Metro’s bike sharing system expanded to Venice Thursday, with 15 stations and 65 bicycles added to a network that includes current locations in downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena and San Pedro.

“There’s no better way to explore L.A.’s beaches than by bike — and now, we’re making it easier than ever to discover Venice on two wheels,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is also chair of the Metro Board of Directors. “Metro Bike Share has brought easy bicycle access to neighborhoods across our region, and I am proud that this program continues to thrive and expand.”

With the addition of the Venice stations, Metro’s bike sharing system totals 1,400 bicycles and 125 stations within L.A. County.

“I am incredibly excited to welcome Metro Bike Share to the Westside, and can’t wait to see my constituents in Venice using this convenient and increasingly popular service that will expand our network of mobility options, as it has downtown,” said Councilman Mike Bonin, who is also a Metro board member and chair of the City Council’s Transportation Committee.

Metro said it is considering expansions of the bike sharing system to more than 20 other parts of the county, including Hollywood, North Hollywood, MacArthur Park, Koreatown, the San Gabriel Valley, East Los Angeles/Boyle Heights, Burbank, Glendale, Culver City and Palms.

–City News Service

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