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First Locations Announced For LA's Huge Bike Share Program

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LA is on the brink of getting the second largest bike sharing program in the country and now here they are: the very first kiosk locations. Bike share operator Bike Nation has made a deal with the city to bring 4,000 bikes (in 400 kiosks) to Downtown, Westwood, Venice, and Hollywood over the next several years--users will have to pay for membership and for bike rentals (although the first 30 minutes are free) and can take out and return bikes to any station. Streetsblog LA reports that the first test kiosks will all be Downtown (the neighborhood will eventually have 175 stations):

-- Union Station
-- El Pueblo/Olvera Street
-- Caltrans District 7 HQ
-- City Hall
-- County Hall of Administration
-- LAPD HQ

Last week, the City Council passed a motion to start working on permitting for private bike shares on public property, which will start to pave the way for putting Bike Nation's plan into place. Meanwhile, the company is still taking suggestions for new kiosk locations.
· Bike Nation Announces Nine Kiosks for First Rollout of Los Angeles Bike Share in April 2013 [Streetsblog LA]
· LA About to Get the US's Second Biggest Bike Sharing Program [Curbed LA]