Monday, December 2, 2013

NPR: Commuting Aboard The L.A. Bike Trains


From National Public Radio -- One of the largest obstacles in getting people to bike to work is their fear of getting hit by a car. A new grass-roots project in Los Angeles is helping folks navigate the ins and outs of traffic.

It's 6:45 a.m. and Barbara Insua is busy packing a bag. She will ride seven miles from her home in Pasadena to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, where she works as a graphic designer. She only started doing this ride a few months ago.

"It was kind of daunting," she says, "because seven miles to the lab - I didn't know how to do it. I'm not an avid cyclist."

Enter - an organization that arranges commutes by bike in groups. Each Bike Train route has an experienced conductor who serves as a guide. Insua especially likes that these volunteer conductors offer new riders door-to-door service from their homes to the train.

"He came and picked me up from my house," Insua says. "[He] went out of his way to get me to bike for two or three weeks. Then I was conditioned. Then I was brainwashed."  [full story]

1 comment:

  1. The cities in the us with the most people who bike to work:
    http://www.towncharts.com/Top-500-Cities-in-the-US-for-People-Who-Bike.html

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