Metro launches new Adopt-a-Bike program to improve mobility of those in need

One of the happy recipients of a new ride this morning courtesy of Metro’s new Adopt-a-Bike program.

Metro’s new Adopt-a-Bike program launched today with a media event at Union Station — watch the video here.

Working with community groups, Metro will give residents of L.A. County who are most in need the chance to adopt a previously owned bicycle. The goal is to improve peoples’ mobility options and their access to jobs, recreation and other opportunities.

Some helpful background on the new program: Metro collects hundreds of bicycles every month that are left behind on the bus and rail system and at Metro facilities. These bicycles are transported to Metro’s lost and found facilities and held for 90 days as required by State law.

Despite Metro’s best efforts less than 25 percent of bicycles are claimed by their owners. Until now the rest of the unclaimed bicycles were previously sold off at auction. But selling the bikes via auction wasn’t helpful to the many people in L.A. County who can’t afford a bike — but need help getting around.

In 2019, Metro staff began exploring how else these bikes might be used. A workshop with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) was held and, ultimately, the Adopt-a-Bike program emerged. The Metro Board of Directors approved the plan last summer.

Metro selected s ix CBOs to assist with the program via a competitive process. The CBOs hold bike distribution events throughout L.A. County over the next year. For more information on bicycle donation events and participating CBOs please visit: Active SGV, Walk n’ Rollers, People for Mobility Justice, Healthy Active Streets, Willowbrook Inclusion Network (WIN), and Instituto de Avance Latino a Community Development Corporation (IDEAL CDC).

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    • Hi Craig and anyone else interested in a bike —

      Please contact the community organizations listed in the post. Links are provided for each in the Source post. These groups are the ones that will actually adopt the bikes out.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      • How r the bikes I really need one my car broke down n it costs to much to fix about 4,000 n i don’t have anything to my name

  1. Soy una persona de la tercera edad y seria un beneficio aser ejerció para nosotros mi esposa y yo

    • Dicen que hay que contactar las organizaciones listadas al final. Me imagino que mas que una Harlan español.

  2. I applied for one bike about two months ago. Who can I know if my request was received and how long is the waiting list.
    Thank you!! in advance. Cathy