Metro offered free access to its bike share program Wednesday, along with free rides on trains and buses to encourage people to reduce their vehicle trips on California Clean Air Day.
“Metro remains dedicated to reducing tailpipe emissions and air pollution by providing more sustainable ways to get around the region,” said county Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Hilda Solis, who introduced the motion to have free Metro access on Clean Air Day.
“… We know that transportation is the No. 1 cause of our emissions, so I’m encouraging Angelenos of all types to leave their car at home as we take action for clean air.”
People can access the free bike share program by using the promo code 100621. Buses have already been operating fareless during the COVID-19 pandemic, but trains went fareless as well on Wednesday.
“Clean Air Day is a perfect opportunity to invite Angelenos far and wide to leave their cars at home and reduce their carbon footprint by taking Metro for free Oct. 6,” said Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins. “Our transit system takes cars off the road and has reduced our region’s greenhouse gas emissions by 6.5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent over the last decade alone.
“We are committed to reducing 100% of our agency’s operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. We are clearly committed over the long term to help ensure our transit system contributes to meeting our region’s rigorous clean air goals.”
California Clean Air Day is meant to encourage people to improve community health through their actions. On cleanairday.org, Californians can make pledges ranging from large steps to small steps, like buying local produce, planting a tree, walking, biking or taking public transit or installing solar panels on their home.
Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday celebrated Metro’s offering of free rides for the day, and he highlighted two other initiatives related to clean air in Los Angeles:
— the city’s pilot program to have special curb designations that can only be used by zero-emission delivery vehicles; and
— the Los Angeles Public Library’s new air sensor loan program to allow Angelenos to check out air sensor equipment to monitor the air quality around them.
“It’s our responsibility to ensure that future generations will inherit a city where our air, water, and natural resources will be protected and preserved,” Garcetti said. “Clean Air Day gives us an opportunity to put our principles into practice with cleaner transportation and goods movement — to leave a healthier world for our children and grandchildren.”