Metro Bike Share Expands to Pasadena

Bike share is open now in Pasadena. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Bike share is open now in Pasadena. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

This morning, the city of Pasadena celebrated the arrival of Metro Bike Share. In the city of Pasadena the system includes 375 bicycles at 34 docking stations. The system is operated by Bicycle Transit Systems.

Bike-share docks are located in the greater Old Pasadena area, including City Hall, the Rose Bowl, Pasadena City College, Caltech, and five Metro Gold Line stations: Fillmore, Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake, and Allen. To view all locations visit the Metro Bike Share website.

Pasadena bike-share locations as of today, via the Metro Bike Share app
Pasadena bike-share locations as of today, via the Metro Bike Share app

Pasadena is the first expansion of the Metro Bike Share, which debuted in downtown Los Angeles a year ago. This year will see two more bike-share expansions. The Port of Los Angeles communities of Wilmington and San Pedro bike-share will open on July 31, and Venice bike-share will open in “late summer”, likely August or September. The combined system will include approximately 1,400 bicycles at about 125 stations.

Mayor Terry Tornek speaking at Pasadena's bike-share kickoff
Mayor Terry Tornek speaking at Pasadena’s bike-share kickoff

Today’s kick-off celebration featured live music, speeches, a ribbon-cutting, and volunteers riding bikes from City Hall out to stations. Pasadena mayor Terry Tornek emphasized that the city’s goal is for people to get around without a car, proclaiming “streets are for more than just moving cars.”

Pasadena bike-share ribbon cutting. Left to right are : Metro Chief Therese
Pasadena bike-share ribbon cutting. Left to right are : Metro Chief Planning Officer Therese McMillan, Metro board members John Fasana and Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, Bicycle Transit Systems CEO Allison Cohen, and Pasadena City Councilmember Tyron Hampton
Pasadena bike-share bicycles ready to be distributed
Pasadena bike-share bicycles ready to be distributed
The initial bike-share bike distribution ride from Pasadena City Hall
The initial bike-share bike distribution ride from Pasadena City Hall
Metro boardmember and Duarte City Councilmember John Fasana (right) riding Metro Bike Share in Pasadena
Metro boardmember and Duarte City Councilmember John Fasana (right) riding Metro Bike Share in Pasadena
Bike-share cyclists in Old Pasadena
Bike-share cyclists in Old Pasadena
A pedestrian asks the bike-share group about Pasadena's new system
A pedestrian asks a bike-share group about Pasadena’s new system
One special rose-themed bicycle among Pasadena's 375-bike bike-share fleet
One special rose-themed bicycle among Pasadena’s 375-bike bike-share fleet

San Gabriel Valley livability coverage is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit Foothill Transit. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

  • Kenny Easwaran

    Lovely! For the years I lived in Los Angeles, my partner worked at Caltech and drove to work (I was at USC and biked). With this new system, we could have found a place close to the Gold Line to make his commute really easy by Metro plus bike!

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