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Pasadena decides where to put its 34 Metro bike share stations

Not everyone is pleased with the locations

After launching a bike share program in Downtown Los Angeles, Metro is setting its sights on rolling out the service across the county. Next up is Pasadena, which just decided where it’s going to put its 34 new docking stations, reports the Pasadena Star-News.

Most of the hubs will be located in Old Pasadena, the Playhouse District, near Caltech, Pasadena City College, and the Art Center, says the Star-News.

The bike share will operate as a two-year pilot, expected to begin in the summer. If the ridership is deemed successful, bike share could expand to other parts of Pasadena. If not, Pasadena may bow out of the program.

Three members of the eight-member Pasadena City Council took issue with the placement of the stations, and did not vote in favor of them.

Of the 34 stations, only seven are north of the 210 Freeway, and there aren’t any east of Allen Station. “It seems inadequate because their voices aren’t being heard,” councilmember John Kennedy said of his constituents.

The Metro bike share in Pasadena will have the same fees as the one in Downtown.

Riders can buy passes for $20 a month that give them unlimited 30-minute rides, or pay $40 for a yearly pass that discounts each 30-minute trip to $1.75. Users who don’t have a pass pay flat half-hour rate of $3.50 for 30 minutes.

Beyond Pasadena, Metro’s aiming to add bike share in Koreatown, MacArthur Park, and Echo Park.