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LA Investigates Bike Sharing Program

Posted By Anuraag Jhawar On August 23, 2011 @ 2:20 am In Green Transportation,Innovation,News,Policy,Public Transportation | No Comments

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Inhabitat has reported [1] before about the implementation of large-scale urban bike sharing programs, but it looks like we’re one step closer to a bike sharing reality in Los Angeles. As far back as 2009 [2], the Department of Transportation [3] had shown interest in the development of a bike sharing service for the City of Los Angeles, but until recently there was no word on when such a program would come to fruition. Recently, a motion [4] supported by the County Supervisor [5], Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa [6], and Santa Monica Councilwoman O’Connor [7] ordered the staff of the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority [8](Metro) to consider the possibility of using existing Metro stations as bike sharing facilities.

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While there are those who doubt how conducive for biking the infrastructure on most LA streets is, other cities around the world are discovering the health and environmental benefits [9] of bike share systems. Some experts believe that better infrastructure will naturally follow as a result of increased biking in metropolitan cities such as Los Angeles. Many proponents of sustainable urban design consider bicycling to be a key principle for a truly sustainable transportation system, as biking is truly “carbon-free” transportation. While it remains to be seen whether bicycling will take off in a traditionally “car-crazy” city like Los Angeles, its success in cities like Denver [10] offer some hope for supporters of the bicycle cause.

+ Los Angeles Metropolitan Transport Authority [11]

Via: LA Streets Blog [12]

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[1] reported: http://inhabitat.com/first-large-scale-urban-bike-sharing-program-launches-in-denver/

[2] 2009: http://www.labavn.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=contract.opportunity_view&recordid=7244&CFID=315904&CFTOKEN=65313995

[3] Department of Transportation: http://www.ladot.lacity.org/

[4] motion: http://www.metro.net/board/Items/2011/08_August/20110804RBMItem22.pdf

[5] County Supervisor: http://zev.lacounty.gov/

[6] Mayor Villaraigosa: http://mayor.lacity.org/index.htm

[7] Santa Monica Councilwoman O’Connor: http://www.smgov.net/departments/council/content.aspx?id=2387

[8] LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority : http://www.metro.net/

[9] health and environmental benefits: http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-bicycles-health-20110804,0,7612648.story

[10] Denver: http://www.denverbikesharing.org/index.php

[11] + Los Angeles Metropolitan Transport Authority : http://wwww.metro.net

[12] LA Streets Blog : http://la.streetsblog.org/2011/08/08/three-years-later-is-l-a-ready-for-bike-share/

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