LA County’s flat terrain and gridded streets makes it a great place to ride a bike. Whether you’ve been cycling for years or this is your first time on a bike since middle school, taking these few steps will help make your Metro Bike Share experience even better.
And for folks in their cars, when you see someone out on a bike, give them 3 feet for safety. It's the law and, well, it's just nice.
Before you ride...
Bring a helmet
Always wear a helmet. Helmets dramatically reduce the risk of head injury in a bicycle crash. Riders under 18 are required by California Law to wear a helmet.
A good helmet should fit snuggly on your head and not move back and forth while you are in motion. When adjusting the chin strap, tighten the strap to allow no more than two fingers of space between your chin and the strap.
Check your bike
Metro Bike Share crews regularly check each bike to make sure it is ready to ride, but you should always give a bike a once-over before hopping on. If you find any issues with the bike, contact customer service immediately, and select a different bike to ride.
- Seat: Metro Bike seats are easily adjustable. Just open the clamp on the seat post, lower or raise your seat, and close the clamp again. Make sure the seat is straight and doesn’t move. Most people prefer their seat to be high enough so they can straighten their legs while pedaling.
- Air: Make sure each tire is fully inflated by pressing down on it. If it flattens under pressure, select another bike.
- Brakes: Make sure the brake cables are working properly by pressing each lever next to the handlebars. If you don’t feel any resistance, select a different bike.
- Wheels: Give each wheel a spin to check that it does not catch against the brake pads or anything else.
Plan your route
Knowing the best route to take ahead of time often makes your ride easier. You can look up route ideas in several ways:
While you ride...
- A bicycle is a vehicle, follow and obey all traffic lights and signs.
- Minimize riding on the sidewalk and always yield to pedestrians.
- Make eye contact with drivers and pedestrians before passing.
- Always pass on the left. Use your bell or say “on your left” to let pedestrians and riders know you’re passing.
- Only one person per bike.
- Ride predictably and with the flow of traffic. Don’t weave in and out of traffic. It’s safer to ride in a straight line.
- Never ride with headphones; it’s important to hear what’s going on around you!
- Signal your next move. When preparing to turn, point in the direction will go. This helps cars and other cyclists understand your intentions.
- Use bike lanes where possible, unless you are turning or it’s unsafe to do so. If the street is too narrow for cars and bicycles to safely travel next to each other, you have the right to ride in the middle of the lane – Every Lane is a Bike Lane!
- Avoid the “door zone.” Give clearance to parked cars. Trust us, you don’t want to be surprised by a car door being opened.
At the end of your ride
- When returning your Metro Bike to a station, make sure it is securely locked.
- If you’ve had any issues with your bike during your ride, contact customer service.