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Metro Plans to Lift Bicycle Ban on Trains During Rush Hour, Releases New Colorful Map

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Detail of the new bicycle Metro Map, featuring a section of the Valley where the Orange and Red lines meet. Blue lines = Bike Path, Pink = Bike Lane, Green = Bike Route
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For Bike Week LA, Metro this afternoon announced new rules that are sure to make bicycling commuters happy. Current law bans bicycles from many Metro Rail trains during rush hour. This Summer, however, plans are afoot to life the restriction "once directional signs are installed to steer bikes to certain areas of the train cars where they can be safely accommodated," the transit agency announced.

"This policy change appears to be a step in the right direction," said Carter Rubin on Streetsblog LA. He says the middle "articulated sections" of light rail trains will be used as the bicycle area while the rearmost car of each subway train will have fewer seats making more room for cyclists.

Additionally, a new countywide bicycle map (.pdf) was released, featuring paths, lanes, routes and even a couple mountain biking areas -- Wilacre Park and the Trans-Catalina Trail on Catalina Island.

Related: County Invites Community to Give Input on Bicycle Master Plan