I was pondering which of the many website upgrades, organization spreadsheets I might work on for L.A. Bike Trains, when I noticed our traffic had just FREAKED OUT. Where was it coming from? reddit and it turns out that several comment threads, based out of neighborhoods all over LA had begun with people talking about where they live and commute from, asking other people to join. (psst – don’t forget to add that info to our commuter survey!)
May 22, 2013 by Elizabeth Gallardo
Jump on the train! The bike train that is… A group of enthusiastic bicyclists have organized LA Bike Trains: routes across Los Angeles, encouraging Angelenos to ditch their cars and join a bike train to work.
What is a bike train? It’s a slow and steady bike ride to work taking a regular route in the company of other bicyclists. Bike trains are led by reliable Conductors that monitor the speed and safety of the ride, ensuring all commuters are on board and comfortable. Bike trains encourage safety in numbers and provide a festive morning commute. Bike Train Conductors are dedicated volunteers, experienced urban cyclists who recognize that biking to work can be daunting for an individual, but easy and enjoyable in a group.
Right now the LA Bike Trains have 5 routes:
Route 001 : Silver Lake to Hollywood
Led by Bruce Chan – Meets Wednesdays at 8:00am at Cafe Tropical.
Route 002 : Mid-Wilshire to DTLA
Led by Nona Varnado – Meets Wednesdays 9 am at Cafe Americano .
Route 003 : Sunset Triangle to Santa Monica
Led by Wes High – Meets Tuesday at 7:45am at Sunset Triangle Plaza.
Route 004 : Silver Lake to Downtown
Led by Alex Rixey – Meets Thursdays at 8:00am at Caffe Vita on Sunset and Hillhurst, near the Vista Theater.
Route 005 : Westlake to Long Beach
Led by Christopher Lovejoy – Meets Wednesdays 6:45am at 7-Eleven on 7th Street.
LA Bike Trains is eager to expand! To provide input where you would like to join a bike train, fill out their Commuter Survey.
Ever wanted to ride a bike to work but were afraid to take on the mean streets of Los Angeles alone?Now you don’t have to. LA Bike Trains just launched and the folks there let us know that they have five routes where you can roll with a gang of cyclists, Midnight Ridazz-style, except not at midnight. There’s safety in numbers:
A rep for the group put it simply to the Weekly:
We organize group rides to help people commute by bike together along regular routes.
The organization states that it uses guides who know the streets and who can help get you to work safely:
We provide a rolling party along select routes run by Conductors – experienced urban cyclists – to harness the safety of riding in a group while kicking it up a notch by making the ride a fun social experience. And it’s totally free!
Although there are five routes in existence, the group wants to formulate several more. And that’s where you come in. The rep tells us:
We have a form for people to sign up for existing routes, suggest a new one and we’re gathering data via our commuter survey to help build out our network.
Routes include Silver Lake to Hollywood, Mid-Wilshire to downtown, Silver Lake to Santa Monica, Silver Lake to downtown, and Westlake to Long Beach.
Derrickn: I kinda got excited when I came across this post because I take the train myself to work and love it. Then I read the post and it dawned on me that the headline is very misleading. It should read:
“Take The Bike Train to Work, LA: For White Women Who’re Afraid to Take Public Transportation or Ride Their Bike Through Non-White Neighborhoods.”
We are actively working to bring LA Bike Trains to neighborhoods throughout LA and are very concerned in making the experience of riding with us fun for everyone, regardless of race, gender, income or philosophy. We love bikes, people and LA!