Commuter initiative peddles L train alternative

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A new commuter initiative is peddling an alternative to the L train as its shutdown next year is causing anxiety for some riders.

Work on the Bedford Avenue L line has already begun ahead of the official shutdown in April 2019, as the city repairs damage done by Superstorm Sandy.

The shutdown is expected to affect about 275,000 people, which is why Max Sholl is supporting a bike train -- a special program in which bikers commute together.

News 12 met up with some of the bicyclists on Driggs Avenue at what they're calling the "bike train station." Members of the group Transportation Alternatives say they will host the rides over the Williamsburg Bridge every Wednesday morning.

Bike train conductors will be available to tell riders where they are going in Manhattan. Then the groups will break off into smaller packs as they reach their final stops.

There's no word yet on how long the bike train will be running.

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