You Can Vote On Where The New Bike Share Stations In Venice And Pasadena Should Go
Los Angeles' Metro Bike Share program officially launched this July in downtown, and Angelenos are eagerly awaiting the expansion of the next couple of locations. Metro is currently in the process of rolling out bike share service in Venice, Pasadena and San Pedro. Service in Venice and Pasadena is slated to to roll out in summer 2017, and now Metro is asking the public for input on where all those bike stations should go.
Suggestions will be accepted until January 6, 2017. The average size of each station is "approximately the size of three parking spaces," and they can be located on streets, sidewalks or plazas, according to Metro. Here's a breakdown of what they are looking for:
- Connectivity: Connections to transit hubs and key destinations create a network.
- Space Availability: Wider sidewalks and parking spaces are great locations.
- Accessibility: Stations should be visible from the street and easy and comfortable to get to.
- Sun: Sunny spots are best since stations can run on solar power.
- Demand and Support: Stations should be located where there is high demand.
- Convenient & Close to Bike Lanes: Stations should be close as possible to key destinations (as close as the closest car parking space) and placed along streets with bike lanes to make riding comfortable.
The transit agency will identify the final station locations through a community outreach process, working in consultation with partner agencies, institutions, community groups and stakeholders. Proximity to community resources, employment centers, and transit will be prioritized.
A list of potential station sites has already been developed for Pasadena following an initial survey, but public input is being solicited for finalizing where those stations (potentially up to 34 of them!) should go. Meanwhile, Metro is "starting with a blank slate" for Venice, according to The Source.
Do you think you know of a spot in Venice or Pasadena that would fit the bill? Or do you just want to try and push one that would be especially convenient for you? Either way, now is your chance. You can add your selections to the interactive maps for Pasadena (here!) and Venice (here!) by clicking the “Suggest a location or add a comment” button on the black menu header and dropping a pin on your chosen spot (you can also click on an existing pin to add a comment).