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Metro Bike Share Coming To Pasadena, Possibly By Summer 2017

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Metro's Bike Share program could be coming to Pasadena as soon as next summer. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that Metro has signed off on a contract with Pasadena, and that initial plans could see as many as 400 or more bicycles coming to the city's streets. The Pasadena expansion would be the second phase of Metro's Bike Share program. The first phase launched in downtown Los Angeles in July.

"We've identified Pasadena as one of the new cities ready and willing to launch Metro's Bike Share program," Metro spokesman Dave Sotero told LAist. Sotero said that Metro will present recommendations for expanding the Bike Share program, including Pasadena, this month to its board of directors.

Pasadena already has a number of programs in place to encourage biking in the city, including a city-sponsored employer-based bike incentive program and an annual "Bike Month" in May. The city also released a comprehensive "Bicycle Transportation Action Plan" in August 2015, which can be found here. According to the report, a planned citywide network of bikeways, along with vehicle traffic calming efforts on city streets, are (hopefully) in the works. As of 2014, Pasadena already had a 21 miles of bike lanes and 61 miles of "bike routes" in the city. The planned citywide network of bikeways won't come until after the bike share is in place, according to the Tribune.

An early plan presented at a City Council meeting Monday would put 34 bike share stations around the city. Below is a proposed map that shows where those stations could potentially go, concentrating on the city's downtown area and its Gold Line stations. The map is from the 2015 bicycle action plan.

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The Tribune reports that Pasadena will cover 65 percent of the cost of operations and maintenance for the bike share maintenance, and the rest of the funds will come from Metro.

Sotero told LAist that the downtown L.A. pilot launch of the bike share program has been very successful since it opened in July, and that the agency has already logged more than 50,000 rides.