Metro needs your help!
As Metro considers the long-term potential for a countywide bike share program, the agency’s bike team is again asking for your input: Click here to visit a crowdsourcing map where you can let us know where you would like to see bike sharing in the future.
The map shows communities that Metro has already identified as “bike share ready” — in other words, places with adequate population and job density, favorable topography (i.e. not too hilly), bike infrastructure, community support and possible funding availability.
Please note that one comment per community can be submitted at a time; if you would like to select multiple areas, please submit multiple comments. Suggestions will be accepted through December 22.
Some background: Metro is leading a countywide effort to develop a bike share system to help riders get around — and, in particular, get to and from transit stations. Here’s a Metro staff report from earlier this year that provides an overview of Metro’s bike share efforts.
Here’s how bike share typically works: a fleet of bicycles is parked at several rental stations in a city or area. Individuals can then rent the bikes and return them later at any of the bike rental stations, making it easy to use a bike to get from Point A to Point B. Many bike share systems offer subscriptions that make the first 30 to 45 minutes of use very inexpensive, encouraging people to use the bikes for transportation and allowing each bike to serve several users each day.
Final bike share station locations will be determined by Metro, local officials and a bike share operator to be selected by Metro with the first phase of the project planned to open in 2016 at locations in downtown Los Angeles. The cities of Long Beach and Santa Monica — as many of you know — are also pursuing their own bike share programs but Metro is working with both cities so that their bike share programs will be compatible with Metro’s program.