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Have You Tried It? Metro Bike Share in Pasadena

Jul 23, 2017

From Kidspace to Bungalow Heaven, from Caltech to Huntington Hospital, Metro “bike sharing” is here.

Having enjoyed an inspirational visit to the Pasadena Museum of History, do you have a yen to catch the afternoon screening of Dunkirk at Paseo Colorado? Grab a bike at PMH, pay $3.50 for 30 minutes, start a’ peddling, and then upon arrival, click it into the bike rack at the Paseo. (Pretty cheap in comparison to the $16.75 movie ticket and the five dollar bucket of popcorn.)

The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has contracted with Bicycle Transit Systems. The idea is to place bike share locations near Metro stations to encourage “bicycle and transit trips.”

“A single pre-registered Metro TAP fare card can be used to ride Metro Bus and Rail lines and Metro Bike Share system, making the Metro Bike Share system the nation’s most integrated transit.”

The City of Pasadena has created a “bike safe” map with “roseways” meaning a street “where it is comfortable to ride a bicycle, with low vehicle traffic volumes.”

While picking up Sunday’s nova lox bagels at Einstein’s Bagels on Lake at California, we stopped to chat with a couple returning their bikes (station pictured below). They said it was easy to figure out payment, easy to figure out the bikes’ 3-speeds, and the bikes were comfortable to ride. They rode up to Sierra Madre and Orange Grove Boulevards and were gone about an hour, they said, before adding, “Yes, we’ll do this again.”

 

Solar-powered Bike Share station on Lake Ave just south of California Blvd. (Right outside the Peets Coffee.)

 

Pasadena Bike Map with “roseways,” in rose red, naturally. (Click twice to enlarge.)

 

Under the program, Metro splits all costs with participating cities. Metro funds up to 50 percent of the program’s capital costs. It also funds up to 35 percent of operations and maintenance costs. 

Bicycle Transit Systems will operate the system with bikes and stations provided by BCycle, a unit of Trek Bicycles of Wisconsin. These companies have successfully launched and/or operate more than 40 bike share systems in the United States and abroad.

Metro originally launched bike sharing in downtown L.A. in July 2016. That system includes 61 stations and approximately 700 bicycles throughout the downtown area. To date, more than 182,000 trips have been made on the system, with more than 452,000 miles traveled. Nearly 6,000 bike share passes have been sold. Metro’s bike share system has also helped remove more than 430,000 pounds of carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change — from the air. 

For a map of bike share stations in Pasadena and other existing and planned locations, please visit BikeShare.Metro.net/stations.
—The Source.Metro.net, Pasadena Launch.

 

Bike Share station on Oak Knoll Ave. at Colorado Blvd.

 

Monthly passes may be purchased for $20, which allows unlimited 30-minute rides. Choose the Annual Flex Pass for $40 a year and each ride costs $1.75.  Some businesses get discounts on bulk purchases for their employees; a minimum monthly commitment of five employee passes a month for 6 months. Any business that signs up by October 14, 2017 receives a free month of passes—for 30 minute rides (anything after 30 minutes is extra). For details, visit BikeShare.Metro.net/For-Business.

Currently, if you sign up for a monthly pass, you get the first month free by using promo code RIDEPASADENA2017.

One comment from the couple with whom we chatted: There are no bike helmets. They risked it and rode without helmets, which is one’s choice—in California only kids 17 and under are obligated to wear helmets— but not recommended. So don’t forget your bike helmet! Bike Share is credit card only, and riders must be 16 years or older.

The Bike Share stations are solar powered and the bikes have front and rear lighting, are 3-speed, and have “hardcase all-weather tires” according to bike and station provider BCycle, owned and operated by Trek Bicycle, a 40-year-old family and employee-owned business.

The Source at Metro states: “The bikes are frequently maintained so you don’t have to worry about chains breaking or under-inflated tires. Trust us—the bikes are built like tanks. They are heavy, sturdy, and ride smoothly….”

 

 

No bike share locations exist north of Washington Avenue or south of Fillmore, just below California Boulevard. Three are conveniently located at Gold Line Metro stations: Fillmore, Del Mar, and Memorial Park.

 

Pasadena locations of Bike Share stations. (Click twice to enlarge.)

 

Bike Share locations in Pasadena:
Rose Bowl, 600 Seco St.; 12 bikes (most western location)

Along or near Walnut Street:
Pasadena Museum of History, 476 W. Walnut St.; 12 bikes
Pasadena Central Library, 212 Garfield Ave.; 7 bikes (eventually; currently not operating)
Walnut & Madison, 250 N. Madison Ave.; 8 bikes

Along or near Colorado Blvd., historic Route 66:
Union & Oakland, 1 N. Oakland Ave.; 7 bikes
Colorado & Madison, 45 S. Madison Ave.; 12 bikes
Colorado & Oak Knoll, 10 N. Oak Knoll Ave.; 9 bikes
Colorado & Catalina, 1051 E. Colorado Blvd.; 8 bikes
Colorado & Hill, 1400 E. Colorado Blvd.; 8 bikes
Pasadena City College, 1606 E. Colorado Blvd.; 14 bikes (most eastern location)

 

Photo by Juan Ocampo/Metro.

 

Memorial Park Station, 110 E. Holly St.; 13 bikes (a Gold Line location)
City Hall West, 235 E. Holly St., 12 bikes
Old Pasadena, 102 E. Colorado Blvd., 8 bikes
Fair Oaks & Mercantile Alley, 2 Mercantile Place; 11 bikes
Fair Oaks & Peoria (north of 210), 615 N. Fair Oaks Ave.; 6 bikes
Fair Oaks & Hammond, 1141 N. Fair Oaks Ave.; 14 bikes
Pasadena & Dayton, 110 Pasadena Ave.; 15 bikes
Del Mar Metro Station, Gold Line @ Central Park, E. Del mar Blvd. & Raymond Ave.; 12 bikes
Pasadena Convention Ctr., 300 E. Green St.; 18 bikes
Arroyo Parkway & Bellevue (near Whole Foods); 7 bikes
Villa Parke, 439 E. Villa St.; 8 bikes

 

Photo by Juan Ocampo/Metro.

 

Lake & California, 621 S. Lake Ave.; 9 bikes
Lake & Del Mar, 270 S. Lake Ave.; 11 bikes
Lake & Cordova, 868 Cordova St.; 10 bikes
Lake & Union, 878 E. Union St.; 5 bikes
Lake & Locust, 888 Locust St.; 6 bikes
Lake & Merrett (north of 210), 900 N. Lake Ave.; 6 bikes
Caltech West, 479 S. Wilson Ave.; 3 bikes
Caltech East, 1345 San Pasqual St.; 12 bikes
Los Robles & Cordova, 217 S. Los Robles Ave.; 7 bikes
Fillmore Station, 95 Fillmore St.; 15 bikes  (most southern location); a Gold Line location

 

 

 

 

Find more details at BikeShare.Metro.net/Stations.

 

 




1 Response for “Have You Tried It? Metro Bike Share in Pasadena”

  1. Marie says:

    My neighborhood was quiet, now I’ve seen the homeless on those Metro bikes in my area. Pretty scary they can get around easier now.

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