Published : Thursday, July 6, 2017 | 4:14 PM
As Metro and the City of Pasadena prepare for the launch of the county transport agency’s Bike Share Program in Pasadena on Friday, July 14, Metro said it has logged a total of 182,482 trips for the program since it started in downtown Los Angeles last year, covering over 452,000 miles which it said is the same as biking from Los Angeles to San Francisco 1,303 times.
Metro said it has sold nearly 6,000 Bike Share passes since the program started in July 2016.
Metro’s bike share system has also helped remove more than 430,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air. Collectively, bike share riders have burned 12.7 million calories – equivalent to 105,012 ice cream cones.
In Pasadena, Metro and its contractor for the program, Bicycle Transit Systems, Inc., have installed more than 30 stations throughout the city, making key destinations in the City accessible by bicycle, including Old Pasadena, Paseo Colorado, the Playhouse District, South Lake Avenue, the Levitt Pavilion at Pasadena’s Memorial Park, and Pasadena City College.
Another key Pasadena destination will be the Rose Bowl. Riders traveling to and from stadium events will be able to take advantage of a bike sharing station there.
“The Metro Bike Share program offers a unique, shared economy means of transportation that is both economical and good for the environment by providing bikes as new mobility options that get people out of their cars for short trips around our beautiful city,” said Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek. “We welcome Metro Bike Share and look forward to seeing our residents and visitors take advantage of this program.”
Metro will open additional Bike Share stations in the Port of Los Angeles on July 31, and in Venice later in the summer. Santa Monica launched its own Bike Share program (separate from Metro’s) in late 2015, and now has over 75 stations throughout the city, with four others in Venice. Beverly Hills and West Hollywood have also launched their own bike share programs recently.