It’s Bike to Work Week and Metrolink wants to help you celebrate! This week, May 14 to 18, we’re offering anyone who brings their bike on board any Metrolink train a free ride!
We’re celebrating Bike Month through the rest of the month with fun events including our Twitter Party tomorrow, May 15 from 5 to 6 p.m., where you can win great prizes including a new tokyobike!
Next week, Metrolink will host a pop-up event with URB-E from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Glendale Metrolink Station. During this event, you can test ride URB-E electric vehicles and have the chance to win free round trip Metrolink tickets.
Some Metrolink stations are close to great biking trails, check out where you can go on Metrolink to celebrate Bike Month:
- Santa Ana River Trail: Head to the Anaheim ARTIC Station and your pretty much on the trail as soon as you step off the train. The ARTIC Station is the midpoint of the Santa Ana River Trail, so you have the option to go north or south along the paved 30-mile route. If you head north, the trail reaches to Green River Road at the Orange County and Riverside County border. If you head south, you can ride all the way down to the ocean at Huntington Beach. This trail welcomes bikers, runners, roller bladers, and just about anyone else looking for exercise.
- Pacific Electric Bike Trail: Easily accessible from the Montclair, Claremont, Upland, Fontana and Rialto stations, this 21-mile path stretches from the Los Angeles County line at Claremont to Rialto. The Pacific Electric Trail follows the route of the legendary Pacific Electric Railway, an electrified railway system famous for their “Red Cars” that spanned from the Pacific coast through Los Angeles, and traveled as far east as San Bernardino. The building of the railway through the Inland Empire was crucial to the development of the area, particularly to support the agricultural industry that fueled the local economy. The San Bernardino portion of the railway was used extensively in transporting products from the citrus and wine making areas of Cucamonga and Redlands to Los Angeles and the rest of the United States. In later years, the railway was used for moving war time materials and troops to the ports of Los Angeles. Once the world’s largest interurban and street railway system, the Pacific Electric Railway ended operation during the 1950’s with the expansion of the Southern California freeway system. One of the last remaining railway depots of the San Bernardino line, the Etiwanda Depot, can be found in Rancho Cucamonga at the intersection of Etiwanda Avenue and the Pacific Electric trail.
- Santa Clara River Trail: Just off the Via Princessa and Santa Clarita stations, the Santa Clara River Trail is an 8-mile paved trail that is great for bikers and runners and runs along the Santa Clara River between the communities of Canyon Country and Valencia.
- San Fernando Road Bike Path: With easy access from the Sylmar/San Fernando Station, the San Fernando Road Bike Path parallels its namesake road and travels along the Antelope Valley Line. Beginning in Sylmar, the 5.7 mile trail cuts clear through the city of San Fernando, before ending in Pacoima.
- San Luis Rey River Trail: About a mile away from the Oceanside Transit Center, the San Luis Rey River Trail is a Class 1 bicycle trail following a 7.2 mile path from Neptune Way to College Boulevard. This path is also great for runners and rollerbladers and is a relatively flat, paved pathway.