July 30, 2015


LAWT News Service



The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has launched a social media outreach campaign to encourage Angelenos to walk and bike instead of using their cars this summer in support of its broader marketing campaign on Metro buses, billboards and other media.


The campaign features weekly contests that are being held on Metro’s Active Transportation and Sustainability Planning program’s Twitter and Instagram handle @BikeMetro and will run through the end of August. The contest encourages Angelenos to bicycle and walk for short trips and share their experiences.


“By walking, bicycling or taking public transportation we benefit our own health, the environment and Los Angeles County as a whole. I encourage all Los Angeles County residents to take part in this effort,” said Metro Board Chair and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.


Using the hashtags #BikeInstead and #WalkInstead on Twitter or Instagram, users can enter the contest by sharing images that show their favorite bikeable or walkeable locations such as coffee shops, restaurants, farmers markets, architecture, gardens and neighborhoods.  Contest prizes include fare-loaded weekly and monthly Metro TAP cards, tote bags, collectible mugs and T-shirts and more. Each contest runs for one week starting on Monday and ending on Sunday of each week. The last weekly contest ends on August 30. Official rules can be found at http://www.metro.net/riding/walk-or-bike-instead-contest/.


The broader marketing campaign hopes to encourage Los Angeles residents to forego car trips by biking, walking and public transportation for better well-being, cost savings and decreasing traffic congestion. Californians have made impressive strides in this direction with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) 2014 Household Travel Survey reporting biking, walking and transit trip have increased 23 percent since 2000.


However, there’s still room to improve, particularly with shorter trips. According to the National Complete Streets Coalition, nearly half of all trips in metropolitan areas are three miles or less and 28 percent are one mile or less. 65 percent of these are made by car, even though these distances are easily covered on foot or bicycle.


The social media campaign is a collaboration between Metro and Long Beach-based PedalLove.org. Pedal Love focuses on using storytelling to cultivate more mindful mobility and elevate the voice of women, who are traditionally underrepresented in the population of bicycle riders.


“We are excited for the opportunity to work with PedalLove.org showing how real people use walking and biking in their every lives,” said Julina Salinas, Transportation Manager for Metro’s Active Transportation and Sustainability Planning group. “One of the best ways to increase safety for people walking and biking is to increase the visibility and the number of those walkers and bikers, and Pedal Love is helping us reach our transportation goals by reaching out directly to women and other underrepresented groups.”


Pedal Love’s Twitter handle @PedalLove will also be active as part of the social media contest.

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