Metro wants to know where to add more bike share stations.
There’s already one station at Echo Park Lake, where riders can rent a bike and return it at any other station. But now the transportation agency is gearing up for a major expansion of the bike share program next year in the neighborhoods west of Downtown. That includes East Hollywood, Echo Park, Koreatown, Los Feliz and Silver Lake.
The expansion will add more than 700 bikes across central Los Angeles (outside of Downtown) as officials gamble that more stations will increase usage.
You can find a map of the potential sites here and leave your comments about what you think.
One site, for example, is near the entrance to Dodger Stadium at Stadium Way and Vin Scully Avenue. Another is next to the Silver Lake Recreation Center. Other sites include spots near the Trader Joe’s on Hyperion Avenue, the Red Line station at Vermont Avenue and Sunset Boulevard and Sunset Junction.
How did Metro come up with this initial list of bike share sites? The Source, the agency’s news blog, explains:“The list was developed by examining suggested locations in a previously released countywide crowdsourcing map, space available for stations, access and convenience, safety considerations, land use and destination patterns, discussions with City Council Districts and local stakeholders, and a Bike Share Suitability Index developed by an outside consulting firm.”
The results of the L.A. program have so far lagged far behind other cities. Streetsblog said earlier this year that the usage rate for the Downtown area is far below those in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and New York. Pasadena officials plan on dropping out of the program because of low use.
In addition to more bike share stations, Metro has also reduced the fare — to $1.75 from $3.50 for a 30-minute ride — and adopted more incentives in a bid to attract more business.
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