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Metro Bike Share Piloting Electric Assist Bikes in DTLA

Metro Bike Share is now piloting e-bikes in downtown L.A. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

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Last week Metro Bike Share began a three-month pilot program offering electric-assist bicycles in downtown Los Angeles.

The electric assist is automatic, giving riders a push at speeds up to 17 miles per hour. The assist is useful for hills, longer distances, and to make bike-share more appealing to folks who do not feel fit enough to ride a solely human-power bike.

The lightning bolt logo to indicates an available e-bike
The lightning bolt symbol indicates an available e-bike
The lightning bolt logo to indicates an available e-bike

To find Metro e-bikes, use the online or in-app map and look for green-circled lightning bolt. Check them out the same as other Metro Bike Share - either by the ride, or using a day or monthly pass.

The e-bikes are docked at the same Metro Bike Share kiosks, but they look a little different: the frames are white, and the battery is attached alongside the back wheel.

Metro's e-bikes are white, with a battery located along the back wheel
Metro's e-bikes are white, with a battery located along the back wheel
Metro's e-bikes are white, with a battery located along the back wheel
White Metro e-bike docked in Little Tokyo
Two white Metro e-bikes docked in Little Tokyo
White Metro e-bike docked in Little Tokyo

Readers - have you tried out the new e-bikes? How did it go?

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