Open Streets Events
Open Streets events are perfect places to experience bicycling. Whether you are biking on the street for the first time or to testing out your newly learned bicycling skills, these events are the best places to ride in a car-free, safe and fun environment.Open Streets events temporarily close off streets to automobile traffic and open them up for people to walk, bike, skate, roll and dance. Metro offers the Open Streets Grant Program to fund a series of open streets events all across LA County. Visit our Active Transportation page for more information and upcoming Open Streets events.
Community rides are a great way to experience bicycling in a safe, guided, group ride. There are many organizations throughout Los Angeles County that host regular rides across the region. Each ride is curated to highlight a community in a fun tour 3-5 miles long, with planned stops. These rides vary skill level and theme, and all are free and open to the public. Check out the Calendar and Map of upcoming community rides and other bicycle events in Los Angeles County.
Bike to Work Day/Bike Month
Bike Month is a national month-long celebration of the bicycle. For the entire month of May, we celebrate bicycling all around Los Angeles County with pit stops, community rides, food, music and all kinds of fun events. Bike to Work Day is also a great opportunity for you to leave your car at home and try commuting by bike with thousands of other Angelenos.
Bicycle Friendly Business District
Bicycle Friendly Business Districts (BFBD) promote and provide incentives for residents and visitors to make local trips by bike. Discounts or amenities may be offered at businesses for bike riders. Cities may provide a program for businesses to request bike racks. For people who bike, these programs provide an opportunity to explore new neighborhoods and support local businesses. Bicycle-Friendly Business Districts currently exist in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica.
Bicycle Friendly Business District Pilot Program (2017-2018)
Metro worked with local governments and stakeholders and implemented two pilot BFBDs in the San Gabriel Valley cities of Glendora and South Pasadena. In each pilot district, there were a series of recurring community events to highlight bicycle-friendly businesses (e.g., designated days when discounts would be offered; free bike valet at farmers markets, organized bike rides featuring a local business, etc.), emphasize bicycle safety (e.g., offering bike safety classes), and promote access to public transit and other forms of active transportation. The project also included the installation of bicycle racks.
Through the work on the pilot BFBDs, Metro developed a BFBD Implementation Manual to help local governments, communities, and businesses build and sustain successful BFBD programs. The Manual includes guidance on: developing partnerships; selecting geographic boundaries; developing the program; marketing and promoting the program; considering complementary programs; and conducting program evaluation. It provides resources and program suggestions for local governments, community members, and business groups.