Metro Bike Share offering free 30-Day Passes to essential workers throughout L.A. County

Metro Bike Share is offering FREE 30-Day Passes to essential workers throughout Los Angeles County through the month of July. Eligible workers can apply for a 30-Day Metro Bike Share Pass from July 1 through July 30, 2020, which will give them access to unlimited 30-minute Metro Bike Share rides and FREE Electric Metro Bike unlocking fees for one month.

Sign up for the Essential Workers Program today! Click here to enroll. If you are a current Metro Bike Share passholder and are eligible for the Essential Workers Program, please reach out to to enroll.

Eligible Bike Share for Business pass holders can redeem this free pass by reaching out to

A credit or debit card is required to apply. With all promotions and passes, usage fees apply after the first 30 minutes of using Metro Bike Share. To avoid these fees, users should dock their bike and start a new trip every 30 minutes. Unlocking fees for electric bikes will be waived during each of the promotional periods for 30-minute rides and the 24-Hour Access Pass only. Smart bike convenience fees are still applicable. Offer valid through July 31, 2020. The free 30-Day Pass is effective starting on your sign-up date, and the pass does not auto-renew.

To further reduce touchpoints and help make using Metro Bike Share safer, we’re also making contactless payment and mobile unlocking features available via the updated Metro Bike Share app! Riders can now purchase Metro Bike Share passes, find bike share stations, manage their account and unlock Metro Bikes across LA County with ONE app on your smartphone.

Want to give the mobile unlock feature a spin?

  • Download the Metro Bike Share app available for Apple and Android.
  • Create a Metro Bike Share account or log in to your existing account.
  • Select the “Stations” tab to see nearby stations on the map.
  • Tap a nearby station to unlock an available bike.

You’ll have 30 seconds to retrieve the selected bike. And then adjust your saddle height, fasten your helmet straps and enjoy your ride! Remember to always properly and securely return your Metro Bike at the end of your trip.

Like the app? What else do you love about Metro Bike Share? How can we improve? Why do (or don’t) you ride? Complete the survey for a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card! This survey is open to everyone, even if you have never used Metro Bike Share. All feedback is welcome. This survey is open from July 1 to July 31, 2020.
Finally, a quick reminder that COVID-19 is still out there and we want you to practice safe and healthy bike riding:
  • We recommend using sanitizing wipes to clean the bike before and after riding and washing your hands after a ride. 
  • Maintain social distance from others when riding or accessing a Metro Bike.
  • Wear a face covering whenever social distancing is not possible.

1 reply

  1. West Hollywood and other cities have abandoned Bike Share programs because they do not work effectively. They are a waste of scarce resources and tax dollars. The only program I have ever seen that seems to partially work is in Hawaii. It is ran completely different than here with week long rental available with one swipe.

    The MTA’s primary goal should be to improve transit services not bike rentals, let the private sector which has far more experience engage in those programs. And advocating the riding of bicycles on most public thoroughfares is this day and age is complete stupidity. It would not surprise me if a sharp attorney files suit when one of the MTA bike riders is injured in an accident citing the MTA’s encouragement to ride in unsafe Los Angeles traffic. Pretty white lines does not insure safety and in fact places the bike rider in a unsafe road condition in the case of the driver opening their door into the bike riders path. Over sixty years ago as a youth it happened to me on several occasions one of which I was almost ran over by a MTA (old) bus traveling in the number two traffic lane after falling into the street. And as a former RTD/MTA Road Supervisor, the most common accident I investigated was drivers of parked vehicles opening their drivers door into the SIDE of a bus. Only once do I recall the FRONT of a bus striking the other vehicles door.

    I realize there is an entire department at the MTA devoted to bikes. Perhaps that endeavor should be be a city or county function, not the MTA’s. Since the failed merger the MTA has lost its way. The LACTC was anti public transit and that philosophy has carried over into the MTA. I worked for both the RTD and the MTA. What I observed was a well run transit agency lead by experienced managers turn into a circus where people with no experience in public transit were making decisions based not on practical knowledge of the current situations but on random information formulated in windowless cubicles by employees who never stepped foot on a bus except in front of the main entrance which were on display.