Thursday April 30, 2009
Cartoon character Bart Simpson will help kick off the 15th annual celebration of Bike to Work Week Monday, May 11, when he arrives on a Metro Bus for a bike tune up at Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles.
Metro Board member and Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar will join Metro CEO Art Leahy in welcoming Bart to kick off the weeklong bicycle festivities.
Metro will be offering a chance to win several prizes such as two-night stay for two at the Red Mountain Resort & Spa in St. George, Utah, a hybrid electric bike from Currie Technologies, and more prizes to those who pledge to bike to work. Go online at www.metro.net/biketowork or by phone 213.922.2811 or at the pit stop locations.
In addition, on Thursday, May 14, Metro will offer free rides to bicyclists on Metro buses and trains throughout Los Angeles County. Moreover, Beach Cities Transit, Commerce Municipal Bus Lines, Culver City Bus, Gardena Municipal Lines*, Glendale Beeline, Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), Montebello Bus Lines, Norwalk Transit, Pasadena ARTS Bus, Santa Clarita Transit, and Torrance Transit, also will offer free rides to bicyclists who use transit for part of their commute day. Just board with a bicycle and/or bike helmet.
Cyclists also can bring their bikes on Metro Rail trains and ride free. Since Metro Rail trains may be full during weekday rush hours, Metro reserves the right to ask bicyclists to wait for the next train from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. unless trains are moving in a direction opposite the peak hour flow of commuter traffic on the Metro Blue, Green and Gold Lines.
On the Metro Red and Purple Lines subways trains, bikes are not allowed in either direction during peak hours from Union Station to Wilshire/Vermont only. No other restrictions apply.
Also as part of the activities on Bike to Work Day, Metro is co-hosting more than 40 bike pit stops with local organizations, inviting bicyclists to stop by for refreshments and free giveaways from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. only. For exact locations, go to www.metro.net/biketowork.
Hosts include the City of Los Angeles, California Department of Justice, illuminateLA, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), City of West Hollywood, UCLA Transportation, City of Santa Monica, REI Santa Monica, City of Pasadena, Maguire Investments and Western Asset Management, REI Arcadia, Polytechnic School, VNO Shops on Lake, LLC, City of Glendale and Glendale TMA, Foothill Transit, Cal State LA, City of Whittier, City of Claremont, City of Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), The Aerospace Corporation and Raytheon, City of Torrance, City of Long Beach, Long Beach Cyclists, REI Northridge, City of Santa Clarita and Newhall Bicycle Company, Bicycle Mart, Cal State Long Beach, City of El Monte, CSULB Cyclists, El Camino College Compton Education Center, Glendale Cyclery, Helen’s Cycles, I. Martin Bicycles, Los Angeles Trade Tech College, Montrose Bike Shop, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Jennie Cooks.
Metro is promoting Bike To Work Week in Los Angeles County with the following partners and sponsors: City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), Los Angeles Department of Transportation Bike Program, Caltrans, California Bicycle Coalition, Good Samaritan Hospital, REI, Clif Bar, Jax Bicycles, Ocean Potion Suncare, The Helmet Man, Kaiser Permanente, Laugh Factory, Fox 11, KFI Radio, Bike Lid Systems, Black Angus Steakhouse, Currie Technologies, Cy Fi Wireless Sports, Huntington Library, Pedestrian Safety Products, Red Mountain Resort & Spa, and Weinerschnitzel.
Metro also is supporting a series of events such as the annual interfaith Blessing of the Bicycles at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 12. For more information, visit www.goodsam.org
Metro and LACBC are hosting a “Bike to Work Downtown L.A. Ride” Wednesday, May 13, to demonstrate how downtown workers coming from all areas of Los Angeles can easily access some of the most prominent area work sites, Metro Rail stations, civic and entertainment centers by bicycle. Riders will congregate on the plaza of the Civic Center Metro Red Line Station starting at 8 a.m., and will depart at 8:30 a.m. for a short 25-minute ride through downtown. The ride will end at the South Lawn of L.A. City Hall around 9 a.m. L.A. City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been invited to join bicyclists for this event. All local bicyclists are invited to participate in this demonstration ride. For a map of the planned Bike to Work Downtown L.A. Ride route, visit http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2644845 .
Details of these and other bicycling events, helpful Metro Bike Pocket Guides with bike information on safety and bicycle parking locations along the Metro Rail system, and Metro bike maps with resource links are easily accessible on www.metro.net/biktetowork. Metro Commute staff is available to answer questions by calling 213.922.2811.
All streets are open to bicyclists, but the Metro Bike Map is a guide of the 1,252 miles of bike infrastructure throughout Los Angeles County, bike paths, on-street bike lanes and designated bike routes. Free copies are available at any Metro Customer Center, or go to metro.net/biketowork and request a copy.
Among bikeways featured in the Metro Bike Map is the Metro Orange Line bikeway in the San Fernando Valley, which runs along the 14-mile Metro Orange Line from North Hollywood to the West Valley. This facility is part of more than 100 bikeway projects in Los Angeles County that Metro has funded. Among others are the Los Angeles River and in Whittier, Bellflower, and other bicycle infrastructure projects in the cities of Santa Clarita, Long Beach, Burbank, Pasadena, Calabasas, Claremont and others throughout the county, as well as bike bridges and underpasses.
In addition, Metro funded the first Long Beach Bikestation, one being planned in Santa Monica and bike lockers and racks at Metro Rail stations to encourage commuters to bike with transit.
For more information on Bike to Work Day and the Metro-supported bike program, go to metro.net or call 213.922.2811.
(*Gardena buses are not equipped with bike racks; participants planning on using this carrier should park their bikes and board with their helmet only.)
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