A Weekender Guide with Metro Bike
As an Angeleno, life can be a string of inconveniences. Inconveniences in the form of a long queue at Trader Joe’s, finding parking, going to and back from the beach, visiting a friend who - gasps - lives somewhere on the Westside or far above the 101. For the past few decades, it feels as though we simply exist just to overcome these daily hurdles, in an attempt to find ways to be more connected with our city, our communities and our surroundings.
I’ll admit that I probably rely more on my car more than I’d like to (I blame meetings, events and my incessant need to discover hidden foodie gems). Some of us even drive down the block to the nearest grocery store (thanks SNL for perpetuating that stereotype). It certainly makes me miss the subway system that I once took for granted during my time in New York City.
Taking The Metro
Thankfully with the expansion of the Expo Line, it’s now become more feasible to take the train all the way from Pasadena to Santa Monica. This is a monumental feat for LA, considering how many years of political will it took to get us here. It’s also a blessing for Angelenos, like me, who’ve been looking for transportation alternatives to overcome the arduous trek of commuting. And very recently, Metro made it even more enticing and easier to do so with its Metro Bike share program, which I had the opportunity to try out before its launch.
This year, I've been trying to break the cycle by cycling and taking the Metro more, which I already do on the weekends with my boyfriend who lives in the South Pasadena area. Our joint activity together has become extremely motivating for me to continue seeking out alternative transit methods, unless I really have to drive out of necessity. The Metro has also opened up our eyes to other destinations within different neighborhoods that we otherwise wouldn't frequent -- Highland Park is only two train stops away. Just to give you a glimpse into why the Metro and Metro Bike share program can be a sustainable transportation alternative for you, I've compiled together an interactive, handy guide that you can either flip through or download for reference - hope you guys enjoy!