2 Steps Forward and 1 Step Back on Lifting Metro Rail’s Peak Hour Bike Ban

July 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Posted in Bike News | 5 Comments
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While Metro has publicly announced lifting the bike ban during peak hours, internal proceedings have been a little more garbled. Photo; flickr/waltarrrrr

At last night’s Operations Subcommittee, a part of Metro’s ongoing Bicycle Roundtable effort, LACBC learned of a step backwards on Metro’s progress towards lifting the  peak hour bike ban on all Metro Rail lines. In May, as part of Bike to Work Week, Metro announced that they would begin working to lift the ban on bicycles during peak hour periods on Metro Rail. The ban had been in question since the beginning of Metro’s Bicycle Roundtable proceedings, and historically in the bike community, for several reasons.

But last night we learned that at a recent Metro Management and Audit Committee meeting, a document with text specifically upholding the ban on bicycles, and containing other self-contradicting though consistently anti-bike language, was making its way through the Metro Board processes.

Thankfully, staff from the Mayor’s office and Metro’s Bike Planning department have already begun to move on correcting this inconsistency.  LACBC will be immediately working with these groups to make sure that this language is altered to not only uphold Metro’s own promise of lifting the peak hour bike ban, but to hold Metro to its larger commitment of making their organization more bike friendly.

You can read the text of the Management and Audit Committee’s proposal to create Metro’s own Transit Court (a method Metro hopes will increase revenues by avoiding a reliance on County courts to collect fines issued by Metro) which includes language aimed at preventing bicycle use on Metro rail and buses on page 15. Leave any comments you might have on this document and its text and we encourage you to come out to Metro’s next Bicycle Roundtable,  scheduled for August 11th.

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  1. Yeah, I noticed that. I like how you’re supposed to keep your bike in bicycle-designated cab areas, and also how you’re not supposed to take your bike down train aisles. Anyone care to tell me how you’re supposed to reach the bicycle-designated area on the gold line without taking your bike down the aisle?

    If I could teleport, I wouldn’t need metro.

  2. [...] the Backbone Network in 10 steps. Metro’s plans to lift the peak hour bike ban evidently haven’t circulated internally yet. Motorists discover an injured cyclist lying in the road near Bonsall CA, about 40 miles north [...]

  3. [...] the Backbone Network in 10 steps. Metro’s plans to lift the peak hour bike ban evidently haven’t circulated internally yet. Motorists discover an injured cyclist lying in the road near Bonsall CA, about 40 miles north [...]

  4. I’m confused, has the ban been lifted or not? It’s still listed under the bikes section of Metro’s website. http://www.metro.net/around/bikes/bikes-metro/

  5. [...] of the rush hour ban reversal is that the staff at Metro don't always work in concert.  The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition noticed a proposal going to the aforementioned Operations Committee in July that, amongst other [...]


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