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A bike-share program that will place 1,000 bicycles in downtown Los Angeles for use by commuters will begin in July, Metro and city officials announced Wednesday.

“Residents and visitors from around the world can … check out a bike and see downtown L.A. with a fast, fun and affordable system,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said, noting that the city’s “new bicycle infrastructure” will enable easier and safer travel.

The program — which aims to blend bicycles into the public transit system — “will go a long way in supporting healthy lifestyles, easing traffic on downtown streets” and “getting Angelenos where they need to go” efficiently and affordably, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The bikes will be available at an initial 65 locations — including Union Station, City Hall, the Los Angeles Convention Center and Chinatown, among others — many of which will be stationed along the Metro rail and bus network to give commuters easier access.

Initial access, beginning July 7, will be granted to people who purchase passes, Metro officials said, adding that walk-up sales will start Aug. 1.

Users of the program will be able to use the Metro TAP cards for payment, making it the first such program in the country to grant access to public transportation and bicycles with the same pass, Metro officials said.

More information on the program is available online here.

— City News Service 

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