The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) joined the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and the City of Los Angeles on Friday to announce the expansion of the popular Metro Bike Share Program to Hollywood with 12 additional bike docking stations.
Classic bikes — entirely powered by people — and electric bikes will be available in the Hollywood area. The new stations are located at: Franklin/Fuller, Hollywood/ Highland, Highland/Sunset, Hawthorne/ Orange, McCadden/Hollywood, Cherokee/Hollywood, Whitley/Hollywood, Ivar/Hollywood, Hollywood/Vine, Fountain/Vine, Yucca/Argyle and McCadden/Santa Monica. The locations were based in part on community feedback.
“Our expansion of the Metro Bike Share Program into Hollywood will make it easier for Angelenos and visitors to reach popular destinations by bike and to get to and from the Metro B Line (Red) Line subway,” said Metro Board Chair and Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Hilda L. Solis. “This action is a strong example of our continued commitment to expand clean transportation options and improve our air quality by reducing auto trips throughout the county.”
The new Metro Bike stations in Hollywood also make it easier to ride the bikes to other nearby communities with Metro Bike stations — including East Hollywood, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. The Metro Bike Share Program now has 220 docking stations located in Downtown Los Angeles, Central L.A., Exposition Park and North Hollywood.
The cost of renting the bikes is $1.75 for the first 30 minutes or $5 for unlimited trips up to 30 minutes each for 24 hours.
“In L.A. we’re committed to giving people more affordable and enjoyable ways to get around,” said LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds. “Thanks to our partners at Metro we can now give Angelenos and visitors a new way to get to one of America’s most iconic neighborhoods.”
Since the launch of the Metro Bike Share Program in July 2016, more than 1.3 million trips have been taken representing 4.3 million miles traveled. Customers have collectively burned an estimated 172 million calories and reduced CO2 emissions by over four million pounds by pedaling instead of driving. The Metro Bike Share Program has also received a 12-month, $1.5-million sponsorship from DoorDash. Funds raised from ads are used to help offset program costs.
“Metro Bike Share continues to be one of our key initiatives to improve first/last mile access to and from our transit stations,” said Metro CEO Stephanie N. Wiggins. “The combination of transit and bike share can help everyone better access local destinations and help reduce auto trips in our county.”
“Addressing the climate emergency demands immediate investment in other affordable modes of transportation that don’t rely on fossil fuels,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, the chair of the Los Angeles City Council’s Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Los Angeles River Committee. “The expansion of Metro’s Bike Share Program in Hollywood will help this effort substantially by creating an easier way for Angelenos to move within and beyond this historic neighborhood. I’m thankful to Metro for its partnership and giving Metro Bike Share its star turn.”
Bicycle Transit Systems (BTS) is contracted by Metro to operate the Bike Share system.
For regular updates on new station installations, follow @bikemetro on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For additional information on new services, options, and incentives, visit Metro’s Bike Share website at www.metro.net/bikeshare.
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