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With an $11 million contract behind them, Metro is finally ready to unleash its highly-anticipated bike-sharing program, starting in DTLA. Metro recently announced the big news, noting that the launch will offer nearly 1,100 bikes at 65 stations across the neighborhood.
Here's how it works, per Metro's blog: "residents and visitors can pick up a bike at any station, ride to their destination, and drop off the bike at any open dock. The system will allow unlimited, short-term access to bikes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Smartphone apps will give users real-time information about bike and dock availability. The system's fares will be considered by the Metro Board at a future meeting."
If all goes according to plan, Metro Bikesharing will land in Pasadena by 2017. The goal is to bring the program to "eight other communities for a total of 4,000 bicycles in ten communities in LA County."
Cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago have already utilized the cost-effective, traffic-avoiding program, so let's see if Angelenos really get onboard. And fingers crossed that a No Pants Ride: Bikesharing Edition will never exist.