BY BARRY LANK
ECHO PARK – The bike-share station at Echo Park Lake seems to be doing all right a few months into a pilot period, according to Metro spokesperson said.
“The station has been performing well and holds a middle-ranking among all the stations in Downtown Los Angeles,” said Rick Jager, a communications manager at Metro. Those are good results considering the station is sitting by itself in Echo Park and is unconnected to the regular bike-share network, Jager said.
The bike-share station at Echo Park and Park avenues launched as a pilot program on October 5 to see if there was enough demand to support a bike share network throughout the neighborhood. About 800 trips started or ended at the station during October and November, Jager said.
It’s a positive sign given the slow start the city’s bike share program has had. The L.A. Times reported that, after the first three months of operation, only around 73 trips had been taken per bicycle citywide. Chicago’s bike-share program in its first three months had twice as many trips per bike and New York City had six times as many.
- Walk-up pass: All trips 30 minutes or less are $3.50, with another $3.50 for every 30 minutes thereafter.
- Monthly pass – $20: All trips 30 minutes or less are free, plus $1.75 per 30 minutes thereafter.
- Flex pass – $40 a year: All trips 30 minutes or less are $1.75, plus $1.75 per 30 minutes thereafter.
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