Metro Sets Date To Launch DTLA Bike-Share: July 7

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Publicity photo for Metro bike-share. Photo via Allison Mannos

Downtown L.A. will get a little more bike-friendly with the launch of Metro bike-share, just announced for Thursday, July 7, 2016. Metro bike-share will include 1000+ bikes at 65 docking stations. The system is expected to expand to Pasadena in 2017, and other areas in future years.

From Metro’s press release:

People who live, work and play in downtown L.A. are encouraged to sign up for a Metro bike share pass in advance of the launch at www.metro.net/bikeshare. The system will be accessible exclusively to pass holders from July 7 until August 1, 2016 to incentivize pass holder sales. The system will open to walk-up customers starting August 1. People who purchase their pass early will get a limited edition Metro Bike Share Kit. The first 1,000 people to sign up will also receive exclusive Metro bike share pins.

The installation of bike share stations throughout downtown L.A. will begin in early June, with work expected to continue until the stations open to the public on July 7.

Who’s already signed up?

  • Jake Bloo

    Signed up for that FLEX PASS, BOI!

  • Dennis_Hindman

    Consider bicycle sharing to be a subset of bicycle parking. Granted you have to pay a fee to utilize those parking spaces and those fees include the rental of a bicycle, but more bicycle parking is included when bicycle sharing is installed.

    It’s interesting how Metro cannot find space to provide bicycle parking for privately owned bicycles at many of the subway stations in the downtown area, also LADOT has claimed that there just isn’t the room for bike racks at many of the bus stops and has also claimed that enough resources are being devoted to bicycle parking and yet have only installed 4 bicycle racks throughout the city in March. But when it comes to bicycle sharing, hundreds and hundreds of bicycle parking spaces can suddenly appear in a short period of time in a very small area of the city. That in no small way is due to the amount of money for bicycle sharing and the number of bicycle docking stations needed in a given area to make bicycle sharing a success.

    Providing parking for private bicycles just does not get the same level of political will. If bicycle share stations must be located within a short walking distance in order to succeed, wouldn’t that also apply to parking for privately owned bicycles in order to get people to bicycle more frequently?

    That’s why I believe that the LADOT pilot program, that was recently started, of installing a ring on parking meters to provide bicycle parking is so exciting. That will provide bicycle parking within a short walk of stores in business districts that have on-street metered parking. There is also a bigger version of those bicycle parking ring attachments for lamp posts. Since not every business district has metered parking, but almost every block of arterial streets have lamp posts, why not attach those types of bicycle parking rings to the lamp posts also. A lamp post is too wide to fit a U-lock around, this would solve that problem.

    Notice how big bicycling projects tend to get much more political will than smaller projects. For instance, CicLAvia events have tens of people show up on a bicycle making it a very big event. Your seeing CicLAvia events in ever widening parts of the city as council members request that it be held in their district. Funding was provided by the LA city council and Metro for the events. The cycle tracks in my Figueroa project was resoundingly rejected by the big players in the area. Then, as if by magic, it was approved by the two council members in which districts it would be built when they realized that the tends of millions of dollars in funds for the project were in jeopardy of being lost if the cycle tracks were not included.

  • Oter

    Bicycles have many benefits for students, it plays important role in the education students, students reach their schools on time with the help of bicycle, it has countless benefits, it is a very good thing for every person, people can do their work very easily.

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