Metro hosted a bike share demonstration at its headquarters building at Union Station on Wednesday to show agency employees and members of the public how various bike sharing systems work. It was the first time such a demo has been staged in the county’s largest public transit hub. See a short video of the demo on Youtube above.
The demo was planned in concert with the Metro Planning and Programming Committee, which approved the Metro Bike Program’s bike share strategy. The item goes before the full Metro Board for its consideration next Thursday.
The report represents the first countywide effort to evaluate bike share concepts for Los Angeles County and looked at funding opportunities and operating models. If the Board approves the strategy, Metro will establish a Bike Share Working Group with members of interested cities, business organizations, advocacy groups and others to provide guidance and feedback for developing a Bike Share Feasibility and Implementation Plan.
Topics for the Working Group will be an interagency agreement that could define an organizational structure, financial commitments, policy direction, business model, phasing proposals, roles and responsibilities and funding opportunities. Incidentally, the cities of L.A., Santa Monica and Long Beach already have “start-up” funding from Metro’s Call for Projects to establish pilot bike sharing projects.
Representatives from bike share vendors provided demonstrations of their products either now under development or that been deployed in other cities both domestically and abroad.