Los Angeles has officially joined the bike share revolution — giving Angelenos and visitors a new, fun, and exciting way to explore Downtown L.A.
Hundreds of L.A. area cyclists gathered today in Grand Park to launch Metro Bike Share, which will consist of up to 1,000 shared bicycles at approximately 65 stations throughout the downtown area.
“Downtown L.A. is a fascinating place to explore on two wheels,” said Los Angeles Mayor and MTA Board Second Vice Chair Eric Garcetti. “Metro Bike Share gives Angelenos and visitors an easy, affordable way to experience some of our city’s most incredible sights.”
The $11 million project is a joint initiative by Metro and the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation. It is the first pilot to establish bike sharing in the City of Los Angeles, and has the potential to bring up to 4,000 bicycles to communities throughout the region.
Several bike share stations are now located in close proximity to the Metro rail and bus network, giving transit riders a convenient way to combine bicycle and transit trips. The system is the first in the nation to be operated by a transit agency, and the first to use a single fare card — the TAP card — for both the transit system and bike share.
Bike share stations have been strategically placed at major transit hubs and key destinations to benefit people who live, work, play, and socialize in the downtown area.
Metro and the City selected bike share locations to increase access to museums, libraries, schools, retail, employment, and residential areas. Downtown Los Angeles is the county’s highest job concentration, and its residential population is growing. It is also leading tourist destination, with several world-class sports, entertainment, dining, and cultural attractions.
To use the bike share system, customers can purchase a monthly or annual flex pass at www.metro.net/bikeshare. BeginningAugust 1, it will be possible to walk up to a bike share station and check out a bike with a credit card. Users can download a special Metro Bike Share App available on iOS and Android that will enable them to buy a pass, check bike and dock availability, and find the nearest station.
Created in 1993, The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.4 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County. Through its oversight of one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is changing the urban landscape of one of the country’s largest, most populous counties.