Bike Share Wheels into Long BeachWe’re excited to launch an innovative bike share model with a 100 bicycles at 10 stations in downtown Long Beach. When fully implemented, Long Beach Bike Share will include 50 stations equipped with 500 bikes.
Users have the option of renting the bike on an hourly basis for $7.00, or to purchase a membership monthly pass. A $15 pass will include 60 minutes of daily use time; a $20 pass will include 90 minutes a day. Up to six persons can share one membership account. Prospective users can assess availability of bicycles at a particular station via a mobile phone app. The bikes have integrated locking mechanism and feature 8-speeds. Moreover, the bicycles have adjustable seats and are adaptable to most users, accommodating for different fitness and range. Users are urged to use their own helmets. For more information, including registration and downloading a mobile app, visit www.longbeachbikeshare.com.
Funding for Long Beach Bike Share comes from a $2.3 million Call for Projects grant awarded by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). The grant funds bicycle infrastructure improvements as part of the agency’s multi-mobility program to support biking and walking as a viable transportation mode in L.A. County. Aside from the City investment of $565,000 in matching funds for the initial purchase of the 500 bicycles, Long Beach Bike Share will operate without cost to the City.
“The Long Beach Bike Share program advances the City’s robust transportation programs that focus on pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal. “Sharing bicycles makes using Long Beach Transit or Metro’s Blue Line even easier, because passengers can use the bicycles to complete the first and last mile of their trips.”