5 Ways to use your Bike while riding Metro

Aug 30, 2009 by Lisa Newton

We already know biking to work—and bicycling in general– is good for you, your health, your environment, and your pocketbook, but what if you live too far to bike to work?

Here are 5 ways you can use your bike for its benefits and also use the Metro at the same time:

Bike Racks

1. Bike racks are available at most Metro Rail stations on a first-come, first-served basis. You have to bring your own lock. If you need more information about how best to lock your bike, the Bike Source has great ideas.

2. If you’re not comfortable leaving your bike locked outside all day, try a bike locker like the one pictured above. For reasons of theft, a bike locker is a much better alternative than leaving it parked outside all day. You’re able to rent a bike locker for $24 per six months. To get started, here’s the Bike Locker Agreement needed to sign up. To see if a bike rack or bike locker is available at the Metro station of your choice, here’s a handy map.

3. Take your bike with you. For example if you live in Pasadena and work in LA, you can take your bike with you on the train. Metro recently lifted their bike ban during rush hour, but with limitations–only two bikes per train during rush hour. If your schedule permits it’s easier to travel during non-peak hours because there’s no limit on the number of bikes on the trains. Hopefully with time, Metro will change its policy and allow unlimited bikes at all times.

4. Use the bike racks on the busses. If riding the bus is a better alternative than the train, you can still take your bike with you. Each Metro bus is equipped with a twin bike rack on the front. If you haven’t used the bike rack on the bus before and feel a little intimidated, here’s a great video that explains the entire process:

5. The bottom line is to have fun while riding your bike to work, while always keeping safety in mind.

While Travelin’ Local, you don’t only have to combine riding your bike and using the Metro for work. I can think of a million other things to do and places to do, that would make combining the two just as efficient.

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5 Responses to “5 Ways to use your Bike while riding Metro”

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  2. patrick says:

    There is no limit of two bikes per car during rush hour. This was proposed by MTA staff and roundly rejected after public hearings.

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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @patrick, I’m aware that this proposal had been put forth, but didn’t realize it hadn’t been passed. Yes, right now, bikes are not allowed at all on the trains during rush hour.

    Hopefully, this will change in the future.

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  3. Kenneth Elliott | Balance Bike says:

    Another great article. Here in Richmond VA they don’t have a very good infrastructure for bike riders. Nor, do we have a metro system. Although, the bus lines have bike racks. But the bus line does not reach the outlining areas were jobs are. Richmond really needs to improve.
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  4. Ste says:

    More people should be doing this. I commute 40 miles a day and my method is to drive with my bike in the car for the first half of the journey and leave my car at a friend’s house, then cycle the remainder.
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