Thursday, July 7, 2016

TheSource: 5 great DTLA streets for a Metro Bike Share ride

Metro Bike is a great new way to get around DTLA. Join the party now and buy a pass at then go to one of the many Metro Bike Share kiosks in DTLA to rent a bike and give it back when you want and where you want: no traffic, no parking, no drama. Starting August 1 you can also walk up to the kiosk to buy a single use pass.
But you may wonder, especially if you haven’t been on a bike in a while, what is the best route to take through the bustling streets of DTLA?  Well, we have put together a list of our favorite streets to bike on in DTLA when riding to work, play or school. We also recommend consulting your favorite map app for biking directions or checking out the Metro Bike Map to make use of all the Metro Bike stations.
Los Angeles Street
1.) Los Angeles Street Protected Bike Lane (from Alameda to 1st Street)
DTLA’s first protected bike lane opened on Los Angeles Street earlier this year. Along the route stop by the cavernous Union Station which displays Moderne, Art Deco and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and is the hub of the city and region’s transit system. Take in some Los Angeles pre-American history at The Pueblo and Olvera Street where taquitos were invented, and quizzically marvel at the Triforium, a six-story, 60-ton public sculpture created by artist Joseph Young.
Metro Bike stations are located along the route at:
  • Union Station West
  • Los Angeles and Temple
Spring Street
2.) Spring and Main Buffered Bike Lanes (from Cesar Chavez to 17th Street)
This route goes directly through the Historic Core and includes Spring Street ParkLos Angeles City Hall, L.A.’s first high-rise the 1893 Bradbury Building (the location of Blade Runner and many other Hollywood flicks), the Fashion District, California Market Center and the Cooper Design Space.
Metro Bike stations are located along the route at:
  • 1st and Main
  • 3rd and Spring
  • 3rd and Main
  • 5th and Main
  • 6th and Main
  • 7th and Main
  • 7th and Spring
  • Main and Olympic
Grand Ave
3.) Grand Avenue and Olive Street Bike Lanes (from 7th Street to Washington Blvd)
Use Grand Avenue southbound and Olive Street northbound to move between the Financial District and the booming South Park neighborhood on these mostly buffered bike lanes. In the north make sure to stop by some of the amazing café choices along 7th Street for a tasty bite. Riding south, check out theFashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the adjacent Grand Hope Park for a nap in the grass under the trees. On the southern end of the route, learn how to weld, or master a whole list of trades (bicycle repair anyone?) at Los Angeles Trade Tech.
Metro Bike stations are located along the route at:
  • 8th and Olive
  • 9th and Grand
  • 12th and Grand
  • 14th and Grand
  • Washington and Grand
1st Street
4.) 1st Street Bike Lanes (from Figueroa Street to San Pedro Street)
The 1st Street bike lanes provide a comfortable way to ride between the symphony at Disney Concert Hall and sushi in Little Tokyo. After riding, relax on the massive lawn of Grand Park and take in the views of the skyline, or grab a bite at the Tuesday farmers’ market. See the Los Angeles Times Building before heading east to the delicious cuisine and shops of Little Tokyo.
Metro Bike stations are located along the route at:
  • 8th and Olive
  • 1st and Main
  • 1st and San Pedro
5.) Mateo and Santa Fe (from 1st Street to 7th Street)
These two bicycle friendly streets come together to form the spine of the Arts District and are an easy option to ride from north to south. The route includes One Santa Fe (built by famed architect Michael Maltzan), The Southern California Institute of Architecture and lots of shops, restaurantscoffee shopsand bookstores.
Metro Bike stations are located along the route at:
  • 3rd and Santa Fe
  • Willow and Mateo
  • Industrial and Mateo
  • 3rd and Rose 
This post is for route planning purposes only. Metro is not responsible for final route choice or selection.


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