MTA expands bike share program to Hollywood

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HOLLYWOOD — County transportation officials announced the expansion of the bike share program with new docking stations in Hollywood.

The locations, which were chosen partly through community feedback, are located at: Franklin and Fuller avenues, Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Highland Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, Hawthorne Avenue and Orange Drive, McCadden Place and Hollywood Boulevard, Cherokee Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, Whitley Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, Ivar Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, Fountain Avenue and Vine Street, Yucca Street and Argyle Avenue, and McCadden Place and Santa Monica Boulevard.

Our expansion of the bike share program into Hollywood will make it easier for Angelenos and visitors to reach popular destinations by bike and to get to and from the B (Red) Line subway,” said Hilda Solis, chair of the county Board of Supervisors and chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. “This action is a strong example of our continued commitment to expand clean transportation options and improve our air quality by reducing auto trips throughout the county,” she added.

People can rent electric bikes and classic bikes for $1.75 per 30 minutes or $5 for unlimited trips up to 30 minutes each for 24 hours, with $1.75 charged for each extra 30 minutes. Officials hope the new stations will make it easier for people to connect to  other bike share stations in East Hollywood, Los Feliz and Silver Lake.

Bike share continues to be one of our key initiatives to improve first/last mile access to and from our transit stations,” MTA CEO Stephanie Wiggins said. “The combination of transit and bike share can help everyone better access local destinations and help reduce auto trips in our county.”

More than 1.3 million trips have been taken through the bike share program since its launch in July 2015, representing 4.3 million miles traveled.

The MTA received a $1.5 million, one-year sponsorship from DoorDash, and offsets the program’s cost through funds raised from advertisements.

City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who represents parts of Hollywood, praised the expansion.

Addressing the climate emergency demands immediate investment in other affordable modes of transportation that don’t rely on fossil fuels,” said O’Farrell, who also chairs the council’s Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Los Angeles River Committee.

The expansion of the bike share program in Hollywood will help this effort substantially by creating an easier way for Angelenos to move within and beyond this historic neighborhood. I’m thankful to [the MTA] for its partnership and giving bike share its star turn.”

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