The Metro Bike Share program launched on July 7 and bikes have since been accessible for monthly and flex pass holders. On Monday, the bike share program opens to everyone — whether pass holders or not — and users will be able to use a credit card to take a bike for a spin.
The key points:
•The regular $3.50 rate will be discounted to $1.75 per half hour to encourage first-time users to give the bikes a try. The discount remains in place until Oct. 1.
•To get a bike as a walk-up: find a bike share station in DTLA (map here), tap the screen at the station’s kiosk, follow the prompts, swipe your credit card, select a bike and go. The entire process should take less than a minute.
•Nearly 5,000 bike share rides have been taken in the last two weeks. Those numbers should increase very soon — about half the rides on bike share systems in other cities come directly from walk-up sales.
•Here’s the pricing structure for DTLA bike share so you can compare the options:
•There’s a Metro Bike Share app available on iOS and Android smart phones to help with buying passes, finding a bike share station and checking bike availability.
•The DTLA bike share is a pilot project and is the first phase of bike sharing throughout Los Angeles County.