Bike Share coming to Los Angeles

Automated kiosks and docking stations allow for Bike Nation members to check out bicycles via Bike Nation USA

You may have heard at this morning’s CicLAvia press conference that the City of Los Angeles will soon be launching its very own bike share system. Details are still being worked out but we can confirm that Bike Nation USA – a local Southern California based firm – will launch and operate the system in collaboration with the city. The entire system will be privately launched and operated, and will not require any public funding. L.A.’s Bike Nation bike share system will be comprised of 400 kiosks, 6,500 docking stations, and 4,000 bicycles.

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Assistant Coordinator Jose Elais

Assistant Coordinator Jose Elais testing out a Bike Nation bicycle at the Metro bikeshare demonstration event

At the Metro bike share demonstration event earlier this year, we got the opportunity to see and ride bicycles form a variety of bike share vendors. Bike Nation was on hand to show show off their 3-speed bikes sporting a chainless drive, internal hub gears and a coaster brake. Company representatives advertised the chainless drive as an appealing feature to government agencies for their low-maintenance and cleanliness. Their bikes also had airless tires, which should alleviate the hassle and anxiety of potential flats. The Bike Nation demonstration bicycles also came equipped with a large utilitarian front basket that can help with transporting goods.

Bike Nation kiosk courtesy Bike Nation

Implementation

Bike Nation anticipates the pilot program to start in the fourth quarter of 2012 at select locations throughout the city. Stay tuned to the LADOT Bike Blog for more information on L.A.’s bikeshare system as it becomes available.

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  1. Dennis Hindman
    Dennis Hindman says:

    Bike Nation was the only company out of the three at the Metro demonstration that did not have a finished product. The bikes at CicLAvia were beach cruisers and not the ones at the Metro demo. They also had not yet set up a bicycle sharing system in any city. I pointed out at the Metro demo that the wheels had just a standard bolt that someone could easily remove. Their response was that these were not the final product, just bikes that they pedaled around at their headquarters.

    It’s also not a great idea to spread out the bike kiosks sparsely around the city. That’s great marketing to promise to put the bikes at widely spaced locations, but it dilutes the ability to use the product and probably decreases the demand. Just how are they going to repair and move the bikes around at a low cost if they are in four geographical locations that are miles apart from each other?

    So here’s a company that does not have a finished product, no experience operating any bike sharing installations and they seem to be throwing out pretty much anything you want to hear to get the business. It is supposed to be supplied without cost to the city government, so anything is better than nothing, right?

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  2. Joshua Shapiro
    Joshua Shapiro says:

    I whole-heartedly support a bike-share program in Los Angeles, but I don’t understand why the city has to pick the vendor. The city has a responsibility to ensure inter-operability between kiosks of different vendors, but any private company should be allowed to request a permit and build a kiosk.

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