, inside the Ticket Concourse, Alameda side of station (West Portal) 

End:  Expo/Vermont Station, with option to take Metro Rail back to Union Station as a group. 

Ride Length: 5-mile one-way ride through Downtown LA and ending at Expo/Vermont E Line Station. 

Conditions: Mostly flat, low elevation on primarily protected bike lanes in Downtown LA. You must be 16+ to ride a Metro Bike. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, no training wheels allowed. Children in trailers/child bike seats welcome on personal bikes. 

 

Detail of “Urban Dualities” by Sam Rodriguez at Jefferson/USC Station

Sights: 

Getting There: 

  • Public Transit: This ride is accessible via Patsaouras Bus Plaza as well as the Metro L Line (Gold), B Line (Red), and D Line (Purple). For assistance in planning your route, please visit https://trips.metro.net/
  • Parking: Paid parking is available at Union Station.
  • Personal bikes are allowed on Metro Rail! Metro Bikes will be docked prior to boarding our return trip. 

Experience Level: Intermediate (must be able to ride 5 miles on a bicycle) / Family-Friendly. You must be 16+ to ride a Metro Bike. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, no training wheels allowed. Children in trailers/child bike seats welcome on personal bikes. 

Detail of “Neighborhood Portrait: Reconstructed” by Jessica Polzin McCoy

What to Bring: 

  • Riders 16 years and older can reserve a Metro Bike at no-cost to attend this event 
  • A functional bicycle or wheeled device (highly recommended with gears) 
  • Hand sanitizer
  • TAP card or money for fare if you plan to use the Metro bus or train ($1.75)
  • A helmet
  • Water bottle 

Safety Protocols 

We will be observing strict protocols during the ride to ensure safety and comfort for all participants. The entire ride will be conducted outdoors to maximize physical distancing. Please keep in mind the following rules while attending the ride: 

  • If you are feeling sick or unwell, please stay home. 
  • Metro Bike Share will provide helmets, water, and ride marshals. 
  • Participants are required to sign a release of liability. 

 

About Metro Art: 

Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative, award-winning  arts programs that encourage ridership and connect people, sites, and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. A diverse range of site-specific artworks is integrated into the growing Metro system, improving the visual quality of transit environments and creating a sense of place. From photography installations to onboard posters, art tours, and live performances, our multi-faceted arts programs add vibrancy and engage communities throughout Los Angeles. 

For future adventures and to learn about other artworks in the Metro system, visit metro.net/art 

About Metro Bike Share: 

Metro Bike Share makes bikes available 24/7, 365 days a year in Downtown LA, Central LA, Hollywood, North Hollywood, and on the Westside. Metro Bike Share offers convenient round-the-clock access to a fleet of bicycles for short trips. Metro Bike Share is one of LA Metro’s multiple public transportation options for Angelenos and visitors to get around. Metro Bike Share is a fast, easy, and fun way to ride, anytime. Get a bike from any Metro Bike Share station, go for a ride, and properly return it. It’s easy — just like riding a bike!