I have rode the Metro for 1 week and I really love it. I get to work on time, and I don’t have to drive. I really don’t like driving that much anyway, and it is refreshing to walk in between stops.
The bus/train combo that I am using costs $3.10 each way if I use cash…it’s cheaper since I got a monthly pass for $62. I should have bought the $80 monthly pass + 1 zone, but I didn’t figure that out until after I bought it. That just means that I have to carry 60 cents with me each way to pay for the zone pass.
I have not tried to take my bike on the bus yet. I have seen several people with bikes on the bus and the trains. The bus seems easy enough to do, just pull the rack down and put your bike on it.
The train is a little tricky. You have to find a good spot on the train where you are not in anyone’s way and have to keep all your stuff together. I am still in “observe” mode.
My first thought was that it would be nice to have the bike along for in between stops, but, the walk turns out to be very easy on both sides of the commute. So having the bike is now more of an idea of getting a work out while doing my commute.
By the way, I rode my bike all the way to work and back on Saturday this past week. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. The ride to work was pretty easy. On the way home, I got a little saddle sore, but other than that, I was not too exhausted.
I found some spots that I would rather avoid on my bike in traffic along the way. I had to wait at a stop light while cars were trying to get on the freeway to my right. It would have been better if I had not been there :-). I think there is a cross walk, so no worries.
This experiment with the metro and the bike is a lot of fun. Riding the Metro makes me realize that I live in a hugh city. It was hard to tell when I was driving that I was in a city, it just whoosed by like a dream.
When I used the Metro, I learned to appreciate the immensity of greater L.A.
I also really love riding my bike. I can feel myself losing weight and I don’t even feel like I have been working out. The bike doesn’t hurt my knees or legs at all, outside a little soreness. The saddle sorness was there in the beginning, and I have gotten used to it. I also bought some padded shorts to ease the pain, which helps quite a bit.
So stay tuned for more of me blathering on about bikes and public transit, I will pass on lessons learned that might help you out someday (if you live in LA and want to ride a bike to work??!?)