Wednesday, June 22, 2016

TheSource: Metro Bike Share: what will it cost and how to use TAP to get a bike

The date is quickly approaching: beginning on July 7, workers, residents and visitors in downtown Los Angeles will be able to hop on a bicycle at one of the 65 Metro Bike Share stations and take it for a ride. When done riding, the bike can be returned to any station in the system — meaning the bikes are very easy for one-way trips to help you get around DTLA.
Each station has a kiosk for payment and multiple docking spaces that securely park, or dock, the bikes. Here are the station locations.
The system will open first to monthly or annual flex pass holders from launch until August 1. At that time, the system will open to walk-up users.
How Much Does it Cost?
Metro’s Bike Share fare structure includes three simple pass options designed to meet the needs of every potential user, from local residents to tourists:
A Monthly Pass is $20All trips 30 minutes or less are free to monthly pass holder and $1.75 per 30 minute thereafter. TIP: A monthly pass is best if you expect to take five or more trips per month. Use your registered TAP card to get a bike.
A Flex Pass is $40 per yearAll trips 30 minutes or less are $1.75 and it’s $1.75 per 30 minutes thereafter. TIP: Best if you expect to take two to four trips per month, or want the convenience of using your TAP card to get a bike.
Special Signup Offer: Buy a Pass today and get a Limited Edition Metro Bike Share Kit featuring stickers and a Bikes on Metro guide. The first 1,000 people to sign up will also receive exclusive Metro Bike Share pins!
If you aren’t ready to commit to a pass, you can purchase a trip at any station kiosk beginning on August 1 with a credit card. Follow the on-screen instructions, and you will be directed to a bike.
Beginning August 1st 
Walk-up: it’s $3.50 for each trip of 30 minutes or under and then $3.50 per additional 30 minutes. There will be a special introductory rate of $1.75 between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30. TIP: Best for tourists and visitors to downtown LA. Pay per trip using your Credit Card at any station kiosk starting August 1st. DO THEY NEED TO REGISTER THEIR TAP CARDS?
For more information on pricing go to
Will my TAP card work on Metro Bike Share?
 Yes, if you register it at can register an existing TAP card or request a new TAP card when you buy a pass. The bike share registered TAP card will be your key to unlock a bike at a station. A credit card is required to sign up.
You can also load cash value or a transit pass on to the TAP card online at or in-person at a TAP Vending Machine to use the same card to pay to ride a Metro bus or train. Metro is exploring further TAP integration for future expansion phases.
As for walk-ups, you will need a credit card to use Metro Bike Share.
You are correct and no, walk ups don’t need a TAP card at all. The idea is that if you want to just walk up and try the system or you are only in town for a short while, you will not need to use a TAP card. However, the walk up process is more time consuming (and more expensive) so residents and people who use the system with any kind of frequency will want to buy a pass. Once they are registered, they need to only approach a bike and TAP the dock to get a bike and can avoid the kiosk all together. If you ride at least a handful of times every week, the monthly pass is for you. If you only ride every once in a while, the annual flex pass is for you.


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