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Biking in Numbers: Bike Trains in Los Angeles

Published on Jun 9, 2014

This film documents an LA bike train and the ways in which it addresses issues of gender and safety for UCLA commuters biking from Koreatown to Westwood. By Andrew Brown, Seol Cho, Michael Moses, Natalie Nava, Bryan Ochoa, Libin Toh, and Katie Zalog.

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Bike Trains Beat Los Angeles Traffic

Published February 03, 2014

Los Angeles is known for its car culture. The city is spread out and public transportation is either slow or limited. As a result, people drive everywhere, causing congestion almost any time of day. A small but growing group of bicycle enthusiasts is trying to change L.A. car culture with what’s called L.A. Bike Trains. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.

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Downtown Bike Commuters Find Safety and Fun in Group Rides

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:00 pm

By Ryan Vaillancourt

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – When it comes to riding a bicycle, especially on city streets, the rule of safety in numbers applies.

A group of cyclists pedaling at the same pace is simply more visible to car drivers. There’s another plus about riding in a group: It’s more fun.

Those beliefs led cycling advocates Nona Varnado and Bruce Chan to form L.A. Bike Trains, an upstart organization that hosts weekly morning rides between various residential neighborhoods and employment hubs.

By creating a group setting to ride to work, Bike Trains hopes to inspire people to ditch their cars and take to the streets on two wheels. It seems to be getting some traction: After launching in May with four routes, Bike Trains is now up to nine routes, four of which culminate in Downtown (other destinations include Long Beach and Santa Monica).

“Our number one target audience is the people who basically don’t feel comfortable riding by themselves,” Varnado said. “They might not have any experience or might not know how to get there.”

Here’s how it works: Would-be participants pick a route that corresponds with their commute (most rides start in the Silver Lake/Los Feliz area). Riders convene at a starting point and roll out by 8 a.m. Downtown destinations include Fifth and Olive streets and Seventh Street and Grand Avenue. Some routes pick up regular riders along the way

Each ride is led by a “conductor,” an experienced cyclist with safety training for riding in the street.

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a very stylish bike commute

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Is your fear of getting sweaty and not looking professional keeping you from taking cycling more seriously as a commuting option?Alternative Route004 co-conductors Kelly & Kelli (you read that correctly) keep it classy and stylish as they ride from Silver Lake -> Downtown LA! And they’re both members of the Bodacious Bike Babes. With Morning Edition blasting from their speakers, get a work out AND get informed!

WEDNESDAYS
Depart 8AM @ Cafe Vita, Silver Lake.
End @ 7th & Grand, Downtown LA.

More info @ http://labiketrains.com/routes/

— with Kelli Bachmann and Kelly Majewski.

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