Published : Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 9:00 PM
Public transportation is about to get a whole lot more affordable with news that Pasadena’s Bike Share program is expected to launch in July, 2017.
Details of the proposed program will be discussed at a Bike Share community outreach meeting Thursday night, according to Conrad L. Viana, P.E. Engineer, City of Pasadena, Department of Transportation.
“The D.O.T will discuss the proposed information with the public and solicit feedback on suggested locations for stations,” Viana said. Pasadena’s program structure will mirror the existing Metro Bike Share in Los Angeles.
According to an information sheet provided by Viana, the program could place around 400 bicycles in 34 bike share docking stations around the city. Service would be provided in general areas of the Central District, the Playhouse District, as well as colleges, Metro Gold Stations, hospitals, office and residential locations.
Bicycles would be supplied and serviced by Bicycle and Transportation Systems, who would also handle the rebalancing of bicycles at the docking stations. Bicycle and Transportation Systems is the vendor used in L.A Metro’s Bike Share program.
“We have identified potential stations that will be discussed at Thursday’s meeting,” Viana said.
Each station would have a kiosk to accommodate any of the three available rental options by credit or debit card. A monthly pass is projected to cost riders $20 a month. An unlimited number of trips of 30 minutes or less would be covered by the monthly pass, and additional 30 minute increments would cost $1.75 each, under the current proposal.
Flex passes would run $40 per year and all trips would cost $1.75 for every 30 minute increment. Walk-ups would have no monthly charge or yearly fee. Riders would pay a flat $3.50 for 30 minute increments.
The program would be funded by Metro.
Viana said bike share programs foster environmental awareness by providing a non-motorized, convenient mode of transportation, and may even encourage healthy lifestyles.
The community meeting is 6 to 8 p.m., at Studio on 4th, Pasadena Central Library. For more information, contact Conrad Viana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Editor's Note: An ealier version of this story said that bicycle trips of less than 30 minutes would be offered free. That was not correct. Actually, an unlimited number of trips of 30 minutes or less could be acquired as part of the proposed $20 monthly pass.]