Beginning Monday, Metrolink is gearing up for a busy Bike Month, starting by providing free journey throughout “Bike to Work Week” for individuals who board with bicycles on Metrolink’s bike-friendly passenger trains.
The month-long festivities can even embrace an Aventon e-bike giveaway, the launch of rail-friendly bike excursions specifically curated by AllTrails, and a motorcycle security webinar with the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition.
“Bike to Work Week” lasts from Monday via Friday.
Metrolink, which noticed its share of riders touring with bikes greater than double since March of final yr, makes pairing biking with rail journey straightforward with a wide range of handy facilities, together with bike storage lockers at 23 stations, bike racks at 34 stations and devoted bike automobiles on choose trains that maintain 9 bikes on the decrease degree.
“It has been thrilling to see such a dramatic enhance in riders boarding with bikes this final yr,” stated Ara Najarian, Metrolink Board Chair and Glendale councilmember. “The mix of public transportation and biking for first and final mile journey results in a optimistic long-term influence on our well being and our surroundings. We’re happy to accomplice with Southern California organizations to assist encourage extra folks to find the advantages that biking with Metrolink can supply.”
Setting the tempo for an thrilling Bike Month celebration, Metrolink has partnered with Aventon to provide away a model new PACE 500 e-bike. The glossy e-bike, price $1,499 at retail, incorporates a 40-mile common vary and goes as much as 28 miles per hour. To enter the competition, go to the Metrolink Bike Month website at metrolinktrains.com/bike-month.
“We’re so excited to be partnering with Metrolink throughout Bike Month to provide away an e-bike and to carry consciousness to alternate modes of transportation that complement one another,” stated Adele Nasr, Aventon’s chief advertising officer.
“With Metrolink’s expansive service all through Southern California, this can be a nice alternative for our clients to get pleasure from a broader vary of actions utilizing their e-bikes on Metrolink trains. Metrolink makes it straightforward to ditch the automobile and visitors and have a household journey!”
As well as, Metrolink has teamed up with AllTrails to supply cyclists of all talent ranges a particular number of biking explorations throughout Southern California. Whether or not it’s mountain trails, highway biking expeditions or trails much less traveled, the routes supply adventures the entire household can get pleasure from that begin inside two miles of Metrolink tracks.
To entry the particular bike trails, go to this particular “Trains, Two-Wheelers and Practice Tracks” part on the AllTrails website here.
And to verify cyclists keep secure, LACBC will maintain a free webinar on Tuesday from midday to 1 p.m. led by LACBC’s Kevin Shin to supply recommendations on the most secure method to journey along with your bikes when utilizing public transportation. Attendees will discover ways to take additional precautions round rail crossings and extra suggestions for making any railway journey simpler, safer, and extra handy with a motorcycle.
In line with current experiences, biking elevated by 21% from March June 2020 in U.S. urban-areas in contrast with the identical timeframe in 2019. Specialists are pointing at a mixture of the shelter-in-place orders that stored automobiles and vehicles off the roads, and a swell in activism have introduced bicycle riders out in report numbers and made many reimagine metropolis and suburban life — with out the automobiles, visitors and polluted air.
“Because the pandemic began, we’re happy to see that extra cyclists are discovering Metrolink’s distinctive bike trains, which can also be serving to scale back poisonous emissions within the air we breathe,” stated Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins. “We hope Bike Month will help increase extra consciousness about how touring along with your bike on Metrolink is straightforward and handy.”
Riders who snap a selfie of themselves on the prepare with their bike and use #MetrolinkBikeMonth can have the prospect to be featured on Metrolink’s social media accounts.
Comply with together with #MetrolinkBikeMonth on social media for real-time updates and go to Metrolink’s Bike Month website for extra data on Metrolink’s Bike Month and methods to enter the free bike giveaway.