Published : Friday, July 14, 2017 | 5:03 AM
Metro’s Bike Share program, long awaited in Pasadena, will ramp up throughout the City starting today, with over 30 Bike Share stations opening in various sections of the City and providing about 375 bicycles.
Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek is scheduled to speak at the launch program at City Hall at 10 a.m. Friday.
As part of the launch event, officials will conduct a station ribbon cutting, break through a street banner and ride a short distance around Pasadena City Hall.
With the service, Metro is giving residents and visitors new active transportation options for short-distance bicycle trips to key Pasadena destinations and transit stations.
Bike Share stations will be opened in Old Pasadena, the Rose Bowl, Paseo Colorado, Pasadena City College, Caltech, City Hall, the Pasadena Convention Center, shopping and restaurants on South Lake Avenue and many other locations.
Preparatory to the launch, Metro has consulted with Pasadena city officials to determine where to place Bike Share stations, many of which will be near Metro bus and rail stations.
At the same time, a single Metro TAP fare card can provide access to both Metro Bus and Rail lines and the Metro Bike Share system, making it among the most integrated transit systems in the United States.
Metro launched the program in downtown L.A. in July 2016, with 61 stations and approximately 700 bicycles throughout the downtown area.
To date, more than 160,000 trips have been made on that system, with more than 380,000 miles traveled. Approximately 4,700 bike share passes have been sold.
Metro’s bike share system has also helped removed more than 362,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air. Collectively, bike share riders have burned 10.5 million calories – equivalent to around 10,000 pints of ice cream.
Pasadena residents who are interested in using Bike Share are encouraged to sign up for a Metro Bike Share pass by visiting www.metro.net/bikeshare.