Metro Bike Share: what will it cost and how to use TAP to get a bike


The date is quickly approaching: beginning on July 7, workers, residents and visitors in downtown Los Angeles will be able to hop on a bicycle at one of the 65 Metro Bike Share stations and take it for a ride. When done riding, the bike can be returned to any station in the system — meaning the bikes are very easy for one-way trips to help you get around DTLA.

Each station has a kiosk for payment and multiple docking spaces that securely park, or dock, the bikes. Here are the station locations.

The system will open first to monthly or annual flex pass holders from launch until August 1. At that time, the system will open to walk-up users.

How Much Does it Cost?

Metro’s Bike Share fare structure includes three simple pass options designed to meet the needs of every potential user, from local residents to tourists:

A Monthly Pass is $20All trips 30 minutes or less are free to monthly pass holder and $1.75 per 30 minute thereafter. TIP: A monthly pass is best if you expect to take five or more trips per month. Use your registered TAP card to get a bike.

A Flex Pass is $40 per yearAll trips 30 minutes or less are $1.75 and it’s $1.75 per 30 minutes thereafter. TIP: Best if you expect to take two to four trips per month, or want the convenience of using your TAP card to get a bike.

Special Signup Offer: Buy a Pass today and get a Limited Edition Metro Bike Share Kit featuring stickers and a Bikes on Metro guide. The first 1,000 people to sign up will also receive exclusive Metro Bike Share pins!

If you aren’t ready to commit to a pass, you can purchase a trip at any station kiosk beginning on August 1 with a credit card. Follow the on-screen instructions, and you will be directed to a bike.

Beginning August 1st 

Walk-up: it’s $3.50 for each trip of 30 minutes or under and then $3.50 per additional 30 minutes. There will be a special introductory rate of $1.75 between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30. TIP: Best for tourists and visitors to downtown LA. Pay per trip using your Credit Card at any station kiosk starting August 1st.

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Will my TAP card work on Metro Bike Share?

 Yes, if you register it at You can register an existing TAP card or request a new TAP card when you buy a pass. The bike share registered TAP card will be your key to unlock a bike at a station. A credit card is required to sign up.

You can also load cash value or a transit pass on to the TAP card online at or in-person at a TAP Vending Machine to use the same card to pay to ride a Metro bus or train. Metro is exploring further TAP integration for future expansion phases.

As for walk-ups, you will need a credit card to use Metro Bike Share.

You are correct and no, walk ups don’t need a TAP card at all. The idea is that if you want to just walk up and try the system or you are only in town for a short while, you will not need to use a TAP card. However, the walk up process is more time consuming (and more expensive) so residents and people who use the system with any kind of frequency will want to buy a pass. Once they are registered, they need to only approach a bike and TAP the dock to get a bike and can avoid the kiosk all together. If you ride at least a handful of times every week, the monthly pass is for you. If you only ride every once in a while, the annual flex pass is for you.

4 replies

  1. Too confusing. Why can’t it be more simple like loading up cash value onto your TAP card and just tap and go? Why can’t you work together with Apple Pay or Google Pay so people can just tap their smartphone and go? Keep things simple!

    BTW, for $3.50 per 30 minutes and $3.50 per 30 minutes thereafter, it’s not really competitive when short rides within 30 minutes on a bike is probably the same rate as the minimum fare on an Uber or Lyft. I think someone needs to re-think the pricing structure because I don’t think anyone will rent it at that rate when they can just hail and Uber or Lyft for about the same price…? Maybe if it were like a buck for 30 minutes people will use it.

  2. This doesn’t seem confusing at all. If you get the monthly plan you pay up front and don’t have to pay a cent after you pay the monthly fee. The $20 monthly fee is rather high, however, as most peer systems are around $15 for a monthly pass.
    It’s too bad they don’t have an annual rate for frequent, dedicated users. For example Breeze in Santa Monica has annual memberships that are equivalent to six months at the monthly rate. I would go for that option ($120 for an annual pass) in a heartbeat!
    I do like that the monthly pass doesn’t include a daily maximum usage, like Breeze does.

  3. I want METRO’s bike-share to succeed but this pricing system is a doomed approach. As a car-free Angeleno that rides METRO daily, I want the bike-share system to be an seamless extension of my mobility options and included within my monthly $100 pass. $7 day-rates should also be available for those without TAP cards. Washington DC and Denver have exemplary bike-share systems. Follow their leads!

  4. I used a system like this all the time while living in Taipei for a few months. But it was the equivalent of 15¢ for the first half hour, making it a no-brainer. At $1.75 I’d think long and hard. Still better than San Diego’s Decobike, which charges $5 for a half hour!

    Also you might want to remove the “DO THEY NEED TO REGISTER THEIR TAP CARDS?” note that was left in the article body.