L.A. County’s bike share revolution has officially come to the beachside community of Venice.
Metro, in partnership with the city of Los Angeles and Bicycle Transit Systems, has installed 15 stations with 165 Metro Bikes throughout the Venice area.
Destinations accessible via Venice bike share now include the Venice Beach Boardwalk, the Abbot Kinney shopping district, Muscle Beach, Rose Avenue, Downtown Santa Monica Expo Line Station, the 17th Street/SMC Expo Line Station and the Marvin Braude Bike Trail along the beach, among others. For a complete listing of stations, visit //bikeshare.metro.net/stations.
Metro worked closely with the city of Los Angeles to strategically place bike share stations at key destinations in the Venice area.
Metro is now studying the feasibility of future bike share expansions to more than 20 other parts of the county. These including Hollywood, North Hollywood, MacArthur Park, Koreatown, the San Gabriel Valley, East Los Angeles/Boyle Heights, Burbank, Glendale, Culver City, Palms and others. Metro seeks to create a regionalsystem of more than 4,000 bicycles pending ongoing Metro Board approval.
The Venice launch is Metro’s third bike share system to be installed this summer. Metro and its city partners opened bike sharing in Pasadena and the Port of Los Angeles last July. Downtown L.A.’s Bike Share system opened in July 2016. The region’s bike share expansions now total 1,400 bicycles at up to 125 stations within L.A. County.
Bike share users in Venice can now buy a monthly or annual pass for Metro Bikes by registering online at www.metro.net/bikeshare. A single pre-registered Metro TAP fare card with a monthly or annual pass can serve as the key to both Metro Bus and Rail lines and the Metro Bike Share system, making it the most integrated with transit than any other system in the United States.