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Metro Eyes Hollywood & Koreatown, City Envisions Downtown & USC for Bicycle Sharing Programs

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The bicycle sharing system as seen in Paris | Photo by austinevan via Flickr
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Los Angeles could be seeing some neighborhoods with bicycle rental kiosks in the near future, perhaps Hollywood, Koreatown, downtown and around the USC campus. For over a year, the City Council has been interested in exploring bicycle sharing programs that have been seen in Paris, Montreal, Washington D.C. and in Denver at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

The concept? Rental bikes racks in urban areas, usually near transit, offer commuters and neighborhood locals an alternative to driving and a way to complete their trip for a price.

"I've seen that in Paris," said Councilman Dennis Zine. "It creates great convenience for the commuters, the visitors."