Regional Connector Ride Guide
The highly anticipated Regional Connector is now open which brings three brand new Metro Rail stations to the LA Downtown core. We have put together a route through Downtown Los Angeles that allows you to explore the three new Metro stations using Metro Bike Share. Dock your bike at any point and check out any of the highlighted destinations along the way, or ride the route as a loop.
It is important to note that Los Angeles County and this bike route occupy the ancestral, traditional and contemporary lands of the Tongva, Chumash, and Kizh.
Little Tokyo / Arts District Station
- Japanese Village Plaza: Japanese Village Plaza offers a unique shopping and dining experience in a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere.
- Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC): JACCC is a 2.2 acre plaza designed by world-renowned artist and Los Angeles native, Isamu Noguchi and is a hub for Japanese and Japanese American art and culture. The campus is home to the Aratani Theater, Toshizo Watanabe Exhibition Center, award-winning James Irvine Japanese Garden and much more.
- Japanese American National Museum (JANM): JANM is dedicated to promoting greater understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the richness and range of the Japanese American experience.
- The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA opened in 1983, offers 40,000 square feet of exhibition space and free admittance.
- Art Share L.A.: Art Share L.A. creates equitable access and opportunity for emerging artists by providing a creative environment for them to live, work, develop, perform, and exhibit. Check out any of the rotating exhibitions.
- Hauser & Wirth: Occupying a former flour mill, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles is a vibrant communal space that links art and architecture with a dynamic events program.
- Over The Influence: Over the Influence is a contemporary art gallery with locations in Hong Kong and Los Angeles dedicated to a vibrant contemporary program featuring works by radical and influential artists.
Historic Broadway Station
- Bradbury Building: The Bradbury Building is the oldest commercial building remaining in the central city and one of Los Angeles’ unique treasures with Romanesque exterior and magical light-filled Victorian court that rises almost fifty feet and can be viewed from the first floor lobby.
- Spring Arcade Building: The Spring Arcade, built in 1924, is a unique two-tower building, which spans the length of Spring Street to Broadway and offers dining, retail and residential spaces.
- Grand Central Market: The 30,000 square-foot arcade encompasses unique LA food vendors and a retail marketplace and offers a dynamic hub for public programming and events.
- Los Angeles Central Library: The library has been designated a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument (#46) and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Free docent tours of the building and its art are given every day the library is open.
Grand Av Arts/ Bunker Hill Station
- The Broad: Founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, the museum is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide.
- The Museum of Contemporary Art-Grand(MOCA): Architect Arata Isozaki designed this MOCA Grand Avenue location in 1986 with classical architecture and Los Angeles popular culture in mind.
- The Music Center: The Music Center is one of the nation’s largest performing arts centers, and acts as cultural anchor in Los Angeles County, bringing together artists, communities and ideas with the goal of enriching the cultural lives of every Angeleno with three original theatres united by the Jerry Moss Plaza.
- Gloria Molina Grand Park: Grand Park spans 12 acres and provides free and low cost programming year round and is open daily for casual activities like picnics, splash pad play dates, lunch breaks, exercise, meditation, and more.
1st & Central
Route is accessible via A Line & E Line from the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station. Exit onto First St and proceed towards the Japanese American National Museum. You may also use Metro B Line or D Line from the Civic Center / Grand Park Metro Station by walking south on S Hill Street for one block to the 2nd & Hill Metro Bike Share Station.
Route is also accessible from Union Station by exiting on the west side of the building and releasing a bike from the Union Station West Portal Station. Exit the parking lot and continue straight on Los Angeles Street. Turn left on E 1st St and enjoy the ride!
Metro Bike Share Stations along route:
- Main & 1st
- 1st and Judge John Aiso
- 1st and Central
- 2nd and Hill
- 2nd and Figueroa
- Los Angeles & Temple
- Temple and Vignes
- 3rd and Santa Fe
- Traction & Rose
- 3rd & San Pedro
- Main & 4th
- Broadway & 3rd
- 7th & Spring
- 7th & Hill
- 7th & Flower
- Figueroa & 4th
- 2nd & Figueroa
Accessible via Bus and Rail (for assistance in planning your trip, please visit Metro Trip Planner):
- Metro Bus: 2, 4, 10, 28, 30, 33, 48, 70, 76, 78, 79, 81, 90, 92, 94, 699, 733
- Metro Rail: Metro A Line or E Line to Little Tokyo / Arts District Station
- LADOT: DASH A, D, 419, 439, 534
Conditions: 4-mile loop, low-grade hill with bike lanes or bike-friendly streets. Please be alert and courteous while you ride and use your best judgement. As a reminder, please never leave your Metro Bike unattended.
Notes: Always return your Metro Bike to a Metro Bike Share station to end your trip. Never leave your Metro Bike unattended!
- The start of this ride begins at the Metro Bike Share station located at 1st and Central. This station is located directly in front of the Japanese American National Museum and a short walk to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. You are in the heart of Little Tokyo and directly across the street from Japanese Village Plaza, with many dining and shopping options as well as the James Irvine Japanese Garden. If you are planning on visiting these local businesses, please wait until you are ready to ride to release your bike!
- Using the cross walk, proceed across 1st and continue west on E 1st St.
- Turn right onto S Vignes St.
- Turn left onto E 2nd St.
- Turn right into S Santa Fe Ave.
- Turn right onto E 3rd St. If you would like to spend time visiting Hauser & Wirth, Art Share L.A. or Over the Influence, please be sure to dock your Metro bike at the 3rd and Santa Fe Metro Bike Share Station and release a bike when you are ready to ride again.
- Turn left onto Traction Ave.
- Turn right onto S. Hewitt St.
- Turn right onto E 4th Pl.
- Continue straight and merge onto E 3rd St.
- Turn left onto S Broadway. Immediately on your right-hand side you’ll see Grand Central Market. If you would like to stop by for lunch or a snack, be sure to dock your Metro Bike at Broadway & 3rd Station.
- Proceed down S Broadway. On your left-hand side, you will pass the Spring Arcade Building.
- Turn right onto W 7th St. If you would like to see the Los Angeles Central Library, be sure to dock your Metro Bike at Hope & 6th Station.
- Turn right onto S Figueroa St.
- Turn right onto W 2nd St and proceed in the bike lane through the tunnel. If you would like to explore the Historic Broadway Station, The Broad, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Music Center, or the Gloria Molina Grand Park, please be sure to dock your bicycle at 2nd and Hill Station.
- Turn left onto Main St. (the bi-directional bike lanes are on the left-side of the street)
- Turn right onto 1st St. Please be sure to dock your Metro Bike at 1st & Central Station.
Always properly return your Metro Bike to end your trip. Never leave a Metro Bike unattended during your trip. Riders will be charged penalty fees up to $2,500 for missing or improperly docked bikes. Report missing or stolen Metro Bikes to 844.857.2453
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