It has been just over 2 months since bike share’s historic launch in Downtown Los Angeles. Ridership is through the roof! The program has already become an integral part of the urban landscape, which is increasing being designed in more people oriented fashion. What has led to this success? It might have to do with all the great partnerships, the excitement from the Downtown community, and the people who give their 120% to keep the program running at its best. Here’s a run down of what’s new and where we will be in the coming weeks. Schedule these into your calendar and stop by to say hi when you see us around Downtown LA!
First, some exciting updates!
You should know that September is the last month for half-off walk up rides. It now costs only $1.75 for a 30-minute ride. That’s half off the regular rate! Tell your friends and loved ones because this is their chance to try bike share at the reduced rate. Test it out and see if it’s for you. On October 1st, the walk-up ride price will be the regular $3.50. To get a bike as a walk-up user, find a bike share station by downloading the app or using the website map. When you arrive to the station, tap the screen, follow the prompts, swipe your credit or debit card, select a bike, and go! Don’t forget to bring a helmet.
If you are looking for the 3rd & Rose station, look no further than 1 block north. The station has been relocated to Traction & Rose . The move helped us install more docks – there are now 27 total spaces! We also made way for the expanded Arts District Farmer’s Market. You can now shop for your favorite groceries using the expandable clamshell basket at the front of the bikes. Feel free to splurge on that favorite dessert too because you will be burning it all off on Metro Bike.
The team was out at the DTLA Proud Festival assisting people in signing up and showing off the two festive rainbow bikes. The bikes were so popular that we decided to make them available to everyone. Look for them throughout the DTLA system in the month of September. When you find them, share your adventure with @ladotofficial and @metrolosangeles #metrobike. Every time you ride a rainbow bike in the month of September, you will be entered into the weekly contest. Winners will be contacted via text and/or email every Monday and will have the chance to win a super cute speckled Metro Bike Share shirt!
And now is the time to bring out that calendar and pencil us in!
Need a helping hand in signing up? You can stop by the LADOT Transit Customer Service Center every first and fourth Wednesday of the month from 11 am – 2 pm. The Metro Bike Share team will be available for questions and to assist customers signing up for two types of passes – the monthly and the flex pass. These passes can be purchased online or on a smartphone, whereas the walk up pass can literally be purchased by walking up to a kiosk and purchasing a one-way fare. Stop by to revel in the beautiful state of the art Transit Center that reopened in May 2016 after construction with a repainted palette and upgraded technology to get helpful information about all your transit options like DASH and more!
This Friday, September 16 find the Metro Bike Share team at Park(ing) Day. We will be located next to our station at 7th and Broadway in the heart of DTLA from 8 am – 3 pm. Come by to ask us your burning questions, get more familiar with bike share, and meet some of the folks who are working on this day in and day out. We are excited to participate in this worldwide event especially because every day is Park(ing) Day for bike share. Aside from connectivity and accessibility improvements, bike share stations also help to reimagine how city streets can accommodate more than just cars. Many of the bike share stations are located in repurposed parking spaces and allow access for on average 25 bikes instead of 3 cars. The added benefits also include the traffic calming and the creation of places for people! Don’t forget to bring a tote bag to Park(ing) Day to collect all the swag.
This Saturday, September 17 find us twice! First, we will join Cartwheel Art Tours and the Wheelhouse Bike and Coffee Shop for a Coffee by Bicycle Tour in the Arts District. The ride begins at The Wheelhosue where coffee and bicycling come together. From there there will be four or more stops at coffee shops in the neighborhood to get your caffeine fix for the nighttime activities. Blacktop, Blue Bottle, Bulletproog, and Shreebs will each prepare a small tasting of their favorite drink for us to enjoy. After our last stop, we will pedal our way back to The Wheelhouse for a small parting gift including an individual container of a cold-brewed coffee from Califia Farms. During the tour, Cindy Schwarzstein, founder of Cartwheel Art Tours, based in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, will provide insight on the art, history and developments of the neighborhood. Coffee played a part in the history in the Arts District as businesses such as Maxwell House, Hills Brothers, and Ben Hur Coffee & Spice Co., all operated in buildings here that were built between 1916 – 1929. The tour can be taken on personal bike or with bikes from the Metro Bike Share station outside the Wheelhouse.
Later in the evening, we will be at Grand Performances Benefit Concert. Lee DeLaria of Orange is the New Black will take the stage at DTLA’s California Plaza in a salute to the late, great David Bowie in a benefit concert for Grand Performances. To attend, purchase your tickets and arrive on bike share. When you ride Metro Bike Share to the Grand Performances Benefit Concert you get a free ride back! Ride from any station to the Grand & 3rd station just north of Grand Performances, visit the Metro Bike Share Street Team (look for the flag) at Grand Performances and receive a free ride to use after the show, because bike share and the arts support one another.
On Wednesday, October 5 from 6 – 8 pm join de Lab on a tour of Making LA: Metro Bike Tour in Downtown LA. Program staff will be giving an overview of the technology, showcasing how the bikes are designed for city streets, and talking about planning for all Angelenos. Then, we will get on the bikes and go on a ride to check out some of the newest and greatest bike infrastructure in the City. We will see protected bike lanes, bike boxes to help people make turns, transit boarding islands, and the City’s first dedicated bike signals! The ride will take place after the sun sets, but not to fret, the bikes come with lights powered by your pedaling. All those wishing to participate in the event must purchase a ticket ahead of time. The ride is optional but those who wish to join can either purchase a pass online prior to the ride or do so at the kiosk on the day of.
We hope you are excited about all that Metro Bike brings to improve accessibility and connectivity in the City as well as to create great places for people! Let us know your thoughts and questions at any of the above events. If you can’t make it, not problem! The website FAQ is a great place to go for any common questions. You can also call customer support to speak to someone by dialing (844) 857-BIKE or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy riding LA!