In case you missed it, the League of American Bicyclists declared May 2012 as National Bike Month. Dubbed “an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride,” the month is being highlighted by National Bike To Work Week (May 14 – 18), which culminates with National Bike To Work Day on Friday, May 18.
Locally, the L.A. County MTA is offering free rides on Metro buses and trains to cyclists who bring their bike and/or bike helmet with them on Thursday, May 17.
According to the San Fernando Sun, Culver CityBus, DowneyLINK, Glendale Beeline, LADOT, Montebello Bus Lines, Norwalk Transit, Pasadena ARTS, Santa Clarita Transit and Torrance Transit will also be offering free rides to commuters with a bike and/or bike helmet (although if you’re riding a bike on Southland streets, you should really be wearing a helmet. If you’re under 17, wearing a helmet is the law in California). Metro will be co-sponsoring 80 bicycle “pit stops” throughout L.A. County where riders can fuel up on snacks and the occasional giveaways (find exact locations here).
Bike To Work Day is just one of the many local events and activities scheduled for next week. The 9th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles will be happening at Good Samaritan Hospital on Tuesday, May 15, starting at 8 a.m. Find more events, safety tips, and how to take the Bike to Work Day pledge on the Metro website.