Metro Bike Share Service Advisory
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will temporarily close its Metro Bike Share stations in the North Hollywood area beginning Monday, January 17 to replace the agency’s dockless Smart Bikes with Classic Bikes and stations. Metro Bike Share program members in the North Hollywood area that depend on these bike share services for transportation should make alternate arrangements until March, when Metro’s fleet replacement is expected to be complete.
During this six- to eight-week transition, Metro will convert the current 23 stations that compose the Smart Bike system to a 12-station Classic Bike system to better serve the highest utilized locations in the area. The Classic stations will be available for short local trips and will be compatible with Metro Bike Share stations in other parts of L.A. County, including the Westside, downtown L.A. and Central L.A. areas.
Metro will be removing “Smart Bikes” from its service offerings. The bikes, which are not required to be physically docked to a bike share station, have not proven popular with North Hollywood riders. Classic Bikes, which require a docked configuration, operate solely on foot pedaling and have higher ridership, are simpler to use.
Metro will continue to operate a limited quantity of electric bikes in its fleet, including in the North Hollywood area once the conversion is completed.
Metro’s Bike Share Program offers an important transportation alternative during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bike Share is an ideal socially distanced transportation choice. The agency is ensuring its cleaning protocols for bikes and stations are compliant with health agency recommendations.
Metro previously partnered with the City of Los Angeles to install the bike share stations in North Hollywood. Over 200 stations are available in Downtown and Central L.A., North Hollywood and the Westside.
For more information on Metro’s Bike Share Program, please visit metroexemplifi.wpengine.com/bikeshare.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is currently providing lifeline service for essential trips and frontline workers. Metro continues building the most ambitious transportation infrastructure program in the United States and is working to greatly improve mobility through its Vision 2028 Plan.
Metro has proudly pledged to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Health and Safety Commitment Program to help ensure the safe return of transit riders as the U.S. recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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