ECHO PARK — Metro will be installing a pilot bike share station near Echo Park Lake next month to see if there is enough demand to support a bike share network in the neighborhood.
The station, complete with kiosk and 19 bikes, will be set up at Echo Park and Park avenues by Oct. 8, when throngs of bike riders are expected in the area for a CicLAvia event. Similar stations have been set up in Downtown L.A., Pasadena, the Port of L.A. and Venice.
“Residents and visitors alike will be able to explore Echo Park like never before,” said Councilmember O’Farrell in a statement “People will have easy access to experience the joys of bicycle riding in a wonderful neighborhood.”
Metro spokesman Dave Sotero said the agency is “putting a toe in the water” with the station to find out if a bike share system makes sense in the area.
Riders can use a credit card at the kiosk to rent the bike, which can be returned at other stations. Echo Park is a short bike ride from Downtown, where there are 61 bike share stations with 700 bikes.
Here’s the pricing for the bike share station:
- A 30-day pass is $20. All trips 30 minutes or less are free and $1.75 per 30 minutes thereafter. This pass option is best if the user expects to take more than five trips per month. People use their registered TAP card to get bikes directly from docks and the pass renews 30 days after initial purchase.
- A Flex Pass is $40 per year. All trips 30 minutes or less are $1.75 and $1.75 per 30 minutes thereafter. This option is best if users expect to take two to five trips per month or want the convenience of using their TAP card to get a bike directly from the dock.
- A Walk-Up is $3.50 for 30 minutes. All trips 30 minutes or less are $3.50, and $3.50 per 30 minutes thereafter. Users can pay per trip using their credit card at any station kiosk. No TAP card is needed for the Walk-Up.
Users can see real-time bike and dock availability on the app and online station map.
The length of the test period is not certain. Sotero said the new bike share station would remain in operation until “sufficient feedback and ridership metrics” are collected.
We want to gather sufficient feedback and ridership metrics.
- More Echo Park stories
- Got a news tip or photo to share? Submit it here
Can’t get enough Echo Park news? Sign up for The Eastsider’s Echo Park Weekly email newsletter. Echo Park Weekly features EP-centric stories, tidbits, advice, observations, information as well as the week’s top news.
Jesús Sanchez, Publisher
Please fill out every field
Problem with the form? Let us know