Every May we celebrate bicycling as an essential transportation mode and healthy way to recreate. This year many of us are staying home as a necessary measure to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus. Bike to Work Day and bike week events and promotions are postponed to September, which will coincide with World Car Free Day. Stay tuned for more updates on Bike to Work Day as we approach September 2020.
This May, we’ll continue to recognize the importance of safe bicycling for those biking for essential travel and exercise in your neighborhood . Below are some tips and resources to help us all get through this together .
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
Use sanitizing wipes to clean your bike before and after and wash your hands when you get home
Enjoy the fresh air and remember to greet others from a safe distance (at least 6 feet)
Know that people are out bicycling as well as walking and jogging throughout the day
in your neighborhood
Traffic conditions may be lighter, but still obey the speed limit. The severity of injury increases with speed
in your local area.
LA Metro Bike Map
When passing in car, check often and give at least three feet of space between your car and those bicycling, or better yet change lanes if cleared to do so
When driving in urban areas be extra vigilant to drive cautiously especially in residential neighborhoods and retail areas
Don’t be distracted with any devices
Although we encourage only riding transit for essential trips during this time, you can brush up on bike “How to Ride” tutorials on Metro’s YouTube channel while you ’ r e safe at home.
Take a Virtual Bike Class!
Bicycling 101 is a 1-hour off-bike session (online video conference) to provide a quick overview of bike basics, rules of the road, and things to know to bike safely with special attention and advice for the current C OVID -19 period . The class will help expand your overall bike knowledge and prepare you and your bike to be road-ready. Attendees are encouraged to participate from the comfort and safety of your own homes, so we can all doing our part to practice ph y sical distance. Once registered further instructions for connecting via video conference will be sent. A Spanish session is also available.
Follow the links below to sign up :
B rowse through the Bike Month Calendar for a growing list of additional virtual bike-related activities .
Metro Bike for Your Essential Trips
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 Downtown LA, Central LA, the Port of LA, and the Westside. Make sure to follow all personal hygiene information available on kiosks and bicycles w hen using Metro Bike Share to slow the spread of COVID-19. W e advise customers to wash hands before and after use of Metro Bike Share.
For parking your bike, there are Metro bike lockers and Metro Bike Hubs . The hubs offer secure membership -access only bike parking with enhanced security features such as video surveillance and an alarm system . Currently, on- site mechanics and attended staffing services are suspended.
Due to the pandemic this year, Metro has postponed celebr at ing B ike to W ork D ay until September . Stay tuned for updates until then .
On Bike to Work Day, Metro , along with many other transportation agencies throughout the county typically offer free rides . All that you’ll need i s your bike or helmet to claim your free ride on any Metro bus or rail line. At non-gated Metro rail stations, there is no need to tap, just show the Metro fare officer your bike or helmet. At Metro’s rail-gated stations, use the intercom located near the fare gates to notify an attendant who will open the ADA gates for you.
T here will also typically be numerous pit stops throughout Los Angeles County. T he Bike Month map will be update d to help you find a pit stop near your route (indicated on the map by the green cyclist icon). At these pit stops, you will find refreshments to fuel you on your ride as well as free giveaways. Metro will be hosting our very own pit stop at Union Station .
When p lanning your commute
Google Maps is a good place to start. All Metro buses have bike racks for riders to store their bicycles. 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. For more tips on how to bring your bike on board, check metro.net/bikes .
Wondering where Bike Month is? Join in the community experience! Find all the participating locations in the county with this map.
- Bike Month Events
- Bike to Work Day Pit Stops
How to Host an Event
On Bike to Work Day, employers are encouraged to host pit stops for bicyclists. Typically pit stops are held on the morning or evening of Bike to Work Day during peak commute hours (e.g., 6:00-9:00 a.m.). Pit stop organizers typically set up a booth or table with water and refreshments (e.g., bananas, bagels, coffee, etc.) and promotional items (e.g., bike lights, ankle straps, etc.) and distribute them to bicyclists who stop by en route to home
work. Whether they are simple or elaborate, pit stops are great ways for employers to show support and cheer on their employees!
Employers can also hold other events such as group bike rides, bike checkups, repair clinics, and more. If you would like to hold a pit stop or other event, please fill out the form for Bike Month 2 020 .
How to Encourage Employees to Participate
Bike to Work Day:
Employers can inform their employees of Bike to Work Day by posting flyers and sending emails inviting people to bike to work on September 22nd . They can circulate information to employees regarding Bike to Work Day pit stops and other events. Other ways to engage employees include:
Set up a competition:
Hold a team bike challenge and have employees compete against each other or a neighboring company for the most miles traveled.
Show Them the Ropes:
Have someone on staff who commutes? Ask them to be a bike mentor and encourage co-workers to ride. Support safe cycling by promoting free local bicycle education classes .
Thank Your Employees for Participating in Bike to Work Day:
Plan a quick Bike to Work Day celebration breakfast or lunch and prizes for participants to thank employees for participating in Bike to Work Day.
Stay tuned for more resources to get bicyclists in your area excited about Bike to Work Day!
Here are top five messages you can use for Twitter and Facebook posts and don’t forget to use # Bike toWorkDay :
- Where will the ride take you? Join us this # Bike toWorkDay to find out! metro.net/ bikemonth
- Looking for ways to improve your bike commute? Visit metro.net/ gobike for safety tips group rides and more. # Bike toWorkDay
- No time for the gym? Riding your bike to work, shop or visit a friend is an easy way to work in a workout! # Bike toWorkDay
- Taking your bike instead of the car to school/work today? Share a photo and use hashtag # Bike toWorkDay
- More than 80% of bike commuters say they feel healthier and less stressed. Probably because they're getting exercise, saving money, and doing something good for the environment . Be one of those people! # Bike toWorkDay