Team 1 (Car) would carpool to/from the game via private automobile. Team 2 (Ped/Train/Bus) would walk to the Memorial Park Gold Line station, take the train to Union Station, and then transfer to the Dodger Stadium Express Bus. And Team 3 (Bike/Train/Bike) would use two Dahon folding bikes to ride to Memorial Park station, take the Gold Line to Chinatown, and then ride up the hill to the stadium.
Ground rules included: Carpool team could not travel above posted speed limits. Bicycles riders had to use use official bicycle parking at the stadium (not lock their bikes to posts or other objects). And all teams had to depart the office and the stadium gate at the same time. Times would be measured from the office grounds to our outfield gate at the stadium.
Leg 1 - Day One to Dodger Stadium (12pm departure)
Whilst the Bike and Ped/Bus teams jockeyed for position, our carpool team hopped into their vehicle located in the meter parking around City Hall and headed to Arroyo Parkway and then 110 S. towards Dodger Stadium, both of which had little to no traffic congestion at midday.
About 21 minutes after boarding a southbound Gold Line train, the folding bike team hustled down the stairs, hopped on their bikes, and began heading up College to Stadium Way. Since this was the riders first time bicycling to Dodger Stadium, they relied on the Google Map at right to direct them to the stadium. For those unfamiliar with the terrain, the route includes two large hills, which proved challenging to one of the team members who bikes casually on average once per week. The bikes were, however, easily able to navigate past the long-line of cars heading into the station, thanks in large part to the Class II Bicycle Lane on Stadium Way pictured at right.
Even with the Bike Team until Chinatown Station, the Bus team had to travel on stop further to Union Station to board the Dodger Express Bus. This proved to be the decisive leg, as the bus became stuck in traffic, especially on the stretch of Sunset, that slowed this team down so much that they missed the top of the first.
Having attended and driven to the game the evening before with seats in the same section, our Carpool team was very familiar with the stadium, the fastest routes, and where to park to access our stadium gate most easily. This proved crucial as the Bike Team, unfamiliar with the stadium and options, selected a route that ended up being longer and hillier than necessary, and parked their bikes at the top of the stadium rather than at some bicycle racks near the outfield gates. In doing so, at least 10-15 minutes were lost.
Leg 1 RESULTS (office to stadium gate)
Leg 2 - Dodger Stadium to Day One (4:21 departure)
Before they could head out, the Bike team first had to reclaim their helmets which Security required them to check-in at the gate. That was followed by a mad dash to the top of the stadium to the bike parking, and then fun descent past traffic out of the parking lots, down the Stadium Way bike lane, and finally down College to Chinatown station. The team's timing was spot on this time, as a train arrived just as the Bike Team reached the platform. 21 minutes later the team arrived at Memorial Park station and completed their journey with the four block bike ride to 175. N. Euclid Ave.
Again, the Express Bus riders found the bus ride from the stadium to Union Station to take the vast majority of their time, almost an hour. Lacking designated priority lanes, the Express Bus got stuck in traffic, leaving the team no chance to compete with the other two modes on the homestretch. Fortunately this is something that can be improved upon, and hopefully will be in the years ahead. Despite the slow nature of the current system, the Express Bus appeared to be quite popular with and well-used by fans.
Somewhat inexplicably given the parking lot rush and time of day, the Carpool Team managed to best their time to the stadium on the way back by 2 minutes! Thanks in part to smooth flowing traffic on the 110 N., the carpoolers handily beat the rest of the field on Leg 2 and in the overall time standings.
Leg 2 RESULTS (stadium gate to office)
- Car - 24 min
- Bike/Train/Bike - 39 min
- Walk/Train/Bus - 104 min
Relative Cost (for 3 person teams)
- Car - $10 stadium parking + gas/mileage (.50 cents/mile x 20 miles) = $20*
- Bike/Train - 3 x ($1.50 one-way fare x 2) = $9
- Train/Bus - 3 x ($1.50 one-way fare x 2; Express Bus free with game day ticket) = $9
*Please note that this does not include the cost of meter or private lot parking at Day One's office, which does not offer "free" parking. Parking costs around Pasadena City hall range from $1.50 an hour for street parking to $8-12 for all day lot parking.
Overall RESULTS - Total Time
- Car - 50 min
- Bike/Train/Bike - 89 min
- Walk/Train/Bus - 197 min