Motion to develop bike-sharing program OKd by Metro Board

The motion asks that Metro staff return with a plan for a bike sharing program within the next 120 days.

Bike sharing — popular in many cities around the world — allows people to rent a bike at various “stations” around town. Most programs charge a small fee and are run by nonprofits or private firms that partner with cities.

“We need to recognize this is a growing movement and this is another tool in our toolkit in helping people get to and from our bus rapid transit and rail stations,” said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who co-wrote the motion with Board Members Pam O’Connor and Antonio Villaraigosa.

3 replies

  1. @Todd Edlman Public perception i’d guess, some cities here in the States have tried this and have had people accuse the cities of Socialism. Really it needs to be done in the most financially secure way for the taxpayers. This is an amazing step since world class cities have done this. Paris has Velib’ which is very popular.

    Metro needs to make sure these are bikes at it’s stations like North Hollywood, or Memorial Park. Redondo Beach perhaps?

    Maybe also form a partnership with Zipcar too. I would love to see something like that, and since the departure of Flexcar, Zipcar needs many more locations for it’s vehicles. Truly give people alternatives to privately owned cars. It takes multiple options and not just one and I am glad to see Metro embrace that.

  2. Why a PPP if collective public transport is not funded that way in L.A.? The best bike share is “individual public transport” and is integrated both functionally and from a business standpoint with the rest of the public transport solutions.