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Have any of our readers taken part in a “bike train”? We wrote about Portland bike trains back in 2011. A “bike train” is when a group of commuters come together for safety. While our article pertains to bike trains of schoolchildren getting together to ride to school (led by a parent or other adults, in most cases), it’s interesting to learn that the concept is becoming more popular.

The other day, I spotted the following article on NPR’s “All Things Considered”:

One of the largest obstacles in getting people to bike to work is their fear of getting hit by a car. A new grass-roots project in Los Angeles is helping folks navigate the ins and outs of traffic.

It’s 6:45 a.m. and Barbara Insua is busy packing a bag. She will ride seven miles from her home in Pasadena to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, where she works as a graphic designer. She only started doing this ride a few months ago.

“It was kind of daunting,” she says, “because seven miles to the lab — I didn’t know how to do it. I’m not an avid cyclist.”

Enter L.A. Bike Trains — an organization that arranges commutes by bike in groups.

Read the rest of the article or listen to the audiocast by clicking here. This sounds like a really cool concept, and one I’d like to try. In my experience as a commuter, I’ve only taken part in group commuting rides during Bike To Work Month — it seemed like folks would go out of their way to get together to ride during such special events, but not other times.

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Arranging bike trains should be relatively easy, and I look forward to seeing more of these happening around the U.S. Safety is in numbers for cyclists!