The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), began expansion of its Metro Bike Share network into Central Los Angeles, with more than 40 new stations.
The expansion will greatly augment the existing downtown L.A. area bike-share stations, creating a more comprehensive and robust network for Angelenos seeking to complete their first- and last-mile journeys on two wheels.
All new stations will have the classic Metro Bikes that are docked to stations.
“We are reimagining public transportation in Los Angeles — and scaling up bike-share is a big part of solving our first/last mile problem, by giving transit users a convenient way to get from the bus stop to their front door,” said L.A. Mayor and Metro Board Second Vice Chair Eric Garcetti. “This expansion will give Angelenos and visitors alike an easy, affordable way to skip traffic and experience some of our city’s most incredible sights.”
Metro has recently announced other first/last mile services, including new partnerships with Via and Getaround for transit riders looking for new ways to connect by car with Metro transit stations to complete their first/last mile trips.
The selection of station locations was based on extensive community feedback. Metro and LADOT worked with various neighborhood organizations and used crowdsourcing to identify where community members would most like bike share stations located. Flyers were posted at each potential station location to encourage comments from local community members.
The Metro Bike program is administered by Metro in partnership with local agencies, including LADOT and the Port of Los Angeles. It is operated by Bicycle Transit Systems Inc.