There’s a new star in Hollywood: the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) on Friday celebrated the grand opening of a new Metro Bike Hub at the Hollywood/Vine Metro Red Line Station.
The $560,000, 1,000-square-foot facility is located at 1630 N. Vine Street and is conveniently located in prime ground-floor retail space around the corner from the Hollywood/Vine subway station.
The facility includes parking for 64 bicycles under closed-circuit TV surveillance, secure access, peak-hour staff availability, same-day repairs, accessory sales and bike-related clinics.
The hub allows riders to leave their bikes at the station in a safe environment and avoid the hassle that sometimes comes with bringing bikes aboard crowded trains.
How do I gain access to the hub?
Register for membership online or visit a Metro Bike Hub during attended hours. Once you are registered, you will receive a bike hub card that gives you 24/7 access to the hub. An ID card or driver’s license can also be registered and used to enter.
How much does a bike hub membership cost?
There are three membership passes available. A 7-day pass costs $5, a 30-day pass costs $12 and a 1-year pass costs $60. Discounts are available for Seniors (62+), Disabled, Medicare and students K-12. You can pay with a credit or debit card online. Cash is accepted only during staffed hours: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekdays. A bike can be left parked at the hub for up to 72 consecutive hours without extra charge.
Do I need a lock?
Yes, you’ll need to provide your own bike lock to secure your bike to the rack. If you don’t have one, you can purchase one from the hub retail section during staffed hours.
Are there more bike hubs in the works?
Yes! A similarly operated Metro Bike Hub is also planned for Culver City Expo Line Station in 2018 and Metro broke ground earlier this month for a new Bike Hub at Union Station, which will offer nearly 200 secure bicycle parking
spaces when it opens this fall. Bike hubs are planned for North Hollywood, Willowbrook/Rosa Parks and Airport Metro Connector stations.
Space for the hub in Hollywood was made available by the W. Hotel as part of a development agreement with Metro. The hotel sits atop Metro’s Hollywood/Vine subway station.
The Metro Bike Hub will be overseen by BikeHub, Metro’s contractor. BikeHub is also working on partnerships with local tour operators to rent bikes at the site, and will explore other possible bike-related activities to encourage local bicycle trips. BikeHub is a partner with Metro’s Bike Share vendor Bicycle Transit Systems, and will help customers purchase bike share memberships. Metro Bike Share is currently available in downtown Los Angeles and is coming soon to Pasadena, the Port of Los Angeles and Venice.
The Hollywood-Vine Metro Bike Hub was funded through a Federal Transit Administration Grant for urban transportation planning. The FTA’s contribution for the hub was approximately $374,000.