It was an amazingly inspiring week for us here at the Bike Program as we participated in the annual Bike Week extravaganza, riding along with the citizens of this beautiful city. After Monday’s Bike week Kick Off at Union Station, we attended the Annual Blessing of the Bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, we accompanied our fearless leader, Michelle Mowery, and joined the Bodacious Bike Babes on a guided bicycle ride touring some of the bicycle infrastructure around Union Station and Boyle Heights, with a pit stop at the Mariachi Plaza Gold Line station.
Then it was Bike to Work Day! And wow, it was a scorcher! The LADOT Bike Program would like to thank all of those who participated in Bike to Work day last week despite the record-setting high of 102 degrees. To show our appreciation to all the wonderful people on their cycling commute, the Bike Program was stationed at Sunset Triangle Plaza bright and early in the morning to give away free bike swag including snacks, reflective straps, stickers, spoke cards, maps and more. We also had the opportunity to show off the newly installed Sunset Triangle Bicycle Repair Station and offered advice to cyclists on how to set up their bicycle on it, the various tools available, and provided other repair tips.
While we were at it, I decided to conduct a bicycle count and observed 83 cyclists passing by the plaza over a 2-hour period from 7 AM to 9 AM. Of these cyclists, 63 (76%) were male and 20 (24%) were female. I even had the pleasure of watching a mother-daughter tandem bicycle trip! Many of the cyclists stopped by for a quick pit stop on their ride to work. We had a wonderful time speaking with them about the many benefits of riding a bicycle to work, including reducing automobile emissions, promoting a healthy lifestyle, spending some time outdoors, and saving some money too. Please view our Bike to Work Day Portrait Series below:
Similar pit stops were located in areas across town; our team actually had a chance to spend some time at the LA County Bicycle Coalition pit stop located just a few blocks southeast on Sunset. Our partners at Metro also had a pit stop at North Hollywood Red Line station and at Union Station. Thanks to a unified regional effort to support trips using a variety of mode split, transportation agencies including Metro, LADOT Dash, and Commuter Express offered free rides to people on bicycles. Quite a relief in this heat wave!
Finally, we would like to thank all of those who joined us at Metro Bike Night at Union Station last Friday. It was a great experience to meet and talk to folks who love to #BikeLA, all the while spreading the good word about our work through spoke cards, stickers, and patch kits (which were very popular). The event featured special guests, live music, food trucks, outdoor booths, free bike valet, short films, bike portraits, a fashion show, and our special contribution: Bike Night Trivia! There was also a raffle to win some awesome prizes such as Metro Passes, a year supply of Clif Bars, and even a Tern Folding bike! Hopefully this closing ceremony for Los Angeles Bike Week will continue as a tradition long into the future.
Bike Week is an amazing time- but it shouldn’t end there! May is Bike Month, so we hope many of you will continue biking to work, school, run errands, etc. And remember every day is a bike day; so although Bike Week and Bike to Work day have come to a close, I hope you will join us in making it a Bike Life! Untill next time, bike safe and #BikeLA