Bike Trains are the Lightest Rail

Safety in numbers!

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.

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  1. karl
    karl says:

    Wow this is a dangerous -uber so- topic. “lightest” is far too literal. The purpose of rail is to ration access by other then car ownership taxpayers, and by that I mean like “tobacco” tax, a expoitive relationship of victimisation by predatory entities of vulnerables ,of the “reasonable” person in practice, so these ‘trains’ will quickly require if successful, like modernising bike racks would of and should of even if they can no longer given the give away to ‘light’ like rail fiend peddlers siezing the space needed for that progress…

    anyway we can be proactive

    we can say the train is not to be ditched in the bike lane but when it reaches sufficient mass gets the actual road to use and the average speed, the elapsed time per rider, not peek times, are what matters for enforcing minimum speeds, and that they get a lower speed then the dinasoars who despite jack rabbitign and skidding into the red lights suffer congestion we do not but that makes them more likely guilty of violating the loitering in there commute law.

    In fact we can petition for enforcement of the law. There being a car in front of you is no excuse. You if your in a car that can not pass or be passsed areas guilty as they are for breaking the law of using the road eefficiently. Collectigvely we can put points on all the license plate registrants by cam who exceed the time limits implied by the speed limits between camera’s. Don’t hop ona bike but instead think you can catch up on calls or audiobooks orwhatever, starbucks in your cup, rap turned up and up- the bill will come untilthe roads are freely flowing again… even if at ‘meager’ improvements inspeed we can provide like doubling from ten to 20 mph with ease and fun and no need for piped in sleaze topass the time.

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  2. karl
    karl says:

    p.s.In the 1920’s only did a now known as accountability office be born in america for our hired hands. For local government though it can not be the only cop nor have ombuds or governors nor initiatives stopped the final nail we should fear is now pounded in so deep that it’s become the needle hidden in our coffins hay we must find or with far less life live so fiends can play. “Citibank” or it’s London equivalents are making what’s actually been the issue in personal bike ownership quietly be criminalised- if it doesn’t suck we won’t be welcome soon and there will be no however anticipated actual boon. Technology means the future bike can not even need to hover but rather gracefully far more ride around on it’s own seeking where it’s needed and never need cover. Where payphones barely intruded racks are now foolishly getting rooted. They are not about mobility- they are for warehousing and polluting and diluting the impact of real tact. The real train will suffer no shortage of silicon brain- your ‘seat’ in being part of it’s fleet will vibrately bleet and all you’llneed to is semper down to the street to be handed it by it’s prior enjoyer. Needing no foyer, only real lawyer, this train heroically can be venal carheads too terrifying to be even yet feared bain.

    But for me its’ deafening absence is us STILL NOW going down the drain in the needlessly tartar rare sure to horrifically stain lane. If real trains have any gains it’s in sharing there other then corporal grains to in not waste so much refrain.

    END OF STORY

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  3. karl
    karl says:

    OR TO BE CLEARER I GUESS RENTING IS NOT SHARING. CarAvan’s are not entrained not because they lack chain but because each rider brings there own bike which I hopefullly obviously don’t actually like- the only thing worse is to rent a engineered as pre hearse bezerk design of arrogant jerk. The modern bike will look less like a trike and more like a witch’s broom- the very ether not air it’s angelic loom. A train, one with a track, makes trips, but here only one time a day parts from your lips. I’m all for organised sharingof our roads but until we can shove those stinking toads off every other hour then say to them perhaps once a day will let you on to not need another shower. The ‘conductor’ is so obsolete- especially if she’s not there just to greet! Festive? Not even restive. Marginilising rather. Flashed, or internet together dashed is more like it. SHOWMETHEMOB.org consulted could be hacked up in a day for all even wifi only owning twenty dollar contraptions with to more then play. Like omeoba’s we can flow- on all’s oled screen’s all we need is help to see us glow to hypergrow and cover every inch of asphault in a stynch.

    Sidewalks then will be safe, us running next to them again, instead of empty packs parked in blighting sound bite snacks too ugly to just call ‘racks’ blocking all but the sveltest and then only if not in packs of there own.

    It’s about us using the roads instead of continued bruising to serve no one goads.

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  4. josh
    josh says:

    Is the Sunset Triangle Tuesday 7:45 train actually working? It’s 7:52 Tuesday June 11 at the Sunset Triangle coffee house. I don’t see anybody and I have been here for a while. Did I get my wires crossed, or has this train been derailed?

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    • Wes
      Wes says:

      Josh! I’m sorry this happened. Please sign up on the website so you can be kept informed of any changes. I’m the conductor of that train and I had crashed the weekend before and had a concussion. We had to cancel that weeks train so I could rest. We’ve been running on time since and I know have a backup conductor to avoid this in the future.

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