The Metro Bike Share Program is coming to the LA Waterfront early this summer!
The proposal, approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles Harbor Commission, calls for 120 bikes to be placed at 11 stations along the San Pedro and Wilmington waterfronts. Visitors to the Harbor area will be able to bike along the promenade that provides great views of one of the busiest shipping ports in the world while visiting points of interest along the way, including the Fanfare Fountains, Battleship Iowa, Downtown Harbor Plaza, Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, Ports O’ Call Village and Banning’s Landing.
Payment kiosks at each station allow riders to use either their Metro TAP card or credit card to pay. Costs vary depending on the options selected. After payment is made or confirmed at the kiosk, bikes are picked up at one dock and then returned to a dock nearest the rider’s destination. An annual flex pass provides a pay-as-you-go option for occasional riders.
The bike stations are now available throughout L.A.’s downtown civic center and in Long Beach. The expansion of the Metro Bike Share Program will also bring the bikes and stations to Venice and Pasadena, adding to a growing network of municipalities adopting the idea.
Cost to expand into the waterfront is $824,280, to be split between the MTA and the port. Additional signage costs — $155,000 — would be paid by the port, which also would pick up operational costs estimated at about $260,000 a year (with the MTA paying $140,000 a year to maintain the program).
No start date has been announced yet.