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Thursday, 10 May 2012 01:18

Metro Promotes Bicycle Activities and Festivities during Official "Bike Week LA" May 14-18

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is sponsoring "Bike Week LA" activities from May 14-18 to encourage Angelinos to ride bicycles to work, school and other destinations throughout LA County to reduce traffic and air pollution. Bring a bike or bike helmet on Metro buses and trains for a free ride on Bike to Work Day, Thursday May 17.

Metro will be offering a chance to win several prizes, such as a commuter cycling package from REI valued at $750 to those who pledge to bike to work on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 17. Pledges may be made online at www.metro.net/bikeweek. Schools, workplaces, and advocacy groups will hold bicycle pit stops that day with free refreshments, giveaways, and bicycling information for bicycle commuters.

Metro has invested close to $200 million in bike facilities and programs. Besides direct investment in bicycle projects, the expanding network of Metro buses and rail service enables more cyclists to extend their trips by combining bicycling with public transit.

All Metro buses are equipped with front bike racks. Bikes may also be taken on Metro trains. On Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 17, Metro will offer free rides to bicyclists on Metro buses and trains throughout Los Angeles County. Culver CityBus, DowneyLINK, Glendale Beeline, LADOT, Montebello Bus Lines, Norwalk Transit, Pasadena ARTS, Santa Clarita Transit and Torrance Transit will also offer free transit rides to bicyclists who use transit for part of their commute. Patrons just need to board with a bicycle or bicycle helmet to ride for free.

Cyclists may bring their bicycles on Metro trains. Metro has removed its peak-hour restrictions for bicycles on rail, which means cyclists may bring their bicycles onboard Metro Rail during all system hours.

On Bike to Work Day, Metro is co-sponsoring more than 80 bicycle pit stops across Los Angeles County with local organizations. Bicyclists are invited to stop by for refreshments and free giveaways at various times of the day. For locations and times, go to www.metro.net/bikeweek.

Metro is again hosting the annual Golden Pedal Awards to celebrate those who ride their bikes to work every day. The public may nominate themselves, friends and colleagues for different cycling awards online at www.metro.net/bikes/bikeweek/golden-pedal-awardsform/.

Free bike maps detailing more than 1,200 miles of bike paths, bikeways and bike lanes in Los Angeles County are available to plan bicycle trips. Maps may be downloaded online at www.metro.net/bikes/. Free copies are also available at any Metro Customer Center; call (213) 922-2811 to request a copy.

To round out Bike Week LA, Metro also supports "Bike to School Day" on Friday, May 18. Students are encouraged to bicycle safely to school throughout LA County to help reduce auto trips and congestion within school zones.

Are you riding your bike to work/school?

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