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Metro Commemorates Fourth Anniversary of Bike Share Program with Improved Smart Phone App, Special Summer Promotions

Wednesday July 08, 2020

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Bike Share Program is celebrating its four-year anniversary with a new, improved smart phone app and special promotions designed to make it even more attractive to try bike sharing for essential trips this summer. 

The agency’s growing Metro Bike Share System officially launched on July 7, 2016 in downtown Los Angeles with 65 stations. The program has since grown to more than 200 stations throughout L.A. County.  Since its launch, the program has become one of the best multi-modal travel options in the region, providing a safe and reliable two-wheeled transportation alternative during the COVID-19 public health crisis. 

“Everyone should have access to clean, safe, green ways to get around our city,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chair of the Metro Board. “Metro Bike Share is defined by our firm and unwavering commitment to public health, economic opportunity, equity and accessibility — the core challenges we face today — and this anniversary is another clear marker of our determination to build a more sustainable future for Los Angeles.”

An updated mobile app is now available that will allow users to sign up, purchase passes, and get the latest information on Metro Bike Share. It will also allow users to conveniently unlock a Metro Bike from their smartphones without having to access a station kiosk. The updated app is available for Apple and Android devices. TAP users, including those with reduced fare passes and participants of the LIFE program, will continue to purchase fare products through https://www.taptogo.net.

To download the new app for iPhones, visit https://apps.apple.com/us/app/metro-bike-share/id1121738367

To download the new app for Android, visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bicycletransit.MetroBikeShare.

This summer Metro Bike Share will be offering several promotions to thank Angelenos for their ongoing support. As of July 1, a special 30-day pass was made available at no cost to COVID-19 essential workers.  To redeem the promotional code, please visit http://www.metro.net/bikeshare.

Businesses deemed as essential can sign up through Bike Share for Business (B4B) and redeem passes for their employees.

From August 1 to 31, Metro Bike Share will be launching LA Relief, which will offer all passes at a reduced cost.  Fares for a 30-minute ride and a 24-Hour Access Pass will be $1. A 30-Day pass will be $10, and a 365-Day Pass will be $100.  Promotional codes will be made available before launch.

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.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, Metro Bike Share has continued to provide uninterrupted service, especially to essential workers.  Sanitation protocols were implemented per CDC recommendations and guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Health.  Messaging encouraging users to practice personal hygiene was also increased. 

“Metro Bike Share has grown in the last four years, and it has become vital in providing a first and last mile solution, especially during the pandemic.  We are proud that Metro and the city of Los Angeles can offer this program to so many communities within Los Angeles County,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington.

Metro’s bike share network now includes stations in Downtown Los Angeles, Central Los Angeles, Venice Beach, along the E Line (Expo) in Santa Monica, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms, Playa del Rey, University Park, Koreatown, MacArthur Park, Silverlake, Westlake, Pico-Union, Echo Park, Los Feliz, North Hollywood and East Hollywood.

To date, one million total trips have been taken by Angelenos who believe in sustainability and convenience when commuting to work, running errands, and having fun.  These trips represent more than 3.6 million miles traveled, or 147 times around the world, and 7.9 million tons of emissions reduced. 

Metro Bike Share continues to provide programs to companies and businesses through the Bike Share for Business program.  Employers interested in offering Metro Bike Share to their employees can sign up at a reduced cost.  Employers regulated by AQMD’s Rule 2202 can now use Metro Bike Share as one of the strategies to support their compliance.

For more information, visit http://www.metro.net/bikeshare.     

About Metro
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is currently providing lifeline service for essential trips and frontline workers. Metro continues building the most ambitious transportation infrastructure program in the United States and is working to greatly improve mobility through its Vision 2028 Plan.
                                                                                        
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