The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city of Los Angeles have opened 16 new Metro Bike Share locations that hold up to 150 bicycles in North Hollywood, Toluca Lake, and Valley Village. These are the first locations to debut in the San Fernando Valley. Metro plans to add six more stations that can hold 50 bicycles by the end of the year. The new stations are located near the Metro Red/Orange lines, the NoHo Arts District, the Chandler Bikeway, and the neighborhoods surrounding Lankershim and Magnolia Boulevards.
Bicycle Transit Systems (BTS) operates the bike share program, and BTS partner BCycle provides the bikes. BTS operates 40 bike share systems in U.S. metropolitan cities and abroad. There are currently are 150 bike share stations and 1,500 Metro Bikes in Los Angeles, North Hollywood, and throughout the Westside. Authorities hope to eventually expand the program to create a system of 4,000 bikes in the county. The bike share program launched in 2016.
Rides on Smart Metro Bikes start at $1.75 for 30 minutes. Bikers can unlock the bikes using a Metro TAP card or the Metro Bike Share app. Riders can lock the bikes at Smart Metro Bike Stations or in other bikeshare locations for a $2 fee.
One reason the bike share program has been slower to take off in Los Angeles has been due to competition from dockless bike and scooter companies like Bird and Lime. These companies have provided bikes that are widely available, easy to use, and can be ridden anywhere. This competition caused Metro to slash its fees for smart bike rental in half.
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