Anaheim Moves Ahead with Bike Nation, 8 Locations Selected

Last night, the Anaheim City Council approved the first 8 kiosk locations for its bike share system, which will be owned and operated by Bike Nation.  Bike Nation announced at April’s CicLAvia that it would bring 4000 bicycles and 400 kiosks to Los Angeles starting in December of this year.

Angelenos critical of Bike Nation have pointed out that the company hasn’t operated a bike share system yet, so the opening of the first portion of their system in Anaheim is sure to be closely monitored by L.A.’s bike advocates.   As outlined on Streetsblog, the City of Los Angeles is developing a permitting system to allow private operators to place bike share kiosks on open streets.  While the permit process is not completed, it is unlikely the Los Angeles City Council will weigh in on kiosk location through a formal committee hearing and voting process.

Bike Nation provided a copy of the presentation given at last night’s City Council meeting showing the locations and station layout for each of the eight kiosks.  The presentation can be downloaded or viewed by clicking here.  A map of the locations, with some basic details, is included below. Bike Nation hopes to have the kiosks installed by the weekend of July 21. The kiosks and bicycles are part of a one year pilot program between the City of Anaheim and Bike Nation.

View Bike Nation Kiosk Locations as presented to Anaheim City Council, 7/10/2012 in a larger map

At first glance, it looks as though the kiosks are placed at some of the major trip generators (sports stadiums, Disnelyand/Convention Center, The Grove of Anaheim) with stops at two large city buildings (City Hall and the power utilties building) and one heavy residential area.  The six stops on Katella Steet are a little cramped in some areas, but once the system is completely built out, it might not be as noticeable.

As more information becomes available on the Anaheim Bike Share system, we’ll continue to report it on Streetsblog.  After all, what happens in Anaheim is probably the best foretelling of what Bike Nation’s privately owned bike share system could look like in Los Angeles. If you’re more familiar with Anaheim than I am, please feel free to leave your thoughts on Phase I of Bike Nation’s plan for the city in the comments section.

  • I definitely hope to take Metrolink down some day in the next couple months and try out bike share and maybe see Disneyland for the first time since I was 2.  But I can’t tell from the maps if the station at the convention center is actually placed somewhere that you can get into Disneyland from, or if it’s impossible to enter the compound when you’re not in a motor vehicle?

  • Anaheim’s a very intimidating place for a casual cyclist to ride — wide arterials built to suburban standards and engineered for high speeds, much like the arterials found in the San Fernando Valley. This is especially the case around Disneyland, Angel Stadium and the Honda Center, where Katella, Harbor and State College are all set up to carry high volumes of tourist and event traffic.

    Katella figures to be the major link between the Metrolink station and the Disneyland area, but it’s got no dedicated cycling facility, three lanes in each direction, and channelized turn lanes galore, in addition to crossing two freeways with entrance ramps that don’t require drivers to slow down very much. The good news is that there are wide, lushly landscaped sidewalks that offer good separation from motor vehicle traffic and tend to be sparsely utilized for walking. Most bike share users will probably end up using these as de facto cycletracks, if they’re not too intimidated to ride in the first place.

  • Erik Griswold

    It is a short but managable walk:

    And in the meantime, there is a decent bus connection from both the Fullerton and Anaheim stations:

    Or you can skip Metrolink all together and take:

  • stickeywickett

    Although much of Anaheim is very car oriented, it is important to note that Downtown Anaheim, and specifically the Anaheim Packing District, offer walkable (and bike able) streets with parks, frequent transit service, and vibrant retail destinations. Its good to see that two of the kiosks will be in Downtown.

  • Dennis Hindman

    Two of the kiosks are located a block away from each other near E. Lincoln Ave. If you want to travel to another kiosk location, you would have to travel two miles south. Spreading the kiosks out this far makes the bike sharing less useful. If you look at the draft plan of kiosk locations for New York City’s upcoming bicycle sharing program you’ll notice that they are located much closer together, which makes them much more useful:

  • zstern

     wow that NYC map is awesome.  I dream of the day we have a map like that in LA….

  • April

    “What happens in Anaheim is probably the best foretelling of what Bike
    Nation’s privately owned bike share system could look like in Los
    Angeles.” I don’t know that I agree with this, as the two cities are pretty different, and I imagine the bike share use will be, too.

  • E-man

    Dennis, your so right!  I just saw this.  One wonders if the Bike Nation guys have any idea what they are doing!!  This just doesn’t look very planned out…B-cycles proposal had a better planned structural layout for their kiosks! 

    It seems as if these guys used Anahiem as a dart board, closed their eyes and …wow….there we go!  let’s run with it! 

    April, I agree with you too, LA is pretty darn different. 

    I heard something funny the other day…
    Question: what do you get when you cross a ‘B’ rate movie producer…and another companies beach crusier? 
    Answer: Bike Nation Bike Share!

    please someone talk sense into the Anaheim City Government??

  • Bikeshare Friend

    So who made it to their one-station launch? Anyone? I forgot to. I in no way trust their system, but am willing to give their bikes and station a shakedown.

    Now, taking bets on when the rest of their stations will be launched… if ever.

  • Bikeshare Friend

    Hrm… Something else I’ve picked up: Bike Nation is a client of Former Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle’s PR Firm “Curt Pringle & Associates”. Oh, the joy of civil servants leaving their positions and turning around to lobby for the public resources… (


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