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Many questions can be answered by email. We’ve helped people make small choices – like what route to take or bike gear to get and major choices – like where to live so that the experience and costs of transportation in Los Angeles is a positive one.
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1. Riding on the street in L.A. is too dangerous. It’s true – biking in LA is often a stressful experience because of the roads and traffic. By riding together, you get to learn in a safe manner and contribute to making drivers aware that cyclists are on the road. Our instructors go through training on how to best educate new riders and ensure you’re in a good place to ride, supported by years of practical experience.
BONUS: By having more people biking, LA City and other organizations will have greater power to implement protective infrastructure improvements.
2. How do I get started? What if I’m not sure how to get from the route to my office? LA Bike Trains is now ‘LA Bike Tutors.’ It’s a service where you can request to have an experienced urban cyclist meet you at your house, show you how to get to the meeting point and then show you how to navigate from the route to your specific destination. The volunteer might also be able to recommend how to lock up or other practical tips for a new rider.
Remember: we’re here to have fun and get to work – routes are planned to avoid danger and sometimes to avoid hills 😉
4. I’ll get sweaty. I have to look professional. Bike Trains are …like real trains, slow and steady. Each conductor leads at their own pace, but it’s not a race and no one is ever left behind at a light. It’s true in summer you might want to invest in a nice bike basket to carry a fresh shirt or a hairbrush.
5. But I have a slow/old/ugly bike. Because Bike Trains are at an easy pace, you can ride just about anything. In a large bike train you’ll see people riding old mountain bikes, rusty delivery bikes, fixed gears, beach cruisers or whatever will do the job.
6. I’m not in great shape. By making the pace of the ride easy, anyone with any bike, wearing any clothes can happily keep pace. The great thing about commuting by bike is that you’re also getting regular exercise, so if you’re out of shape it’s a pleasant way to increase your fitness or just burn a few extra calories. What might take 45 minutes to ride today, could be a zippy 30 minutes six months from now.
7. I’m not really a cyclist and I don’t have time for extra stuff before work. Riding a bike is generally a more time-efficient way of getting to work. They’re not physically demanding and you can wear whatever you want. But otherwise bikes are a transportation option, just like taking public transit or driving.
WAIT. What’s a Bike Train?
and how is it different from any other group ride?
Riding in a group is always more fun & safe than riding alone. L.A. Bike Trains pioneered a large scale education and encouragement program to break down the barriers to riding a bicycle in Los Angeles.
Since 2017 we’ve transitioned to a private instruction format for 1:1 lessons, expert advice and TDM consulting.
Bike Trains programs combine those benefits with operating on a regular route, on a regular schedule – like a public bus line. Conductors are trained, outfitted with tools and official rides are insured. Anyone who is new or uncomfortable riding on the street gets personal instruction and encouragement, while regular bike commuters gain motivation and a fun group of people to ride with.