Bike Share

Find out which stations are the most popular in Pasadena’s new bike share program

From PasadenaStarNews.com

 

Pasadena’s average ridership in the month since Metro Bike Share launched nearly matches the usage by bike riders in downtown Los Angeles a year into its bike-sharing program, according to Pasadena’s Department of Transportation.

Pasadena’s 31 stations averaged 0.7 rides per bike per day in the first month of operation, while downtown Los Angeles, which rolled out Bike Share in July 2016, averages 0.74 per bike per day.

“It sounds like for our first month or so we’re holding our own,” said Fred Dock, Pasadena’s transportation director. “We just have to wait and see what the long-term performance is. That’s why the project is on a two-year pilot.”

The goal of the program is to close the “first mile/last mile” gap between homes, train stations or bus stops, and work places.

More than 6,700 bike trips were taken in the first five weeks, with Memorial Park Station serving as the most popular location. Oak Knoll and Colorado, Del Mar Station, the Rose Bowl and Pasadena City College were the top used stations, according to statistics released by Pasadena.

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Metro’s Union Station bike hub

From Curbed.com

 

Cyclists looking for more bike parking options at Union Station will have a cool new bike hubbefore the year is over. Metro began construction on the hub earlier this year, and it’s starting to take shape on the north side of Union Station, near the Amtrak bus bay and the Mozaic apartments.

The bike hub would offer members secure, 24-hour bike storage in a freestanding building that would also offer bike repair services.

The hub would be a safe way to store bikes while people use the other transportation available at Union Station, and would theoretically reduce the need for hub members to take their bikes on Metro buses and trains.

Membership to the hub currently ranges from $5 for a seven-day pass to $60 for a yearlong pass, and each type of membership gives users round-the-clock access to all extant hubs, according to the Bike Hub site.

The Union Station bike hub is scheduled to open this fall. Metro already has hubs in El Monte and one at Hollywood and Vine, which just opened in May.

 

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New Metro Bike Share launch could mean an additional 400 cyclists on city streets every day

From PasadenaNow.com

 

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority bike sharing program will launch officially in Pasadena on Friday, July 14. If statistics on bikesharing use collected by Metro hold true for Pasadena, city streets could see an additional 400 cyclists on city streets every day.

Image: Metro

The rollout this summer of 400 bicycles is expected to see 31 kiosks from the Arroyo Seco on the west to Allen Avenue on the east, and from Hammond Street on the north down to Fillmore Street on the south.

This just the latest in a string of Metro Bike Sharing programs rolling out across the region this year. But combined, the region’s bike share expansions will result in approximately 1,400 bicycles at up to 125 stations across LA County.

In Pasadena, it is estimated that there will be a minimum of at least one trip per bicycle per day as Metro riders detrain and grab the easily-accessible bikes to take to the streets — and some of those riders might be either inexperienced at riding city streets, or just a little rusty.

But Metro, along with a host of City leaders and bike advocates, is feeling positive over the new wheels.

“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.

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WeHo Pedals Bike Share Program To Implement “Hub Days”

From CanyonNews.com

WeHo Pedals, West Hollywood’s bike share program, will hold Hub Days beginning Monday, March 13. Hub Days are pop-up events held at bike hub locations throughout the city, where members of the Weho Pedals street teams will share information, answer questions, and help those who are interested in the program to test out bicycles and register for memberships.

According to a press release from the city of West Hollywood, WeHo Pedals Hub Days are scheduled for the following dates, times, and locations:

  • Monday, March 13, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., at the West Hollywood Gateway, located at 7100 Santa Monica Boulevard (near Formosa Avenue adjacent to BevMo!)
  • Tuesday, March 14, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., onSanta Monica Boulevard at Genesee Avenue
  • Wednesday, March 15, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., at the corner of Santa Monica and San Vicente Boulevards

WeHo Pedals will host a bike share education class on Sunday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The class will be held at the WeHo Pedals Bike Share Hub at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. During the course, attendees will learn cycling safety tips and rules and become familiar with the features of a WeHo Pedals bicycle. The class is limited to 15 participants, and participation will be free. To reserve a spot for the class, visit www.wehopedals.com.

WeHo Pedals was launched in West Hollywood in August 2016. The bike share program provides sustainable, affordable transportation for residents and visitors, with the convenience of stations located near transit stops and popular destinations. 150 “Smart Bikes” are available at 18 self-serve stations throughout the city. There will be a total of 20 stations. The City’s Community Development Department hopes to integrate WeHo Pedals with bike share programs in adjacent cities, such as Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Westwood.

The “Smart Bikes” come with features including eight gears, LED headlights and taillights, baskets, and U-locks. A smartphone app allows riders to reserve bikes, pay membership fees, and track data.

According to the website, riders can rent bikes at a minimum rate of $7 an hour, $25 a month, or $99 for an annual pass.
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Pasadena’s Bike Share Program Moves Closer to Reality

Public transportation is about to get a whole lot more affordable with news that Pasadena’s Bike Share program is expected to launch in July, 2017.

Details of the proposed program will be discussed at a Bike Share community outreach meeting Thursday night, according to Conrad L. Viana, P.E. Engineer, City of Pasadena, Department of Transportation.

“The D.O.T will discuss the proposed information with the public and solicit feedback on suggested locations for stations,” Viana said. Pasadena’s program structure will mirror the existing Metro Bike Share in Los Angeles.

According to an information sheet provided by Viana, the program could place around 400 bicycles in 34 bike share docking stations around the city. Service would be provided in general areas of the Central District, the Playhouse District, as well as colleges, Metro Gold Stations, hospitals, office and residential locations.

Bicycles would be supplied and serviced by Bicycle and Transportation Systems, who would also handle the rebalancing of bicycles at the docking stations. Bicycle and Transportation Systems is the vendor used in L.A Metro’s Bike Share program.

“We have identified potential stations that will be discussed at Thursday’s meeting,” Viana said.

Each station would have a kiosk to accommodate any of the three available rental options by credit or debit card. A monthly pass is projected to cost riders $20 a month. An unlimited number of trips of 30 minutes or less would be covered by the monthly pass, and additional 30 minute increments would cost $1.75 each, under the current proposal.

Flex passes would run $40 per year and all trips would cost $1.75 for every 30 minute increment. Walk-ups would have no monthly charge or yearly fee. Riders would pay a flat $3.50 for 30 minute increments.

The program would be funded by Metro.

Viana said bike share programs foster environmental awareness by providing a non-motorized, convenient mode of transportation, and may even encourage healthy lifestyles.

 

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West Hollywood’s new bike-share system

The full system launch is not until August 30, but the city of West Hollywood soft-launched its bike-share system yesterday. WeHo Pedals now has dozens of bicycles available at four initial stations. Introductory annual memberships are just $69.

WeHo Pedals is operated by CycleHop, the same vendor that runs systems in Santa Monica (including Venice stations coming this month), Long Beach, Beverly Hills, and, coming soon, UCLA. The bikes are “smart bikes” meaning that the electronics are located on the bike itself, not the dock. Bikes can be locked up at designated docks, or at other locations within the service area. The system coverage area overlaps with neighboring Beverly Hills, so cyclists can pick up a bike in WeHo and leave it in Beverly Hills.

 

Nearly all of the bike-share stations are along Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood’s central spine. The four stations currently available are:

  • West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard
  • West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard
  • Santa Monica Boulevard at N. Crescent Heights Boulevard
  • Santa Monica Boulevard between Holloway Drive and N. Olive Drive

Get all the fabulous details at WeHo Pedals website. More photos from yesterday’s launch after the jump.

 

West Hollywood Bike Share

 

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10 things to know about Metro Bike Share

1. What is bike share?

Bike share is a public bike system for short trips. You can use any of the bikes in any dock any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year. The system uses special bikes that lock into docks placed around in many locations throughout downtown Los Angeles — every couple blocks.

2. Where is it?

The first pilot phase of Metro Bike Share is in downtown Los Angeles, where there will be up to 65 stations. The above map shows the location of stations; a dynamic version of the map is here.

Download our Metro Bike Share app for a real-time map of available bikes and locations of docking stations.

3. Where do I lock up the bike?

At the Metro Bike Share station nearest your destination — and there are stations close to most destinations. If you don’t dock the bike, the clock keeps running on your tab. If you’re not riding, just dock it.

4. How do I use Metro Bike Share?

To use a bike after purchasing a pass, simply tap a TAP card to the dock to unlock the bike. Ride to your destination and then return the bike to the nearest dock.

Make sure to follow the rules of the road like riding with the flow of traffic and stopping at stop signs. In DTLA, the following streets have bike lanes:

  • Main Street between Cesar Chavez and Venice Boulevard (the stretch between Cesar Chaves and 9th is for northbound riders).
  • Springs Street between Cesar Chavez and 9th Street (for southbound riders).
  • Olive Street between 7th Street and Washington Boulevard.
  • Grand Avenue between Wilshire Boulevard and Washington Boulevard.
  • Los Angeles Street between 1st Street and Alameda Street — the lane begins/ends right in front of Union Station.
  • 2nd Street between Spring Street and 1st Street.
  • 1st Street between Beaudry Avenue and San Pedro Street.
  • 3rd Street between San Pedro Street and Santa Fe Avenue.
  • 7th Street between Main Street and the 110 freeway (and beyond, all the way to Catalina Street).
  • Figueroa Street between Wilshire Boulevard and Cesar Chavez Ave./Sunset Blvd.
  • 11th Street between Broadway and Wall Street.

We strongly encourage riding on the street to be courteous to pedestrians on sidewalks. Remember, even if there is no bike lane, every lane is a bike lane. See this post from LADOT for more information about riding on sidewalks.

5. How much does it cost to ride a bike?

It depends!

For the first month of service, Metro Bike Share will only be open to Monthly or Annual Flex pass holders.

The Monthly Pass is the all-you-can-eat option. For $20 per month, you can ride the system as much as you want in 30-minute increments. This is the best deal for those who will be riding three or more times each week.

The Annual Flex Pass is the pay-as-you-go option for the occasional rider. For $40 a year, you get access to Metro Bikes for $1.75 for every 30-minute ride.

Pass holders must register with a credit card to use a bike (this discourages theft). Your TAP card is then used to quickly and easily unlock a bike at the docking stations. Please see this post for more about TAP cards and Metro Bike Share.

6. What if I don’t have a TAP card?

You can get a new one in the mail when you buy a Metro Bike Share Pass. Or get a TAP card at any TAP Vending Machine (at all Metro Rail and Orange Line stations) and then register the card as part of purchasing your Monthly or Annual Flex Pass.

After August 1, the Walk-Up option will become available. With Walk-Up, you don’t need a TAP card to get a Metro Bike. You access the system with a credit card at the kiosk at each station. Walk-Up rates are $3.50 per half hour. This is the best choice for very occasional users and tourists.

Pro Tip: If you are a visitor but you plan to ride six or more times during your stay, the $20 Monthly Pass is a better deal.

7. Do I need a helmet? What about lights? Where do I put my stuff?

In California, those riding bikes aged 17 and under are legally required to wear a helmet. If 18 or over, helmet use is up to you. If you want to use a helmet, please bring your own. Metro Bike Share does not provide them.

The bikes come equipped with lights and reflective paint for night riding. The bikes also have baskets in front behind the big Metro M that can carry a small grocery bag.

8. Are the bikes in good condition?

Yes. The bikes are frequently maintained so you don’t have to worry about chains breaking or under-inflated tires. Trust us — the bikes are built like tanks. They are heavy, sturdy, and ride smoothly so you even a novice rider can feel safe over a rough patch of road.

9. Does it work with Santa Monica’s bike share system?

Currently, the bikes and docks used by Metro Bike Share and Santa Monica Breeze Bike Share are not interchangeable. So the bikes can’t move between systems.

The key to moving between bike share systems is your TAP card. Register it with both systems and you can use a single TAP card to access bikes in both DTLA and Santa Monica. Long term, we’re working towards more integration, so that you don’t have to have multiple accounts.

Also, let’s be practical. If you’re intending to ride between Santa Monica and DTLA, you’re going to need a bike for more than 30 minutes. In that case, you’ll probably want a traditional rental bike and something a little more nimble and lighter. That are plenty of bike rental shops in Santa Monica as well as L.A.

10. Why should I ride Metro Bike Share?

Number one reason — it’s the most fun way we know to get around. Get on a bike and we dare you not to smile. But practically speaking, Metro Bike Share is meant to make it easier to get around downtown. Ever tried parking in the Arts District? It’s awful. Dining in Chinatown and then heading to the Staples Center? Such a drag. With a TAP card in hand, you can now seamlessly arrive in DTLA via Metro Rail and ride a Metro Bike to your favorite or yet-to-be-discovered dinner spots, coffee shops, art galleries, boutiques, and endless cultural offerings without a car.

Los Angeles Is Finally Getting Its First Bike-Share Program

The Metro will roll out 1,000 shiny new bikes this summer. The trick is persuading people to ride

After years of false starts, Los Angeles will finally receive its first bike-share system this summer, with Metro’s rollout of 1,000 shiny new bikes docked at 80 solar-powered stations. It’s about time. Nearly every first-class American city already has bike share; even Santa Monica has one. The last attempt, headed in 2012 by a private company, targeted several parts of the city, including Hollywood and downtown, but fell apart over advertising contracts. This effort concentrates just on downtown, a compact area roughly bounded by Washington Boulevard, the L.A. River, Chinatown, and the Pasadena Freeway. Which makes sense. Research shows that people will ride only when they can easily find a bike and then an empty slot to return it to.

They also need to know it’ll be affordable and safe. With a $40 annual fee (waived for qualifying low-income riders), a half hour will cost $1.75—the same as a bus ride—though one-timers will pay $3.50. The dense structure of downtown L.A. is a bonus because it keeps auto speeds lower than, say, on Sepulveda or Olympic. Better yet, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation is creating protected north-south lanes, which include a physical buffer separating cyclists and cars, on Main and Spring streets; similar projects are coming to Los Angeles Street and a stretch of Figueroa near USC. All of them should be completed by 2017. “At that point we’ll be a lot closer to having an actual network of safe bike lanes downtown,” says Eric Bruins, policy director for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

This may be cold comfort to those who want those sequestered lanes right now (for the time being they’ll have to make do with the unprotected one on Spring), but officials argue that, as with other cities, they can use bike share’s success as a catalyst to get better safety features budgeted and built. “It’s a virtuous cycle—when you have a lot of bikes visible and lower the barrier to people being able to jump on a bike and give it a try, people have a more positive impression about investment in high-quality infrastructure,” says Seleta Reynolds, the LADOT’s general manager. In the meantime novices should ponder this: A study released in March by the Mineta Transportation Institute concluded that not a single person has died on a bike-share ride since the systems were broadly introduced in the United States in 2010.

Metro has plans to extend the system to Pasadena in 2017, with kiosks in Venice and elsewhere slated after that. Considering that nearly half of all trips in the L.A. area are three miles or less, the potential is there for droves of people to pedal along quality bike lanes past gridlocked Uber drivers.

– See more at: lamag.com

Free Rides on Breeze!

Thursday May 19th – Saturday May 21st

To celebrate Bike-to-Work Day and the arrival of the Expo Light Rail, ride time will be free on Breeze Bikes Thursday May 19 th – Saturday May 21 st.

Monthly and annual members will not be charged for riding over their daily ride time amount. Pay-as-you-go members will not be charged for their ride time. Not a member? Give it a try by signing up for a Pay-as- you-go membership at breezebikeshare.com or download the Social Bicycles app.

Learn more here.

L.A.’s Bike-Sharing Program Will Debut In DTLA

In an eagerly anticipated decision that brings bikesharing to the City of Los Angeles and others county-wide, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board today voted to award a $11 million contract to Bicycle Transit Systems, Inc., jumpstarting the first pilot bikesharing program in Downtown L.A. next year, with expansions to other municipalities to follow.

Metro will launch the bike share system in spring 2016 with nearly 1,100 bikes at 65 stations throughout Downtown L.A.

“We are building new ways for Angelenos to get around,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Riding a bike is another option people can use to commute to work or explore the region. Today marks the first step in Metro’s plan to bring bikeshare to cities across the county.”

The launch will follow an extensive public outreach process that will give local residents, business owners and other stakeholders the opportunity participate in the planning of the county’s newest form of transportation. As the community input process advances, bicycles will be available for short-term hire at a wealth of downtown locations such as Union Station, L.A. Convention Center, Staples Center, Grand Park/Music Center, 7th Street/Metro Center , Grand Central Market, Pershing Square, the Arts District, the future Figueroa Cycle Track corridor, University of Southern California area and numerous attractions.

Following the launch in Downtown L.A., the system will expand to Pasadena in 2017 as Metro plans to bring the program to eight other communities for a total of 4,000 bicycles in ten communities in L.A. County.

Bikesharing, designed for low-cost, point-to-point short trips using a for-rent fleet of bicycles strategically located at docking stations in close proximity to one another and to transit, is a key transportation and first-mile-last-mile strategy that has already proved popular and successful in other major U.S. cities and around the globe, including New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Montreal, London and Paris. The new L.A. system will fill gaps in the transit network with durable bikes at self-service stations located every few blocks in Downtown. Residents and visitors can pick up a bike at any station, ride to their destination, and drop off the bike at any open dock. The system will allow unlimited, short-term access to bikes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Smartphone apps will give users real-time information about bike and dock availability. The system’s fares will be considered by the Metro Board at a future meeting. Metro’s Regional Bikeshare Implementation Plan, also approved by the Board, shares capital, operations and maintenance costs with cities, ensuring the program’s financial viability moving forward.

Metro conducted a rigorous, impartial and competitive procurement process to ensure that only the most experienced and capable vendor was selected to implement Metro’s Countywide Bikeshare Program. Having just completed an on-time launch in Philadelphia, the newest of 34 systems in 42 cities with 7,000 bicycles operated througout North and South America, Bicycle Transit Systems, Inc. (BTS) and its partner BCycle, were determined to have the most industry experience and expertise, proven equipment and technology, and the greatest capability for immediate, on-time delivery of a large-scale, multi-jurisdictional bikeshare system backed by their industry-best customer service. The BTS/BCycle team also includes RideScout, BikeHub and Toole Design.

BTS/BCycle team will be able to provide the required number of bicycles and bicycle docking stations for the agency’s Downtown L.A. pilot program and program expansion. The firm already has one local distribution center in Ontario and a subsidary headquartered in San Diego County, and the L.A. system will create new jobs at these facilities, and more across LA county.

Metro Board members who authored earlier motions in support of Metro bikesharing include directors Eric Garcetti, Mike Bonin, Don Knabe, and former directors Zev Yaroslavsky and Pam O’Connor.

“I am tremendously excited that we are moving forward with bikeshare in L.A. and that we are focusing on developing a system that will connect our neighborhoods through interoperable systems,” said Metro Board Member Mike Bonin. “It defies logic that snowy cities around the country have had bikeshare for years, but a city like Los Angeles, with our wonderful weather and communities begging to be biked, still hasn’t gotten this done yet.”

“Bikeshare can be a key element of the first-last mile and balanced transportation solution, expanding the reach of transit and providing our transit users with another mobility option.” said Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO. “As a proven, experienced leader in the bikeshare industry, we are confident that the BTS/Bcycle team will deliver a successful countywide bikeshare system.”

“The wheels are in motion on the region’s newest form of public transportation, and momentum continues to build for cycling on the streets of L.A. County,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation and a principal at Bloomberg Associates, where she advised on Metro’s bikeshare contract. “Nothing inspires a city quite like a new bikeshare system, and with by making a safe, affordable, active commute into a reality for thousands more Angelenos, this is a huge step in L.A.’s evolution from car culture to cycling capital.”

Metro’s Bikeshare Implementation Plan establishes a business plan needed to bring bikesharing to more cities within L.A. County. Under the plan, Metro will pay 50 percent of capital costs and 35 percent of net operations and maintenance costs. The agency will manage a master operations contract with its selected bikeshare vendor to provide operations and maintenance for the entire regional system while BTS/BCycle is already working on integrating transit fare cards similar to Metro’s TAP card, bringing a convenient, unified payment system to the county’s rail, bus and bikeshare systems. Building on this board-approved funding mechanism, Metro is also seeking potential system sponsors interested in high-visibility advertising on the stations, bikes and related materials.

“Metro’s commitment to treating bikeshare as an extension of the transit system lays the foundation for Los Angeles to have one of the most equitable bikeshare systems in the country, one that is truly accessible and affordable to the communities that will benefit most. It is critically important that Angelenos’ first experience with bikeshare is seamlessly integrated throughout Los Angeles County and we encourage all agencies to collaboratively seek compatibility across multiple systems,” said Tamika Butler, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. “We commend Metro for taking a leadership role and look forward to the successful deployment of a regional system.”

Metro, the City of L.A., and local partners will host demonstration events, open houses and workshops throughout Downtown and future service areas in the coming year. Angelenos are encouraged to attend, test out bikeshare bikes and provide feedback on how the system will best work for them.

Form Metro.net