Freakin’ MTA Bastids

b2wd.jpgYeah so tomorrow is the MTA’s annual Bike To Work Day, which for those of you strictly vehicularly inclined is better known as Blahbitty Blah Day. You might be expecting this urban ‘cycler to blow exhaust up your collective tailpipes about the benefits of two-wheeling, but instead I’ve got a bone to pick with our Metropolitan Transit Authority’s long-suffered hypocricy spurred on by the promotional photo pictured at right of County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky City Councilperson Wendy Gruel among other cyclists. Now, I’ve got nothing against Zev or Wendy in particular. What really pinches my innertubes is the MTA banner in the background that reads “Bike To Work” and below that “Be part of the solution!”

If our transit agency is all gung-ho to get more people out of their bucket seats and onto bike saddles I’m curious as to how they insist bikes are a solution when they forbid the things on the red/blue/green/gold lines every workday of the year — including Bike To Work Day — from 6:30 to 8:30 in the morning and again from 4:30 to 6:30 in the afternoon. Some solution.

Look, under all this aggro is an appreciation for the MTA’s efforts to get more people on bikes, but this will be the 12th annual Bike To Work Day where bikes aren’t allowed on its trains when people normally go to or from work. Is it just me or is that a DUH of the highest magnitude? Instead of strapping helmets on our politicians one day out of the year and pretending to rock bicycle commuting as a viable alternative, I say it’s high time the MTA finally make a serious effort to viably integrate and accept bikes onto every component of their mass transit grid — all day, every day.

3 Replies to “Freakin’ MTA Bastids”

  1. Totally boneheaded — but then I’ve never really thought very highly of the MTA anyway.

    That being said, everyday is bike to work day for me and I’m loving it!

  2. Yeah. I’m right there with ya Will.

    Next year I will be taking classes at PCC and want to ride my bike to the Gold Line. However…

    I can’t bring the bike on at the time when my classes will likely be.

    WTF? Seriously.

    Is there any kind of solution to this? Bike racks for trains? Special “bike area” on trains? I really want to figure this out and maybe we can convince the MTA to correct this most egregious of errors.

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