LA Metro officials Friday announced an expansion of their Bike Share Program, with 12 additional docking stations in Hollywood.
The locations, which were chosen partly through community feedback, are located at:
— Franklin and Fuller avenues;
— Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue;
— Highland Avenue and Sunset Boulevard;
— Hawthorne Avenue and Orange Drive;
— McCadden Place and Hollywood Boulevard;
— Cherokee Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard;
— Whitley Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard;
— Ivar Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard;
— Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street;
— Fountain Avenue and Vine Street;
— Yucca Street and Argyle Avenue; and
— McCadden Place and Santa Monica Boulevard.
“Our expansion of the Metro Bike Share Program into Hollywood will make it easier for Angelenos and visitors to reach popular destinations by bike and to get to and from the Metro B (Red) Line subway,” said Metro Board Chair and Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Hilda Solis.
“This action is a strong example of our continued commitment to expand clean transportation options and improve our air quality by reducing auto trips throughout the county,” she added.
People can rent electric bikes and classic bikes for $1.75 per 30 minutes or $5 for unlimited trips up to 30 minutes each for 24 hours, with $1.75 charged for each extra 30 minutes. Officials hope the new stations in Hollywood will make it easier for people to connect to Metro’s other bike share stations in East Hollywood, Los Feliz and Silver Lake.
“Metro Bike Share continues to be one of our key initiatives to improve first/last mile access to and from our transit stations,” Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins said. “The combination of transit and bike share can help everyone better access local destinations and help reduce auto trips in our county.”
More than 1.3 million trips have been taken through the bike share program since its launch in July 2015, representing 4.3 million miles traveled. Metro received a $1.5 million, one-year sponsorship from DoorDash, and offsets the program’s cost through funds raised from advertisements.
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who represents parts of Hollywood, praised the expansion.
“Addressing the climate emergency demands immediate investment in other affordable modes of transportation that don’t rely on fossil fuels,” said O’Farrell, who also chairs the council’s Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Los Angeles River Committee.
“The expansion of Metro’s Bike Share Program in Hollywood will help this effort substantially by creating an easier way for Angelenos to move within and beyond this historic neighborhood. I’m thankful to Metro for its partnership and giving Metro Bike Share its star turn.”