Bike trains?

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.


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!


  1. TJ December 9, 2013 7:23 am 

    I’m about to meet my bike train riding from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles. It’s 37 out. I’m wearing toe warmers.

  2. Ghost Rider December 9, 2013 7:33 am 

    Oooh, good luck, and stay warm! We’d love to hear about the experience sometime, if you’re interested in sharing.

  3. Raiyn December 9, 2013 11:17 pm 

    My commute is such a short hop a bike train wouldn’t be of much use to me. On the other hand I could see my better half joining a few co-workers for such a thing.

  4. Max Power December 14, 2013 10:59 pm 

    Damned cyclists riding all over the road. Don’t they know they should all be riding single file inches away from the doors of those parked cars… err, far to the right as possible.
    After all, it’s the duty of cyclists to get out of the way of important people in cars… err, share the road.

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