Metro’s growing bike sharing program will expand into the Westside next month. The Source reports that 15 new bike stations are set to open in Venice on Thursday, September 7, bringing 165 rentable bicycles to the neighborhood.
Venice will be the fourth area to join Metro’s bike sharing network, following Downtown LA, Pasadena, and the Port of LA. Other communities, including Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Long Beach, have set up their own bike sharing systems separate from Metro.
The new Venice bikes should make it easier for residents and visitors to get around, but they won’t be the first bike share rentals in town. Santa Monica’s Breeze Bike Share system has been serving parts of Venice since last year.
According to The Source, Metro has added around 1,400 bikes to its sharing system this year (including the ones on the way to Venice) and eventually plans to have at least 4,000 bicycles in its Los Angeles network.
Up next, the agency is considering expanding the program to Hollywood, North Hollywood, MacArthur Park, Koreatown, East LA, and the San Gabriel Valley. Culver City is also working with Metro to bring the service to Culver and the surrounding communities of Palms, Playa Vista, Del Rey, and part of Mar Vista.
On top of all that, a $2.5 million grant from the sate could help Metro expand service to parts of South LA and the area around USC.
- Metro bike share opens in the Port of LA [Curbed LA]
- Venice Will Be the First in LA to Get Bike Sharing [Curbed LA]
- State funds could bring bike share to South LA and USC [Curbed LA]