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Cyclists en route to CicLAvia turned away from Metrolink trains

April 15, 2012 |  2:32 pm


Some cyclists attempting to hop on Metrolink trains en route to Union Station downtown to take part in the CicLAvia festival were turned away Sunday.

As trains from Orange County and San Bernardino headed into downtown, some cars became overloaded with regular passengers as well as those with bikes. Many of the cyclists were on their way to the festival, which closed down 10 miles of streets in and around downtown Los Angeles for cycling and walking.

Because of the overflow, some people carrying bicycles were turned away, said Metrolink spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt.

Those turned away could have waited for the next train, Coffelt said.

“Some of them may have waited for the next train and some may have decided to get in their cars to get there,” she said.

Metrolink added extra bike carts to trains in preparation for the event, but were still inundated with bicycles, Coffelt said.

In response to the overflow, Metrolink added several trains in the afternoon on the Orange County and San Bernardino lines to help with bicyclists getting home, she said.


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Photo: Cyclists ride down Spring Street during the annual downtown bike ride known as CicLAvia. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times