Working closely with the cities of Pasadena and Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) plans to launch bike sharing in Pasadena on Friday, July 14, and at the Port of Los Angeles on Monday, July 31.
Metro will announce the date for its third bike share launch in the city of Venice in the near future. But combined, the region’s bike share expansions will result in approximately 1,400 bicycles at up to 125 stations.
“We are tremendously excited that Metro’s bike share program is expanding to new communities in L.A. County following our successful pilot launch in downtown L.A. last summer, said John Fasana, Metro Board Chair and Mayor Pro-Tem of the city of Duarte. “Even more Angelenos can rent these bicycles for short trips as well as to make first mile, last mile connections to Metro’s robust bus and rail system.”
Bike sharing is an ideal transportation option for people to get where they need to go for local destinations that may be too far to walk but to short or inconvenient to drive. Metro has worked with cities to strategically place bike share stations near Metro stations to encourage both bicycle and transit trips. A single pre-registered Metro TAP fare card can serve as the key to both Metro Bus and Rail lines and the Metro Bike Share system, making it the most integrated with transit than any other system in the United States.
“Los Angeles is an incredible place to discover on two wheels — and now, we’re making it even easier for cyclists to explore, said Mayor Eric Garcetti. ―The expansion of the Metro Bike Share program is an example of our strong commitment to offering Angelenos more transportation choices, and making our region more sustainable.”
In Pasadena, Metro and its contractor, Bicycle Transit Systems, Inc., will install 30-plus stations throughout the city. Key destinations accessible via bike sharing will include Old Pasadena, Paseo Colorado, the Playhouse District, South Lake Avenue, Levitt Pavilion (Memorial Park) and Pasadena City College. Another key Pasadena destination will be the Rose Bowl. Riders traveling to and from stadium events will be able to take advantage of a bike sharing station there.
“The Metro Bike Share program offers a unique, shared economy means of transportation that is both economical and good for the environment by providing bikes as new mobility options that get people out of their cars for short trips around our beautiful city, said Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek. “We welcome Metro Bike Share and look forward to seeing our residents and visitors take advantage of this program.” (Continue reading at LAcity)